|Thousands of people looking for yellowing Dreamcasts...|
|What a fool.|
If you're up to speed with the new releases on the Dreamcast you'll no doubt be aware of 2015's Game & Watch-inspired James & Watch: Arm. It's an indie game developed by Dave Lancaster from the ever-popular Retrogaming Roundup podcast, which we reviewed here at the 'Yard.
If you're a regular visitor to the 'Yard you'll have probably seen my recent series looking at Paragon Publishing's Dreamcast Magazine (I'm currently up to issue 10 so if you haven't, scroll back through the posts and you'll find them). There were a few issues in the run of that particular magazine I was missing, so I visited a stand run by SegaMags - a website dedicated solely to the championing and documenting of Sega magazines from the UK.
Total Control Magazines
As well as the Dreamcast magazines mentioned above, I also managed to acquire the complete collection of Total Control magazine, a short lived multi-format mag from the UK. While this may not sound that relevant, Total Control was a publication that ran from November 1998 to September 1999 and as such almost every issue features a ton of Dreamcast stuff. I recently posted scans of issue 1's Dreamcast reveal here at the 'Yard, and pretty much every one of the 11 issues of this fantastic magazine is stuffed full of Dreamcast-related previews, reviews and long forgotten news snippets (many featuring items that vanished into the ether not long after being showcased - more soon).
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Mr Yukawa's Treasure Hunt Promo Stand
Mr Yukawa was the managing director of Sega during the Dreamcast era and he became something of a celebrity due to the series of TV commercials he appeared in. Due to this new found fame, Sega saw fit to not only produce a console box with his mug festooned on it, but they also gave him a cameo in Shenmue and his own game.
Every Bit Gaming brought it over to me anyway. It's a really cool and unusual item and I have to give my thanks to him, and also for the next item too...
Giant Gram 2 Promo Poster
Another piece from Nathan at Every Bit Gaming, this Giant Gram 2 promotional poster is something I'd never seen before and it looks like it was used in games stores in Japan.
The poster is double sided and while one side really just shows art from the game, the other gives details of Dreamcast/NAOMI connectivity via a VMU and a VMU mini game that comes as part of the main game. I can't make head nor tail of the text on the poster, but this is a really cool and unusual item.
Lego DreamcastSonic the Comic Online is the internet-based continuation the printed media version of Sonic the Comic. You probably didn't need me to spell that out for you, but there it is. I used to buy STC on occasion during my formative years, and this weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Stephenson, the editor-in-chief of Sonic the Comic Online. The reason I tell you this, is that Michael isn't just a talented illustrator - he also makes awesome things like this Lego Dreamcast:
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Dreamcast Gun T-Shirt
How cool and unusual is this? I got this Dreamcast Gun shirt from the guys at Badnik Bazaar, an online retailer specialising in all things Sonic and Sega. The simplicity of the design is what drew me to it, and it only cost £10 - a bargain however you look at it.
|Gun added in case you didn't know what one looked like. Um.|
The Video Game Market wasn't just about buying stuff - it was also a great opportunity to meet up with lots of familiar faces from the UK's huge and vibrant gaming scene. As many of us live in all corners of the UK, these types of events are generally the only times we get to see each other in person, and so it was great meeting up with all the other guys from RetroCollect, Lewis from Sega Driven, Ally the Retro Hunter, the Maximum Power Up podcast guys, Aaron the Angry Amiga Nerd, Lee from Sore Thumbs, Rick from Warp Zone, YouTuber Tooty UK...and everyone else who came to say hello and chat about the Dreamcast and DCJY.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Sonic the Hedgehog 2 artist Duncan Gutteridge and Super Play / N64 Magazine / Rare artist Wil Overton. All in all, it was a great day and hopefully the next one will be every bit as good.