Bandwagons Ahoy! Part 2

It seems that everyone is having a crack at lamenting the Dreamcast's demise on this, the 10th Anniversary of it's (US) birth. It's mostly all crocodile tears, I hasten to add - where were these so-called 'supporters' when the DC still had a weak pulse and the tiniest of sections scrunched into an unlit corner of Electronics Boutique? Bah! Fucking hypocritical Judases. It seems that even MSN is getting in on the act though, featuring the Dreamcast in it's 'Dead Tech we would Resurrect' feature. Go and have a look.



Did you read it? Did you cough your half-chewed toast all over the fucking keyboard? I almost did - where the hell did they dig up the cretin who wrote that load of bile? Well, more on that later, but I for one didn't realise the DC was the follow-up to the Mega Drive (apparently, the Saturn never existed); and check out this quote:

"...A combination of mistrust with game developers and the emergence of the PlayStation spelled an early bath for the Dreamcast. Even the brilliant Virtua Fighter could not save it..."

Now, I'm not one for abbreviations or text speak - indeed, I believe it to be a grisly mutilation of the English language - but W.T.F.?! This horse shit would be acceptable (just) on some nomark blog written by a 15 year old wanabe games journo in his bedroom, but this is on MSN - one of the biggest and most widely read web portals on the fucking planet! Wanna know what's even more noose-preparingly depressing? The guy who wrote it is called Michael Sawh. And he works for T3.com.

The mind, as ever, boggles.

15 comments:

The GagaMan(n) said...

Wow, that was one angry post, maybe you need to take a lie down down Tom! You sound like my mum whenever a Elvis Presley documentary comes on with Interviews with those that 'loved him' and recent ones about Micheal Jackson as well, actually. IGN's video summed it when they said "the PS2 was looming and Tekken Tag and Ridge Racer looks excellent": I don't recall anyone thinking those early PS2 games looked good. Oh well.

Tomleecee said...

Ha ha! Yeah, it was a bit on the angry side, but c'mon! If you're going to write an article that thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of people are going to read, the least you can do is some proper research! Judging by some of the comments on the actual article over at T3.com, a lot of other people feel the same...

Barry the Nomad said...

Is "early bath" a common phrase? Did they mean "death"? And really, was "Virtua Fighter" the Dreamcast's potential savior? I could have sworn Virtua Fighter was on the non-existent Saturn.

Sorry, being pretentious again. ;) Think I'll take a bath.

Tomleecee said...

Lol, yeah 'early bath' is an actual phrase (as in a footballer being substituted off the pitch before the end of the match and taking an early bath). You're not pretentious Barry - you're educated!

Caleb said...

I STILL say everythin can be blamed on Bernie Stolar lowering the Dreamcast price from 250 to 199 for the launch.

The Dreamcast would have still had record sales and Sega would have made a nice cushion of money that could allowed the Dreamcast to stay around a bit longer.

Barry the Nomad said...

Caleb, when will you accept that the jump from 16-bit to 128-bit was too much for SEGA to handle. Let's not forget that their flagship title "Virtual Fighting Men" was a no-show and left them to become dirty, stinking developer bashing bullies? SEGA asked for it.

The Coolinator said...

I agree,

Everyone is latching on to the Dreamcast train to sqeak out some "support" for the console on its 10 year anniversary.

Most of them don't even know or mention the still active indie development movement behind the DC.

Bastards.

Barry the Nomad said...

Now now, The Coolinator, that was a bit pretentious of you. ;)

Lee said...

It is surprising how many people come out of the woodwork to celebrate a system they probably didn't even buy. I think MSN needs to use a little more research in their articles, they might as well said that Mario was the Dreamcast best title :-p

Tomleecee said...

Coolinator and Lee - totally agree with your comments. I would like to officially invite the bell-end who wrote that article to come on here and explain himself!

Anonymous said...

And how many of those who propose to 'love' the DC bought one and continued to buy software even after the boot disk came out and the games became available? I would reckon the reason a lot of them love it is because you can play any game for it without spending more than the cost of a CDR as well as all the emulation it can do. Which is exactly the reason it died.

Tomleecee said...

What has that got to do with anything, Anonymous?

Mikel said...

Wow, that's pretty dismal. I'd also add that it wasn't the first console to offer online gaming - just built-in online gaming.

Also, I can't speak for anyone else, but as one of the people "jumping on the bandwagon" this week, I'd just like to say that my love is genuine. I bought my DC at launch and continued to regularly buy games and peripherals for it until they stopped coming out. True, I wasn't clued in to the homebrew scene until recently, but I didn't pirate anything, either. So there's that.

Barry the Nomad said...

Mikel, considering you were an active participant during the system's "living" years, I'd say you didn't jump on the bandwagon at all. Jumping on the bandwagon would involve you having nothing to do with the Dreamcast until hearing that it had a 10th anniversary this week and you began writing top 10 lists and giving the history of Dreamcast based on wikipedia articles.

NebachadnezzaR said...

Considering that many of us still buy games today, particularly indie titles, I would say that piracy is probably not that common among "those who propose to 'love' the DC".