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Seaman

by Dreamcast
Sega Dreamcast
Teen
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews) 82 / 100

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  • ASIN: B0000488VT
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches ; 6.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,433 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Sigh. If only Carl Jung were alive to play this game! The latest--and undoubtedly strangest--in a line of virtual-pet games, Seaman will have you mothering (or fathering) the most surreal creature yet to grace the Dreamcast: a fish, known as Seaman, with a human face. Drop some Seaman eggs into your virtual aquarium and watch them hatch into larvae, then baby Seamen (no giggling please), and eventually into adults. In order to raise happy, fulfilled Seamen, you'll need to do more than just feed them and regulate their water temperature and oxygen levels--like most pets, they need your regular attention. You interact with the little guys as a disembodied hand that can tap on the glass of their aquarium, tickle them (they love that), and drop things into their tank. Seaman also comes with a microphone; you can talk to your critters.

Voice-recognition software built into the game will enable your tiny mermen to learn your voice and, in time, hold conversations with you. In fact, these Seamen are notoriously moody and may even make fun of you at times. If you neglect them, they will definitely let you know!

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Seaman is quite possibly the weirdest video game to ever be released. It's also one of the most incredibly original titles in a very long time. And if you don't believe me, just ask the frisky Seaman, a fish/reptile with a human face--it isn't shy.

According to legend, this strange creature is the discovery of scientist Jean Paul Gasse. The weird-looking beast was documented to have an almost grotesque look about it, as it had the body of a reptile and the face of a man. Yet it was able to talk and reason with the doctor as well as your average human. And while the good doctor was laughed into obscurity after trying to explain his discovery, you have the opportunity to raise a Seaman from egg to its fishlike state and beyond.

Not only must you keep Seaman well fed and warm, you'll find that conversation (via the included microphone) with Seaman is a must. The scaly inquisitor will probe into your personal life by asking about your age, marital status, and favorite music, among other things. Also, if treated well this creature will spew its (usually sarcastic) rantings on pop culture, the Internet, and even reality itself. There's even a touch of sexual innuendo that may raise a few eyebrows. I doubt your goldfish ever did that.

The speech recognition is far from perfect, but there's no doubt that the gimmick almost always causes a smile when you realize how long you've been conversing with a fish and just how many words it does respond to. The simplistic graphics often make Seaman look like he's swimming in space rather than in a huge tank, but this game makes no claim to break new ground in graphics--it's the speech recognition that is most noteworthy. Star Trek veteran Leonard Nimoy acts as narrator, bringing all of the emotion of Spock (read: none) to his performance--yet somehow it works.

Since the Seaman can starve or freeze if not tended to regularly (raising this thing will take weeks), it might be a good idea to invest in another Visual Memory Unit to store the status of Seaman's habitat and your performance.

It's hard to say just how much "game" is actually in this title. Rather, Seaman offers an interesting life journey through birth, growth, death, rebirth, and change. Seaman offers a unique Dreamcast experience that is both disturbing and fascinating. --Mark Brooks

Pros:

  • A very ugly fish that talks--how cool is that?
  • Seaman can recognize quite a surprising number of words with the included microphone, and he talks back
  • Easy to play
  • Sarcastic wit (read: very American) and humor can be good for a few laughs
Cons:
  • Speech recognition is inconsistent (often words are completely misunderstood)
  • Graphics are suitably simplistic but never really deliver the feeling that Seaman is swimming in water
  • Probably doesn't taste good with chips

