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My quest to collect every Dreamcast game in 365 days

One SEGA Nerds' journey to collect 'em all

Today, I am setting out on a journey to do what few people have done before – collect every Dreamcast game officially released in North America in one year. In this series, I will chronicle my holy quest.

Now, I already have about 47 games, so I’m giving myself a little head start, but even with that, it will still be challenging, really expensive and will require the utmost attention and dedication if I plan to succeed.

There will be a few stipulations that I will adhere to:

  • The collection must be completed in one year, beginning on March 12, 2018 and ending on March 12, 2019;
  • Games must be genuine, no reproductions or CD-Rs;
  • Games must be complete in box to count;
  • Only games officially published by SEGA count, so no indie games will be included;
  • I will do my best to buy primarily from physical stores, flea markets and yard sales; and
  • I will post a weekly journal entry to update my progress every Sunday.

I’ll be using the official Dreamcast checklist but have also created the below spreadsheet that I’ll use to track my progress, along with providing you some other interesting info, like where I purchased the game from and how much I paid for it. The spreadsheet will be included with every weekly journal entry for you to more easily follow my progress.

My current collection of Dreamcast games sits at 47.
My current collection of Dreamcast games sits at 47.

Now, at this point, you might be asking yourself why I’m choosing to do embark on what some may consider a fool’s errand. Well, the answer is pretty simple.

You see, I’m not one of those gamers who own a lot of the games they were originally given at their birthday parties or at Christmas growing up. My younger brother and I would get new games, play them until we beat them and then trade them in to get new games – the same way with our old consoles.

It all made perfect sense at the time, and I didn’t hold the emotional attachment to my Genesis, Game Gear or Saturn back then as I do now. They were merely video games and systems, and when the next new SEGA system came out, we sacrificed our collection to the FuncoLand gods to obtain the next new thing.

But several years ago, I started to collect retro games and systems again. Before I knew it, I had every major video game system and handheld released in North America, with the exception of a few … namely a Neo Geo AES. As far as the game collecting went, I focused on getting the games I had fond memories of or ones that I always wanted to play but never got the chance.

I have tons of games on many different systems, but I’m nowhere close to having a complete collection for any of them, which leads us to where we are today. I finally want to have a complete collection, and I’m choosing my favorite SEGA system of all time.

So, I hope you come along with me on my journey and maybe give me some encouragement and some tips along the way. 🙂

Below is where you can track my current progress.

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Chris Powell

Chris is the editor-in-chief of Mega Visions Magazine and the co-creator of SEGA Nerds. Over the years, he's written for publications like Joystiq, PSP Fanboy, RETRO magazine, among others. He's also an avid pro wrestling fan, and it's still real to him, dammit.

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