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Dreamcast turns 15 today in North America

grumpy_new_yorkergrumpy_new_yorker Use your head for more than a hat rackMembers Posts: 5,962 ✭✭✭✭✭
It was 15 years ago today, on the memorable date of September 9, 1999, that the Sega Dreamcast made its debut in North America. Although the console dwindled out fairly quickly, many still have fond memories of what would turn out be Sega's last console--and that includes EA chief operating officer Peter Moore.

Moore, who served as president of Sega of America at the time of the Dreamcast's launch, sent out a tweet today calling attention to the Dreamcast's anniversary, saying, "Fond memories." He later sent out another tweet with screenshots of a message that he describes as "late-night musings on the Sega Dreamcast." These include recounting some of the console's innovations, and noting how former Sega employees (including Moore) sometimes still get together to talk about what could have been.

Moore apparently opted to take photos of his screen to share the message on Twitter, which can make it hard to read, so we've transcribed what he had to say below.

Once again, I trust my employers here at EA will allow me the indulgence of reminiscence and nostalgia on this day, 09/09/14, the 15th anniversary of the launch of the Dreamcast here in North America on the wonderfully numerically-correct date of 09/09/99. It certainly doesn't feel like fifteen years have gone by since this innovative console ushered in the era of online gaming, albeit through a 56K modem, and thus changed the face of interactive entertainment forever. The memories of course are bittersweet--we all know how this movie ended--but I was fortunate to have worked at that time with some of the most amazingly dedicated individuals, all of whom were galvanized around a single goal: prove the naysayers wrong, launch the console with a bang, get to a meaningful installed base within the first twelve months, and keep the momentum going in the face of the upcoming stiff competition. We still get together as a team from time-to-time, and oh the stories we tell. Lots of coulda/shoulda/woulda, but primarily pride in our accomplishments and the legacy we firmly believe can be seen and felt in gaming to this day.

With the Dreamcast's online capabilities, we coined a phrase: "We're taking gamers where gaming is going." In our heart of hearts, we worried that we would not be there for the entire journey, but it was with great pride that with our Sega Sports games in particular, that we ushered in the era of connected interactive entertainment. I don't think it is an overstatement to say that the Dreamcast and its online network laid the ground for what we all take for granted today--only gameplay, linking innumerable gamers from around the world to play, compete, and collaborate, as well as enabling new content to be delivered in addition to that which was delivered on the disc. Rarely does a week go by where I don't bump into somebody that fondly reminisces about this wonderful piece of hardware and the great times they had (and are still having!) playing some of its superb games. So as we all enjoy everything the next generation of hardware has to offer, give a tip of the hat (or glass) this evening to The Little Console That Could. The Sega Dreamcast…

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  • TheIraqTheIraq Members Posts: 5,527 ✭✭✭✭✭
    R.I.P. Dreamcast....................................
  • grumpy_new_yorkergrumpy_new_yorker Use your head for more than a hat rack Members Posts: 5,962 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Still one of my favorite consoles. So many good Capcom games. Skies of Arcadia and Phantasy Star Online. Playing Quake 3 and Unreal Tournament online on Sega.net.
  • satyronesatyrone Members Posts: 4,696 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Still got mine and I s got the first version of the boot disc with a bootlegged copy of jojos adventure. Which i think was an import version
  • zeon8603zeon8603 Members Posts: 25 ✭✭
    Those memory cards were the 🤬 though, Sonic Adventure all day
  • BroddieBroddie just me and my bitch NYCMembers Posts: 11,750 ✭✭✭✭✭
    9/9/99 the only date I ever bought a console at launch.


    I lost.

    Nah 🤬 that Dreamcast was still the GOAT. That library was untouchable. They had something for everybody.
  • KINGECKINGEC Members Posts: 7,833 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Goat console.

    Still got mine somewhere
  • YamoleySenseiYamoleySensei Members Posts: 8,509 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2014
    *salute*
    still got my 🤬 on deck
  • lord nemesislord nemesis You ever dance with the Devil in the pale moonlight? Members Posts: 11,946 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Had a ton on fun with mines. Lots of cool 🤬
  • SuperSoakerSuperSoaker Members Posts: 1,459 ✭✭✭✭✭
    My uncle had this/still has it. He had every game imaginable, 🤬 was goat growing up.


