I've often thought of gaming in a purely objective way and have come to the conclusion that for me-personally-gaming creates a defining element in my life. This may seem rather dramatic, but gaming is escapism in itself. I am not ashamed to state that I have fond memories more than a decade old that revolve around sitting down in front of an old, decrepit television set, picking up a small black controller, and playing what seemed like a few thousand games of Wonder Boy, Shinobi and Phantasy Star. Though I have succumbed to buying more than ten systems over the years (Atari 2600, 5200, 7800, Sega Master System, NES, Neo-Geo Gold, Lynx, Super NES, Genesis, Saturn, PSX, and N64) I have come to the time in my life where realization has hit me square in the face and I must acknowledge it: Sega is far superior. The originality that emanates from Sega games never ceases to amaze me. Willingly, I admit that I have never been immersed in a game as much as Panzer Dragoon Saga.

Sega has always had the ability to create that almost imperceptible aspect that surrounds its players with an effulgence of dedication and, simply put, fun. Remember, back in the day, when one could go to his/her local arcade and play the wonderfully memorable Alien Syndrome? Golden Axe? Super Hang On? Shinobi? Or how about coming home to a game of Gunstar Heroes? Shadow Dancer? Strider?

Yes, my friends, these are the days I fondly recall.

Now, as a more mature college student, analytical in nature, and supposedly (so I've been told) beyond my years, I stand stricken with even more awe than that special time long ago. Around two months ago, I walked into an arcade for the first time in about a year. There, before my tearing eyes, flashed the screens of Virtua Fighter 3, Super GT, Lost World, Get Bass, and many others. I had to literally be drug out of the arcade in order to leave VF3.

And here we stand in quivering impatience, awaiting the next generation of Sega consoles.

Dreamcast is on the horizon, readers. A small slice of heaven that will offer all of the most advanced games that exist. (Imagine owning a system with VF3, Super GT, Sega Rally 2, Daytona 2, Fighting Vipers 2, Street Fighter 3: Second Impact, Virtua On 2: Oratorio Tangram, Panzer 3) A system that has been dubbed as "revolutionary" by pessimistic cynics and "groundbreaking" by jaded technological journalists. A system that promises to rekindle those childhood memories and to once again ignite the flame of having fun.

--William Wright