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SegaGaGa – Not to be confused with Lady GaGa

April 3rd, 2010 by admin
Segagaga - a rare business sim for Sega dreamcast

Segagaga - a rare business sim for Sega dreamcast

It looks like I may be teaching a class on Sega’s span as a console manufacturer, so in the spirit of Sega’s good ol’ days, lets take a look at a very rare and unique dreamcast game.

SegaGaGa is roleplaying game in which you are recruited to help Sega Enterprises beat out it’s evil competitor DOGMA (Sony) and recapture the market share. The game parodies Sega’s faltering in the hardware market, and pokes fun not only at themselves and Sony, but at the entire video game industry. Several Sega characters make appearances in the game, and some of the mini games are direct parodies of Playstation.

SegaGaGa was created by a Japanese developer as the Dreamcast began it’s decline. Suprisingly, he was given a budget and after two years was ready to launch his game. At that time, Sega was struggling so badly in the hardware market, that they felt the game couldn’t really make things any worse, despite the fact that it made light of Sega’s shortcomings. They authorized it’s release.

It has been rumored that Segaga was the inspiration for Lady GaGa's stage name, after she mourned the Dreamcast's demise in 2001. So far, I have not found any evidence to refute this claim.

It has been rumored that Segaga was the inspiration for Lady GaGa's stage name, after she mourned the Dreamcast's demise in 2001. So far, I have not found any evidence to refute this claim.

The game released in Japan only, and in limited quantities. As it stands, it is one of the rarest Dreamcast games. You can find the game itself on ebay quite frequently for under $70, but the real gem is the box set, which only pops up occasionally,  usually for $200. The box set contains all kinds of cool goodies, including a pin set, t-shirt and a little black book. The game is of course in Japanese, so you may want to invite an exchange student.

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