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Resident Evil – Code: Veronica Drops Playstation for Dreamcast – Today in History – February 29th, 2000

Resident Evil – Code: Veronica was a seminal title for the Sega Dreamcast.  Why? When Sony launched the Playstation console in mid 90’s it was quite a surprise move.  Sure, there were rumblings in the gaming magazines of the time and around the playgrounds across the world.  It still came as a surprise though, no one knew what to expect from Sony and their first attempt at a console.  Besides, they are were heading up against Sega’s Saturn- there was no way, coming off the high of the Genesis (ignore the failure of the 32X for a moment) that Sega could screw up the 32-Bit era.  They did.  One title really opened the eyes of gamers to the world of 32-Bit (besides the amazing selection by Namco at the time) and that was Resident Evil.  Sure, the Saturn got the first Resident Evil (it also got the first Tomb Raider) but it didn’t help all that much.  Capcom went on to release at least a couple of versions of the original game, sequels, demo discs and the like for the Playstation- all surely helping solidify Sony’s console as the place to be if you were a gamer.  When the Dreamcast was announced and we saw Resident Evil- Code: Veronica for the first time, man- it made me want a Dreamcast.  BAD.

I remember having just gotten Internet access with America On-Line (stop laughing) and hitting up a new site for a new mag I was interested in.  GameGO! Magazine was preparing to launch and it was headed by a bunch of guys from Gamefan (Eric Mylonas being one).  I was on a 56k connection and people were releasing gameplay videos of Resident Evil – Code: Veronica on whatever file sharing service was popular at the time.  I was downloading 50 to 150 megabyte extremely low resolution videos of this game in action.  It was amazing to me.  This game was so different than what was on the Playstation for years.  If you want to read the plot, head over to the Wikipedia page and enjoy.  For me, I am going to go enjoy this game on my Dreamcast and probably call in sick to work tomorrow for staying up too late tonight.

Capcom eventually released Resident Evil – Code: Veronica on the Playstation 2, Gamecube and remastered versions for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.  You have no real reason to not enjoy this game (unless you are a PC only gamer then, well, um have you heard of nullDC?).

Don’t have a copy of Resident Evil – Code: Veronica?  Our pals over at Ebay have quite a selection across the platforms mentioned above.  If you hurry, you can have it by this weekend!


Carl Williams

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