By Andrew Dickinson
The Dreamcast years was a period of time when gaming was in its golden age, which we categorise as between 1994 and 2013. Each time we'll discuss a different year in this time frame, sometimes with a special guest.
Dreamcast YearsDec 30, 2021
Favourite Dreamcast Games with The Dreamcast Junkyard (RadioSEGA WinterFest 2021 Special)
As is now our annual tradition, the Dreamcast Years gang (minus Rich, boo) recorded a special episode for RadioSEGA's WinterFest event. This time, however, they were joined by James, Brian and Lewis from The Dreamcast Junkyard DreamPod! Who doesn't love a good crossover?!
In Game Of The Year style everyone had one minute to pitch their favourite Dreamcast game, and even their favourite piece of music from said game. We ran a series of polls to decide which of the six pitches was the overall winner, and you can find the final result here!
What is YOUR favourite Dreamcast game?! Let is know on Twitter or our Discord!
Game Of The Year Edition: 2009
In our first Game Of The Year Edition of season two, join Andrew, Steve, Rich and Jason as they pitch their choices for the game of 2009.
Enjoy another cracking forfeit for Rich, hear the gang talk about Bens choice of 2009 game, and find out what the winner of the 2008 poll has chosen for everyone to play by the next GOTY pod!
Don't forget to vote on our Twitter poll (or via Spotify if you're listening there), and you can throw us a few quid if you like what we do by going to https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dreamcastyears.
HUGE thanks to RJJ Software Ltd for editing this episode! Go and check them out.
The OG Show: 2009
Welcome back for season two of the Dreamcast Years Podcast!
Joining Andrew, Steve and Rich is our new regular host Jason! Listen as they talk about what the world was like back in 2009, what media we were enjoying, and most importantly what games we were playing.
Enjoy our new music, created by Mikko Peltonen, and our brand new (definitely not stolen) quiz!
HUGE thanks to RJJ Software Ltd for editing this episode! Go and check them out.
Dreamcast Years Podcast: Game Of The Year Edition - 2008
It's Game Of The Year time! In our 2008 edition, Andrew gives a horror game some love (shocker), Steve spends too much time explaining that 4 comes after 3 but before 5, Rich has his pitch well and truly messed with, and Ben has his BLOODY WINDOW OPEN! Honestly Ben...
The gang also discuss Banjo Kazooie Nuts N Bolts, and Ben reveals the 2009 game they'll be chatting about next time! We'd love to hear your thoughts on the 2008 360 Banjo game, so please do let us know what you think.
Also remember to vote in the poll which will be open for 7 days after the episode airs on RadioSEGA. Your choice matters!
Dreamcast Years Podcast Ep. 12 - 2008
In this episode (which would have been the last of the golden years if we hadn't extended them), Andrew and Steve are joined by Jay and Squidge from the wonderful Waffling Taylors podcast!
As the final regular OG guests, they had a lot to live up to, and with all the tangents and jokes I'm sure you'll agree they were great fun. Listen as the foursome discuss all things 2008, cringe at Andrews song puns, cringe at Squidge explaining why Blue Stinger is his favourite Dreamcast game, and descend into madness. You love to hear it!
Don't forget to check out the incredible [lock-on], and if you'd like to buy a digital copy of Dreamcast: Year One you can find it HERE!
Dreamcast Years Podcast: Game Of The Year Edition - 2007
#RoomForOneMore? Join Andrew, Steve and Rich as they pitch their game of 2007, with a little help from... Well, you'll have to listen to find out!
Dreamcast Years Podcast Ep. 11 - 2007
In our long overdue OG episode we dive into the year 2007 with The Sega Lounge host and RadioSEGA legend KC!
Find out what the UK and Portugal have in common, how many song puns were crammed in, what Andrew lied about and much more besides. There's even a Sega game in there... somewhere! And yes, we extended the years again. Last time, pinky swear!
You can also now buy a digital copy of 'Dreamcast: Year One' online! Get a preview and find the link by visiting the Dreamcast Years site.
Dreamcast Years Podcast: Deep Dive - PlayStation
It's been a while since we did a deep dive into a console, and after the Dreamcast it felt only natural to have a look at the console that lit a fire under Sega to help them create their final console.
