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Re: How is your Dreamcast gaming going on?

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:24 am
by marurun
Segata wrote:Yes, Gameshark works. What I have used since 2003. It's best not to use CD-Rs on your DC. It's really hard on the laser and will kill your DC faster.


This is incorrect. Unless you have data to prove this it is unfounded speculation.

Re: How is your Dreamcast gaming going on?

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:31 am
by BogusMeatFactory
marurun wrote:
Segata wrote:Yes, Gameshark works. What I have used since 2003. It's best not to use CD-Rs on your DC. It's really hard on the laser and will kill your DC faster.


This is incorrect. Unless you have data to prove this it is unfounded speculation.


What Maru said.

Re: How is your Dreamcast gaming going on?

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:09 am
by Reprise
Guys, I must admit, I do believe there is some truth in the 'CD-Rs reduce your Dreamcast laser's lifespan' theory. And that's even though I know there's a lot of people out there these days who have worked hard to ensure their rips put as little strain on the laser as possible.

But yeah, I've been on the internet since the 90s and know growing up with my Dreamcast that this has been debated since the very early days of the DC's back ups/ripping scene and there's probably really no concrete evidence that CD-Rs make a disc drive laser work harder, so it is disingenuous when people act like it's a fact.

Re: How is your Dreamcast gaming going on?

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:31 am
by marurun
I posted several detailed responses to CRT that include attention to the mechanics of how CDs, CDRs, CD drives, and the Dreamcast’s GD drive operate. The only possible foreseeable consequence of CDR use is slightly longer seek times (largely eliminated by good repacks) and extra error correction rereads where truly low quality discs are concerned.

Re: How is your Dreamcast gaming going on?

Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:28 am
by G-Darius
Just dug out my DC steering wheel so I am hoping the F355 challenge is going to be a little more enjoyable, not too keen :roll:

Re: How is your Dreamcast gaming going on?

Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:09 am
by Reprise
I honestly always found F355 pretty boring. I prefer my racers with a bit more meat on the bones though. I don't mind arcade racers if they're fun, but F355 is a bit too 'sim' like for me.

Re: How is your Dreamcast gaming going on?

Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:11 pm
by mas
Does anyone have any original cases and manuals selling? I need a few and was just curious that’s all

Re: How is your Dreamcast gaming going on?

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:45 am
by Segata
Just what people have told me on SEGA forums back in the day. Just stuck with me. I have not gone to Stanford University and given them a Dreamcast to study the effects of CD-R's over a period of a decade. I will get right on that.

Re: How is your Dreamcast gaming going on?

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:42 am
by mas
Anyone want to make me some games. Don’t have the tools to do it and would pay for them

Re: How is your Dreamcast gaming going on?

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:14 am
by marurun
Segata wrote:Just what people have told me on SEGA forums back in the day. Just stuck with me. I have not gone to Stanford University and given them a Dreamcast to study the effects of CD-R's over a period of a decade. I will get right on that.


Don't believe everything you read. There's a lot of superstition in gaming circles because people react very strongly to personal experiences, even anomalous ones, and anecdotes are common (and data is not). Also, most classic gaming fans don't actually understand the internal workings of their favorite consoles well at all.

For example, did you know that the GD-ROM drive is mechanically just a standard Yamaha CD drive? Only the controller and firmware are different.