How to discover and boot the best DC homebrew stuff.
Why does the author have a Dreamcast fixation in this book? For starters, there’s a forward-looking, constructive homebrew coding scene for the console. Most importantly, it’s relatively easy to burn your own self-booting CDs for the console, saving you having to buy and install complicated, possibly less-than-legal modchips. This, in turn, has led to a real burgeoning of creative homebrew software for people to download and run on the DC.
To start exploring the marvellous world of Dreamcast homebrew software, make DCHomebrew (http://www.dchomebrew.org/) your first port of call. Formerly part of the DCEmulation.com site covered in other hacks, it’s seen a major revamp and is particularly useful due to their hosted and well-updated lists. The site also stores all the files it covers locally, so, in theory, there are no broken links.
If you want to make the most of your Dreamcast, you need some way to burn your own self-booting CDs. I’ve dealt with the packaged CDI archives in a separate hack ( [Hack #56] ), but that won’t help much if you have lots of tiny programs you want to select, one by one, from a menu.
The basic approach is to burn a standalone CD with a menu system such as DemoMenu or (my favorite) DCHakker, then burn a separate CD with all your homebrew titles on it. The homebrew CD needs a specific directory structure, so use DiscJuggler or a ...