Dreamcast Fan Art Showcases Retro Classics in an Awesome Exploded Display
If you were lucky enough to own a Dreamcast then you will have experienced some of video game’s most iconic and beloved titles. Even though the console had a very short life span of only a few years and subsequently Sega’s last home gaming console, many fans around the world considered the console ahead of its time and count the retro system as one of the best. Dreamcast fan and artist Pierre Roussel has taken this treasured console and put his own spin on it while also exhibiting some of the many classic games that found their home on the system.
In Pierre’s Dreamcast artwork, he has creatively sectioned off four levels as we get a look inside the 1999 gaming system in his exploded concept. Those familiar with Dreamcast games won’t need a grand tour of all the video game characters brought to life that is shattered around each platform inside Pierre’s Dreamcast vision but for those who don’t recognize them all, here’s a quick list: Skies of Arcadia, Powerstone, Grandia 2, Sonic Adventure, Ready 2 Rumble, Ikaruga, Shenmue, Space Channel 5, Phantasy Star Online v2, Crazy Taxi, Soul Calibur, Seaman and Jet Grind Radio. If I missed any out, please let me know!
I think one of my personal favorites, which is pretty hard as there are so many good games all for different reasons, is Crazy Taxi. You wouldn’t believe the number of hours I spent in that game trying to get the highest score by performing ridiculous stunt moves and picking up anyone I could while also trying to keep them in the car with my horrendous driving. At night I still hear “Hey, hey, hey! Ready to have some fun? I got some kicking music, and I’m ready to see you drive! Get those coins out of your pocket, throw ’em in the machine, and let’s get started! CRAZY TAXI!”
Pierre has created a wonderful nostalgic memory with his creative talents in which any Dreamcast fan would be proud to have framed on the wall in their home. Thankfully, Pierre and his wife run an Etsy page so this beauty can be yours for the reasonable price of $19 where you can show it off to all your friends (once quarantine is over of course) If Dreamcast art really doesn’t tickle your pickle, Pierre has other artworks up his sleeve. How about an Xbox exploded art piece? If that doesn’t cut it there’s also some really cool PlayStation 1 and Nintendo 64 prints too.
Last year you may have seen Bethesda’s fully customized Sega Dreamcast that runs Rage 2 in one of their social media giveaways but to be honest, I much prefer the original design – simple and clean, that’s the Dreamcast I remember and love. If you still play on your Dreamcast and why the hell wouldn’t you be, Retro-Bit is working on a new Dreamcast controller aiming to be released later this year. Even though I personally think the original controller is perfect how it is, the new features included allows you to have it wired or wireless which I guess is a nifty concept. The “new and improved” controller will have repositioned triggers, a six-button layout, and an altered analog stick, as well as the D-pad and analog sticks, giving it a new and modern twist – which kind of defeats the purpose in my opinion but each to their own.
You can check out Pierre’s Instagram for a closer look at all of his illustrations that include the likes of Dungeons and Dragons art, Cyberpunk, World of Warcraft, and many other fantasy-themed concepts. You’ll also find one or two cat pictures in there, too – did you expect anything less?