Steve, Rich and Andrew chat about the console itself, memories of its launch and legacy, plus the games they enjoyed the most from Sony's first foray into the gaming market.
Dreamcast Years Podcast: Game Of The Year Edition - 2006
Welcome to another Game Of The Year Edition, this time for the year 2006!
Don't forget to vote in our poll over @dreamcastyears (though it will be closed after the 1st February 2021), and check out RadioSEGA.net every Monday at 8pm GMT to hear a new ep, or one from the archive.
Dreamcast Years Podcast Ep. 10 - 2006
It's a bumper sized episode in celebration of our new weekly RadioSEGA slot (every Monday at 8pm GMT), and the fact that we're officially extending the golden years! After we wrap up season one with our 2008 episodes, season 2 will see us looking at 1994 - 2011!
In this episode Andrew, Rich and Steve are joined by The Dreamcast Junkyard and Alt:Mag maestro Lewis Cox to talk all things 2006. Moral panics are discussed, song puns are deployed and Rich faces up to his terrible quiz record (in no way influenced by Steve...).
Dreamcast Years Podcast: Deep Dive - Sega After Dreamcast (RadioSEGA WinterFest 2020 Special)
Join Andrew, Steve and Rich as they dive into the games that Sega released after the discontinuation of the Dreamcast. Recorded especially for RadioSEGA WinterFest 2020. Check out every episode of the DCY Podcast so far over at http://www.dreamcastyears.co.uk!
Dreamcast Years Podcast: Game Of The Year Edition - 2005
It's time once again for Andrew, Rich and Steve to pitch what they believe are the best games of the year. This time around they're looking at 2005, and with so many classics to choose from the ones settled on may come as a surprise... especially the one subject to Steve's forfeit for losing the last vote.
On that note, please remember that the Twitter poll will be live for 7 days after this goes out, and you can find it over @dreamcastyears!
Dreamcast Years Podcast Ep. 9 - 2005
We're getting ever closer to the end of the Golden Years, but there are still some classic games to be discussed, and some not-so-classic music!
Joining Andrew, Rich and Steve today is the screenshot technician for Dreamcast: Year One and now Dreamcast: Year Two - Mahmood Shaikh!
With the release of the Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable and Nintendo DS all taking place in this year (along with some iconic games on older consoles) there was a lot to talk about.
If you want to follow Mahmood's other projects, they can be found here and here! You can also check out his business, White Out Originals!
Don't forget to check out dreamcastyears.co.uk to find out where you can back the books, and more about the podcast! Why not also check us out on Twitter?
Dreamcast Years Podcast: Game Of The Year Edition - 2004
It's that time again, with Andrew, Steve and Rich's mum (yes really) pitching their choices for game of the year 2004.
The poll will be live on Twitter for 7 days as usual (from 8th November 2020), so please check out our Twitter account and VOTE VOTE VOTE!
You can also now late pledge for 'Dreamcast: Year Two' by visiting https://app.crowdox.com/projects/dreamcastyearone/dreamcast-year-two-unofficial-book
Dreamcast Years Podcast Ep. 8 - 2004
Join Andrew, Steve and guest Jordan Freeman (founder of zoom-platform.com) as they discuss the big games of 2004.
Andrew's song puns get ridiculous (best guesses for how many there were to @dreamcastyears), Steve's quiz game is greatly tested, and Jordan reveals his link to Half-Life.
Rich will be back with us next time, but in case you're curious, he played HALF of the games we talked about this episode.
Dreamcast Years Podcast: Deep Dive - Sonic The Hedgehog Movie (2020)
[SPOILER WARNING - This podcast contains spoilers for the movie]
Almost five months after it's cinematic release, Rich, Steve and Andrew finally sit down to discuss the latest video game movie adaptation - Sonic The Hedgehog. Was this 2020 film all it was cracked up to be, or were the guys less than egg-static? Also, what video game movies do they rate? Listen on to find out!
