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    by Published on September 26th, 2014 21:10
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    4. Nintendo DS News,
    5. Snes News,
    6. Gameboy News,
    7. GBA News,
    8. PS1 News,
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    10. Retro Consoles/Translation News,
    11. Sega Dreamcast News,
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    14. Sega Master System News,
    15. Android News,
    16. Nes News,
    17. Console Hardware News,
    18. Joypad News



    For those who know me know ive been a fan of emulation for 20 years or more, the reason i started a videogames website was purely because i like to play emulators of old consoles on a single device.

    Recently the homebrew/emulation scene has been stagnant, no real breakthroughs means that the best way is to buy a device that is made for emulation fans like myself, i reviewed the JXD S7300 Android Tablet and for a fan like me i loved it. The Android tablet was for me perfect, the mixing of old style controls and touchscreen inside an Android OS and with Gamecenter X you could download games onto your console with no messing around, the console/tablet game with Android/N64/Megadrive/Arcade/GBA and Nes Emulators with games built in, beyond awesome.

    But JXD since then have brought out a new and improved JXD S7800b Gaming Tablet which features PS1, MAME, Dreamcast, N64, NeoGeo, Atari, NES, SNES, Gameboy, Gameboy Colour, Gameboy Advance, SEGA Master System, SEGA Mega Drive, CPS1, CPS2, Amiga, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum Emulation to name just a few, am i salivating ?, hell yes.

    The JXD S7800b Gaming Tablet has a 7" 1280x800 IPS 5 Point Multi-Touch Capacitive Screen, RockChip RK3188 QuadCore 1.8GHz CPU - 2GB DDR3 RAM - 8GB Memory, Network Wi-Fi(802.11 b/g/n), External Ethernet,3G with Dongle and runs Android 4.2.2 Jellybean OS.


    So this Android Tablet runs one of the latest versions of the Android OS plus comes built in with all them emulators and you can do what you would expect from a normal Android Tablet.

    If i can snag one for review ill put it through its paces but for now check out the JXD S7800B at Funstock in the UK
    by Published on September 1st, 2014 19:25  Number of Views: 103 
    1. Categories:
    2. Sega Dreamcast News

    Hello everyone and welcome to "Reicast Team / Nillware interview."


    This Interview is with the creators of Reicast the worlds first working Dreamcast emulator for Android.


    I'm Emulation-X I've been around the emulation community since the very beginning. I've been M.I.A for nearly a decade untill Reicast Surficed.


    Welcome Reicast Team ( drk||Raziel & Psyman )

    Emulation-X: Could you tell us alittle bit about yourself?
    drk||Raziel: I'm 25 and I am a self taught computer guy

    Psyman: I'm 30 years old networks engineer but also self-taught on other subjects, both of us are located in Greece.


    drk||Raziel: I have worked around with various other projects (Pcsx2, a tiny bit with dolphin, typical gameboy/etc stuff for learning), and have worked extensively on dreamcast (a couple of private projects, then later on nullDC). I've also fiddled a little bit with Gc and ps1 but never got anything release worthy done.


    Psyman: I've been in the nullDC team (before it was even named nullDC) and naturally continued being part of it as platforms changed and the project evolved.

    As part of the dreamcast emulator scene, weíve helped a bit with the mame/dreamcast/naomi backends, and shared information with other dreamcast emulator teams!

    Emulation-X
    : When did you first get into computers and coding Emulators for both Pcs and for the Android Os? What type of background do you have?
    drk||Raziel: I got a computer as a baby. Psyman had to wait until he was a teen -lol-


    drk||Raziel: I got involved with emulation around 10 years old, and, amazed by how they worked. After many years of hard study, nullDC materialised in late 2005 when I was 15.


    Psyman: I got involved with emulation around 15 years old. The idea behind emulation got me interested in helping with emulation projects and I ended up helping drk||Raziel with nullDC.

    Emulation-X
    : How did you both meet? ( drk||Raziel & Psyman ) How many projects have you worked together on?
    drk||Raziel: It was an accident. One night, Zezu asked Psyman to test through the IRC (#emudev at efnet). It was later found out that Psyman lives in Greece, which is also where I live! Ever since weíve worked together on many Dreamcast related projects (nulldc, nulldc/naomi, and then later on what became reicast)

    Emulation-X
    : Where did the name Reicast come from ? Nillware and also your own names ( drk||Raziel & Psyman )


    drk||Raziel: null = 0 / missing
    rei = used as part of things happening again (ie: reintroduction, reimagination, etc.), also, in japanese, it means appreciation, or zero
    nill = ďTo be unwilling; To reject, refuse, negateĒ


    Our own personal nicknames donít really have any special meanings. They just happened to be like that.
    We did try to keep a naming connection between reicast, nillware and nullDC though.

