Gamers Love for Sega Will Never Die!
Sega was originally short for “Service Games”. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and having multiple offices around the world. They developed and manufactured many home video game consoles from 1983 to 2001. Due to financial losses incurred from their Dreamcast console, the company greatly downsized in 2001. They have focused on developing third party software from then on. Sega still remains the most prolific arcade producers, with over 500 games in over 70 franchises on more than 20 different arcade system boards since 1981.
Lets take a look at Sega’s history
- In 1940 Martin Bromley, Irving Bromberg, and James Humpert formed a company called “Standard Games“ in Honolulu, Hawaii.
- After WWII the company changed its name to “Service Games“.
- In 1954 an American officer in the United States Air Force formed a company that eventually became “Rosen Enterprises“.
- In 1965 Rosen Enterprises merged with Service Games, which then became “Sega Enterprises“.
- In 1996 Sega Enterprises released the Rosen designed submarine simulator game, “Periscope“.
- Not long after, Periscope was exported to both Europe and the United States, becoming the first arcade game in the US to cost 25 cents per play.
- In 1969 Sega Enterprises was sold to the American conglomerate “Gulf and Western Industries“.
- Sega was a big part of the late 1970’s arcade boom, with revenues climbing to over $100 million by 1979.
- In 1982, Sega’s revenues surpassed $214 million.
- In 1982 they introduced the industry’s first 3D game, “SubRoc 3D“.
- In 1983 after an over abundance of arcade machines were produced, it caused a great video game crash.
- After the great crash of 1983 Sega then pioneered the use of “laser disks” in the video games, designing and releasing its first home video game console, the “SG-1000“.
- Gulf and Western Industries sold the U.S. assets of Sega Enterprises that same year to pinball manufacturer “Bally Manufacturing“.
- In January 1984, Rosen resigned his post with the company.
- The Japanese assets of Sega were purchased by a group of investors.
- In 1984 Japanese conglomerate “CSK” bought Sega.
- In 1986 shares of Sega Enterprises were being traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Isao Okawa, the chairman of CSK, became chairman of Sega.
- Sega released the “Sega Master System” and the first game featuring original mascot “Alex Kidd“, which was replaced by “Sonic the Hedgehog” in 1991.
- Though superior to “Nintendo’s NES“, it failed to capture the market due to Nintendo’s highly aggressive strategies.
- In the mid 1980’s Sega produced “Hang on” and “Afterburner“.
- In 1989 Sega of America introduced the “Sega Genesis“. They ran a campaign against Nintendo with slogan, “Genesis does what Nintendon’t“.
- When Nintendo released the “SNES” in 1991, Sega changed its slogan to, “Welcome to the next level“.
- Sega released the “Sega CD” in Japan in 1991, and in America in 1992.
- In 1992 Sega produced “Sonic the Hedgehog 2“, becoming Sega’s most successful game Sega ever produced, selling over 6 million copies.
- The “Game Gear” was launched in 1990 to compete against Nintendo’s “Gameboy“. The Game Gear was succeeded by the “Sega Nomad” in 1995, which flopped, and was discontinued in 1997.
- In 1992, Sega introduced the arcade games, “Virtua Fighter” and “Virtua Racing“.
- In 1994 the “Sega 32X” was released.
- In 1994 Sega released the “Sega Saturn” in Japan.
- 1n 1995 Sega established “Sega Soft“.
- In late 1994 Sega introduced the “Sega Channel“, which had a good run until 1998.
- Sega released the “Dreamcast” in the Western world in 1999, which basically led to the demise of their incredible home console run.
- In 2001 Sega shifted to third party development.
- Now we long for Sega to make a console comeback…
Sega Fans Yearn for a Console Comeback!!!
Though Sega shifted to third party development primarily, they still have many hardcore fans. Our love for Sega will never die! They fought a good fight in the original console wars. But ultimately were taken down by Nintendo and Playstation. But they are not out of the game yet…
Being deeply immersed in the gaming community, I see proof of Sega’s existing fan base almost daily. One of our awesome admins in DE GameTraders, Mike Vito, posted a article that prompted me to write this article.
The article from dailymail.com was titled, Sega’s Mega Drive makes a comeback! Sales of the retro console surge by 400% in the run up to Christmas. The article is on Argos UK’s Sega Megadrive with 80 built in games.
Laura Hamblyn, gift buyer at Argos, said: ‘There’s a real appetite for nostalgia at the moment, whether it is firing up old consoles, or dusting down old vinyl records.
The Dreamcast 2 Petition
Earlier this year a mysterious petition for the Dreamcast 2 took gamers by Surprise. It was created by a hardcore Sega fan named, Ben Plato, from Melbourne, VIC. Being the curious guy I am, I tracked him down and became his friend. He was more than happy to talk about the petition. Couldn’t be a nicer guy. Here’s what he had to say…
Thanks. Basically the DC was short lived as you know. We’ve got various emulators that run the games at almost 100% speed and with High Definition textures.There has been a major lack in Dreamcast ports on modern consoles.
Being such a great console, I feel that the industry could benefit from a return of the DC. A limited special edition with the capability of redrawing HD textures and a large downloadable games database would appeal to lots of gamers, especially those who find today’s games not so interesting.
I’m not a designer or developer. The DC 2 in the picture is actaully an image I found online. I believe someone made it as an example. Ive used the picture basically as an attention grabbing example.
I wouldn’t go as far as claiming the new machine is a Dreamcast 2. I want to to push the message of it basically being a re-release of the original DC with modern video connections, wifi internet and wireless controllers. Someone like flashback who make those retro multi machines could take great notice and I think they would be more than capable in building if Sega allow them to. Obviously there’s IP and patented technology issues as well as funding requirements.
It would be great to play DC games without discs and with modern connections with HD textures as well. If an emulator such as NullDC is capable of this, then why cant there be a stand alone machine dedicated to DC?
There is definitely a way to do this. If I had the cash, I’d prototype it and go through the right channels. Unfortunately I’m just your every day guy with a wish. If someone were to take on the project, I think Kickstarter would be the way to go.
Though I’m not sure if Ben got the results he was going for, the petition got 9,546 supporters since he started it. You can still sign it HERE. Some have called his attempt a hoax. But I admire him for taking the initiative to get the ball rolling, and give him much credit for helping wake up the sleepy Sega fans.
So with my long winded article I hope it helps others see that Sega is far from being dead. I think if they were to make a new console, it would create a title wave in the market. There are still many fans like Mike Vito, Ben Plato, and myself support a Sega Console Comeback. Now with Nintendo falling away from Consoles, it makes their chance of success that much greater.
If you are a hardcore old school Sega fan, please show your support by sharing this article. Let us know what you think??? And please take the initiative to show Sega your support.
Either way, classic Sega will live on in our hearts forever !!!