2011 marks the 10 year anniversary of Sega’s restructure as a third party developer. At the time of restructure, Charles Bellfield was Sega of America’s Vice President of Communications. In an interview with The New York Times in 2001, Bellfield felt that the hotly contested presidential election between George W Bush and Al Gore was partially responsible for the company’s move away from developing hardware. Bellfield points to a drop in consumer confidence during the delayed results of the election. He feels this resulted in the Dreamcast having lower than expected sales.
Do you really feel that the 2000 presidential election was a dominant force in the fall of the Dreamcast, or do you think Sega was possibly trying to point away from their own faults?
[Source: The New York Times]