Oh Sega, My Sega, What Has Happened?
You know, when Sega dropped the hardware idea and became a third-party developer for other consoles, I thought it was a darn good idea.
I really wasn't the biggest fan of the Dreamcast, anyway, and I had no real hope that Sega's glory days in the hardware business would return. Besides, we could enjoy their games on multiple consoles now; what could possibly be the downside to that? That's win-freakin'-win.
After all, this is a company that had quite the impact on my life, as it did for just about any gamer who grew up in the 80s and 90s. Not enough people gave credit to the Sega CD and Sega Saturn in my estimation, and the Genesis is just a historical icon. I still remember the recesses in school where fights would almost break out over which system was better: SNES vs. Genesis. For my part, I thought it was the SNES, but only by a very slim margin (and mostly because of Final Fantasy, Mario, and Zelda). No, I could never really get into Phantasy Star.
Still, their classics were memorable. Now, though, I really can't remember the last time Sega made something that could be considered top-notch in this highly competitive market. I mean, Sonic Generations was a great homage to the past and reminded me of the company Sega once was, but that only made the current situation all the more depressing. And now, Sega's financial outlook isn't good, and there's really nothing on the horizon that anybody seems to care much about. That's sad on a number of different levels, isn't it?
We can all take solace in the fact that Nintendo continues to thrive, but it would've been nice to keep the Big Two around forever. I'm not saying Sega will go out of business; I'm just saying I wish Sega could've stayed at Nintendo's level in terms of software. But Sega...my Sega...something bad has happened to you. And it hurts to talk about.
3/30/2012 Ben Dutka