I'll admit I'm not a huge video game person, because BUSY SCHEDULE. However, there was one great game system love of my life, and it was the Sega Dreamcast—which if it weren't cruelly murdered before its time, you effing BASTARDS—would have turned 17 years old today.

The Sega Dreamcast—though quite ahead of its time—met its death thanks to terrible timing. It just preceded Microsoft's Xbox, Nintendo's Gamecube, and Sony's PlayStation 2, and sales were just too soft. However, there was so much going for it! From Wikipedia:

Although the Dreamcast had a short lifespan and limited third-party support, reviewers have considered the console ahead of its time. Its library contains many games considered creative and innovative, including Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio and Shenmue, as well as high-quality ports from Sega's NAOMI arcade system board. The Dreamcast was also the first console to include a built-in modem for Internet support and online play.

Crazy Taxi: Nyah-Nyah-Nyah-Nyah-Nyaaah!!-The Offspring
Crazy Taxi: "Nyah-Nyah-Nyah-Nyah-Nyaaah!!"-The Offspring

OH DEAR GOD HOW I LOVED CRAZY TAXI. (That's the game where you are assigned a douchebag cabbie persona and drive like a fucking maniac through the San Francisco streets picking up fares.) Last time I checked they had a Crazy Taxi arcade game over at Punch Bowl Social—and I cried a little while playing because I missed it so much and only had so many quarters. And Jet Set Radio, in which you're a roller-blading graffiti artist (!!) had an amazing visual style, and made you feel like a criminal (though not in a gross way like in Grand Theft Auto).


Like an idiot, I sold my Sega Dreamcast (along with games) to someone at the Mercury Yard Sale a few years ago, and I've hated myself ever since. So if you bought it, and still have it? I WANT IT BACK, PLEASE!