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Running Linux on the Sega Dreamcast

16 Feb 2024
Running Linux on the Sega Dreamcast
Introduction One of the more challenging aspects of learning about embedded Linux is the scarcity of cheap, compatible hardware. Sure, Linux runs fine on a personal computer, but does being able to run Linux on your workstation mean you can call yourself an embedded Linux guru? Hardly. You may not believe me now, but you will shortly. What's needed to really explore Linux as an embedded operating system is a well-documented, inexpensive and readily available hardware platform that isn't
Dreamcast
Dreamcast

Dreamcast Pal Games List

24 Jul 2023
Table of Content Version History Legal Information Introduction Frequent Questions and Answers PAL Games Information PAL Games List Additional Dreamcast Software and Demo Discs PAL Peripherals List UK Dreamcast Magazines Packaging Mistakes and Errors Credits Plans for Next Update Contact Information 1. Version History Version 1.03: 07/09/2006 On going update Version 1.02: 04/01/2006 Massive update, have finally got around to releasing this update after working on it for the past
Dreamcast
Dreamcast

Manipulate CD images with IsoBuster

23 Dec 2022
Manipulate CD images with IsoBuster
Ever loaded a CD image without knowing what to do, or burned it only to find out that the CD doesn't work or doesn't respond to your expectations? IsoBuster should be able to help you. IsoBuster is without doubt the best tool for manipulating and extracting files from a CD image. It can read very many formats from the multitude of existing burning software: *.DAO (Duplicator) *.TAO (Duplicator) *.ISO (Nero, BlindRead, Creator) *.BIN (CDRWin) *.IMG (CloneCD) *.CIF (Creator) *.FCD (Uncomp
Dreamcast
Dreamcast

How to downsample SFD file (MPEG-1 + ADX)

22 Dec 2022
Create a folder name Downsample in c:\selfboot Start the Mpeg-VCR V3.00 In Mpeg-VCR V3.00 Menu, select Tool/MPEG DeMultiplexer Check the following options accordingly: For Example: Game Silver, File Intro.sfd Input File Stream: C:Selfboot\Data\Moive\Intro.sfd Output File Video: C:\SelfBoot\Downsample\Intro.M1V Output File Audio: C:\SelfBoot\Downsample\Intro.ADX Click save to start the Recording Processed After that you'll got the Intro.M1V & Intro.ADX files in your HD, Close Mpeg-VC
Dreamcast
Dreamcast

How to translate a Dreamcast game

15 Nov 2022
How to translate a Dreamcast game
What do you need: Hex Workshop 3 Editor Much patience The Crazy Taxi game (for this example) How to do it: I'm going to use Crazy Taxi as an example, as it's the simplest game to start with. First install the program Hex WorkShop 3. Copy the entire game to a folder on your computer's hard drive. Remove the READ-ONLY attribute from all files. Right-click and Properties . Run Hex WorkShop 3 and open the 1st_read.bin file. Search for the texts you see in the image. All texts can be mod
Dreamcast
Dreamcast

How to convert DIVX to SFD (Sofdec)

15 Nov 2022
How to convert DIVX to SFD (Sofdec)
I present to you the new method to convert DIVX or MPEG 1 or 2 files to the Dreamcast SoftDec (SFD) format, so that you can watch the video on the Dreamcast. Requires: DIVX movie (MPEG4) or Mpeg 1 - 2 The Converter: SEGA Dreamcast Movie Maker (8 Megas) The Player: SFD File Boot CD (300 kb) Instructions: 1 ) Install the program and execute it. 2 ) Select the Image options: In this process you encode the audio from the AVI to SFD (SoftDec) format. It takes about 20 minutes. 3 ) Now set the option
Dreamcast
Dreamcast

SEGA Dreamcast Divers 2000 Series CX-1

11 Nov 2022
SEGA Dreamcast Divers 2000 Series CX-1
The Divers 2000 was a joint venture, between Japanese media giants SEGA , CSK and the Fuji Television Network to produce a multimedia device based on the Dreamcast platform. It launched in March 2000 at the staggering price of 88,888 yen and was limited to just 5000 sets. For this staggering price tag, the Divers 2000, or CX-1 as it more commonly to referred to in Japan, included a working 14-inch TV screen, a built-in Sega Dreamcast console with internet capabilities (33.6 kbps modem), and run
Dreamcast
Dreamcast

Dreamcast VMU

2 Nov 2022
Dreamcast VMU
The VMU was originally a memory card for the Dreamcast that put an LCD screen right in your controller. When you weren’t at home you could take it with you and play mini-games or swap data with your friends. While it was a largely underused feature of the console it did actually improve gameplay for some games like Biohazard: Code Veronica by displaying your life meter on the screen. As you can see there were a fair few variations that made it out into the world.
Dreamcast
Dreamcast

Hidekazu Yukawa Dreamcast songs

2 Nov 2022
Hidekazu Yukawa Dreamcast songs
Back at the end of the 90s Sega really went all out with the launch of the Dreamcast. We had a console with a modem and four controller ports built in as standard, memory cards which had screens and were portable gaming devices in their own right, and a huge marketing campaign in which Sega featured their real-life managing director Hidekazu Yukawa owning up to some of the companies past failings in a series of commercials. Due to the relative popularity of these episodes Yukawa became somewhat
Dreamcast
Dreamcast

