A couple of years ago, a web forum I frequent held a “video game-themed Jack-o-Lantern” contest. I wanted to enter something original and something retro. Thus was born, the Pumpcast.
The Pumpcast consisted of two hollowed out pumpkins. The top one held a small (7″, I think) flat screen. In the bottom one, I “mounted” (as much as one can mount a piece of electronics inside a slimy gourd) a Dreamcast.
In retrospect, I had two regrets regarding the Pumpcast. The first is, I wish I had used an older system — I think the “PumpNES” has a nicer ring to it. My other regret is, I didn’t have time to track down Resident Evil or any other real horror-themed games. Instead I used Godzilla Generations. I have to give myself partial credit for the monster theme, at least.
I didn’t win the contest, but I did set this out on my front porch for Halloween. (I removed the controller, so it was more of a display than an interactive gaming console.)
It took a lot of lemon-scented cleaner to get the pumpkin smell out of that Dreamcast …
Heading to the beach this summer? Sunscreen? Check. Blanket? Check. Dreambox modded into a boombox? Whaaaa? If you have the mod skills, you can be the hit of the beach with this very cool mod of the classic Sega system. I just wish I could find some better pics.
The Dreamcast is/was was an amazing system and even its discontinuation will not stop it. That’s right, just in time for the 10th Anniversary of the system, redspotgames is releasing a brand new Dreamcast game for you to buy. The game is called Rush Rush Rally Racing and it is 2D top-down arcade style racing game that has been developed specifically for the Dreamcast (I cannot believe I just got to write that sentence). How will the gameplay look? Well check it out for yourself:
Heres redspotgame’s pitch and tech info- Rush Rush Rally Racing is an old school 2D racing game for SEGA Dreamcast. No sponsored cars, no realistic environments – just plain old fun!
* Single-player grand prix mode with four difficulty levels
* Three multi-player modes to enjoy with up to four players
* Five race cars to choose from
* 10 Grand Prix race tracks
* 9 additional multi-player race tracks
* Awesome soundtrack by Black Device
* Autosave to VMU (any port, file uses just 2 blocks)
* Region free
* Rumble pack support
* Compatible with original Dreamcast pads, arcade stick, and third party controllers
* Supports PAL (50/60 Hz), NTSC and VGA displays
* Configurable controls and many other options
* Animated cut scenes
* Plus even more unlockable content!
* New: Online Highscore!
This game is region-free:
Runs on every PAL, NTSC-US and NTSC-J Dreamcast.
This is a CD-ROM based product and might not be compatible with some NTSC-J Dreamcast™ consoles built after October 2000. Please check the manufacture date on the back of your console before. This software is not officially licensed, designed, manufactured, distributed or endorsed by Sega.
ThinkGeek, the online geek superstore, is now carrying the venerable Dreamcast system. Why would an online retailer carry a “failed” console 10 years after it hit the shelves? Maybe because it should not have failed and their is a substantial online community that feels that way. Even at a decade old, the Dreamcast will give you a huge bang for your entertainment buck with its easy access to quality commercial and homebrewed games at affordable prices (often free). Want more information?
Start by checking out Dreamcast Scene for more info about what you can do with that Dreamcast that is collecting dust in your closet or if you are DC-less, drop by ThinkGeek and maybe pick one up.