Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Charlottesville, VA
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I have always loved my DC, still use it on my 22" monitor, haven't hooked it up the the HDTV yet though, that would be great.
My favorite game, and I'm surprised no one has mentioned it, was Shenmue. The graphics were out of this world for the time and look great even now. Haters will remind us that the game was too slow paced and that operating a forklift and getting a job are not game mechanics most would consider *fun* but I had a blast playing it.
As far as FPS's go, I actually really enjoyed playing the Half-Life Blue Shift on the DC and went back and played the full game just to see what the experience was like. You have to play with AutoAim on just because the controls aren't smooth enough otherwise but the game looked great and played great. The game actually came with higher rez textures than was initially released for the PC so it was one of the first PC to console ports to look better on the console. Eventually they did release the higher rez textures to PC folk, and of course the game never was released officially, but a complete disk is available off torrents and it plays great.
One thing I remember from following the DC's demise (one of the saddest periods of my early adult life) was the comment made by some SoJ rep that some day the full impact of the DC's innovation would be realized and everyone would be walking around with what would in effect be a Dreamcast-on-a-chip; it would be in our cellphones and in our TVs, it would be everywhere and we would all play it. Everyone with an iPhone, pull it out and take a look at those graphics, take a look at that smooth GUI and great frame rate. Yeah, the RISC processor and PowerVR CPU/GPU combo in that phone is awfully similar to the ones found in that Dreamcast sitting over there. DC on a chip indeed!