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Having been inspired to look for my GC Component Cables in my retro draw and cupboard, I came across my Dreamcast selection. Not many, but pretty much all good games including the classics. Found a memory card with 4 lights where you could select different slots. Official Japanese memory card it looks like, but I have no re-collection of ever purchasing it. Console still works as well. :)

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Really fancied picking up Outtrigger, had great memories of it. had a quick look on eBay and it seems to be going for around 20 quid. Which is a lot for a dc game.

So played my aherm pirated copy of it and was really disappointed. Did not remember it being that basic. Oh well....

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I had my Dreamcast out for a quick blast today, stuck on Crazy Taxi 2, Soul Calibur and Rival Schools 2 - all looked great through RGB via the SCART-HDMI upscaler mentioned in the other thread (the cheap one). I wanted to keep it out to have a run through Sam & Max Hit The Road on the SCUMMVM emulator, but my boot disc wouldn't load.

Fuck I love the Dreamcast. Next purchase I think will be a VGA cable for it. Do I have to get some sort of external box as well as a cable, or is it as simple as a DC-VGA cable into the TV?

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the cables have the VGA box in-line, but have a VGA-F connector to add the M-M VGA cable to connect to the monitor.

And you'll lose the composite bypass and options for audio 3.5mm jack only, rather than either/or RCA connectors to an amp, that you get with a separate DC-VGA box.

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I've seen VGA cables without the box in-line and with the RCA audio connectors. There's videos on youtube of people trying them out that I saw after posting here, as well as posts on other forums and the consensus seems to be that the picture from these cables is exactly the same as using the VGA box, or a cable with one in-line.

Here's a post from a Dreamcast forum in a thread about a cable without the box in-line, a Tomee one, and a no-brand ebay one (that's about a tenner) amd they say that the picture is exactly the same as with the box. http://dreamcast-talk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6107&start=60#p79620

I've seen the Hanzo box/cable talked about as well, which upscales the VGA signal as well as generates scanlines, but haven't seen these for sale (they seem to be about $60 + shipping from Turkey), and seen on ebay a VGA cable with the box in-line that also generates scanlines for about £25.

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Ah man, I'd love to see one of the non-white Dreamcasts in the flesh! It was exciting enough when I finally got a generic Japanese Dreamcast and suddenly appreciated how nice the orange swirl looks on it, but an actual colourful Dreamcast would be quite the thing.

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God bless Bigben Interactive! :wub: The only game distribution company I have ever heard of, and with good reason: if not for them we almost certainly wouldn't have got Headhunter, Rez, Virtua Tennis 2 or PSO ver 2.

 

They used to have an en.wikipedia article but it was deleted as non-notable. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE NOTEWORTHY TO ME!

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Log/delete&page=BigBen_Interactive

 

Thankfully the French and Germans are more appreciative:

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bigben_Interactive

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bigben_Interactive

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I scrolled through all of those pictures going "good God man, fix that aspect ratio" and then you address that very point at the end. To each his own, I guess :)

 

Seriously though, that's brilliant. My DC is in the loft but I must get it out and find my VGA box - I didn't own a 50" TV back in the day so I'm very curious to see how the games look these days.

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