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goombakid

The reason why you bought the Dreamcast...

Albeit it's 10th birthday was yesterday, let's chime in on why we all bought the console.

For me, it was NFL2K. My brother and I really liked playing Madden on the Playstation and also Blitz on the N64. When I got the Dreamcast, it was bundled with NFL2K and Sonic Adventure (Costco bundle). We popped in NFL2K and was BLOWN AWAY on how great the graphics were on it, especially when they zoom in on the players walking back to the line after a play. We both logged at least 10 hours of gametime then.

Now, it's mainly used to play emulated Neo CD games, along with Jet Set Radio (the Japan version, didn't like Jet Grind Radio for some reason), and Shenmue.

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MegaPrime33

I wanted a new game system and I was debating on which to get. I didn't want to spend too much so my friend suggested the DC. Bought and fell in love. Great system, great graphics, loved most if not all the games I played on it. I still use it to this day to play games such as Spiderman, Soul Calibur, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and many others.
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beeperr

NBA Hoopz - nothing like dunking on someone from the 3-point line...
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beau

Crazy Taxi did it for me. I ended up memorizing the maps and where each person looking to be picked up wanted to go before I picked them up. Just loved the open-endedness of that game.
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icu

I got a Dreamcast pretty late in the game for pretty cheap, but I was lucky enough to get a model that was Bleemable.

I was really wowed by the console when I saw it in stores, but Crazy Taxi and Sonic didn't really excite me. I remember I was walking around a Flea Market and someone had a Dreamcast setup playing NFL2K1 (iirc) and they had it on a snowy foggy day just playing and I was blown away by how great it looked and I knew I had to have one.

So, a similar story to you goombakid - those 2K2 games are still amazing in my opinion.

I'm curious how you play emulated Neo CD games, however. If it's too "grey" to discuss here that's fine, but I'd like to give that a try for sure (Samurai Showdown?)
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Killmickey

My brother got one soon after it came out, we loved it for Sonic Adventure and Jet Grind Radio. I just bought another one because it's the best system for light gun games, (the wife and I love them). Plus I missed it so much.
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coologuy1957

Soul Calibur
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icu

Yeah, that's the reason why it's still hooked up and it's the game I will play 9/10 times still.
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rgersmrk

I got it for NFL2K and Soul Calibur. Loved those games.
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srazo001

Shenmue. That's all I have to say.
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Nate

I bought it because I loved games, particularly those made by Sega (at the time). I had given them my money for every other system they had released (even the 32X and Sega CD). So, I couldn't see any reason to not throw the cash at the Dreamcast, as well.

Unlike some of my previous Sega console purchases, the Dreamcast did not disappoint.

If there is any company I have ever been a fanboy for, Sega is it. I, truly, miss the days when Sega could make great games. These days, everything they release if complete garbage.
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JJB

I had to get my dreamcast for Phantasy Star Online. There's nothing like playing games on my super fast 56k modem. Too bad they took down the server a few months after I got it :(

And of course 4x4 evolution though it was 10 times better on the PC.
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Pritch

I actually rented the Dreamcast from Hollywood Video a few weeks before the system launched. The only game I was able to play was Sonic Adventure, but that is all it took. Later, it was all about Soul Calibur and NFL2K, but if I had to pick a favorite game I would go with Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. Sure, it was multiplatform -- the Dreamcast housed the best version though.

I still regret that I missed the opportunity to play Phantasy Star Online.
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Ryudo

Shenmue
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Qlink

I love Dreamcast it was the first gaming system I bought with my own money and it was expensive here in canada cause the dollar vs the us dollar was doo doo but it was worth every penny! Soul Calibur omg i peed my self
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tylerga

I received my Dreamcast on my 17th birthday. My friend just gave it to me in a brown paper bag. He included a bass fishing game, I sadly never played it... I guess I should pull it out and see if I can get a copy of Sonic Adventure, that was the big draw for me.
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telepheedian

It looked lonely sitting there on the thrift store shelf, and I have fond memories of my neighbor owning one. Best $19 I ever spent.
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Polymira

I got in the game in late 2000 right when the homebrew scene was kicking off.

Fell in love with the scene, and posted news for dcemulation.com and consolevision.com (rip) for quite a while thereafter.

Still have my sega sports branded one.
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lilcoop2

Why did I buy my Dreamcast? Because it was a new console - gotta stay current-gen! Launch titles I picked up/reserved were Blue Stinger (I think that's what it was called), Hydro Thunder, and Power Stone, if I'm not mistaken... It has been 10 years, after all! It now lives on my desk at work to help fill my free time =D
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coologuy1957

To play with the homebrew at the time - as in watch seinfeld & family guy episodes using the DivX DC player!! Still do this every now and again purely for the nostalgia!!
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AndrewPower

Simple. Crazy Taxi! I just loved it.

Metropolis Street Racer (MSR) became my favourite game later.
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canaryman12

I purchased it for Crazy Taxi which was a superb game! I also remember being impressed with the graphics in Blue Stinger.
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YescaMezcal

Soul caliber and bushido blade. DOA for my brother. I really dug the first sonic adventure game, and wish i could`ve liked house of dead, but only had a japanese /h@x0r version.
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otissdriftwood

It was £30 on chesterfield market.Got Shenmue and jet set radio also.Very good games but had to put the dreamcast on a pile of books to keep it og the ground becuase it kept overheating.
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brett

I got it for Christmas the first year it came out. Great games and even the little demo disc that came with it was awesome.
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Pesci20X6

REZ!
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Pesci20X6

I still find that the experience for that game is best on DC, the rumble on the PS2 port and Rez HD just is way too weak to really feel the beat of the music...
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Pesci20X6

With Rez HD, even with the 4 controllers, while it's an interesting feel (one on both arms, one in hands, and one on neck) the rumble itself is too weak for me.
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DeRez

2 words: Soul Caliber
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daktmacfan

I got it for NFL 2k1,Crazy Taxi, and San Francisco Rush 2049 (a very under-rated arcade driving game)
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Pesci20X6

I remember Rush. Great game!
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MasterSystem

I friend of mine had imported the console and brought it over for me to play. He left it at my place with Crazy Taxi and Sonic Adventure. I didn't sleep for like 2 days, I was sold and reserved the Dreamcast at Toys R Us. Picked it up on 9.9.99 along with a free DC shirt (which I still have) and Mortal Kombat Gold (which I wish I didn't still have).

Good times.
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cmbrodermann96

I bought my DC for Sonic Adventure 1 & 2. Shenmue, and of course MvC2.
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Jourdy299

I bought mine some months ago from Goodwill. I was excited about the homebrew scene. Was very happy to discover it came with a free copy of Soulcalibur :D
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