    Emulation-X
    : Who makes up Nillware, What is the purpose of Nillware. How many people are on the Reicast Team? Do you have any other emulators or other projects on the horizon you would like to release on either Android Os or on the Pc.

    drk||Raziel
    : Nillware is my company. We use it to handle the legal stuff.


    On the reicast release team thereís myself and Psyman. Various other contributors have joined in to help after the source release, for more detals head over to our gitbhub page!

    Emulation-X
    : How many hours a day do you devote to working on Reicast or being active on ( Irc/Facebook/ Twitter/Google+ )

    drk||Raziel: I spend one or two days per week, mostly around coordinating and reviewing code and stuff, as well as replying on facebook/twitter and google play store.

    Psyman: I spend about 1-2 hours a day of irc and reicast issue documentation/testing/debugging.

    Emulation-X
    : How does one become a beta tester for Reicast? What qualifications are needed?

    drk||Raziel
    : We have not decided yet. As the project is open source many people can just compile and test our latest work. We want to have an official, dedicated team of testers so we can do quality checking before releases, but we have not organised that yet.

    Emulation-X
    : What made you port NullDc /NullDce to the Android Os? ( Why was there a 3 year delay? )

    drk||Raziel
    : Mobile makes everything old new and shinny again, so why not?


    drk||Raziel: The delays were from personal issues on my side, the greek economic crysis and a lot of other stuff.


    Psyman: I also couldnít start touching drk||Raziel code to fix known issues because it was quite half-done and mostly worked by magicÖ It still does actually.

    Emulation-X
    : Do you plan on having Reicast take the place of NullDc/NullDce on Pc?

    drk||Raziel: Eventually. NullDC, demul or makaron are much better choices for the foreseeable future. From what I understand demul is the most up to date pc dreamcast emulator these days!

    Emulation-X
    : What is your thoughts about a Reicast Gold Edition so people can buy to support development vs Crowdfunding like Kickstarter?

    drk||Raziel
    : Gold editions are unfair ways to make money, imo. Open source developers shouldn't be forced to monetize their projects, that diverts from the original purpose of making something great.
    Gold editions also scale the wrong way, you donít get the money during development, only after - and you donít get paid based on the effort spent.


    Psyman: what drk said more or less.


    drk||Raziel: Weíre gonna go for the crowdfunding way so we can really put some of our working hours into making this extra awesome. Itís up to the community if this will work out or not

    Emulation-X
    : Will Reicast be Android Only? Do you have plans to port Reicast to Apple Ios / Windows/ Blackberry Os or even Psp / Ps vita via Total_Noobs TN-V eCFW or to Nintendo 3DS via the Gateway exploit.

    drk||Raziel: Your coffee maker will be able to run reicast at some point. mark our words. With enought time and hardware donations we can be on every possible platform.

    Emulation-X
    : What's your overall view regarding Emulators ( Homebrew vs Piracy ) for newer consoles or handhelds being sold currently. ( Wii/ Psp/ Ds )

    drk||Raziel
    : Thatís one of the other reasons we donít want to make a gold edition. While many people do use emulators in a legal way, we know a significant fraction will not.


    We of course donít support such activities. As a team, we have 4 dreamcast (2 broken) and a ton of original games. The gdi format was introduced by nullDC so that we could test with our own game dumps.One of the major problems is the requirement of the dreamcast bios. If we do manage to secure funding, we plan to develop an open source bios replacement so we donít need segaís one!

    Emulation-X
    : Do you think that the Saturn / Ps2 / Gamecube could also be ported to Android and run at a good speed like Reicast? Currently Dolphin for Android runs on very specific hardware for now and slow.

    drk||Raziel
    : As android gets more mature, and hardware faster, it will happen. It canít happen on current hardware, at least not for ps2.


    Itís important to mention that the effort put in optimizing reicast made requirements very low. But android is a general purpose -mostly mobile- platform that is not designed to work efficiently.


    For the record, on the same hardware, if you used Linux instead of Android to run reicast, youíd get a major speed boost.