    He had shemune!
  • Bcotton5Bcotton5 Members Posts: 51,851 ✭✭✭✭✭
    still got mine
  • damobb2deepdamobb2deep Members Posts: 19,972 ✭✭✭✭✭
    man I thought I was the 🤬 when I got my dreamcast.... I had sonic adventure on it and sonic shuffle
    (very underrated game)..

    damn I don't remember what happened to mines..
  • TurfaholicTurfaholic It's not too complicated, but you're gonna need a bulletproof soul The Bay 2 Sin CityMembers Posts: 20,428 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I stole my moms ex husband dreamcast. Greatest sense of pleasure i ever got. Then 🤬 popped up at school with burnt games. I had GTA 2 and though that 2D 🤬 was the greatest ever.
  • iron man1iron man1 Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist Avengers TowerMembers Posts: 29,989 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Power Stone>>>>>
  • Swiffness!Swiffness! PART OF THE CONSPIRACY Members Posts: 10,128 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Soul Calibur = GOAT launch title

    🤬 off, Mario
  • jee504jee504 Members Posts: 6,945 ✭✭✭✭✭
    so many memories with this game. Shenmue, NBA2k and NFL2k were my favorites
  • AlkinduzAlkinduz No Prep, No Glory Members Posts: 2,070 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Mannnnnnnn

    so many 🤬 memories, getting all sentimental thinking about Jet Set Radio back in the highschool days lol.

    Soul Calibur was the 🤬 , as a capcom/snk head though having Rugal vs. Bison, Ryu vs Kyo etc matchups in Capcom vs SNK millenium fight 2000(had the GOAT final round music) was beyond the 🤬 .

    Capcom was on fire, Project Justice(still think Capcom can make a quality 3d SF if they use PJ as the blueprint) SF alpha 3, Double impact, 3rd strike, vs Marvel/Snk....🤬 it Ill even given a shoutout to Tech Romancer lol

    Dead or Alive 2, Fighting Vipers 2, Fatal Fury Mark of the wolves.....all the damn KOF(had them as boot cds lol)...Dreamcast brought perfect and even improved arcade games to us. That was actually a compliment back then lol

    Metropolis street racer, 🤬 Sega GT, Speed Devils, Rush 2049....Vanishing point...loads of great racing games...

    Shenmue, Sonic....Virtua Tennis mannn, I was a boss with Moya...shiiiit.....Phantasy Star Online v.2...had that football/soccer game with Van Nistelrooy on the cover...Uefa striker or something like that....even had that 90 minutes football game...which was trash...

    Quake 3 Arena....for some reason, its the only shooter I remember lol

    oh and who can forget Headhunter?! In retrospect that 🤬 was like a driver/gta meets deus ex/metal gear solid...

    to many 🤬 games man. First game I had on it, cant even re call the damn name, was an hack n slash, Soul something, could choose between a sorcerer, warrior or female ranger...

    Im getting Old son
  • Bcotton5Bcotton5 Members Posts: 51,851 ✭✭✭✭✭
    yea i got all them games on burned cds lol^
  • Bazz-BBazz-B Reaching For Success The Dirty SouthMembers Posts: 1,185 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Never had one, but I enjoyed the sonic game though.
  • grumpy_new_yorkergrumpy_new_yorker Use your head for more than a hat rack Members Posts: 5,962 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Bcotton5 wrote: »
    yea i got all them games on burned cds lol^

    and people wonder why the dreamcast failed...
  • KINGECKINGEC Members Posts: 7,833 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Bcotton5 wrote: »
    yea i got all them games on burned cds lol^

    and people wonder why the dreamcast failed...


    I think people knew them burned CD's played a roll in the Dreamcast failing tho...
  • texas409texas409 Members Posts: 20,854 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Nfl2k was goat. Marvin harrison caught everything
  • dalyricalbanditdalyricalbandit Co-Owner Of AllhipHop.com, Super Moderator, Administrator, Moderator Members, Moderators Posts: 67,918 Regulator
    this 🤬 was ahead of its time
  • goldenjagoldenja Members Posts: 6,351 ✭✭✭✭✭
    got mine under my bed
  • Built 4 cuban linxBuilt 4 cuban linx Only Christopher I acknowledge is Wallace At the 36th chamberMembers Posts: 12,285 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Never had one but my 🤬 brothers did. We was on that nba and nfl 2k all weekend every weekend
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