Sega Dreamcast Fandom and Hatedom
The Dreamcast is a home video game console released by Sega on November 27, 1998, in Japan, September 9, 1999, in North America, and October 14, 1999, in Europe. It was the first in the sixth generation of video game consoles, preceding Sony's PlayStation 2, Nintendo's GameCube and Microsoft's Xbox. The Dreamcast was Sega's final home console, marking the end of the company's 18 years in the console market. In contrast to expensive hardware the Sega Saturn had, the Dreamcast was designed to reduce costs with "off-the-shelf" components, including a Hitachi SH-4 CPU and an NEC PowerVR2 GPU. While the popularity was strong at first, it went down after Sony built hype for the upcoming PlayStation 2. 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, Sonic Adventure, and Shenmue, as well as high-quality ports from Sega's NAOMI arcade system board. The Dreamcast was the first console to include a built-in modem for Internet support and online play. For a console that was well-received, it did spawn a toxic fandom and hatedom.
"It's thinking" about its toxic fans and haters and here's why
- They hate the PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Original Xbox, claiming they " killed " the Dreamcast. This is not true since what ended the Dreamcast's legacy was due to the fact that Sega suffered serious financial losses from the Sega CD, 32X, and Sega Saturn all three. So Sega didn't have the money to make it more powerful and had to cut corners with making it avoid spending lots of money. The Dreamcast also arrived late in the last two years of the 90s, while its competitors were still popular. The Dreamcast didn't have many successful 3D titles and third-party support. Also, it's 3D capabilities weren't as impressive as its competitors. Plus, the next-gen consoles were announced, which made the Dreamcast look like a joke. And the Dreamcast's poor sales led to the demise of the system, and the discontinuation of it.
- They want Sega to make another console like the Dreamcast (or in their case, the Dreamcast 2) when they don't realize that consoles cost dozens of millions of dollars in R&D, Quality Assurance, manufacturing, patenting, marketing, etc. Sega doesn't have enough money to spend that much with no guarantee that it'll turn a profit. Also making petitions on Change.Org doesn't help at all. By the way, CGW
- On top of that, they never shut up about Dreamcast 2 which can annoy people to death. It really does look like they want more "console wars".
- They never admit the limits the Dreamcast has. They think that according to them "the Dreamcast's failure was a taboo". Looks like they can't handle the truth.
- They get offended easily if you were to say you dislike the console.
- They are still nostalgia-freaks who never stop whining about the "heyday" of Sega.
- They hate the Nintendo 64 for being overrated yet they manage to overrate their favorite console.
- They mostly come from the Sony Interactive Entertainment Fandom, the Microsoft Fandom, and the Nintendo Fandom since this is a console hatedom. On the other hand, they are part of the Sonic the Hedgehog Hatedom since it's Sega as well as PC Gaming Elitists and Moderntards.
- They hate the console just because of the Sega fans. A fanbase does not dictate the quality of the console.
- They use the infamous "it's overrated" or "it's overhyped" as an excuse to hate the console. That's pretty silly right there.
- Not just the system itself, but also keep calling the Sonic Adventure series and the Shenmue series overhyped.
- Some would lack knowledge about the console. They would think that "the Dreamcast wasn't the first console to support online play" when it's false. /home/gligar13 is a good example of this.
- They use the online gaming quality as an excuse to hate the Dreamcast. Seriously, there is more to the Dreamcast than online play.
- They dislike the Dreamcast just because it didn't have enough games in comparison to Xbox and PS2. Seriously?
- They will humiliate you if you were to say you liked the console.
- They think that no one would remember the console when they're just being self-centered bigots.
- If your lucky enough, you can still find some healthy fans and haters of the Dreamcast who have honest reasons to like or dislike the console.
- Some do understand why the Dreamcast did have some flaws and why Sega won't make another console.
- Some may still enjoy PlayStation, Nintendo, or Microsoft. If not, there can be some mature haters out there.
- The hatedom is a little more toxic.
- Some are not crazy enough to exalt Nintendo, Sony, PC, or Microsoft or demonize Sega
- They are right that the fanboys can be toxic.
- They do have a point about the Dreamcast's limits such as the online functions being primitive, the DreamConn controller laking a second analog stick which can make camera control uncomfortable, etc. They do point out why it flopped as well such as poor release timing or the previous failure of the Sega Saturn.
- They are right that some Dreamcast games are bad such as Sonic Shuffle, South Park: Chef's Luv Shack, Spirit of Speed 1937, The Ring: Terror's Realm, Kao the Kangaroo, Evil Dead: Hail to the King, Fighting Force 2, etc.