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Sega Dreamcast

SPeedY_B

I may actually be insane.
#1
Anyone out there still use their Dreamcast?
I noticed i still owned one earlier this morning ;) and decided to start using it again.
Having played for an hour or so on Quake1 and Doom I wanted to know what other people have played/ran on the DC

So far i've managed to play/use the following

Linux - Slow, but there's no HD, so its acceptable :)
Doom1 - Sweet as :D
Quake1 - Original Quake, With D3D rendering, perfect!
VCD Player - Not too bad, low fps can be noticed in places
Mp3 Player - does what it says on the tin.
DivX Player - Needs to be a specific BitRate and res, ones i played didnt work to well.
NES Emulator - Does a nice job
GameBoy emu - Used an early soundless version, runs fine otherwise.
There's possibly others i can't remember right now.

So what have others used the DC for........?
 

SPeedY_B

I may actually be insane.
#3
It may actually be possible to get a stripped down basic form of unix running on a MegaDrive 2 (I should imagine its already been considered by the NetBSD Team, they're port-a-holics :D) You'd need some sort of writable cartridge tho or an adapter to hook it up to a source it can read from ... Could be quite an interesting idea ;)

I thought i'd post some "screenies" i have of my DC running Linux and Doom

Original Doom


DC-Linux
 
#5
Does anyone know of any manuals or downloads for running these type of apps in the PSX? I have a PSX with a modchip in it, so it can play burned CD's. I did a search on Google for it, but the sites were all to vague for me and hard to understand.
 

SPeedY_B

I may actually be insane.
#7
I highly doubt the psx has anything like this for it, after all its a 2mb 33mhz system where-by the Dreamcast is a 200Mhz RISC 16mb system with 12x gd-rom and a modem.
When the dreamcast production was ceased people deicided to make there own use for it, whereby the PS never stopped, it's still alive today.

the closest thing on a sony platform is the PS2 Linux which is an official release by sony.
 
#8
I know that, but for games like Doom and Quake it would be perfect, the PSX chip is designed specifically for games, perhaps there are some handy programmers who make a (lite) version of the original Doom for the PSX. I know that there is a official release of Doom for the PSX (1996, The Ultimate Doom) and for Quake (1999, Quake 2), but I am just curious to know what people could make out of it.
 

SPeedY_B

I may actually be insane.
#9
Yes those games have been optimised and 100% coded (or re-coded) by large teams of professionals.
Doom will run on almost anything :)
And the quake2 port was appauling compared to the PC version, whereas the DC version of quake is Direct 3D accelerated and is an improvement over the PC one.

As i said the psx cpu runs at 33mhz therefore wont run anything that hasnt been made specifically for it.

The dreamcast runs on a RISC cpu at a clock speed of 200MHz also it uses a Windows CE base, making it a much easier candidade to make custom software for.

Also the fact you can make a bootable CD straight out the burner for Dreamcast where you'd need to get a PSX chipped to run un-official software again makes it a lot easier :)
 

SPeedY_B

I may actually be insane.
#13
Well i have both and i prefer the dreamcast, im not a gamer as such and find the development for the dreamcast interesting, where as i think the PS2 is a nasty cheap ass designed console, made by sony who are just corporate whores and will do anything to get your money.
Sega on the other hand wanted to make a high quality console along with the highest quality games (it cant be denied sega make some of the best games out there!)

Anyway thats not the point, I originaly started this thread to find out if anyone else used they're dreamcast for interesting means, not to find out if people think that it "sucks"
 
#14
the controller of DC caused pain to my fingers.especially when I play Quake3 because of that stupid little stick on left upper corner.
DC didn't get any support from 3d party programs such as Konami.
 

SPeedY_B

I may actually be insane.
#15
The dreamcast controller has to be the most comfortable i have ever used.
And i played my way through Quake3 with a keyboard and mouse! Quake should be played no other way :)
 

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