Dreamcast game incompatability across the waters

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Friend at work told me a story....

    He bought a Dreamcast off Ebay recently.

    Since Dreamcast is pretty much a defunct
    system it's hard to find games for it these
    days (or so he says, I don't know).

    Anyhow....

    He went on Ebay and bought a game from
    someone in the UK. Had it shipped to his
    home in the USA.

    He puts the game in only to find it does
    not work on his system.

    The question is....is there a compatability
    issue between games produced in the UK and
    what will play on US systems?

    Anything he can do?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Sean Moon

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    Just like DVD players, most game systems have territorial lockouts.

    For one, the UK one is probably PAL and not NTSC. Also the games are encoded only to play on systems from their respective region, just like DVDs. There is usually a logo saying NTSC/US or something on american games to say it.

    With a Mod chip it might be possible to play all games on your dreamcast, but I am not sure how hot the modding community for the system is nowadays. I had mine modded back in 2000 just to play imports from Japan.
     
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  4. Elliott Willschick

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    There use to be a disc that you could burn and then use it as a swap disc. I will see if I can remember what it was called. The disc was used to play homebrew games as well as use other applications on it.
     
  5. NickSo

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    I believe its called Utopia v1.1 ... im not sure if its 100% legal (though it is used to boot homebrew games and apps, it also boots non-selfboot pirated games), but it does the same thing as DC-X shown above.
     
  6. Elliott Willschick

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    Utopia, that's it. Thanks Nick. I was looking through my dics last night to see if I still had it. I modded my own DC but I burned the disc once to try it out.
     

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