The Sega Dreamcast may be the most beloved console of all time despite it’s incredibly short lifespan. To hear someone talk about it, you’d think it was the greatest console ever made, and in some respects it was—just no one was paying attention at the time. What about now? Would today’s video game consumers approach the Sega Dreamcast and all of it’s amazing titles differently if the system relaunched with support for modern displays, ethernet, and a new user interface? That’s what the developers behind Project Dream are hoping to do with a proposal to Sega to revive the Dreamcast.
Before I knew anything about financial responsibility, my young self excitedly walked into Electronic Boutique to purchase the Sega Dreamcast along with then just released Marvel Vs Capcom 2. Having just received my newly minted credit card with it’s $500 limit, I was looking to indulge myself with what would eventually become one of the most fan favorite video game consoles ever made. Thankfully this isn’t a financial blog, because it would be all doom and gloom from here on out if I were to describe to you the horrible direction my credit took after making this purchase. My experience with the Sega Dreamcast however, can only be described as pure joy; Marvel Vs Capcom 2, Resident Evil: Code Veronica, Soul Calibur, Record of Lodoss War and several other titles filled my days with endless entertainment.
Project Dream is hoping that these sort of fond memories will help them with a proposal it plans to present to Sega in an effort to revive their long dead system. There’s currently a website, describing it’s motivation and goals, and links to a number of pages where hopeful gamers can provide their support in the form of petition signatures, and a forum for those who wish to offer suggestions. I for one hope they can at least achieve a relaunch of the system that would bring it up to date with other modern consoles; a new user interface, a more robust operating system featuring multi-media capabilities, and the ability to play all of your old Dreamcast games should you still have the discs.
The idea that Sega might get back into the hardware business is farfetched at best, but Project Dream is suggesting a made-to-order purchase system to make it more feasible. There’s no denying the impact of the Dreamcast on the video game industry. The countless rereleases of titles like Rez, Ikaruga, and Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 are testament to that. Stay tuned for more updates regarding Project Dream’s effort to revive the Dreamcast.
Thanks for reading and be sure to check out the posted links if you’d like to support Project Dream in their quest to revive one of the greatest video game consoles of all time! Leave me a comment below letting me know what you think of the Dreamcast and Project Dream’s goals.