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Most fans of old-skool videogame hardware rely on emulators for their retro gaming kicks. But not some fellow going by the handle Bacteria. Three years ago, he decided he needed 15 original games consoles in his living room and that he wanted them all in a single box. Project Unity Game cube: the console offering a feast of …
I doubt that'd be possible. PS2, Saturn, possibly, because a standard DVD drive should read DVDs and the CDs. But Dreamcast uses GD-ROMs that sat at around 1GB, so I'm not sure a standard drive would read the whole thing.
Anyway, it doesn't have that feature - you can see the pull out trays demonstrated in the video - and he has microswitches on those doors implemented as the "tray closed" switch.
At the moment I'm trying to resurrect a GD-ROM drive in my Dreamcast. What I found out was that they are essentially CD-ROM drives but they spin at a lower speed than normal, thus allowing SEGA to pack more data in to a CD-ROM. Furthermore, it allowed SEGA to just use off the shelf parts.
So while it's possible, you would end up with two CD/DVD drives, one just for the Dreamcast and the other for everything else.
Wikipedia claims the pits on the disc are more densely packed to achieve 1.2GB.
Oh, then of course you have the GameCube. Another oddball, with a disc that seems like an 80mm DVD, but has strange properties to avoid paying DVD licences.
As far as I recall though, there are certain old PC DVD drives that can read GameCube discs for the purpose of ripping the game.
... On one hand i'm very impressed as it is quite an achievement.
One the other hand I have this purist streak in me that say consoles (and retro computers) should be in their original case. I seem to have this internal struggle as I sometimes think of building an old retro computer (like a BBC model B) into an old DVD player case and sitting it under the TV (of course with some kind of external keyboard).
Pint of Beer because he deserves one after all that hard work.
shame there aren't any of those old games that i'd really want to play again.
yes, nostalgia and all that, how great it was to play WonderBoy when i was 8, of the pixelated joys of the first Mortal Kombat, etc etc
but really? these days? i'd rather play something with a new story that i haven't heard before. i don't have the time to revisit the old games and likely discover that they're not half as good as i remember them
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The controller's a killer for me. I'd rather have an emulator and the original controller than the real hardware and a generic pad. And now have an almost sinking feeling that I'm going to squander my entire afternoon playing SNES Syndicate with a SNES controller on my laptop ...
SCART was an attempt to create a standard connector to connect anything to anything.
It's actually been around a very long time. You don't seem them much outside of Europe.
The handy thing was that it combined S-Video, Composite and Component and a number of different audio options. The connectees basically pick what they support. I don't believe that any additional comm protocol was provided, it is just an attempt at connection standard and some basic arbitration between them. I seem to remember that there are some signals that inform about the standard being transmitted or somesuch.
Anyway, although it was heavily used for TVs Videos and DVD players, HDMI is quickly taking over from it.
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