The Backlog: Shenmue II

The power button on my Dreamcast emits a glow.  The warm, rosy glow of nostalgia for a time when game progress was saved on Memory Cards, a time before HD televisions, when online gaming was done with a 56k modem, and controllers still had wires. Hardcore gamers talk about the Dreamcast the way that car lovers talk about a ’57 Chevy, the way that junkies talk about that first pure high.   That high was powerful, but short-lived; the Dreamcast debuted in 1999, but was already done with by 2001.  The game that best represented this doomed console was Shenmue. It’s been over a decade since I finished Shenmue.  I vaguely recall it was about a quest to avenge the death of my father.  It ended with a cliffhanger, but a sequel was put out in 2002 that continued the story.  Continue Reading


About charlesbattersby

Playwright/ Video Game Journalist/ Theatre Critic/ Actor New York City ·
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One Response to The Backlog: Shenmue II

  1. jumpingpolarbear says:

    They need to come up with a Dreamcast 2. Guess I am the only one who loved that gaming system though 🙂

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