09/09/09 does not only mark the 3-year anniversary of me and my girlfriend but also the 10-year anniversary of the Sega Dreamcast. The Dreamcast was Sega’s last console which was way ahead of its time (it even had a 56K modem!). Unfortunately it was a major failure due to piracy, heavy competition from Sony’s PS2 and lack of support from developers (due to both the piracy issue and the fact that Sega couldn’t really scale to the demand for the console). Also the fact that Sega suddenly rushed to have the Dreamcast released (which caused very few games available on launch day) upset quite a lot developers. In 2001 Sega ceased all activities in the console market and decided to focus on arcade gaming and console gaming for other platforms.
But now, 10 years later, a company called redspotgames is taking pre-orders for a new Dreamcast game called ‘Rush Rush Rally Racing’. At first I thought this would be a rather clever PR stunt to get the spotlights on redspotgames, but they seem to focus exclusively on developing games for the Sega Dreamcast. I guess they are rooting for the nostalgic Dreamcast-players out there. View the trailer to get that retro-feeling :)