    Emulation-X
    : Do you think it would ever be possible to port PCSX2 to android? Might Nillware release it in the future?

    drk||Raziel
    : PCSX2 is a much bigger project, and will require much more work. As hardware gets more capable Iím sure people will eventually port it over. While we are quite familiar with the source, there are no plans for something like that right now

    Emulation-X
    : What features / Options do you hope to add to Reicast in the future?
    drk||Raziel: Everything!


    Better stability and compatibility are our primary focus. We also want to add support for naomi and other dreamcast derivatives. Some other ideas weíre interested in is a bios replacement, software rendering for perfect visuals, dsp emulation, and a lot more.

    Emulation-X
    : Would you consider having someone donate a new Reicast logo so you can use it for your site and for the Reicast icon on Android? Something along the lines of say ( SuperGnes & Mupen 64 plus Ae )

    drk||Raziel: We donít know yet. Weíre still thinking on this.

    Emulation-X
    : What devices have you tested Reicast on? ( I personally love it on my JXD7300B Tablet and my Samsung Galaxy S4 connected via Otg cable to a PlayStation 3 Dualshock 3 Wireless Controller ) I have been told its beautiful on a Ouya.

    drk||Raziel
    : We donít really have much up to date hardware, mostly due to its cost. Most of the testing is done in an LG Optimus 2x and a Galaxy Plus 7. We got some more hardware after the release (some donated, some brought by us) but we havenít started using it thoroughly *yet*.

    This concludes my interview with the Reicast Team


    Thank you Reicast Team for bringing Dreamcast to Android ( It's Still Thinking )

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Coming Soon : The Smea Interview ( Homebrew Channel for Nintendo 3DS )........
    by Published on September 8th, 2013 16:19
    1. Categories:
    2. DCEmu,
    3. Sega Dreamcast News

    Today ive added another of the DCEmu Sites with the revamp treatment and this time its the Dreamcast Site which was the actual site that started DCEmu until a few years after and i merged other sites under the DCEmu banner. The site is now more focused on its core subject and also features up to date pages telling you whats new on ebay and ebay.co.uk for Dreamcast and whats the bestselling and toprated Dreamcast Games and Hardware at the time, pity amazon.co.uk dont update their bestselling Dreamcast pages or i would use theirs too.

    Heres some of the new pages:

    Dreamcast Ebay Auctions USA
    Dreamcast Ebay Auctions UK
    BestSelling Dreamcast Games USA
    BestSelling Dreamcast Hardware USA
    TopRated Dreamcast Games USA
    TopRated Dreamcast Hardware USA

    Check out the Dreamcast News site here --> http://dreamcast.dcemu.co.uk/ ...
    by Published on August 2nd, 2013 00:45
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    2. Sega Dreamcast News
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    Just found this over on ebay, gotta be a collectors item:



    Sega Dreamcast Limited Edition SILVER Console / System ! Boxed + Manual ! Japan ( RGC250710006 )

    Description / Condition :
    Used, tested and working well. This is a rare limited edition silver console that was only released in Japan.

    Includes silver Dreamcast console, matching controller, AV cable, power cord and papers.
    The console casing looks very nice over all. There are some very light scuffs on the top of the lid but otherwise it looks nice. No fading.
    The controller is working well , all buttons and triggers tested. Manuals are straight and come in plastic baggy.
    Box is original with the official "limited edition" silver sticker on the top left corner. There are some scuffs and a bit of wear on corners and edges but no fading.

    A very rare item from Japan for any serious collection.

    Plays Japanese NTSC games only. Please make sure you know how to power and use this system in your country before bidding. (^-^)
    All items are Japanese versions. Items ship from Japan.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sega-Dreamca...item485812b469 ...
    by Published on February 28th, 2013 11:07
    1. Categories:
    2. Sega Dreamcast News

    Well, it has been four years (to the day) since the last release of CrabEmu. That seemed like a good enough reason for a new release, so that's just what I did.

