In Praise Of Caleb...


It's been a while since Mr. Caleb, (the American Dreamcaster) walked into our lives and made The Dreamcast Junkyard a truly international affair... Apart from the Dreamcast love he's shown quite a lot, over on his excellent Hunyak Blog, he's also put quite a lot of sterling work over at our sister site, the Saturn Junkyard...
But he surpassed himself this week. You see apart from juggling about twelve jobs, and supplying residents of New York State with their lovely televisual pleasures, he's also taken the time to post me a shitload of unusual Dreamcast goodness...


Let's start with Smash TV, it was the winner of some sort of Homebrew development award... It's a lovely Robotron style shooter and it's so great to see new development on our favourite console... (but God Damn! - wouldn't it be nice to see something other than a shooter put out there? I guess Alice Dreams comes close - that was in the last package of lovely CDR's he sent me...)

Next there's Vampire Beat's Of Rage... BOR is a lovely cross between Streets Of Rage and erm... some other stuff... A fabulous piece of Homebrew that recreates the lovely linear 2D beat 'em ups of Megadrive/Genesis days...

But perhaps the newest kid on my Dreamcast block has to be the ability to play the lovely Lucas Arts classic "Monkey Island" from way back in about 1990... Yep, I'm able to access that lovely PC point and click classic tale of Mr. Guybrush Threepwood on my Dreamcast, courtesy of the lovely Scumm VM emulator...

It was a very lovely bunch of stuff! (Slightly disappointing was the failure of my CDR Street Fighter III - Third Strike, to load up... In the wake of the upcoming SF4, Games TM Magazine heralded SFIII as the best incarnation of the series..._

OK, I'd just like to say a big thanks to Mr. Caleb! He's a diamond! And thanks for expanding the Homebrew side of my DC collection!






7 comments:

The GagaMan(n) said...

Hunt down a proper copy of 3rd Strike. It's not the cheapest game out there but it's totally worth it.

NebachadnezzaR said...

There's a Smash TV homebrew port for the DC? Gotta check that out...

Caleb said...

You are too kind FK.

The Smash DC game features robots from the Megaman series of games.

It's good when you get used to the weird control scheme.

I was glad to provide. If I track down any new homebrew I will be sure to send it to you ASAP.

-For example when the follow-up game to Beats of Rage comes up I will be sure to get you a copy.

hmm...maybe try to use a boot disk for imports to play SF III? Maybe it's an North American copy?

dudex77 said...

Wasn't sure hopw I should contact you about this but while searching ebay.es for a copy of twinkle star sprites and found this http://cgi.ebay.es/100-DREAMCAST-JAPANESE-FULLSET-FACTORY-SEALED_W0QQitemZ280200699828QQihZ018QQcategoryZ62053QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD2VQQcmdZViewItem?_trksid=p1638.m122
it's all Japanese games on the Dreamcast evar! All for the low low price of 20,000 USD

Ross said...

If you own a PS2 you should just get that version of Street Fighter III: Third Strike (in the form of Street Fighter: Anniversary Collection, although I think it was released separately in the U.K.) as it's the most up to date edition and plays as good as the arcade incarnation.

gnome said...

Shockingly, I do consider Smash TV on par with Robotron and one of the best arcade games ever released. Loved the Running Man theme too...

Now, as you've gotten yourself a MI Father, I fully expect to find out what you thought of it...

The GagaMan(n) said...

If you liked Smash TV, you'd love the sequel Total Carnage. It's on Midway Treasures 2.