I have the utmost respect for each of these developers. I must say I think they’re mostly incorrect in their assessments of why the Dreamcast failed. The Dreamcast’s ultimate failure had so little to do with the way Sega handled the Dreamcast. Sega and their third party affiliates such as Namco and Capcom put out so many games of such stellar quality, that the Dreamcast won over a generation of gamers who had previously been diehard Nintendo or Sony fans. They even won me over, who had been a diehard Sega fan since the SMS days, but was so disillusioned by the Saturn’s handling that I had initially decided to sit the Dreamcast out. At that time, the Dreamcast launch was widely considered to be the strongest console launch in US history. In my opinion, the three issues leading to the fall of the Dreamcast were (in inverse order):1)piracy, 2)Sega’s great deficit of finances and cachet following the Saturn debacle, and 3)Sony’s masterful marketing of the PlayStation 2. Piracy’s effect on Dreamcast sales is a hotly debated topic, but I’ll say that the turn of the millennium, most college and post-college guys I knew pirated every bit of music or software they could. Regarding the Saturn debacle, the infighting between SOA and SOJ is well known, as are the number of hubristic decisions Mr. Nakayama made which left Sega in huge financial deficit. They were also directly responsible for erasing a lot of the respect and good will Sega had chiseled out worldwide during the Mega Drive/Genesis era. With the Dreamcast, Sega was digging itself out of a hole. They had seemingly done it as well, and would have surely continued along that path, had it not been for the PS2. There is no doubt in my mind that the overwhelming reason the Dreamcast failed was because of the PS2.
Great stuff Fran!
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After the successful VFX Creature’s Drink, The Rookies and Gaël Kerchenbaum are teaming up to bring you an exclusive new event – Creature Legends! It’s professional and fun, it’s free, it’s streamed online for those who can’t attend it… a real gem! Guys are very excited about it and looking for your support and attention. Next session will take place in Paris on April 13.
The event has two parts:
- Part one: Creature Stories
The Event will start off with one or several talks and Masterclasses given by artists or companies. During which they will share their knowledge and experiences. In order to make their presentations more accessible, they will be live-streamed on our Twitch channel.
- Part two: Creature Drinks
This is the heart of the event. Attendees will be able to share tips and techniques with others over a drink and expand their network. We are all here to speak about a common passion, Creatures, and Characters.
Depending on the location and availability, we might be unable to organize both parts consecutively, so keep an eye on our upcoming programs!
Who will be able to join? How do I join? How much does it cost? When will it be?
The event is based on sharing, which means you’d be more than welcome to join the event. Whether you are a complete beginner, a student or already a professional working in the industry.
Attending the event is completely free! The old VFX Creature Drink was pretty popular because it took place in a pub, so there were no entry fees. However, the number of seats for the first part will be limited, so make sure to reserve yours once registrations have opened.
The event is still in the early days. Depending on our growth the Rookies & Gael may have to demand entry fees in the future, however, they plan on making sure it will remain affordable for both professionals and students alike.
The next event will take place on April 13 (might slightly shift. If so, it’ll be announced in the Facebook group) at New3dge. If you want to assist in person to the masterclasses there, fill in this form. If you can’t attend the event, here’s the Twitch Channel where the talks will be streamed online.
The Rookies & Gael plan to host the event multiple times throughout 2019. Join their Facebook group for further updates and announcements of the upcoming dates!
What language will The Creature Stories be in?
The event is planned to take place between the UK and France so the spoken language (English or French) of the talks will depend on the area and speaker. So even if it took place in France the talk could be held in English.
What if I can’t make it?
Once again, wherever you are in the world, you’ll be able to attend the first part of the event, the Creature Stories, because it’ll be streamed live on Twitch!
The past talks can be found on YouTube Channel.