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Dreamcast: The Other Shmup Machine

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BONUS! Segagaga Chapter 9

While it’s really just a mini-game, there’s no way I could neglect to include this one: Japan-only Dreamcast offering Segagaga is absolutely chock full of references to and parodies of Sega products across the company’s storied history, but it saved the coolest scenario of all for last. The final sequence of the game is – you guessed it – a side-scrolling shooter, in which you battle laser-shooting CDs and coin-blasting arcade machines to reach the final confrontation with (I swear I’m not making this up) giant, evil versions of all of Sega’s systems. If you don’t believe me (and even if you do) check the video below – the actual gameplay starts about 3 minutes in, but the opening anime cutscene is still worth watching for the cameos.



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Well, there you have it – unless I screwed up and missed one, the entirety of the Dreamcast’s shooter stockpile is displayed before you. As was said, it’s not the biggest and/or baddest such repertoire ever assembled, but there’s still a load of great stuff here, which is especially impressive considering how frequently the system has served as a nerd-humor punchline. It’s clear, though, that the similarly-underappreciated shmup genre did not coldly leave the Dreamcast in the dust, even after just about everyone else had abandoned it for good – in the end, both the system and the games have come out all the better for it. In conclusion, if you want to celebrate Dreamcast Week in an unexpected way, dig up or track down a cheap copy of Giga Wing or Gunbird 2 and give it a go – you might just find yourself curious enough to seek out the more elusive titles afterwards.

Humble Dreamcast, for the small but vital role you have played, even after death, in keeping the old-school shooter alive and well, I gratefully salute you, and hope others feel compelled to do the same – may players continue to fry evil aliens on GD-ROMs in the years to come!
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About BulletMagnetone of us since 9:04 PM on 10.04.2008

Thanks kindly for paying my blog a visit.

I'm currently looking for paid writing gigs, so if you might want anything written shoot me a message (craighats at hotmail dot com).

In case the contents of this blog don't make it obvious enough, I have something of an affinity for slightly "offbeat" titles, so if there's something out there that few others cover, there's a fair chance I'm at least somewhat up on it.

If there's any sort of (reasonable) inquiry you'd like me to address, please don't hesitate to be in touch.

Below are a handful of recaps and other links (oldest listed first by section), in case you're interested - asterisks mark promoted articles.

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'Magnet School

Introduction

Curriculum: Puzzle Games

Course 1: Ochige 101
Course 2: Tossology
Course 3: Ochige 201
Course 4: Phys. Ed
Course 5: Ochige 301 (Adv.)
Course 6: Free Elective
Course 7: Ochige 401 (Hon.)
Course 8: Extra Credit
Graduation Speech

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Reviews/Impressions/Rants/etc.

King of Fighters: Orochi Saga
Ar Tonelico II - Part 1 and Part 2
Prinny and Street Fighter IV
King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match
Nintendo DS
*King of Fighters XII
How-To: Atelier Annie
How-To: Mushihime-sama Futari

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The Forgotten Essentials

Part 1: RPGs
Part 2: Shmups
Part 3: Fighters
Part 4: Puzzlers

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The Obscurer Tribune

EXTRA! EXTRA!

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Monthly Musings/Writers Wanted

The Fear: The End
*A Time to Destroy: I Cast Thee Out
*Expanded Universes: Triple Triad X
*Those About to Die: Nocturne's Demons
*Untapped Potential: The Second Dimension
*I Suck at Games: and I'm Here to Help
*The Forgotten: Real Life
*Love/Hate: The Weirdo, The Wall, and The Beast
*The Future: A Refreshing Cup of Hemlock
*More Than Just Noise: Digital Cheese LIVE
East vs. West: Where The Old Gods Dwell
Resolutions: Fresh Flowers
Collaboration: IF Only...
Violence: The Gatekeepers

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Assorted Ramblings

Why Am I Here? (intro)
Non-Portable Portable Gaming
Hating the Unhateable
*Soul Bubbles, Mickey Mouse, Journey of the Self
Dreamcast: The Other Shmup Machine
One-Year Anniversary Reflections
Shmups: Gaming's EOE

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Non-DT Writing

Racketboy

Saturn Shooter Rundown
PS1 Shooter Rundown
PS2 Shooter Rundown
Shmups 101
Shmups That Defined the Genre
"Hidden Gem" Shmups

HG101

Deathsmiles
Espgaluda
Shadow Hearts

Misc.

Unofficial Shmup Glossary (shmups.com, WIP)
My Backloggery (Warning: Inherent Shamefulness May Be Too Intense for Some Readers)