Dreamcast is the fifth generation of Sega game consoles. It appeared in 1998 based on the Sega Saturn brand. It left the market in 2001 when the company abandoned the platformer business.
Meaning and History
What is Dreamcast?
It is a game console brand that was developed by the Japanese company Sega. Its release started in Japan, where it first appeared in 1998. It was presented in the USA, Europe, and Australia a year later. Now it is no longer supported (since 2001).
This gaming brand only lasted two years, becoming SEGA’s last home console model. But she remained famous thanks to the original logo – simple and at the same time understandable. Today it is considered one of the reference samples. Before the Dreamcast brand was approved, the set-top box was released under a different brand name.
1997 – 1998
The debut version that marked the beginning of the console was called Katana. The project was a trial project because it tested the final specifications before the console’s final launch. Being a very important milestone, it got its name, which was reflected in the logo. The inscription is made diagonally, with letters decreasing in perspective. That is, the further they are, the less and vice versa. The style of the text is handwritten, semi-connected because not all letters are connected.
1998 – 2007
What does the Sega Dreamcast logo mean?
The Sega Dreamcast logo stands for Power Source, so it has a spiral shape. At first, the loops were orange, which was in harmony with the basic concept of the brand.
The logo features a counterclockwise spiral. A black ‘Dreamcast’ lettering complements it. The word is written in strict sans serif type. Moreover, the world knows at least three versions of the emblem, differing in the palette.
In regions with an NTSC analog TV system, the vortex was orange, which was the console’s power indicator. The manufacturer chose this particular color because, in Japan, it is considered lucky. But America, which also has the NTSC standard, was an exception. In contrast to Asian countries, the red spiral variant, presented in 1999, is better known in the United States.
And in Europe, where the PAL system is adopted, a blue version of the logo has been used since 1999. The company made a compromise to avoid litigation with German video game developer Tivola Publishing, Inc. The fact is that his trademark also had an orange vortex, a reception that appeared long before the Dreamcast was founded.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
What happened to Dreamcast?
Sega has ended support for the Dreamcast console, ditching the segment. This event took place in the spring of 2001 after a change of leadership, which did not consider it necessary to manufacture game consoles due to heightened competition.
Who bought Dreamcast?
The Dreamcast brand was not sold to anyone: it still belongs to Sega. She just stopped supporting the console and completely curtailed its production.
Why is the Dreamcast logo blue in Europe?
The Europe version of the Dreamcast logo is blue to avoid copyright issues. The thing is, Tivola (a German video game publisher) has the same orange swirl in its name that it has been using since 1995.
The original version was italicized in one stroke. The subsequent emblem consisted of text with an individual typeface. It was based on fonts reminiscent of Basilea, Segan, Alexon Light, and Zine Serif Display.
The color of the logo is also complex: it existed in several versions simultaneously due to copyright differences. The orange icon was used in the Japanese market as the color is considered incredibly lucky and positive. The emblem was familiar under the blue color on the European countries’ territory to avoid disagreements with the German brand Tivola Publishing, which also has an orange spiral. In America, the brand was known under the red logo. But the inscription always remained black.