6/15/01 - AOL, Racing and Canned Games
- by RaptoR
Saturday means mailbag! This week's mailbag contains a variety
of questions and comments, so let's dive in...
Welcome to the PDC Mailbag. Every week we toss in a bunch
of letters from our readers and do our best to dazzle you
with wit and wisdom. Roughly, that translates to copying/pasting
your emails and writing the first thing that comes to mind.
But hey, you take what you can get. If you have something
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From: [email protected]
hi can you tell me if i can use my own server ie aol to
connect and go
Unfortunately you can't use AOL to access the net through
your Dreamcast. This is because AOL uses a special software
rather than a regular windows dialup connection to connect.
However, you can use any ISP that provides you with a dialup
number with your Dreamcast.
From: steve davis
Subject: whats up with half-life
is it canceled or something thats about it
Yep, yesterday we received word from Sierra that...
"Sierra regrets the cancellation of Half-Life for
the Dreamcast due to changing market conditions"
For more information, read digitaltaco's post on the main
Subject: Shenmue II
I dont relly have news but I whant news. Do you know a
place on the net were
you can find info about Shenmue II?
That would be right here on PDC. We' (with the help of
our news hound, Celeryface), will keep you up-to-date on all
the latest developments regarding top DC games like Shenmue
II as they arrive. Keep checking the front page for more info.
In the top racing games you've missed the best of the DC
crop of racers. MSR deserves a place on there. Its so much
better than Wacky Racers, as well as Sega GT. Come on dudes,
get it up!
What? Wacky Racers but no MSR? We'll add it right away.
From: Damnation R.
Subject: Networking DC and PC
Fellow Dreamcast users, I have a question for my newly
purchased DC; is it
possible to network my DC to my PC if I try it useing the
If I do that, would I still be able to play all those online
those many hundreds... Like Phantasy Star Online.... and....
withought any problems? If it makes any difference (which
I doubt) I use COX
(lol, I still love saying that) for my cable. Another side
makes the video card for the playstation? I know nVidia
makes it for
Microsoft (yummy XBox and GeForce 3) but what about the
What do you mean by 'networking your DC and PC together'.
You can't plug a network cable into the back of your Dreamcast
and expect it to communicate with your PC, but you can
use your cable connection with your Dreamcast if you've got
a Broadband Adapter. PSO doesn't officially support the BBA,
but to be honest there's very little lag anyway.
In reply to your other question, both the PSone and PS2
use a graphics chipset created by Sony. The Dreamcast uses
the PowerVR 2 chipset, which is used on some (perhaps a little
dated) PC graphics boards.
From: [email protected]
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From: Charles Woodard
I don't know about errors in the existing data, but I know
that Shenmue II,
Virtua Tennis II and Dragonrider: Chronicles of Pern have
at least been
announced and you don't even have them listed.
I'll admit that a few recently-announced games have slipped
past the Dreamcast Games Database, partly due to the PDC shuffle,
amongst other things. The section should be updated very soon.
Subject: DC Problems
i read on the mail bag page that John, the guy from Czech,
has some problems getting connected to the web with his
DC. You answered him to enter the account details of his
own ISP but this doesn't work when you try it with Europen
In Europe there is only one (old) webbrowser available:
v1.5. It is a special version which differs from the one
you get in America: You can't use your own account because
Sega is under contract with one ISP in each country where
the DC is officially sold (Spain/France/England/Germany/Italy)
and that's why the European browser software is customized
to one particular ISP which is very expensive. As a result
you can't access the internet from Czech with the regular
software as they get their Dreamcasts from the other European
If John wants to get connected to the web he'll have to
download the American webbrowser v2.0 or v2.6 and burn it
on CD (I'd recommend v2.0 as it has better compatibility
with PAL-games). Here's a link to a German where you can
download the webbrowser:
The burnt webbrowser-CD will work with any European DC without
a modchip or a boot-DC. With it John can enter his own account
details. They are saved to the DC-internal memory and the
PAL-games will use the new account instead of Seganet to
get connected (this will work with most PAL-games, not with
all)! Now John should be able to use the webbrowser and
play online games with his own ISP. When he doesn't own
a CD burner or can't get the software for any reason he
can also get the American NTSC version of an online game
(e.g. Quake 3 Arena) and enter his account details there,
it should work the same way.
I hope this'll help John
Thanks for all the information, Viktor. This should help
other Dreamcast owners from the Czech republic who are having
problems getting online.
From: [email protected]
To whoever will be answering this, i must implore you
to answer this
quetsion: are there any good lightgun games, import or otherwise
dreamcast. I am a lightgun game nut and love House of the
Dead, but i don't
want to buy the DC lightgun for only one game. Please tell
me if there are
more in existence.
only other light gun shooters available for the Dreamcast are
Confidential Mission and Virtua Cop 2, which is available on the
Sega Smash Pack Volume 1 disk. In my opinion
it's worth buying a Dreamcast gun for these games alone. With
Dreamcast add-on prices dropping all the time, you might be
able to pick the gun up for as little as $10-20 if you shop
From: Rich Bennett
Since the Dreamcast is going away, I was wondering whether
it would be a
good idea to buy any "extra supplies" that I might
need in the future. I
tend to hold on to systems and play them for a long time,
even after they
have been supported. Before I purchased my Dreamcast, the
last system I
owned was a Genesis, and I played the hell out of that thing
up until 2 or 3
years ago. One of the reasons I stopped at that point was
that all my
controllers were beat to hell. Sure, I could have gotten
some new ones off
eBay, but I didn't. So, that in mind, what extra supplies
should I get?
Two or three extra controllers? A few extra VMU's? Should
I buy the race
wheel now just to have it should I get a racing game later?
Should I even
buy an extra system and keep it off to the side in case
my current system
goes through a melt-down?
may be dying, but it's certainly not worth stocking up on
peripherals just yet. We can expect to see Dreamcast units
and add-ons becoming more and more rare by around mid-2002,
after Sega stop publishing new Dreamcast titles. If you want
to beat the rush, try and pick up any peripherals you might
want by early 2002. These might include the standard controllers
and memory cards, as well as rarer items such as the arcade
stick and DC gun. Dreamcast prices might even have fallen
enough for you to pick up a second console at an affordable
Subject: [email protected]
who i want to buy dreamcat
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