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The final nail in the coffin is that SEGA's first party development teams were just kind of bad at their jobs.
I beg to differ, Segas 1st party titles during the Dreamcast era were at the top of their game and produced titles and franchises that are STILL making them money re-selling on different platforms as many of them have become cult-classics. Crazy Taxi, House of the Dead 2, Jet Set Radio, Panzer Dragoon, Virtual On OT, Space Channel 5, Chu Chu Rocket, Shenmue, etc. Even their flagship driving game Metropolis Street Racer when on to spawn 4 sequels in the Form of Project Gotham Racing and was the Xbox's flagship driving game until Microsoft introduced Forza.
The Sonic games released on the Dreamcast were actually rated fairly well and fairly well received by fans. Most consider them to be the first 3D Sonic titles made by Sega that didn't suck.
Sonic Adventure on GameRankings scores an 86: http://www.gamerankings.com/dr...
Sonic Adventure 2 scores an 89 on MetaCritic: http://www.metacritic.com/game...
1. Many MANY people already heavily modify their cars and historically this has not been problematic to the safety of other drivers or pedestrians.
2. There are already safegards for this in place such as annual safety and emissions inspectsion. Granted not every state requires this, but I see nothing wrong with a law that states "your car must meet these safety parameter to be driven on public roads". which could include (an in many states already does include) a sanity check on the engine control module.
I find it interesting that people see the video as fear-mongering since it's presented very neutral as to the good or bad that will come of the bot based revolution, it's left as an exercise for the user because... who is he to plan our future, he's merely the messenger.
Citation: a compact car made by Chevrolet
Since the start of the OBDII Standard (which was a requirement starting for 1996 model years) There have been companies that have sold devices that let you plug into the computer and modify it's parameters, disabling emissions warnings and changing fuel and timing maps, or "recalibrating" the gauge readouts, among other things. This isn't some niche thing either... this has become the foundation of the whole aftermarket tuning industry. A single model car will have several companies offering competing products.
Honestly, adding additional security is a bad thing, as it is now there are enough roadblocks preventing you from having control over the software that's in your car (to actually make those changes to the computer you essentially have to reverse engineer the communication and modification protocols, hence why a single programming devices only works on specific model cars)... For all intents and purposes your new car is jailbroken, adding additional security would lock it down and take that control out of the hands of consumers.