Dreamcast Years Podcast: Game Of The Year Edition - 2003
Guess who's back? Back again? DCY. Tell a friend! (Sorry, I couldn't resist)
Sorry for the hiatus, but we finally have a new episode for you. Following the triumph that was our last OG episode, featuring the incomparable Corey Marshall, the gang pitches their choices for game of 2003. Don't forget to vote for your favourite pitch over on Twitter (@dreamcastyears). The poll will be open for 7 days after this episode goes live!
A small aside, this was recorded on the hottest day of the year so far in the UK, so you may hear the drone of a fan and some outdoor noises. ALSO, don't forget to check out the campaign for 'Dreamcast: Year Two' over on Kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dreamcastyearone/dreamcast-year-two-unofficial-book/
Dreamcast Years Podcast Ep. 7 - 2003
This is a rather special episode, in which Andrew, Steve and Rich are joined by the legendary voice actor Corey Marshall (of Shenmue fame) to discuss what was going on in gaming during 2003.
Rich returns to the OG, but apparently it was his turn to suffer audio issues - we'll get Corey to use his Bullet Time 2.0/Sands Of Time powers to teach him a lesson...
Listen to find out what Corey thinks of Shenmue III, his hopes for IV, what the gang think of P.N.03 and whether Rich can claw back the lead in the quiz.
If you like what we do, please drop us a review in your podcast app! We'd love to hear your thoughts. Don't forget to join us on Twitter @DreamcastYears too!
Dreamcast Years Podcast: Deep Dive - Media Formats
Steve, Rich and Andrew discuss old tech and media formats in this deep dive - from VHS to UMD, and a lot inbetween! Let us know what media formats you miss by tweeting us @dreamcastyears, or joining us on Discord!
Apologies for the quality of audio from Andrew. We'd like to say he was using a microphone from 1999, but he was having issues with technology of a more modern variety! Normal service will resume next time.
Dreamcast Years Podcast: Game Of The Year Edition - 2002
Rich returns in time to talk about some of the best games of 2002. Listen as he, Steve and Andrew pitch their game of the year, and discuss a few of the other games that came close.
For seven days after this episode goes live you'll be able to vote for which pitch you think should be crowned game of 2002 - so get voting over on Twitter (@dreamcastyears).
Dreamcast Years Podcast Ep. 6 - 2002
With Rich absent, listen to Andrew, Steve and special guest Daryl Baxter (@darylbaxter) chat all about the games of 2002!
As this is the halfway point of the golden years, a bakers dozen of 13 games are up for discussion! Steve takes over from Rich in the quiz this time... can he extend the lead, or will the guests catch up?!
Dreamcast Years Podcast: Game Of The Year Edition - 2001
Andrew, Rich and Steve return to pitch for 'Game Of 2001'.
After an overwhelming victory for Rich in the last poll, he pitches picks. Steve receives his first loss, and is treated to a slightly gloating handicap.
Remember to vote for your choice in the Twitter poll at @dreamcastyears, available for 7 days after this podcast goes out!
Dreamcast Years Podcast Ep. 5 - 2001
Andrew, Rich and Steve are joined this time by Ben Congalton (@benjicong) from The Switch Island to chat about the year 2001.
More song puns abound as the gang journey into another golden year of gaming. How many games has Rich actually played this time? Which game emotionally resonated with Ben? What are Steve's game changers? Can Andrew find some happy news stories for a change?! Find out in this episode!
You can also now order 'Dreamcast: Year One'! Digital copies are available right now, and physical copies will dispatch soon: https://app.crowdox.com/projects/dreamcastyearone/dreamcast-year-one-unofficial-book
Dreamcast Years Podcast: Deep Dive - 'Dreamcast: Year One'
Join Rich and Steve as they quiz Andrew and guest Matt Gardner (editor of 'Dreamcast: Year One') about the creation of the book, which is available NOW!
You can order a copy here: https://app.crowdox.com/projects/dreamcastyearone/dreamcast-year-one-unofficial-book
You can also now chat with us on our Discord server: discord.gg/uHsYThn
Dreamcast Years Podcast: Game Of The Year Edition - 2000
It's that time again, for Rich, Steve and Andrew to pitch their choices for the game of the year. Which game would you choose?!
The majority voted for Steve's 1999 pitch for Metal Gear Solid in the last poll, meaning he pitches two games this time. The game pitched by Rich, Hydro Thunder, came bottom of the poll, meaning he once again faces a handicap... but what will it be?
