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    WTB Sega Dreamcast game console

    My youngest son (10) is looking for a Sega Dreamcast system. I can find them on ebay, but thought I'd reach out here in case someone has a system laying around they don't want anymore. Extra controller and games is also a plus.

    Thanks!

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    Have you been to Grumpy Bob’s Emporium in Maryville? I think we got one there about 6 months ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drquest View Post
    My youngest son (10) is looking for a Sega Dreamcast system. I can find them on ebay, but thought I'd reach out here in case someone has a system laying around they don't want anymore. Extra controller and games is also a plus.

    Thanks!
    Some advice for buying a Dreamcast. Check the bottom of the Dreamcast to see what version of the console it is. It will have a number in a circle near the bottom right corner. If the number is a 0 or 1 it means it can play burned games. If it has a 2, it is a later edition of the console and it will not play burned games.

    If you’re buying it for your son, I’d recommend getting him the earlier version that can play burned games. Dreamcast games can be expensive, and you don’t want the real discs getting scratched up. This way any real games you buy can be kept in their original condition, while your son plays the back-up (burned copy) of them.

    Just out of curiosity, why does he want a Dreamcast? It’s a gorgeous system and there are some good games on it, but it was cancelled fairly quickly and doesn’t have a library of games anywhere close to that of an XBox or PlayStation 2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boss View Post
    Have you been to Grumpy Bob’s Emporium in Maryville? I think we got one there about 6 months ago.
    I have not but it looks like a cool shop and maybe I'll swing by.

    I've looked at several Slackers in the area and even Gamestop seems to sell them. I was sort of looking for a bundle with some games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liu Bei View Post
    Some advice for buying a Dreamcast. Check the bottom of the Dreamcast to see what version of the console it is. It will have a number in a circle near the bottom right corner. If the number is a 0 or 1 it means it can play burned games. If it has a 2, it is a later edition of the console and it will not play burned games.

    If you’re buying it for your son, I’d recommend getting him the earlier version that can play burned games. Dreamcast games can be expensive, and you don’t want the real discs getting scratched up. This way any real games you buy can be kept in their original condition, while your son plays the back-up (burned copy) of them.

    Just out of curiosity, why does he want a Dreamcast? It’s a gorgeous system and there are some good games on it, but it was cancelled fairly quickly and doesn’t have a library of games anywhere close to that of an XBox or PlayStation 2.
    I had heard about the earlier versions being able to play burned discs, and thanks for confirming that.

    To your question about why he wants one, he's very interested in retro games, enjoys playing my old Atari's, my Jaguar and Lynx systems, old Gameboys etc.. He asked for a N64 for Christmas and I found him a nice one. It's hard to put a real answer on it aside from he appreciates the old stuff, sort of the way his dad does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drquest View Post
    I had heard about the earlier versions being able to play burned discs, and thanks for confirming that.

    To your question about why he wants one, he's very interested in retro games, enjoys playing my old Atari's, my Jaguar and Lynx systems, old Gameboys etc.. He asked for a N64 for Christmas and I found him a nice one. It's hard to put a real answer on it aside from he appreciates the old stuff, sort of the way his dad does.
    Very cool. As a retro gamer myself, I completely understand.

    If itís just the games he is worried about, you could always think about using a Raspberry Pi single board computer (about $35) to run RetroPie. With a decent sized flash card you could have a complete collection of games for every console from the Atari 2600 up to the Super Nintendo, with plenty of room for a chunk of games from the Sega CD and PS1.

    With the new Raspberry Pi 4 I think weíll even be able to run N64. Itís well worth the investment for retro gamers who want to play the classics on a modern HD tv for cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liu Bei View Post
    Very cool. As a retro gamer myself, I completely understand.

    If it’s just the games he is worried about, you could always think about using a Raspberry Pi single board computer (about $35) to run RetroPie. With a decent sized flash card you could have a complete collection of games for every console from the Atari 2600 up to the Super Nintendo, with plenty of room for a chunk of games from the Sega CD and PS1.

    With the new Raspberry Pi 4 I think we’ll even be able to run N64. It’s well worth the investment for retro gamers who want to play the classics on a modern HD tv for cheap.
    For him it's more than just the games. We have the Raspberry Pi, and modded Wii and WiiU that will play just about anything he wants to play, but he wants to play them on the real hardware. Again, it's hard for me to question as I think it's kind of cool as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drquest View Post
    For him it's more than just the games. We have the Raspberry Pi, and modded Wii and WiiU that will play just about anything he wants to play, but he wants to play them on the real hardware. Again, it's hard for me to question as I think it's kind of cool as well.
    Oh no. I absolutely understand. My Wii is also softmodded, along with my Raspberry Pi. But I infinitely prefer to play on real hardware.

    The hardware is like a time machine. For you, it can take you back to an earlier time in your life. For him, it can take him back to a time he never knew.

    Hardware also has history. For me, at least, I often think about the developers. I wonder, do they know that I am still playing this up to 30 or more years later? If itís a vintage system that didnít originally belong to me, I sometimes wonder about the previous owner. How long did they love and play this? Do they miss it, or ever think back on it?

    No. I totally understand the allure of the hardware. The hopes, the dreams, the joy, the frustration of so many people are wrapped up in these machines. There is a certain indescribable feeling one gets from firing them up and hearing them run again, all these years later. Actually the feeling isnít indescribable. The Greeks described it nicely. Nostos (returning home) + Algo (pain) = nostalgia.

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    I've got one, bought NOS maybe 5 years ago. 2 controllers with rumble and memory thing. NFL 2k1.

    I need a minty Target Wolfman... perhaps a partial trade?

    Jesse

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpideyDude73 View Post
    I've got one, bought NOS maybe 5 years ago. 2 controllers with rumble and memory thing. NFL 2k1.

    I need a minty Target Wolfman... perhaps a partial trade?

    Jesse
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