Dreamcast tips and tricks

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boye
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Dreamcast tips and tricks

Post#1 » Wed May 08, 2019 11:27 pm

Post your DC tips and tricks here.
Here's my only trick.
Press OPEN on the DC when playing a game off disc to exit the game. It's like the HOME button on Nintendo consoles. Or you can press A+B+X+Y+Start to return to the title screen, and to return to the BIOS, press that button combo again.

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Re: Dreamcast tips and tricks

Post#2 » Thu May 09, 2019 1:39 pm

Cool that a few er maybe one er two? Let's you do this with Ctrl+Alt+Delete on the keyboard ^.^

Also good practice I think when you're done pop the lid so the laser goes back inside before power down

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Re: Dreamcast tips and tricks

Post#3 » Thu May 09, 2019 8:32 pm

Moving this to the newly created Tips Section. viewforum.php?f=72
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boye
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Re: Dreamcast tips and tricks

Post#4 » Fri May 10, 2019 12:53 pm

Thanks! I wonder if this will get pinned.
mistamontiel wrote:Also good practice I think when you're done pop the lid so the laser goes back inside before power down

What?

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boye
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Re: Dreamcast tips and tricks

Post#5 » Fri May 10, 2019 3:56 pm

When you load a game in the BIOS, using the CD player function, you can listen to music from the game.

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Re: Dreamcast tips and tricks

Post#6 » Sat May 11, 2019 1:52 am

This one here is a strange one. Lol!
If you pause certain games, like F1 World Grand Prix 2 and Suzuki Alstare Extreme Racing, and press X+Y, the lighting in the game world, gets brighter and lights up for a while.

Yeah I know, this one is weird. Lol!
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boye
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Re: Dreamcast tips and tricks

Post#7 » Sat May 11, 2019 9:47 am

Maybe it's to correct TVs wilh low brightness?

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Re: Dreamcast tips and tricks

Post#8 » Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:44 pm

boye wrote:Maybe it's to correct TVs wilh low brightness?

Hey. That's an interesting theory. :)

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boye
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Re: Dreamcast tips and tricks

Post#9 » Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:00 pm

Yeah, it makes more and more sense the more I think about it.

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Re: Dreamcast tips and tricks

Post#10 » Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:03 am

Dreamcast games which were originally from Japan often have a directory (a folder) called omake on their GD-ROM's. If you open this folder with a computer, then you will find cool extras like wallpapers!

Dreamcast GD-ROM's include an audio track that warns people not to play the discs on ("stupid") stereos or hi-fi's that will play data tracks as audio tracks as the noise from playing them could in theory destroy the speakers if the volume was set too high.

Special Dreamcast games included a custom variant of this warning track. One of the coolest one is from Skies of Arcadia where the main characters, Aika, Fina, and Vyse, warn the listener instead of it being one of the standard warning messages.

As for X+Y temporarily increasing the brightness of the screen's images, my theory is that this goes back to the old days before digital capture devices and digital cameras were practical and the gaming press mainly used film cameras instead. In order to make it easier to take screenshots for magazine previews and reviews, the developers added the X+Y option to brighten the screen so that video game journalists could photograph the television screen for the screenshots. By temporarily brightening the screen, it would make the images appear brighter and clearer on the film and thus in print. It would also allow the developers to avoid having to ask the journalists to fiddle with the TV's brightness or contrast settings every time they wanted to take a screenshot with their film cameras. All that would be required is that the devs would have to tell the magazine writers about the secret combo to activate "screenshot mode."
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