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Dreamcast Homebrew Website Relaunched 27

Posted by simoniker
from the mmm-homebrew dept.
Wraggster writes "Those who have never visited the DC Homebrew site, devoted to homebrew games and demos for the Sega Dreamcast, should be aware that it's just received an official relaunch, including over 230 pages of downloads of demos, games, ports, multimedia, and some great help pages too. New features for the site include a developer spotlight and homebrew spotlight - it's a resource well worth checking out." With titles like the great-looking Alice Dreams, there's some interesting material coming out of the unofficial Dreamcast coding scene of late.
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Dreamcast Homebrew Website Relaunched

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  • Open hardware (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Qwaniton (166432) on Friday June 18, 2004 @03:51AM (#9460839)

    This is truly a great thing. The Dreamcast really is the Apple II of consoles. Hobbyist hacking is truly a lost art.

  • by MMaestro (585010) on Friday June 18, 2004 @04:38AM (#9460989)
    Probably not, but all things considered (its FIFTY BUCKS for a Dreamcast system, most people spend double that on gasoline for their car a month), for the cheap gamers, hackers, programmers, and those tired of 'remade games just with better graphics' this is excellent news.
  • Chankast (Score:4, Informative)

    by petteri_666 (745343) on Friday June 18, 2004 @04:42AM (#9460999)
    There is Dreamcast emulator just released called Chankast [chanka.org] so you can now enjoy the dc-homebrew scene even without Dreamcast.
    • ..if you happen to run Windows, sigh. Projects like this really give me respect for projects like SNES9X and MAME.
    • > There is Dreamcast emulator just released called Chankast so you can now
      > enjoy the dc-homebrew scene even without Dreamcast.


      Does it run commercial games (e.g., Shenmue)?
  • by MC Negro (780194) on Friday June 18, 2004 @05:08AM (#9461106) Journal
    When the Dreamcast first came out, I abhorred it for a number of reasons, such as lackluster 1st party games, poor 3rd party support and just a general disdain for Sega's marketing (their track record isn't so hot in that department). But right now, I'm loving the Dreamcast :-)

    Right about now, the Dreamcast is somewhat prematurely in its "glory day". While most Dreamcast games sucked to no end, it had many decent PC ports (Quake III, Unreal Tournament) and a handful of other good games. Generally, you can find these games in the bargain bin at GameStop for $5-$15, usually new. The Dreamcast's current online pricepoint [ebay.com] is often less than a new GBA game, and usually is bundled with some games. Frankly, if you're a cheap gamer who doesn't have a lot of time, the Dreamcast is the way to go.

    But the main appeal of the Dreamcast to me is the "geek" community that's brought Linux [m17n.org], BSD [wri.com] and most of the APIs [gamesurge.com] that they connonate (Hell, you can even use Windows APIs [gamesurge.com] for the built in Windows CE ROM). This is great for people like me who want to get their feet wet with basic game development for consoles, but don't have time to learn a hacked-up graphics API, or for someone who just is looking for a fun weekend project [linuxdevices.com]. It makes me happy to see that the Dreamcast homebrew community is still alive and kicking, and I'm hoping that this kind of thing will continue for a while.
    • by petteri_666 (745343) on Friday June 18, 2004 @05:21AM (#9461159)

      Right about now, the Dreamcast is somewhat prematurely in its "glory day". While most Dreamcast games sucked to no end, it had many decent PC ports (Quake III, Unreal Tournament) and a handful of other good games

      I cant really agree with you. Dreamcast had the best games at the time and many classic titles that later where ported to other systems. 2d fighters (sf3, capcom vs. snk 1 and 2, guilty gear etc.), sega sport titles, segas most innovative titles (rez, jet grind radio, space channel 5). And really good third party games such as Soul Calibur.

    • Hell, you can even use Windows APIs for the built in Windows CE ROM
      The Dreamcast does not have a Windows CE ROM. Windows CE - if you choose to use it - is totally loaded from disc and kept in RAM.
  • I just threw out my DC last week! :(

    I couldn't find anything for it (VMUs/KBs/games) at the local Funcoland/Software ETC and what was available online wasn't all that great. I was hoping to get MAME and/or an NES emulator running on it, but gave up.


    • You want to get this [emulation64.com].

      NesterDC is cool, and works pretty well. Judging from the site, it doesn't look like it's getting maintained too well, but I have a version from 3 years ago that runs fine for most games.

