Dreamcast 10 years on, two new games!

September 10, 2009 by Dan Skitt  
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Clever marketing or genuine love? Either way, Dreamcast fans should be smiling with glee as they dig out their baby from the attick.

The first of the two which is set to release this October, Rush Rush Rally Racing, looks like a bundle of fun. Thanks Redspotgames, we love you!

* Single-player grand prix mode with four difficulty levels
* Three multi-player modes to enjoy with up to four players
* Five race cars to choose from
* 10 Grand Prix race tracks
* 9 additional multi-player race tracks
* Awesome soundtrack by Black Device
* Autosave to VMU (any port, file uses just 2 blocks)
* Region free
* Rumble pack support
* Compatible with original Dreamcast pads, arcade stick, and third party controllers
* Supports PAL (50/60 Hz), NTSC and VGA displays
* Configurable controls and many other options
* Animated cut scenes
* Plus even more unlockable content!
* New: Online Highscore!

You can preorder this at eBay, Amazon and their Offical store.

The second to be released is Irides, a game of puzzle and challenge. Matching blocks, the faster you match, the higher your score.

A release date is expected to be given soon, pre-orders get two goodies. A free Irides iPod application and a promotional poster. Playing a Dreamcast with a shiny new poster on the wall, what more could we want from this 10 year anniversary?

The other 9.9.99 – Peter Moore on the Sega Dreamcast

September 9, 2009 by Rob Knight  
Filed under News, Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox

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On the day that the media focuses on The Beatles, be it back catalogue, Rock Band or the ongoing will they won’t they iTunes speculation, current EA Sports head Peter Moore has spoken on his blog about the launch of the Sega Dreamcast ten years ago to the day in the US.

Despite the spectacularly fast fall from grace that the console suffered when Sega swiftly pulled the plug and ran away from hardware production, the machine had a fantastic range of quality titles that are still praised in gaming circles today (Shenmue/Shenmue 2, Sega Sports’ 2K series (after EA Sports famously refused to support the console), Soul Calibur, Jet Set Radio & Virtua Tennis)

Also and of course most importantly for today’s internet connected generation of consoles the Sega Dreamcast was the first console to include internet functionality. On this Mr Moore says,

Isao Okawa, the Chairman of Sega Enterprises and the driving force behind the Dreamcast…had a vision that a game console, combined with the power of the internet, could bring people together in ways that were previously unimaginable. He didn’t live to see that vision come to fruition, and his beloved Dreamcast couldn’t survive to play a role in the powerful world of connected gaming we all enjoy today, but it certainly lit the spark, and that we should never forget…

This is certainly the case and you have to feel that the success enjoyed today by Xbox Live, PSN and Wii owe a debt of gratitude to this great but never forgotten console