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Jeremy Jones comments:

The Dreamcast way ahead of it's time if you ask me. The VMU was amazing, the graphics where amazing and the the Launch games where good for a change. A lot of attachments where in the process of being made for the Dreamcast. There was a camera, printer, microphone (like the one that Singstar uses not a headset) and a lot of other things I cant remember off hand.

I have had my Dreamcast since Launch which was September 9th, 1999 in the USA. The main problem with the Dreamcast was the developers made it so it could read CD-R's in the Bios to save money instead of uses GD-ROM's constantly. This feature was not shut off after launch until it was to late, allowing people to pirate games using normal CD-R's. Although the games where not full rips sometimes. Shenmue I and II where scaled down in graphics and sound to fix on CD-R's and it still needed 2.

Sega then released the Black Sports Pack which can not read CD-R's at all, but it was too late. The PS2 was out and even though hardware wise the Dreamcast beat the PS2 minus DVD Support with the mass pirating of games and people getting the PS2 Sega finally stopped production in March of 2001. It was sadly one of the shortest lived systems and one of the best too.

one thing to point out though is people with 1st gen Dreamcasts that can read CD-R's there are a lot of HomeBrew games and apps now for the Dreamcast which is rather cool. There Dreamcast Linux, Ports of PC games in shareware format or if you own the game you can make it full on your Dreamcast. Nothing like Playing Doom on your Dreamcast :)

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