Tune in to find out, and if you're listening to this within 7 days of it being released, remember to vote for your choice over on Twitter - @dreamcastyears, and let us know what game you would have pitched!
Dreamcast Years Podcast Ep.04 - 2000
It's the start of a new decade, so what better way to ring it in than by reminiscing about the turn of the millennium! This episode is all about the year 2000, a particularly great year for Dreamcast games, it appears.
Andrew and Rich are joined by new regular co-host Steve, along with extra special guest Tom Charnock from The Dreamcast Junkyard (@TheDCJunkyard). Listen as Steve shares some potentially controversial opinions, Rich gets emotional over Crazy Taxi, Tom spells out why Spirit Of Speed shouldn't be in your collection, and Andrew tries to avoid coming to blows with one of the guys!
Dreamcast Years Podcast: Deep Dive - Sonic The Hedgehog
Rich takes the reigns as he guides us through the storied, and often troubled, history of Sega's blue mascot.
Andrew and Steve join to discuss the games released during the golden age of gaming, and more besides!
Dreamcast Years Podcast: Game Of The Year Edition - 1999
Steve, Rich and Andrew make the case for their game of 1999. Andrew won the 1998 poll with his choice of Resident Evil 2, whilst Rich definitively lost with 1080° Snowboarding, landing him with the handicap (again).
Which games will the three amigos pick this time, and will Rich have played any of them?! Find out this and more by listening to GOTY 1999.
You have 7 days from 26/11/19 to vote for YOUR favourite by going to twitter.com/dreamcastyears.
Dreamcast Years Podcast Ep.03 - 1999
When Prince sang about partying like it was 1999, little did he know what a year it would be! So much amazing media was released in this year that we ended up talking about it for a little over 2 hours! Oops...
Join Andrew, Rich and guest Steve Leyland (of GOTY fame) in dissecting the last year of the 20th century, and see if Rich can pull into the lead in our quiz. If you're interested in the Alice Deejay remix mentioned by Rich, or the intro to Soul Edge/Blade bigged up by Steve you can find the links below!
Remix - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKF0PET6hCc
Intro - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtF80UCgarY
Dreamcast Years Podcast: Deep Dive - The Dreamcast
Happy 20th anniversary to the Dreamcast in the UK/EU! We wanted to celebrate this milestone, so the GOTY trio of Andrew, Steve and Rich got together to have a chat all about Sega's final console.
This is the first of many deep dives, in which the DCY team will discuss consoles and franchises in depth. Stay tuned for more!
Dreamcast Years Podcast: Game Of The Year Edition - 1998
Andrew, Rich and Steve get together again to pitch their game of 1998. After Rich became the runaway winner of 1997 with Goldeneye 007 for the N64, how will his TWO pitches fare this time? Can Andrew overcome his handicap to win the most votes? Will Steve do a better job at talking about Half-Life than in the main 1998 episode? One thing is for certain... there was absolutely no mention of Ocarina Of Time. Don't @ us...
Dreamcast Years Podcast Ep. 02 - 1998
Joining Andrew and Rich this time is Matt Gardner from GameTripper.co.uk. The trio discuss gaming in 1998 as the tour of the golden years continues. Will Andrew miss a bunch of important games from his list? Will Matts opinions cause great offence?? Can Rich score a second win on the quiz??? There's only one way to find out...
Dreamcast Years Podcast: Game Of The Year Edition - 1997
Welcome to the companion cast to the main show - 'Game Of The Year Edition'. In this shorter podcast Andrew, Rich and Steve pitch their picks for the game of 1997, before listeners get to vote on which one wins out.
Apologies in advance for the quality of sound from Andrew - he has a new mic on the way!
Dreamcast Years Podcast Ep. 01 - 1997
Join us for the first ever episode of the Dreamcast Years Podcast, where Andrew Dickinson, Richard Elsey and Daniel Ward discuss the first of the golden years - 1997. Find out how few cult classics they've actually played, what made Dan's gran cry and whether Rich could win his first quiz versus our esteemed scouse guest. Huge thanks to Dan for also creating our wonderful theme tune.