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05/06/2003 Archived Entry: "Sega!!!"

*sits and stares at chem book*
Yeah, I don't want to do my work. So I'm escaping by writing in my log as to buy myself some time. ^_^

I found an article on Sega today: SegaStillbirth Revisited.
It's really a fascinating read. It details, what Mr. Kohler (of Shonen Jump/Animerica/Wired fame) believes went wrong with the Dreamcast. If you are at all interested in gaming, I think it's a very intriguing article. For the most part, I gotta say, I agree with his assessments. I may be a big, hardcore Sega fanboy, but by golly, Sega did drop the ball in some areas. Maybe not as badly as Mr. Kohler puts it, but it did happen. One thing this article did was to make me recall a passage I saved in the past, as the Sega announced that they would withdrawl from the hardware market. I forgot where I got it (probably some forum), but it was posted by someone by the handle of "Crayfish." Below follows the exerpt:

"There has been much angst exspressed lately about the demise of the Dreamcast and the non western release of certain games.
I wan't to say to all those people not to work yourself up over the issue, its not worth it. All us Sega Saturn owners are fully familular with the sequence of events.

1)Sega releases a new console that you give full moral and financial support to.

2)Sega fucks up somehow and misses their opportunity but still preach sucsess mainly through the use of massaged sales figures which you eagerly buy into and use in arguments with rival console owners.

3)You have a horrible realisation that things are not as rosy as Sega made out (described in Pulp Fiction as "A moment of clarity"). This only hardens your resolve however and you switch to a much more puritan method of arguing with rival console owners about how the Sega games are superioir and to deep to succeed in the casual gamer led market.

4)Now Sega start cancelling western releases, this pisses you off and begins the love hate phase of your relationship with Sega. Again these hardships make you become even more hardcore and resolute in support of your choses console, fueled now as well by an inferiority complex.

5)The console now turns purely into a neiche genre (2D fighters, 2D shooters, bonkers Japanese games requiring expensive add ons etc..) machine with titles that you have to pay hugely over infated prices from Jap import shops for. As ever you egg Sega on as they crawl on their knees accross the tundra, seemingly fucking up at every possible opportunity. All this however has taken a heavy toll on your faith in human nature and you begin to turn your back on mainstream culture. You can now much better empathise with other oppressed minorities with militant stances.

6)You are born again with the news that Sega is releasing a new console and that "everthing will be alright this time".

7)Repeat stages 1 to 6.

These are the 'ancient rites of the Sega console owner' to fight against them is futile. Look at the Sega CD, 32X, Saturn, Dreamcast the pattern is clear. Sure the DC was "ahead of its time", sure "VF has 10 times the depth of Tekken" but you try telling that to the masses and you'll end up mad. You know those blokes you see in the street who only have one shoe and continaly walk shouting incoherent swearwords, they were Sega console owners who tried to do just this and inturn fought against the 'ancient rights'. At the end of the day all you can do is hand over your money to Sega and keep you mouth shut. It like being a season ticket holder to you local shit sports team while your freinds support winnig teams from elsewhere like the Chicago Bulls or Manchester United.

The lot in life of the Sega console owner is not an easy one. Happy moments are few and far between and you will face tyrany from unbeleivers on all sides but keep the faith. Take pride in you determination and loyalty. Afterall you wouldn't want to be one of those fat surburban Sony console owners who have things too easy would you?

I for one have already saved up for Dreamcast 2 (with a little left over to start my Dreamcast 3 fund)."

Reading that back in the day was really thought provoking because well, honestly, it's true. Reading it again today, I still find it very, very true. Being a Sega fanboy isn't easy. There are many rough times associated with Sega fandom: failing systems, lack of games, and spending of lots o' money to import. And even though I go through all this, I still proudly proclaim that I am a hardcore Sega fanboy. What the hell does Sega do to gain my loyalty like this? I've thought about this question many times and I've come to the conclusion that Sega and Sega consoles just serve the hardcore gamer better than any other major competitor. They make games that appeal more to the hardcore market and their systems tend to feature a great number of rather quirky and/or niche but otherwise great games. Not only that, Sega titles are more consistently appealing than any other companys' titles, IMHO. In a world ruled by PS2 fanboys, here I am, a Dreamcast fan. The DC is by far my favorite system ever. Nothing in the forseeable future will change that. Being a Sega fan is rough. Although, it's not nearly as rough as being an SNK fan. Oh wait... I'm a SNK fanboy too. -_-;;

Replies: 3 comments

I can't understand a word......so dunno whether to feel sorry or happy

Posted by Sal @ 05/08/2003 09:14 PM PST

dream cast fan. o-o i signed up for iRO.xD..!!

Posted by rydia @ 05/08/2003 09:07 PM PST

Ewwww...poor davey. you get a pat. *pat pat*

Posted by Anthony L. @ 05/07/2003 05:54 AM PST

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