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2 hours ago, Ninja Doctor said:

Are you sure the cable is pushed into the back of the Dreamcast fully? Also try booting it without a disc in. 

 

Haven't put any disc in yet. Yes, cables pushed all the way in (but it's good you mention it since it oddly takes some oomph to go in fully).

 

1 hour ago, Down by Law said:

My DC's connected to a 2008 Toshiba via VGA and works fine, so maybe your lead is borked?

 

Could certainly be a thing if it wasn't for the seller, well, selling these regularly and presumably testing before sending to me. I'll have to unplug my main monitor (if it has vga, I forget) to know if the cable itself is borked. It not working with the Sony is certainly unexpected, but I did find a thread with unsupported Sony models some dreamcast folk have done. Consider me surprised indeed.

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12 hours ago, Ketchup said:

Try moving the switch as some have three positions and sometimes changing it will cause the tv to pick it up.

 

Not sure what you meant by switch but I've tried wiggling both ends of the cable last night. Nada

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Offline. DreamPi...I'll need to watch the video again but it really hurt my head trying to understand the set up last time (multiple ethernets?! it's own plug?!). More likely want the official broadband adapter at some point.

 

DC looks fine in rgb scart, if it needed saying. Still surprised by the fan noise...and the disc reading makes it sound like it's eating the disc sometimes. :unsure:

 

Soul Calibur arrived this morning. :)

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Tom Baker narrated in Ecco? What! Had no idea at the time...but I wasn't a Doctor Who fan when I originally played this. :D

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12 minutes ago, parrapatheslapper said:

Could you not use a DC HDMI cable for your TV? - I have the poundlink one and it certainly does the job.

 

Also - having never played PSO but loved PS on the Master System is it worth playing it Offline?

 

Haven't looked into HDMI solutions but if there is I may look into it. Honestly the only reason I wanted VGA is because it's the one unused port on the TV. :lol:

 

PSO's offline missions has some basic plot but it's nothing to shout about. Version 1 is pretty cheap though so I wouldn't complain for 10-15bucks either. Obviously the grind for me is nostalgic enough even offline that I can have fun. It's the diablo loot casino gameplay to keep you coming back, aged as it is.

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1 minute ago, NEG said:

 

Haven't looked into HDMI solutions but if there is I may look into it. Honestly the only reason I wanted VGA is because it's the one unused port on the TV. :lol:

 

PSO's offline missions has some basic plot but it's nothing to shout about. Version 1 is pretty cheap though so I wouldn't complain for 10-15bucks either. Obviously the grind for me is nostalgic enough even offline that I can have fun. It's the diablo loot casino gameplay to keep you coming back, aged as it is.

 

Nice - so is there different versions? If so which is the best?

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1 hour ago, parrapatheslapper said:

 

Nice - so is there different versions? If so which is the best?

 

Version 2 removed some bugs, increased the level cap from 100 to 200, presumably new items, mags and spells, that sort of thing. But is a lot more expensive now. As far as actual missions/mob hp/exp gain to the character...I don't think that changed much if at all. So the leveling experience should be the same between versions.

 

Assuming you get online and find the VMU goodies: there was also downloadable missions back in the day.

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Dreampi basically acts as a dummy phone line that the Dreamcast dials in to then routes the internet traffic to your broadband via WiFi or Ethernet. You just need a USB modem and a raspberry pi. The hardest bit however is sorting out an induced voltage on the phone line. 

 

Essentially, a modem such as on the Dreamcast expects there to be a voltage (~14V) on the line when plugged in. Obviously the Dreamcast modem won’t provide this so you need to add an extra power supply to the line. Most people use two 9V batteries in series. 

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1 hour ago, Ninja Doctor said:

Dreampi basically acts as a dummy phone line that the Dreamcast dials in to then routes the internet traffic to your broadband via WiFi or Ethernet. You just need a USB modem and a raspberry pi. The hardest bit however is sorting out an induced voltage on the phone line. 

 

Essentially, a modem such as on the Dreamcast expects there to be a voltage (~14V) on the line when plugged in. Obviously the Dreamcast modem won’t provide this so you need to add an extra power supply to the line. Most people use two 9V batteries in series. 

 

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4 hours ago, Ninja Doctor said:

Best stick to playing offline then

 

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to, and I'm not that clueless what with tech being my hobby all my life. But it should be easier to understand/set up than induced voltages, 14 volt extra power supplies, Pies and 2 9V batteries.

 

Spoiler

It also doesn't help that at the end of all that, the set up/extra wires bring needless clutter to things. Not even the idea of being able to flood the Chu Chu chat room once again is enough gain for all that effort.

 

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Just picked up MDK2. Remember enjoying the demo disc and even a few levels on a dodgy copy years ago even though I’m sure the game is rock solid. Looking forward to trying it again as I remember it being a nice looking game and the MDK series is a bit of a classic.

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29 minutes ago, Ketchup said:

Just picked up MDK2. Remember enjoying the demo disc and even a few levels on a dodgy copy years ago even though I’m sure the game is rock solid. Looking forward to trying it again as I remember it being a nice looking game and the MDK series is a bit of a classic.

I really enjoyed at the time but it gets frustratingly hard later on. 

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I tried playing Soldier of Fortune last night.  My god, the controls!  However did we manage?  All three pad control schemes are utter balls, with no option even to invert look :o

 

Time to invest in the DC mouse and keyboard.

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On 29/04/2019 at 14:18, Nathan Wind said:

I tried playing Soldier of Fortune last night.  My god, the controls!  However did we manage?  All three pad control schemes are utter balls, with no option even to invert look :o

 

Time to invest in the DC mouse and keyboard.

 

And the loading times!!! 

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Crazy Taxi is as awesome as I remember.

 

Odd it uses 30+ blocks though, considering it's mostly a arcade port.

 

Virtua Fighter 3TB feels very dated compared to every other 3D fighter I've tried on the Dreamcast so far (Soul Calibur/Dead or Alive 2). Not only are the models not up to stuff, they didn't even bother putting anything on the VMU screen. :(

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8 minutes ago, carlospie said:

I used to have a game called dynamite cop. It was so good. A bit like streets of rage. Only you could pick up a nuke and throw it at people 

 

is that the same as dynamite deka, which was also Die Hard Arcade? (which was on the Saturn)

 

[edit]

Yes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamite_Cop

 

but also not.

Edited by SeanR
it's the sequel

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7 hours ago, carlospie said:

I used to have a game called dynamite cop. It was so good. A bit like streets of rage. Only you could pick up a nuke and throw it at people 

 

Ive been looking to pick this up recently and it goes for £50+. I didn’t think it was a desirable game at all a few years ago.

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15 hours ago, Ketchup said:

 

Ive been looking to pick this up recently and it goes for £50+. I didn’t think it was a desirable game at all a few years ago.

 

Yeah - it's quite expensive. The PAL version is 50hz only too.

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15 minutes ago, Ninja Doctor said:

Now as much as I love my Dreamcast I don’t get why you would pay £50 for a game disc when a gdemu can be had for that.  

 

I looked at the way GDemu works and the UI looks so bland and lifeless it honestly offended me. It's the reverse of everything Dreamcast stands for.

 

Go the copied CD route instead if you have to. (Well, for the games under 800meg, at least)

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1 hour ago, Ninja Doctor said:

Now as much as I love my Dreamcast I don’t get why you would pay £50 for a game disc when a gdemu can be had for that.  

 

Because sometimes it’s nice to have something physical and tangible with a manual, box and cover art. Otherwise we might as well have all been using CDrs since 2000 and killed the Dreamcast early...oh wait.

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