More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About The Sega Dreamcast

The latest from the video game trivia masters at Did You Know Gaming? tackles Sega’s ill-fated but fondly remembered Dreamcast — from inception to downfall.

(Is it just me or is the rapid-fire pacing of this channel’s video releases starting to get a little crazy?)

Anyway, the Dreamcast was not a bad system, but a perfect storm of factors led Sega to eventually discontinue it and ditch the game hardware business entirely. Everybody knows that.

But did you know that Sega made official Dreamcast light gun and camera accessories that it never released in the US? Or how about the fact that then-Sega Chairman Isao Ikawa appealed personally to Bill Gates in the hopes that Microsoft would build native Dreamcast game support into the Xbox after the Sega console’s death?

These tidbits aren’t breaking news, but there is so much information packed into the video that I can pretty confidently guarantee you’ll learn something from it — even if it’s that you never wanted to know so much about the Dreamcast in the first place.


  • I still have an Official DreamCast light gun to this day! I got it with House of the Dead 2 around 15-16 years ago.

    Great system, great games!

  • Wait, i always thought that Sony were partners with Nintendo before the PS1 and N64 were released, they only parted ways because Nintendo wanted to keep using cartridges over CD’s, Sony investing too much money to simply dump their contribution developed the PS1.

    I could possibly be (and probably are) wrong but this is what i always thought.

    • From what I remember, Sony was going to originally partner with Nintendo, but after discovering the fine print that would have entitled Sony to most of the royalties, Nintendo pulled out. Sony then turned to Sega, but as they said in this video, that fell through too. So after that, Sony decided to take them both on with the Playstation.

    • Yep, you are correct. The “facts” at the start of the video are complete nonsense. Considering the fact, too, that Dreamcast runs Hitachi SH-4 CPU and NEC Power-VR2 GPU, which was not even mentioned at all… Makes me wonder about their previous videos historical accuracy now, too.

  • “Anyway, the Dreamcast was an amazing system, but a perfect storm of factors led Sega to eventually discontinue it and ditch the game hardware business entirely. Everybody knows that.”

    That’s a little better 😛

    My Dreamcast still gets a TON of use. The amount of gold in the Dreamcast library is staggering. I’ve recently started replaying Grandia II, and I’ve been meaning to hunt down a legit copy of Record of Lodoss War- a really neat ARPG that seems to have been completely forgotten to time.
    Tokyo Highway Challenge/Xtreme Racer/Shutokō Battle 2 is also on high rotation. Anytime I turn that game on, it’s days before I can bring myself to give it up again 🙂

  • I have had mine since launch and there are only 3 games in my collection id consider system sellers.
    Soul Caliber, Rayman, Tony Hawk 2.
    The dream cast just wasn’t that great a gaming console.

    • WHAT!? Chu Chu Rocket, Crazy Taxi 1 & 2, Shenmue, Sonic Adventure, Sega Rally, V-Rally 2, Spawn In The Demons Hand, Marvel Vs Capcom 2, Blue Stinger, MS-R (which then became PGR on Xbox). All these and more are one exclusive (till the console fell) and two AMAZING!

      • The Dreamcast is a Legendary console and is the missing link between PlayStation/Saturn/N64 era, and the Xbox/PS2/Gamecube era. Dreamcast was the first time arcade quality was achieved in the home.

        Here’s my list;

        Shenmue 2
        Sonic Adventure (best Version)
        Sonic Adventure 2 (best Version)
        Marvel Vs Capcom 2 (best Version)
        Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike (best Version)
        Street Fighter Alpha 3 (best Version)
        Capcom Vs SNK 2
        Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves
        Dead or Alive 2 (best Version)
        Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (best Version)
        Metropolis Street Racer (1st in Project Gotham series)
        V-Rally 2 (best Version)
        Daytona USA 2001 (best Version)
        Sega GT
        Vigilante 8: 2nd Offence (best Version)
        Hydro Thunder (best Version)
        Toy Commander
        Crazy Taxi
        Crazy Taxi 2
        Dave Mirra BMX (best Version)
        Tony Hawk 2 (best Version)
        Resident Evil: Code Veronica (best Version)
        Resident Evil 2 (best Version)
        Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (best Version)
        Dino Crisis (best Version)
        Skies of Arcadia
        Grandia 2
        Ecco: Defender of the Future (best Version)
        Evolution 2
        House of the Dead 2
        Jet Set Radio
        NBA 2K (1st in NBA2K series)
        Power Stone
        Power Stone 2
        Soul Fighter

          • Oh man. I bought Blue Stinger on release day, which was 2 days before the DC launch for some weird reason. I always felt like it was Resident Evil as an adventure game. So many great memories of that game. It was terrible in the best way.

          • I didn’t have Blue Stinger. Lucky me had a different shitter – Trickstyle. I had too put up with it’s mediocre anti-grav boarding until I could buy an actual game worth playing… but nothing was going to make me turn that PS1 back on. I’m in the future now 😛

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