1999. So launched the Dreamcast.

This was the last system that I truly fell “in love” with. I didn’t buy one until the Summer of 2000 after seeing E3’s line-up that year. I wasn’t even working at Midway at the time, but my old co-workers let me have a pass if I flew myself out to Los Angeles.

And fly I did.

Bear in mind that was the year of Space Channel 5, Jet Grind Radio, Samba de Amigo, Marvel Vs. Capcom 2, Seaman, Shenmue, Phantasy Star Online, and a host of other titles. I fell for the system hard.

Of course, the girl dressed up as Ulala that Sega had in their booth was, well, she was pretty much a goddess to me those many years ago.

The system lasted less than a year after I purchased it, but it was a wonderful system, and its star shone brightly for such a short time. From Sonic Adventure to Crazy Taxi to those way too late evenings on PSO, it was a remarkable system, and truly nothing was ever as ambitious in providing new and unique gaming experiences.

If there was ever a Sega moment that I mourned for, this would be it. Sonic and Sega All-Star Racing is the only game since that got my wheels a turning for the old days, though House of the Dead: Overkill was comedy gold.

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