They used a proprietary format though, the GD-ROM, that held about 1GB per disc. That meant that you couldn't just pop the disc into your PC and copy it, as the laser couldn't read all the data properly... Sega did produce their own GD-Rs though, for devs...
That confused me for a second then I found this!
"The idea was that the extra capacity of the GD's meant that games physically couldn’t fit onto a CD, and anyway, no one was supposed to be able to read them either.
All this changed back in June, however, when a group calling themselves Utopia released a special boot disk for the Dreamcast which allowed it to read CD-R's, and imported games. No Mod chip is needed, and since then Dreamcast games have been steadily flowing out onto the Internet for download. Games such as Crazy Taxi are only 70mb big, Dead or Alive 2 is a modest 230mb. Even Resident Evil: Code Veronica, with all it's FMV and double disc-y goodness can be made to fit on to 2 80min CDs."
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There ya go! My favourite was always the Sega Saturn. Whip the lid off, tape down the lid detect switch, then use a real SS disc to authenticate the game (laser searches to the innermost point on the disc) and quickly swap out for a CD-R. Oh man, I could never get hold of Sonic Jam, but once I'd worked that one out, my mind was blown. Sonic. Full 3D. On the Saturn. Bliss...
All for back-up purposes I assume? :)
Never hacked my Saturn I really should give it a go, haven't done disc swapping in about ten years; i might not have the knack any more!
The moment those tiles come sweeping across the screen, before coalescing into the Saturn logo, it'll all come back to you... ;)
On your advice I will give it a go at the weekend. Daytoooooona here we come!
The ease with which you could pirate games for this system was astounding. Of course some of the videos and cut scenes would be removed, but the games were always intact. I've got tons of backups kicking around, but I did buy all the games I played regularly. MDK2, Tony Hawk 2, Powerstone, Jet Grind Radio and Ikaruga were all excellent.
What sucks is that I bought a legitimate copy of Jet Grind Radio a couple months back. Ah well, at least I did my little part for the economy.
I copied games left and right for the dreamcast
I was too young back in the day to do it my self but my brother in law made me a ton of games. It was pretty great.
i have a ton of "back-up" games for the dreamcast. emulators too
I hardmodded mine...didn't know you didn't have to...but I liked the challenge installing that thing.
you guys should all see if you can find typing of the dead and two dreamcast keyboards, so much fun.
My girlfriend would totally love this, what a great idea!
I had no idea really. I pulled my Dreamcast back out a couple years ago and looked for some game to buy. Not finding any I found these ROM sites and was like 'wtf m8!?' and I have since "acquired" 1 or 2 which I would have gladly paid 3 or 4 buck for ;) A really great console all around.
Pro tip- when you're trying to burn your LEGAL BACKUPS, make sure that "over burn" is enabled- this allows more data to be burned to the CD-R (about 850MB worth)