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Happy Birthday, Dreamcast!

Three years ago, the little system that could was released in the U.S. I still remember using a vacation day, and waking up early to pick up my pre-ordered Dreamcast at 7am at the mall. Playing Soul Calibur all day long for the first time is one of the highlights of my gaming career. The Dreamcast had many other amazing games, like NFL2K2, Sonic Adventure, Skies of Arcadia, Tony Hawk 2, Marvel Vs. Capcom 2, and so on and so on.

Sadly, athough it was superior to the PS2 in many ways, it ultimately lost the war, thanks to Sony's superior marketing and brand name. It's really a shame- this was the console where Sega finally got everything right, but they were doomed by their past failures and too many gamers decided to wait for the PS2 instead of taking a chance on Dreamcast.

However, we should be celebrating the Dreamcast's life today, not talking about its death! Ikaruga, from legendary developers Treasure, was released for the Dreamcast in Japan this week, to glowing reviews like a 36/40 from Famitsu magazine. I bought it and it rules- maybe the best shooter ever. Also, there's a thriving community of hackers still writing code for the Dreamcast. You can use your Dreamcast to play VCD's, emulate classic video games, run Linux, or use it as an MP3 jukebox. Also, as stores clear out their inventories, now is a great time to pick up the games you missed or a spare Dreamcast console for vastly reduced prices.

We were going to have a Dreamcast birthday party this week, but something tragic happened in my family. We'll have it next week instead.




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