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A few eyebrows were raised at the prospect of some a new game console to be released this year. This is a console from a designer/developer we haven’t heard much from in years. Due to the fact they threw in the towel and took another industry role. You can probably already guess that I am talking about Sega and the Dreamcast 2 Rumor. Yes, Dreamcast is still relevant in the world of gaming. There are Facebook groups and active online clubs to prove it. Unfortunately, this isn’t even the first time this rumor has gone around, it happened back around 2011-13 too.

The World of Gaming is thick with competition long since the days of the Atari, when we use to talk about how graphics were getting better and in the future how they will appear like real life. The future has long past since the creation of the Nintendo 64, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X, PlayStation 4, and plenty more to name. They have become popular in money-making with gambling and competitions.

Prior-to Dreamcast, Sega was playing around with the Saturn which was a short-lived system. The Saturn was struggling in North America, and Sega of America president Bernie Stolar pressed for Sega’s Japanese headquarters to develop a new platform. The R&D team got to work and eventually came up with the Dreamcast console. This marks the birth of the Dreamcast world of gaming with an exciting variety of selections to choose from. Stolar made public his opinion on the Saturn with his comment, “The Saturn is not our future” and referred to the doomed console as “the stillbirth.” 

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When it was announced that Sega would be discontinuing the Saturn permanently in favor of Dreamcast, many third-party developers in Japan were angered, as it meant that they were putting money into developing titles for what would soon be a dead system. With that blow to their credibility it also represents a large number of supporters lost in any future indeavors with Sega. 

 A video uploaded in 2013 with over a million views raised questions. Speed up to the present day, and there are rumors of the release of the Dreamcast 2 on 9/9 this year. An anniversary release because on September 9, 1999, the Dreamcast landed in North America. Dreamcast enjoyed a successful U.S. launch backed by a large marketing campaign, but it was ill-timed with the pending release of Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 2 announced April 1999 and released March 2000 in Japan and late October in the U.S. That press release diverted a lot of attention from Dreamcast and ultimately hurt its overall impression in North America. 

The Dreamcast console was ahead of its time with many games considered completely innovative. Some all-star titles include Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Shenmue. The console was the first to include a built-in modular modem to enable online playing. 

The Dreamcast was ahead of its time and sabotaged by rival marketing campaigns and world events. Fate would have it we just do what we can with the original version and our favorite games. We still have a worldwide platform to connect with people from all over. We need to take advantage of the tech we have while we still can.

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