Sega Dreamcast – Did You Know Gaming? Feat. Greg (Sponsored)




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In this episode, Did You Know Gaming takes a look at some facts, secrets, Easter eggs and history of the Sega Dreamcast. The Dreamcast is the successor to the Sega Saturn, and saw many of Sega’s most celebrated titles, including Sonic Adventure, Shemue, Phantasy Star Online and Jet Set Radio. Various iterations of the Dreamcast have existed by many different companies, including Nvidia, 3DFX and VideoLogic. Prototypes for the console were named White Belt, Black Belt, Dural and Katana. Through our analysis of the console’s development, Sega Dreamcast games and their gameplay and beta builds, we hope to show some of the more interesting facts from the making of the Dreamcast and have its history explained.

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31 thoughts on “Sega Dreamcast – Did You Know Gaming? Feat. Greg (Sponsored)

  • January 26, 2021 at 8:33 pm
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    One of my friends showed me an entire 128 CD Wallet full of burnt dreamcast games. He told me the dreamcast played them without having to hack the console at all. I went to EB Games the next day and got a used one for like $50 lol.

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  • January 26, 2021 at 8:33 pm
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    The sad thing is that sega did a terrible job of reading the market when the ps2 came out. At first it sold 2 million units but every playstation 2 owner was ticked off that there were no good ps2 launch titles. Had a friend who was contemplating turning in his ps2 for a dreamcast when sega made their announcement.

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  • January 26, 2021 at 8:33 pm
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    I have a question, which was more powerful…the Power VR or 3DFX GPU? I'm willing to bet 3DFX went absolutely wild with it at a good cost. Their Voodoo Cards were unstoppable for a very longtime. It's a shame they went down not to long after this. I bet this broken deal coupled with going public was the one-two punch that killed them.

    Addendum- The lawsuit didn't have anything to do with EA's wish to not support Sega's hardware. Their falling out happened at the release of the Sega Saturn in 1995. When Sega launched early they screwed quite a few developers including EA. Actually, EA and Sega never really had a cozy relationship even though it appeared that way. Trip Hawkins basically blackmailed Sega into paying them to develop games for the Genesis by reverse engineering Sega's carts so they could skip all royalties.

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  • January 26, 2021 at 8:33 pm
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    Always felt like the Xbox was Dreamcast 2.

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  • January 26, 2021 at 8:33 pm
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    This needs a revision after the recent video by SEGA

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  • January 26, 2021 at 8:33 pm
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    What's the name of the song that plays after the opening?

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  • January 26, 2021 at 8:33 pm
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    I feel sega if Japan dropped the ball on putting 3dfx chips in the Dreamcast.

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  • January 26, 2021 at 8:33 pm
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    This is was the problem with Sega and hardware. Ego, indecisiveness, stupid ideas, arrogance and infighting between Sega of America and Sega of Japan. I might have been interested in the Dreamcast, but there were threats of different versions like a DVD one, and I was like, okay, maybe I'll wait for that.

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  • January 26, 2021 at 8:33 pm
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    I still don’t fucking understand why sega made the 32X. I blame sega’s downfall on that thing. Had that not been made, more people would have purchased the Saturn, and sega would look more reliable.

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  • January 26, 2021 at 8:33 pm
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    MadKatz made so many knock-off peripherals for the DreamCast… well it and the N64. Besides, if I ever get another Nunchuk for my Wii I’ll get a Rock Candy brand one

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  • January 26, 2021 at 8:33 pm
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    The Dreamcast is such a great console tho… After more than 20 years, people STILL love it, and homebrew developers STILL make games for it! It may have been discontinued in 2001, but it's far from dead!

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  • January 26, 2021 at 8:33 pm
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    So basically sega of america killed the dreamcast?

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  • January 26, 2021 at 8:33 pm
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    Loved this video and narrative. Even back in the early 2000s I had said that there was a clear partnership between Microsoft and Sega. I mean yes Dreamcast had Windiws CE on it, but I meant at the time the system lay out and design. 4 controller ports on the system, a controller with ports for mics and memory cards, the button layout and colors. It was all there.

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  • January 26, 2021 at 8:33 pm
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    After the Saturn faux pax, it was looking like Sega might have exited on a very low note but at least the Dreamcast did the once-great company justice. I do remember though, my cousin was a literal 9/9/99 adopter and I went and bought a second controller in the hopes of us representing it to the fullest but the games were releasing at a trickle. There was this HUGE PS1 library next to a solid N64 library and like 9 games for the Dreamcast. That improved a little as time went on but even early on, it didn't look good. Then when PS2 hit- the knockout blow had been delivered.

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  • January 26, 2021 at 8:33 pm
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    I played for hundreds of hours on this console, Rayman was the shit! My CD drive finally failed. So, I cleaned the laser lense properly and tried again and nothing, so, I put a game disc in again and gently turned the system upside-down and played another 6 months, yeah, feels good man haha.

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  • January 26, 2021 at 8:33 pm
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    It's really amazing how Sega just dissolved from the internal struggle between Sega us and Sega Japan.

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  • January 26, 2021 at 8:33 pm
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    It's weird that piracy was an issue in their compitition with SONY.
    More than half the PS2 games I've played were all pirated.
    Pirating PS2 games was super easy.

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  • January 26, 2021 at 8:33 pm
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    The dreamcast had official software support from other companies in japan lasting until 2007. Interestingly such games like shenmue 2 still got a dreamcast release in europe and japan, hell even puyo puyo fever got a release on dreamcast in japan dating back to 2004. Makes me question why they didn't do limited US releases online.

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