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I've been out of work again for the last two days, so in between watching infinate re-runs of Scrubs, 8 Simple Rules (how FIT is the eldest daughter?!) and Quantum Leap, I've managed to get through the un-enviable task of completing and reviewing Zombie Revenge. Not really that nice an experience, but like chasing foxes out of one's garden, destroying ever-marching armies of ants and trying to kill a mouse by jumping on it - it's a tough job but someone's gotta do it. Also with this 'free time,' I have been able to (via use of that internet thingy) clue myself up in the field of differences between the various Dreamcast models out there in games-land.

As the premier Dreamcast source on the 'net (even Sega Europe have frequented this blog!) - the 'Yard deems it appropriate to document even the most inane aspects of everyone's favourite underrated 128-bit console. And Gamecube owners - I'm not talking about you, so shut the door on the way out.

There are various oh-so-subtle differences, I believe, between the various incarnations of the DC, and if I've missed any, please be sure to let me know via the comments function.

Are you ready? Here we go...

NTSC - Japanese Dreamcast
Well, obviously it runs at 60 Hz because it's NTSC, and it features the original orange swirl. Some of the earlier models didn't apparently feature a modem - just a plastic box to make the system look complete (also true of some of the models released in other asian territories). Another unique feature is that the little bit of plastic on the GD-Drive lid is actually clear plastic so when the orange light is on, it shines through to create the impression that the light is shining across the lid and the base. Also, while I have looked into this extensively but cannot find any pics, very early models were believed to have featured some kind of silent cooling system that involved plastic piping filled with an inert gas of some description that drew heat away from the internal components. Cool. (sorry).

NTSC - American/Canadian Dreamcast
Pretty much the same as the Japanese version and retaining the orange swirl, the US version features a 56kbps modem as standard. The little clear bit on the lid was for some reason changed to a grey triangle of plastic and this is how you tell the difference between a Jap and a US Dreamcast (cosmetically).
The Canadian Dreamcast is identical to the US version. Just thought I'd include it for the sake of keeping the readers of the world happy.

PAL Dreamcast
As the name suggests, it's a PAL Dreamcast (!) and it's availible in Europe, the UK, Australia and the other PAL regions of our lovely but slowly decaying planet. It can run at either 50 or 60Hz depending on whether your telly supports it. I personally prefer to play most of my games in 50Hz because even though 60Hz is meant to be 'better,' 50Hz seems to have a sharper picture resolution and more vibrant colours. The PAL system differs from the US version in that it has a 33Kbps modem and of course that lovely blue swirl and packaging. It does retain the grey triangle on the drive lid though, instead of having the much nicer looking clear bit. Oh, and it features a small speaker inside that produces a simulated 'disk accessing' sound effect that is capable of reaching volumes of 1000 decibels and above.

Finally, I am extremely pleased to announce that the Dreamcast Junkyard has now reached an Ozone Layer-breaching rank of 5/10 on Google's PageRank! FIVE OUT OF TEN FOR A BLOG?! That's decent y'know.

Thanks to everyone who reads and contributes :-D

11 comments:

gnome said...

Amazing post (no, really), congrats for the Google rating, but try avoid getting a job... Not a good idea, unless of course they pay you something decent...

The GagaMan(n) said...

Sega Euorpe visit here? What do you mean excatly, the staff, or the forumers? Also, how can you prove this?

Tomleecee said...

i look at extreme tracking occasionally and it tells me the IP of everyone who visits. Last week...IP address list had Sega Europe in there...tis true!

gnome said...

Amazing... tell them to give you money then.

The GagaMan(n) said...

Or tell them to send each of the staff a Samba De Amigo box set =D

Pierre LaStank said...

Sorry I have not been around for a bit. I have been a little busy with the arrival of my son on April 12th. I plan on getting back on the bandwagon shortly as I was able to sneak enough time out yesterday to go to a Gamecrazy yesterday and was able to pick up Sonic 2, PSO ver. 2 and Sega Tennis 2k2. I, at this point, have spent a total of 5 minutes with each just to see that the discs work. I will attempt a review of one of them within the week. Anyone have a preference?

As for Samba De Amigo sets, I found one at another store yesterday that was still in it's shrink wrap and included the game as well as the controller. Brand new. Unfortunately, the store owner knew what he had and was asking $100 for it. Too rich for my blood. Though with todays exchange rates I would assume that it may be a better deal for others out there....

Son_et_lumiere said...

I think the modem in PAL territories was actually the 56k one, they just limited it to 33k in software because of some bullshit like "the networks aren't good enough".

Ross said...

How about a set for each staff that works on the Pro-Gamer blog? (staff members: Me).

Also, I never knew about the differences between the consoles. Very interesting.

The GagaMan(n) said...

RANDOM PLUS: See Sega Freak's latst post for a bunch of Dreamcast promo videos.

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Tomleecee said...

Thanks anonymous. You made £900 having fun? Count me in! But wait...I don't have a 'ZIP.' DAMMIT.