must_be_dreaming wrote:Sega still being one of my favorite gaming companys i hate to admit that DC failed cause of their own mistake. It could have contended with PS2 and even the x-box and GCN. They just didn't worry about copy protection which killed software sales and untimately killed the system.
I disagree. Broadband connections were not very prevalant during the Dreamcast's lifespan, and without a broadband connection downloading Dreamcast games was very difficult and time consuming. Not to mention, I do not believe it took up that much of the market share. What killed the machine was the hype machine that Sony was running declaring the Playstation 2 the most advanced system known to man. This precluded many retailers from recomending the Dreamcast to parents and other customers, as in a year or two the PS2 would be out which would be the end-all, be-all gaming experience. Of course, that was complete BS. The Dreamcast did contend with the PS2 in terms of power, and had a much better game lineup until at least two years after the PS2's launch.
By the way, the Dreamcast was probably the first system (with the exception of the first few years of the Genesis) that Sega didn't doom by their own incompetence. The Dreamcast was a high point for Sega that I don't think they reached before it and certainly have not reached as a 3rd Party after it.