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The Dreamcast Junkyard's New Year's Resolutions for 2021

Happy New Year! It's 2021 at last and we can finally put what has been an incredibly tough year for everyone firmly behind us. As is tradition straight after Christmas, New Year's resolutions start flying about around how you're going to eat better, workout more and save your money. But not here at the Junkyard! All we're interested in is what promises we're all going to make towards our favourite white box.

We'll kick things off with recently anointed Father of the Junkyard, Tom who has lots more lovely Dreamcast content planned for us this year:

"I guess my main resolution for 2021 would be to try to get back to being more prolific when it comes to creating articles and video content for the Junkyard. 2020 was a bit of a weird one, as even though working from home initially gave more time to spend on content creation, work stress really ramped up and sucked the creativity out of me in a big way. Spending all day at a computer and then having the prospect of doing the same in the evenings really stopped appealing after a few weeks and my motivation suffered. I'm hoping that 2021 will herald a return to some kind of normality and allow for us all to have a better work/life balance; no longer feeling like the days are one long workday after the other with no respite."

Next up is friend of the Junkyard, Dreamcast developer and creator of the wonderful Dreamcast Now service, Luke "Kazade" Benstead:

"Err resolutions... I guess actually finish and publish my first Dreamcast game (Swirling Blades), but also make more time to play Dreamcast games with my daughter. I'd also love to add an official Sega branded fishing controller to my collection. Finally, give Dreamcast Now a refresh, it's getting on a bit now!"

A new fishing rod is on the horizon for Kazade.

Junkyard staffer Lewis wants to get more involved with the ever expanding Dreamcast indie scene:

"My Dreamcast resolution for next year is to buy and play more indie games. For the longest time, the only Dreamcast indie game I've owned has been Fruity. I don’t know why, I just happened across it one year and now I own it. It wasn’t until I got involved with the Junkyard that I started hearing about the plethora of current and upcoming indie releases for the system. I’ve always been solely focused on collecting the official releases, but with the hype around the Dreamcast being a “current gen” system as of late, I felt that I can’t miss out on being part of its current renaissance. I ordered a copy of Alice Dreams Tournament the other day after it was recommended in our DCJY Advent Calendar Twitter series, and look to get more in 2021. I’ll also be looking out for Kickstarters and other opportunities to support the Dreamcast indie scene!"

Next up is DreamcasticChannel owner, Dreamcast streamer and all-round good egg, pcwzrd13:

"My New Year's resolution is to beat Super Magnetic Neo. I've attempted it several times in the past and given up, but this time I mean it! This game will not get the best of me! I've beaten some of the hardest games in existence, including but not limited to Contra, Contra: Hard Corps, Ninja Gaiden, and Red Dog: Superior Firepower! I've even conquered a Spelunky hell run! Gosh dang nabit, I can do this! I may take out a few Dreamcast's in fits of rage but luckily I have plenty of spares... Of course I'm kidding. I would never harm a Dreamcast, but I will beat Super Magnetic Neo! Mark my words!"

Super Magnetic Neo, one of the DC's toughest games?

For Kev, this year is all about racking up the hours actually playing his Dreamcast:

"In 2020 I significantly cut back my spending on all games and Dreamcast ones in particular, however, my one big outlay was for a GDEMU Dreamcast, whilst I have been enjoying this I haven’t used it as much as I would like, so my 2021 goal is to try and play at least one hour of Dreamcast a week, particularly as that GDEMU machine came preloaded with a stack of games that I have never played, including some of the higher places titles from the DCJY Top 200 games list."

As for me, 2021 will be about ticking off a couple of games that have been on my backlog for a while:

"My Dreamcasting goal for 2021 is to finally get around to playing two games that I can't believe I've managed to go twenty years without playing. The first one is the rather bizarre Pen Pen Triicelon. An often forgotten launch game, Pen Pen (as it was titled in Europe), was something that I thought looked gorgeous back in the day, but not something I wanted to play. It's time to make amends. The second game is Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future. When I was younger, I loved Ecco on the Game Gear and always thought of that dolphin as an equal to Sonic as the SEGA mascot of the 90s. The Dreamcast sequel looks outstanding and has always been a game I've wanted to play, but never got around to."

Defender of the Future will be my first Ecco experience since the Game Gear.

And there we have it. What about you? What's your Dreamcast New Year's Resolution? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter.

3 comments:

DCGX said...

I still have a few more DC games I'd like to pick up, but I should probably get around to playing the few dozen I bought the last few months.

JRod said...

PC I think you need to beat Fur Fighters first

Pizza Hotline said...

My new year's resolution is to finally get a DreamPi and a copy of PSO and join the online community!