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars be prepared... August 24, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Seaman is not a game. It is difficult to define just what type of program it is, but it is not a game. It is akin to a system simulation, but it also incorporates some advanced Artificial Intelligence as well as voice recognition.
The result is something like a virtual pet, one that is quite smart and entertaining. But it will take quite a bit of patience on the part of the user to enjoy Seaman to it's fullest. The simulation proceeds at a pace that is determined by the Seaman program, not by the user. And many users will get quite frustrated with this aspect of Seaman.
This program is experimental in several ways. Firstly, it is educational as a biological system simulation. However, part of the simulation is over simplified, and is based on a series of experiments by a fictional scientist in the 1930s. This story is explained in detail by the program narrator (Leonard Nimoy) and the manual. There is even an extensive website dedicated to the background story. Still, it can teach the basics of semi-closed and managed ecosystems.
It is also experimental in that the AI can be very entertaining and surprising, as long as the user has the patience to care for the Seaman in the beginning when things can get quite boring. This part of the Seaman program will really get inside of many people's heads, like it did mine. You will find yourself thinking of Seaman often even when you are not actually playing the simulation.
And, Seaman is also experimental in that the entire concept is new and different from anything that has ever appeared on a game console before. The very idea is unexplored territory for the video game market, and could possibly ignite an entire line of AI/Voice Recognition based 'games'.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Artificial Intelligence Becomes a Reality August 12, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is simply mind blowing!
It supercedes "videogames", it is something different entirely.
It is more like a pet. A virtual pet, you have to take care of it, but it actually has a life of its own and you can talk to it and it talks to you.
The game takes a while to get into and it is boring at first but once your fish mature and learn to talk it becomes one of the most amazing feats of technology I've ever seen.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most original and satisfying games ever September 3, 2000
This is a great game overall. The originallity to the game just makes it even better. I was skeptical at first like most people I thought the game would be stupid, untill i played the game at a friends house. That is when i realised how great this game is, not only is it like another human to talk to some of the things he says are amazing. He remembers everything you say to him and can piece them together. Like i told him i was a forensic scientist, then when i told him my favorite movie was the silence of the lambs like 3 days later. He told me that he was scared that a scientists likes a movie on serial killers. Then he said hey keep thoose needles away from me. Overall the game though takes a lot of patience and daily care. I don't mind though because it's a lot of fun to raise something and then be able to talk to it. I mean how many people can talk to their pets and have them talk back. There is one general rule to remember though is that what you put into the game is what your going to get back. The game has a tremendous replay value considering that one seaman will always be different then another one. A must buy for dreamcast owners. Just to get the microphone is worth the price trust me it's a great game.
This game is an even better deal now that it is only 20 dollars. Buy this game just for the unique sake of playing it. Its a very good game, and worth a play by everyone. Its hard not to get hooked (no pun intended) by Seaman
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary Simulation August 18, 2000
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is not a game. This is not a game. This is not a game.
Repeat that phrase and you will begin to understand what Seaman is all about. Seaman is about taking care of another life for weeks and weeks and weeks. I bought this game with a brief knowledge of what it was about. 'Taking care of a fish with a man's face', when I popped that GD-Rom out of the case and played it in my Dreamcast I was in absolute shock. Your taken to a whole other world. Leonard Nemoy greats you, with his typical monotone voice which fits perfectly in this bizare and extrodinary piece of software. Your job is to to raise a Seaman from birth [in a most shocking experience] to adulthood...or if your not very caring death. It is from your parental guidence that the Seaman begins to learn to speak. [Which in the long run can be a mistake]. Because if you don't treat him well, he's gonna tell you and sometimes he isn't exactly the nicest pet you'll ever meet. This has been such a great experience for me. I'm on the fifth day for the second time, after a brief "experiment" where I was unable to feed them for a few days.
Let me just say this. This "software" is not for the faint at heart. Once you start the habitat you have a responsibility to take care of it. If you can't take at least once a day to take care of your tank, maybe this isn't for you. Because Oxygen, Heat, and Light must be kept up or else your comfortable environment will become a death trap for the baby seaman.
So if you have the patience and the guts take a trip into a gaming experience like no other. Seaman is terrific and, well, if your thinking about getting a real pet such as a dog, a cat, or a fish....buy this game....
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent. job
This.company did an.excellent.job. they more than met my e xpectations!!! would use them again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oh,Mr.Nimoy
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And that's fine with me. I love this game. It's an experience. And you'll never forget it if you see it through to the end.
Published on February 2, 2013 by Sean R. Filkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Very... odd... But I love it!
Like the title of my review says, I first started playing it and I thought... This is very weird. Although, the creepiest part was when the fish actually started to speak to me! Read more
Published on November 13, 2010 by Ty
4.0 out of 5 stars seaman
I heard about this game from youtube. A user named ebolaworld was constantly playing this game on his site, and it looked like alot of fun. Read more
Published on July 6, 2010 by retrogamer85
4.0 out of 5 stars A reminder of how great Sega used to be.
To me, Seaman was one of the last games made by Sega that really showed that they didn't care about making money- only about making innovative games. Read more
Published on June 6, 2010 by Armando N. Roman
5.0 out of 5 stars seaman is great!
this game is really fun. it's kinda like a sim mixed with a giga pet. you feed it , raise it, take care of it, and of course, talk to it. Read more
Published on August 20, 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Great the First Few Times......... (3.5 stars)
....but after you've beat it and played it a couple times, it gets really old very quickly. But, this game is %100 original! A very unique and cool concept. Read more
Published on August 15, 2002 by Michael Crane
4.0 out of 5 stars MY MEETSEAMAN.COM
FAQ
1.DO YOU OWN THIS GAME?YES I DO,AND IT IS GREAT.THIS IS A GREAT GAME FOR ONLY CHILDREN(NO BROTERS OR SISTERS)BECAUSE IT IS LIKE A REAL PET.
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