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OK so I've finally stumbled upon a Dreamcast and for a very, very reasonable price of 20.00. It includes a few games, a couple of controllers, and blah blah blah...but what I was wondering is how easy is this thing to mod?

Now, I'm pretty sure I shouldn't even have to mod the Dreamcast but having no experience with the console, who knows? Here are my questions...or inquiries...

1. Am I looking for a particualar type of Dreamcast to be able to play back-ups on?
2. How are the back-ups created...just find the ISO burn to a CD or DVD and away we go?
3. Why doesn't it hurt when I pinch the flappy skin part on the bottom of my elbow? Am I some sort of freak? WHAT AM I?

Anyway, thanks in advance as always.
 

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1. Am I looking for a particualar type of Dreamcast to be able to play back-ups on?

I'm not totally sure, but you just need a regular ol' DC. My cousin was part of the "DC Scene", and he used a Boot Disc.. Im not sure if you need a modded DC, he never told me.

2. How are the back-ups created...just find the ISO burn to a CD or DVD and away we go?

You burn a Boot Disc.iso or something like that to a CD, then you burn a game onto another CD, now put the Boot Disc in and it'll ask you to put another game in.. Do Street Fighter 3! Then it'll boot up.

3. Why doesn't it hurt when I pinch the flappy skin part on the bottom of my elbow? Am I some sort of freak? WHAT AM I?

Weeenus.

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Thank you for the information.

I'm still looking into this ATM but any info is appreciated
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Mine didn't even need a boot disc for a single game. Nothing to mod, you just download the game, burn onto a CD-R, and it worked. Simple as that.
During the later parts of the DC scene, self-booting images (thus not needing boot discs) became the norm.
Earlier images required boot discs.
 

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dreamscasts were so cool. i liked the games because they felt like arcade games instead of home console games. like Power Stone and Marvel V. Capcom 2.
 

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also the dreamcast cd laser can be very fussy on what media type you use, you just have to experiment, there is also a program out there called "bin 2 CDI" that converts .bin type images into .cdi you just drag and drop, very handy indeed.

oh and always burn at the lowest speed possible, no more than 8x at least.
 

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All Dreamcasts can run backups.


Really? I know the security was defeated because of a simple flaw - DreamCasts were able to run audioCDs with extra interactive content on them. This allowed people to make a CD which pretended to be an interactive audioCD wotsit and then execute code from burned CDs to get games up and running. I thought they removed multimedia CD compatibility from the last few DreamCast models to prevent backups running, although I guess someone could have worked out another way to make them boot on these models.
 

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Just wanted to remind you that chankast works really well, if you can't find a Dc, or if your just died.
Plus, you get to play at higher resolutions, and you don't need a warmonster-PC.
 

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Once you get this sorted out I'd like to recommend Bangai-O & Cannon Spike as games to get, not many people mention those games but they are awesome shooters.
 

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1. Am I looking for a particualar type of Dreamcast to be able to play back-ups on?
There are some dreamcast that can play every region games. look for those { I think some EU and US models where region coded)
3. Why doesn't it hurt when I pinch the flappy skin part on the bottom of my elbow? Am I some sort of freak? WHAT AM I?
Its some sort of sewer's finger effect , some people has it (Sewer's finger effect is that the body grows a thick 'alligator skin' in an area to prevent damage to it after it repeatable being hurt thus somewhat limiting the feeling in that area )
 

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1.  Am I looking for a particualar type of Dreamcast to be able to play back-ups on?
There are some dreamcast that can play every region games. look for those { I think some EU and US models where region coded)
3.  Why doesn't it hurt when I pinch the flappy skin part on the bottom of my elbow?  Am I some sort of freak?  WHAT AM I?
Its some sort of sewer's finger effect , some people has it (Sewer's finger effect is that the body grows a thick 'alligator skin' in an area to prevent damage to it after it repeatable being hurt thus somewhat limiting the feeling in that area )

OMG thank you...the more you know
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LOL anyway got it working fine. Burn and play! Thanks for all of the help and suggestions people!

@Hadrian: Playing Bangai-O as we speak...thanks for the heads-up
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