Sega Leaves The Hardware Business
While one industry giant stepped into the video game console business, months before another that began the age of “console wars” and spawned the phrase “blast processing” dropped out completely. On January 31st, 2001, Sega officially announced that it would cease being a video game hardware company and transition into a software one. Months later Sega would port it’s first game Chu Chu Rocket to Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance.
Despite all attempts with the Sega Dreamcast to stay alive, the company that brought us classic franchises like Daytona USA, Shenmue, Virtual Fighter, and Sonic the Hedgehog could no longer endure the staggering financial trouble the company had brought on to itself. And boy had they dug a deep festering hole for themselves with horrible business decisions that only a drunk at the wheel could make.
It may have not been the day the video game died, but a lot of tears where shed around the industry. Sure the company would still be around, but to gamers it was like getting the news that your favorite dog got run over and now had to use a tiny wheelchair to get around. It just would never be the same.
During it’s successful rise in the 16-bit era and onwards, Sega gave us such great arcade and console titles; some memorable ones that unfortunately would be butchered as the company tried to find it’s way in third-party developer land – but never the less, we all still have a soft spot for Sega. You can’t deny getting at least a bit gleeful when hearing a choir of synth voices cry out at once… “SEGA!”
Hopefully this decade will find better fortunes for the video game company. As many NEO GAF’ers would say “believe,” or some nonsense like that.
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Happy New Year everyone! We’re finally back from our holiday fun of making silly Youtube videos of me whistling Christmas tunes. Let me first say that my New Year’s resolution this year is to make sure things are erased off a flip camera, so that they won’t be later posted by a friend for the world to see. Other than that we both had a wonderful holiday season of doing absolutely nothing.
Now looking around the highways and byways of the internet, we see a bunch of gaming sites going into the way back machine, reminiscing about the past 10 years. The so called “Aughts.” And we here at One Bored Gamer Blog, being the geeky losers that we are, must jump on this bandwagon too.
So through out this week and perhaps continuing all month long, we’ll be bouncing around fond video game memories of the last decade. The highs and lows; the important and the nonsensical. So let’s get started.
Microsoft’s Xbox Launches In New York
The year is 2001. After the horrific tragedy that was 9/11, there was Bill Gates, richest man in the world and head of one the most successful software manufacturers, standing in front of a Toys “R” Us at New York City’s Times Square. He greeted eagerly awaiting gamers that stood in line for many hours in the cold November weather for Microsoft’s first bold attempt at the console gaming market, the original Xbox.
Say what you will about the software giant and it’s practices, but if it is one thing they know how to do is kick the competitions’ ass. It didn’t come without a huge price at first though, as Microsoft lost at lot of money with-in the first few years of business. But they’ve since taken a big chunk of the gaming market and built a successful platform with over millions and millions of users today.
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