      I have several hundred NES games on this one CD, and I play it more often than my Xbox or Gamecube. Tetris2 is two-player, it's highly recommended when you're trying to get girls to play video games with you (my Atari 2600 works for this too).

      I'm a firm believer that games haven't gotten any more f
  • by Anonymous Coward
    There's already a rather large Dreamcast site called Boob [boob.co.uk]. (Yes, that's the name. No, I don't know why it's called that.) I'm surprised the site wasn't in the writeup or any previous comments.
  • by thebdj (768618) on Friday June 18, 2004 @09:05AM (#9462010) Journal
    The dreamcast not only seems to be one of the easiest hacked consoles ever created, making it one of the coolest consoles to own, but it is also one of the most revolutionary devices ever.

    Before the console wars became the new hip thing there was the Dreamcast. No XBox or Gamecube just the DC and PS2. Both had their supporters but only one really changed the industry for the better, while the other is an on going money grab by an over-zealous (and too large) company.

    Things that the Dreamcast changed:
    • Online Gaming
      The FIRST console to have online gaming. It came with a 56k modem for those horrid dial-up speeds and eventually had the ability to be expanded to broadband with an adapter. Phantasy Star was one of the first (if not the first) game to be online for a console and many games for the Dreamcast joined it. Including sports games and shooters.
    • Keyboard and Mouse
      This was pretty big. I mean web browsing with a controller is a pain (I would know). And first person shooters with support for the keyboard and mouse make it capable of rivalling some of the PC games in this respect
    • VGA Adapter
      Unless I am mistaked this is the only console to date to have a VGA Adapter that had a purpose. It made the Dreamcast capable of using a PC monitor and games that were "VGA" Enable had better resolutions and looked way better than on even the best TV. These graphics can still rival PS2 and some occassion XBox graphics to this day.

    The only thing some people complained about seriously was lack of a DVD player. But at the time PS2 was still ~$200 and the DC was already ~$99. For that you could have gotten another DVD player that actually would play movies and not just act like it could.

    So not only is it a good thing that the homebrew site is back it is an excellent thing. We can finally have more games for the Dreamcast even it they are not officially sponsored by Sega anymore. It is good to see that this is one "dead" console that is not truly dead and may have a big enough fan base to keep it alive for some time to come.
    • The Dreamcast was the FIRST console to have built in online gaming. The SNES and the Genesis both had online gaming, it just really sucked. http://www.gamersgraveyard.com/repository/snes/per ipherals/xband.html
    • Online Gaming The FIRST console to have online gaming. It came with a 56k modem for those horrid dial-up speeds and eventually had the ability to be expanded to broadband with an adapter. Phantasy Star was one of the first (if not the first) game to be online for a console and many games for the Dreamcast joined it. Including sports games and shooters.

      Not to be picky, but Nintendo's been playing in the online area (without much success) for quite a while [n-sider.com].

  • by Mean_Nishka (543399) on Friday June 18, 2004 @10:13AM (#9462592) Homepage Journal
    I'm sure you all remember the story regarding Propeller Arena, [lonseidman.com] a great game that was canceled just before its release. Few knew it ever made it out of Sega until Slashdot referenced an article on it not too long ago. Somebody purchased the GD-ROM for over $1500, turned it over to a hacker, and the game suddenly found its way to the Net :).

    I wonder how many other games like this are out there sitting on dev boxes somewhere just waiting to be discovered.

  • by veritron (637136) on Friday June 18, 2004 @10:28AM (#9462763)
    So many of the PS2/GC's eventual best games were ported from Dreamcast:

    Grandia II
    Skies of Arcadia
    Ikaruga
    Rez
    Guilty Gear X
    Marvel vs. Capcom 2

    All were on the Dreamcast first. They played better on the Dreamcast than they did on the PS2 as well.

    Other games, like Street Fighter III: First Strike, haven't been ported yet - but that got mixed reviews when it came out anyway.

    Still, if you liked fighting games, this system was utterly godlike. With titles like SOUL CALIBER and Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves and Virtua Fighter 3 and Capcom vs. SNK (and 2 as well) and Dead or Alive 2 and the million King of the Fighters games and Last Blade 2, if anything it surpasses the Neo Geo in fighting game awesomeness.

    I never bought a Dreamcast while it was in its prime though. I'm guessing it's probably because I kept seeing crap on the shelves like Power Stone 2 (which was actually an OK game) that I'd never heard of, and that scared me away.

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