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Bleemcast!

bleemcast

The PC emulator Bleem! was very popular at the time, you could play PSX games like Driver on your PC even with better graphics than on the official PSX console. The creators soon realized they could write a PSX emulator for the Dreamcast. Some people called them crazy because there wasn’t even a fullspeed Snes emulator at that time. but they told it would be programmed directly on the hardware without using any existing library.

First they tried to create bleempacks that supported 100 games at a time. But the testing was very time consuming, so they abandoned that idea.

They decided to create a release that only supported 1 title. Of course they choose the best games at that time: Gran Turismo 2, Tekken 3 and Metal Gear Solid. At the time i bought the Tekken 3 version and it worked perfect and looked great.

Eventually a beta version of bleemcast was leaked, it would boot alot of games but ran pretty horrible because it was an early beta (30% complete). After testing by the community they found out it supported around 100 games, just like they promised before. But very buggy without saving and choppy movies.

The protection for the offical releases was very good. It took along time to crack it but a russian hacker did it. Later on he also disabled the disc check, so you could boot any psx game even with the offical release. But compatiblity was very poor, most likely because of specific hacks for that 1 game.

If you want to check out bleemcast i would recommend the 3 official releases, they work perfect and even now the graphics are still amazing.

Utopia bootdisk

utopia

This was first used to boot games, nowadays every game is released as a selfboot title so no need for it anymore. Just wanted to make a post about it for a bit of nostalgia.

NFO said this:

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         /·   /    /·   /____ ·   /    /·   \____/·   /·   \    /
        //   /    //   /    //   /    //   /    //   //   /    /
        \________/\________/\________/____/    /____/____/____/cRu/1oo


                               P R E S E N T S

   ____                   Dreamcast CD Loader V1.1
   \  /                 (c) 2000 Wildlight / Utopia!
 ___\/_ _                      _
 \  /\/// Release Information ///_
.-\/----------------------------------------------------------------- -  - :
|                                                                          |
| Supplier......: premier release      Type..........: DC BootCD           |
| Format........: DiscJuggler          Release Date..: 22.06.2k            |
| Protection....: Filesystem 🙂        Rating........: You decide!   ____  |
| Cracker.......: Wildlight            Size..........: 01 X 1.44mb   \  /  |
|                            .          .                          ___\/_  |
: -  - ----------------------) (ø)  (ø) (--------------------------\  /\/--'
                             \__._/\_.__/                           \/
                             _ _||..||_ _
   ____                    _\\\\/¯||¯\////_
   \  /                         )_||_(
 ___\/_ _                          _
 \  /\/// What´s this all about?! ///_
.-\/----------------------------------------------------------------- -  - :
|                                                                          |
|  Finally,                                                                |
|                                                                          |
|  though noone really expected it, we made your dreams come true:         |
|  Dreamcast BootCD V1.1 - boot copies and imports on a NON-chipped (!)    |
|  standard consumer model.                                                |
|                                                                          |
|  Usage:                                                                  |
|                                                                          |
|  - switch off, insert BootCD into Dreamcast and switch on again          |
|  - Wait until the Utopia introscreen comes up, then open door and insert |
|    either Import-GD or copied CD. Close door again.                      |
|  - Wait until spinning disc comes up; game will be loaded automatically  |
|                                                                          |
|  Important:                                                              |
|                                                                          |
|  - do ONLY (!) use DiscJuggler to burn this image (standard blank)       |
|  - do ONLY (!) use DiscJuggler to copy this CD                           |
|                                                                          |
|  Sorry for any inconviniences, but standard CDRWIN is not really capable |
|  neither creating nor imaging the CD.                                    |
|                                                                          |
|  Don't get on our nerves asking for copies, we will release a couple of  |
|  games during the next weeks, so just stay tuned for some more releases  |
|  from your favourite console group 🙂                                    |
|                                                                          |
|  Copies so far available:                                                |
|                                                                          |
|  - Dead or Alive II  (about to be released within the next few hours)    |
|  - Soul Calibur                                                          |
|  - F1 GP                                                                 |
|  - Resident Evil Code Veronica                                           |
|  .                                                                       |
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|  .                                                                 \  /  |
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                             _ _||..||_ _
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   \  /                         )_||_(
 ___\/_ _              _
 \  /\/// Application ///_
.-\/----------------------------------------------------------------- -  - :
|                                                                          |
| UTOPiA is looking for:                                                   |
|                                                                          |
| - CRACKERS/KEYGEN MAKERS                                                 |
| - SUPPLIERS OF ANY UNRELEASED SOFTWARE ON ANY PLATFORM                   |
| - BOX OWNERS/SUPPLIERS                                                   |
| - EURO/US SITES (T3 minimum)                                             |
|                                                                          |
| If you like to apply please join #utp on EFNET and talk to an op!        |
|                                                                    ____  |
| Or simply send an e-mail to Lukullus@USA.NET                       \  /  |
|                            .          .                          ___\/_  |
: -  - ----------------------) (ø)  (ø) (--------------------------\  /\/--'
                             \__._/\_.__/                           \/
                             _ _||..||_ _
                           _\\\\/¯||¯\////_
                                )_||_(

History of the Sega Dreamcast

Dreamcast

Launched in September 1999 in the US and October 1999 in Europe.

Used a special type of discs called GD-ROM discs.

Great set of launch titles: Soul Calibur, Sonic Adventure, Power Stone, The House of the Dead 2.

Sega continued to bring out great games like Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio and Shenmue.

Third party developers created games like Quake 3 Arena, Marvel vs Capcom 2 and Resident Evil.

EA games were never released games for the Dreamcast, many Fifa fans bought a PS2.

Eventually the PS2 was more popular because it supported DVD movies and Sega stopped selling the Dreamcast. 10.6 million units were sold worldwide.