Dreameye Dreamcast camera

2 Nov 2022
Dreameye Dreamcast camera
Originally, launching back on September 9, 2000 in Japan the 'Internet Digital Video Camera' or the Sega Dreameye was quite a revolutionary piece of equipment for its time. It launched at a reasonable 14,800 yen and was primarily designed for use with Sega's online network as a webcam and digital camera, although there were plans for Dreamcast games to involve the Dreameye and some titles like Jet Set Radio eventually did (more on that later). Inside the box, you get the Dreameye, a
Dreamcast
Dreamcast

Dreamcast DVD

2 Nov 2022
Dreamcast DVD
"If only Sega had've included a DVD drive!", it is one of the most common complaints laid down at Sega's door for the failure of the Dreamcast. Sega themselves, promised such an add-on from pretty much the day the system went on sale and kept going with it right until they terminated the its production. But did they ever seriously intend to build such an accessory and how would it have helped in fending the Sony wolves from the door? Back in 1997 when Sega announced details of it's
Dreamcast
Dreamcast

SEGA and SNK tie the knot

2 Nov 2022
SEGA and SNK tie the knot
Probably regarded as the most successful series in video games, Nintendo’s Pokemon series brought to the market a sudden demand mobile gaming and a slew of companies rushing to the handheld market to capitalize on the trend. Not wanting to miss out, the big console makers of the time, Sega, Sony and Nintendo were also looking at ways to percolate some of this success to their home systems. Meanwhile, faced with financial difficulty and the burden of covering the huge losses incurred by the fail
Dreamcast
Dreamcast

Selling the Dream

2 Nov 2022
Selling the Dream
While the adverts shown in Europe for the Dreamcast were criticized for their vagueness and poor imitation of the PlayStation’s 90s avant-garde logo focused promotion, the commercials in the USA and Japan were entertaining, intriguing, and had a unique style all of their own. It was a theme of most of the consoles in the late nineties to develop a 'brand' rather than showing any actual gaming footage or other segments that would suggest the product was toy. Instead, a common theme would
Dreamcast
Dreamcast

Dreamcast: a bit of history ...

2 Nov 2022
Dreamcast: a bit of history ...
The Sega Dreamcast is the last of former hardware giant Sega’s home consoles, and for a lot of gaming fans including myself, the greatest game system of all time. The console suffered a premature demise, and is considered by many as a product which was largely ahead of its time, offering online gaming and downloadable content for console games years before Live was a twinkle in Microsoft’s eye. However, I’m not here to talk how the system was a commercial failure but instead look at why the Dre
Dreamcast
Dreamcast

Dreamcast Famitsu review scores

2 Nov 2022
Dreamcast Famitsu review scores
Famitsu, the major Japanese gaming publication that is dodgier than a nun squatting in a cucumber field is well known for accepting "sponsorship" from companies to enhance a review score ( Nintendogs 40/40 or Final Fantasy XIII 39/40 anybody?). In fact, you don't need to understand Japanese to see the brevity of the reviews often being only 3 or 4 sentences long and about as informative as a telephone call with a mute. I used to translate the reviews and it really brings to light th
Dreamcast
Dreamcast

Guide to retro shopping in Akihabara, Tokyo

2 Nov 2022
Guide to retro shopping in Akihabara, Tokyo
Akihabara, known affectionately as Akiba, is one of the most well-known Electronics districts in Japan. Yet, its popularity has led to a lot of redevelopment in recent years pushing out a lot of the smaller more specialist shops which attracted people in the first place, and replaced it with mammoth all-purpose electronic stores. This has unfortunately meant one thing, less retro video game shops. Still, while iconic names like Messeh Sanoh (as featured in SGGG) may be no more (it is now Trader
Dreamcast
Dreamcast

FUR FIGHTING INTERVIEW

2 Nov 2022
FUR FIGHTING INTERVIEW
Reading the interview in Edge with a former Bizzare Creations member on the production of MSR it reminded me of a chat I had recently with Jeff Lewis, also a previous employee of the former Liverpool gaming studios about one of my favourite Dreamcast game of all time, Fur Fighters. Enjoy! What are your memories of Fur Fighters? Furfighters was the first game I worked on in the video games industry. I was straight out of art school and had a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and it was just a fantas
Dreamcast
Dreamcast

The lost interview with Shoichiro Irimajiri

2 Nov 2022
The lost interview with Shoichiro Irimajiri
Media coverage of the Dreamcast tends to be a rather one-sided affair. While Sega of Japan always tended to keep a tone of deferential calm, Bernie Stolar (Saturn is not our future) the Chairman of Sega of America could often be found over-inflating his ego in numerous articles. So, imagine my surprise when going through one of my old magazines, a relatively short lived UK publication, Total Control, only to find a feature on the Dreamcast with a short interview with then chairman of Sega Japan
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