Ten Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Sega Dreamcast

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5. It Has An Official Backpack: Sega knows that there is a retro gaming dollar to be had these days, and is hoping to cash in on it with their line SegaKawai in Japan. It's a clothing line that has T-shirts and tank tops with Genesises on them, and a huge Dreamcast controller backpack.

4. It Had The Stupidest Pun Ever Built In: Console developers are like game makers in that they like their little in-jokes and Easter Eggs as much as the next nerd. For instance, the Nintendo Game Cube has a microscopic dolphin drawn on a microchip inside the system because Dolphin was its codename. Sega went far less elegant, having their chips printed with the word "potato."

3. It Killed a Previous Mascot: During the Saturn days Sega used a fictional martial artist superhero named Segata Sanshiro played by Hiroshi Fujioka who would train in seclusion using a Sega Saturn and by breaking Nintendo products with his head. His job was coming into cities and beating people up until they agreed to play the Sega Saturn. He would then make them explode... twice.

When the Dreamcast arrived, Sanshiro was deemed no longer needed, so Sega had him ride an exploding missile into space. I'd make a joke about respectfully retiring a mascot, but look at that commercial! That's obviously how he wanted to go out.

2. It Was a PC Gamer's System: The divide between console gamers and PC gamers continues to be a no man's land of whining, but the Sega Dreamcast actually perfectly bridged that gap. It was one of the only consoles to use a mouse and keyboard controller extensively, and first person shooters were ported to the system with PC keyboard controls in mind to make the transition flawless for established gamers. The games booted using a Windows operating system, and often used DirectX-based graphics. Since many programmers were already familiar with those, programming for Dreamcast was relatively simple. Which is probably why...

1. There Are Still Games Being Made for It: They only stopped making official Dreamcast games in 2006, more than five years after the system itself wasn't being sold. The Dreamcast is still very popular with indie game developers, and we've seen a host of games like Redux: Dark Matters, Gunlord, and Ghost Blade come out in the last couple of years or so. No matter what the market tells you, the Dreamcast never really died at all.

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