Sega Brought to the Brink

You can blow into the cartridge all you like, it seems like Sega is fried. The software company known for Sonic the Hedgehog, Virtua Fighter, House of the Dead, and numerous other console faves has seen it’s lineup reduced to just 4 titles — Sonic, Football Manager, Aliens, and Total War. The re-orginization has also lead to widespread layoffs according to Topless Robot by way of Kotaku, and the suspension of development on several future titles.

You damn well better recall that once upon a time Sega tussled with Nintendo for console supremacy thanks to the 16 bit Genesis, sadly later consoles like Sega CD, Saturn, and Dreamcast turned into commercial busts despite their technical advances and superiority. After the company prematurely pulled the plug on the Dreamcast due to increasing competition in the hardware market the company switched gears and focused only on software, a market that now seems cool to them as well.

If you think about it, Sega killed the Dreamcast, which came with a built in modem, killer graphics, and some ground breaking peripherals and titles around the same time that Microsoft entered the fray and Sony pushed out the PS2. Those were both dominant systems that served as precursors to today’s baddest bitches on the block, but both of those systems didn’t come close to matching Sega’s unique creativity and their parent companies have never shown Sega’s hunger for technical advancement and risk taking. One wonders what Sega would have done if they would have shown some faith in the Dreamcast and future systems. Sadly we’ll never know, and while news of a deep downsize and product cull is sad, it might not have been necessary had the company continued pushing the boundaries instead of just churning out shitty Sonic games year after year. Sega isn’t dead yet, but it’s soul has been for a long, long time.

So, do you agree about Sega being truly dead since they gave up on consoles, and which Sega game do you love the most? My vote goes to that double sized, yellow tabbed EA beauty, NHL 95 — two dozen wrap-around goals with Tony Amonte in one game when I was a little lad, the force was strong with me on that day.

Pixelated Mark Messier is about to show Kirk McLean what the what what is.


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