30 days of Dreamcast – Part 1

Ok, so I wanted to keep a record of my idea to play nothing but Dreamcast for the next 30 days.

I guess the idea came to me because we are coming to the ‘silly season’ in terms of video game releases. Traditionally the video game release calendar starts to pick up the pace in September and then it’s pretty full on to the lead up to Christmas. The big hitters like Black Ops 2, Doom 3, (that will annoy Dits) Medal of Honour: Warfighter, Dishonoured, X-Com and Halo 4 have been, or are due for release and would normally be on my radar. I thought it would be a good challenge to see if I could play a retro console and not be tempted by the new releases. That and my wife said she would cut my nuts off if I bought any more new games. So it started by telling the Same Coin guys about the idea and they got to decide what console I play on. It could have been very different as I own most of the retro consoles. I could have had a month of Game Gear. This wouldn’t have been a bad thing except I’d probably have severe eye strain at the end of the month. If I survive the 30 days and decide to do it again, I’ll let the listeners decide what console I spend a month revisiting. Who knows, I may not want to go back to my shiny PC or other consoles as the Dreamcast may be all I need?

I had a few rules that I would stick by. Let’s face it; it wouldn’t be much of a challenge if I got to play Shenmue and then Dishonoured.

1. I can play only Dreamcast games.
2. I cannot buy any new games (current releases).
3. I’m counting the days I’m playing. Unfortunately I can’t play games every day (a baby and real life will put a dent in your game time) so the 30 days may last over a period of 6 weeks.

It wasn’t a rule particularly but I wanted to avoid games that were multi format at the time and just focus on exclusive games to the Dreamcast.

A couple of words about the Dreamcast. This is one of my favourite consoles of all time, if not the favourite. My memories of the Dreamcast are that it felt like you had an arcade in your home. Looking back, the Dreamcast was so ahead of its time. You could surf the net, certain games had online play, and some games even had downloadable content. The VMU was another innovation. It’s a real tragedy that the Dreamcast didn’t survive for longer and was ultimately killed off by the Playstation 2. It’s also a shame that this became Sega’s final console. I guess it’s true what they say; the brightest flame does burn the quickest.

Anyway, enough waffle, let’s get on with it. Here is my record of each time I fire up the Dreamcast. They are just initial impressions and not full reviews of the game. Kind of like a diary.

10th October 2012 – Day 1

Fetched the Dreamcast from the loft with my collection of games. First impressions are that I’d forgotten how small and compact the console is.

Let’s fire up the VMU. The VMU takes 2 batteries! Good job I’m armed with some spare batteries. It’s alive! The game pad feels very comfortable.