Dreamcast Origins and Potatoes

I haven't written in a bit, and I think it's been long enough, so let's have a bit of nostalgia! Namely, my first interactions with the Dreamcast. Oh, and my thoughts on a certain Sega publicity stunt.

Not mine, but it's the same version. Best swirl, BTW

We were never ones to get a video game system new, so I had an NES and Sega Pico a few years after their heyday (Well, the latter for sure. I was born just as the SNES was coming into its own.) Anyway, one day around the year 2000 or 2001, we go to Best Buy and purchase a Dreamcast. According to a extremely reliable source (Wikipedia, of course) we purchased it just as it was phasing out. Not exactly new, but the closest I'd been to that point.

I couldn't get enough, it seems. I played the Sonic Adventure demo over and over until we finally got it. And even then, I had to play most of Sonic's story over again each time, as we still hadn't gotten a memory card! (On a side note, and to make me feel kinda old: I bought my used copy of Sonic Adventure 2 at GameStop. Episode I Racer was a game that I could play with my Mom! Toy Commander had multiplayer that I could 1v1v1 with other family members! Sonic Shuffle was...

Umm... I like some of the music?
My interest was pushed away as I would later get an N64, Gamecube, PS2, etc... but I always kept the system and booted up Sonic Adventure or Toy Commander from time to time. Now that I've joined the Junkyard community, I've learned a very great deal more about the system than I would have otherwise.

Like the Spud Dive. I won't go into it much, but I will admit that I probably would have given it a whirl. Having washed dishes at my house for so long, I am a practical expert on the texture and constancy of mashed potatoes. Yeah it's silly, but hey: at least it's not some goofy reality show with giant bouncy balls and ever-present water hazards!

Even the winners wouldn't get a Dreamcast!
Maybe next podcast I'm on, I'll mount a spirited defense of the PR department and their decision.

Not to Scale
Nah, I don't think so.


doceggfan said...

I just remembered this isn't the only spud related incident relating to the Dreamcast. The VMU's internal chip is labelled "POTATO" in the world's worst pun joke. Sega must really have a fetish for starchy edible bulbs.

B# Major General said...

Worst? Or BEST.

doceggfan said...

I guess it's far down the lame scale that it could come out the other side to good.