    There are plenty of new features and bugfixes in this release (far too many to list in a reasonably-sized news post), so here's the highlights of what has been improved:
    • Added support for emulating the ColecoVision and the NES (mappers 0 and 1 only)
    • Fixed various bugs in the Z80 core
    • Fixed priority on sprites in TMS9918 video modes
    • Added support for PAR cheats for SMS games
    • Added support for roms in zip files, as well as gzip and bzip2 compressed roms
    • Added support for a few odd mappers in SMS games released in Taiwan and Korea
    • Added support for browsing directories in the Dreamcast GUI
    • Added support for libkosext2fs (so you can put roms and such on an ext2 formatted SD card)


    CrabEmu 0.2.0 is available for download in plain files and source code (in addition to the other related downloads). ...
    by Published on January 7th, 2013 21:33
    1. Categories:
    2. Sega Dreamcast News

    via http://www.dreamcast-scene.com/news/...eting-scandal/

    Hucast, developer of 2009 Dreamcast exclusive shooter Dux, and itís upcoming shooter Redux: Dark Matters, is at the center of a deceptive marketing scandal centered around the stand alone release of DUX 1.5.According to Reduxís Kickstarter page; Dux 1.5 was part of a 2-disk set for the Limited Edition of the game, which would be restricted to only a thousand copies.
    Redux: Dark Matters Limited Edition for Sega Dreamcast and DUX 1.5 for Sega Dreamcast (2 disc set)! Only 1000 copies will EVER be produced. Available exclusively on Kickstarter!
    In addition to a stand alone release, Dux 1.5 is also bundled with Redux Regular Edition. Consequently Hucast has effectively released a bundle which surpasses the limited edition as the Limited Edition gives buyers just the game disk where as the regular edition bundle packages Dux 1.5, separately with case and manuals.
    Fans have taken up their complaints on Hucastís Facebook page to which the developers responded by stating that Kick Starter backers who pledged their support with a 100$ would receive the game in a steel case and stated that they would try to avoid confusion in the future. ...
    by Published on January 7th, 2013 13:29
    1. Categories:
    2. PSP News,
    3. Nintendo DS News,
    4. Wiz News,
    5. Dingoo News,
    6. Sega Dreamcast News

    JustBurn has released a new version of his Pokemini Emulator for Dreamcast, PSP, DS, Dingoo & Wiz


    Portable homebrew-emulator for Pokťmon-Mini.
    0.5.x features a debugger and "sync cycles" option which allow improving performance (at cost of accuracy) along with many other features, improvements and new platforms


    0.5.3 Changes

    • Fixed command-line parsing which caused problems with lastest GCC


    • Directory '.' no longer listed


    • Configurations now save the directory of the last ROM loaded


    • Improved support on color PRC (now works on framebuffer and LCD)


    • Dreamcast Only:


    • - Added read/write VMU support


    • - EEPROM write disabled by default


    • Debugger Only:


    • - Fixed "Add watchpoint at..." in Memory Viewer


    • - Added symbols list window


    • - Added run trace window


    • - Added "Go to cartridge IRQ" with ability to decode the address


    • - Middle and Right click now set breakpoint/watchpoint


    • - Go to address/IRQ now highlight the location


    • - Added autorun .min after load


    • - Fixed offset of CE jump instructions


    • NDS Only: Removed real battery status

      Downloads attached
    ...
    by Published on January 7th, 2013 13:19
    1. Categories:
    2. Sega Dreamcast News

    via http://www.dreamcast.es/news.php?readmore=596#comments

    Our friend developer SiZiOUS just released the final version of its software packages generator SBI. The source code is complete and polished: - Fixed: Some minor modifications - Fixed: Code cleanup - Added: Complete source code - Fixed: CD-RW drives detection (with the help of VasiliyRS)

    Download Here --> http://sizious.emunova.net/download/...=15&idfile=132

    Download Also Attached ...
    by Published on January 6th, 2013 22:25
    1. Categories:
    2. Sega Dreamcast News

    via http://emu-russia.net/en/

    Cah4e3 posted new screenshots and video of Sega Bass Fishing Challenge.
    News source: http://forum.emu-russia.net ...
    by Published on January 6th, 2013 21:58
    1. Categories:
    2. PSP News,
    3. Nintendo Wii News,
    4. GP2X News,
    5. Wiz News,
    6. Dingoo News,
    7. Caanoo News,
    8. PC News,
    9. Xbox News,
    10. Sega Dreamcast News

    The coders behind Openbor which is a Beats of Rage Clone that works on Dreamcast, Xbox, Nintendo Wii, PC, GP2x, Wiz and Caanoo have moved to a new site after the last one was hacked (unless just a domain change)

    Check it out here --> http://www.chronocrash.com/forum/index.php ...
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