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    • #445220
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      ITT: retro game shit that was both ahead of its time and either too clunky to be good or not supported by jack shit
      the vmu was wildly innovative and did a lot of cool things but it dies in 20 minutes, can barely do anything since it has such a tiny resolution, and isn’t really hiding away content that’s so important you have to engage with it or else you’re not getting the full dreamcast experience. it’s just kind of a neat quirky thing more than a truly functional piece of tech

    • #445221
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      I had a buddy in junior high that would carry his VMU around as a clock. Shit was cash

      • #445222
        Anonymous
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        I went to school with naggers who would have stole it.

    • #445223
      Anonymous
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      Forte VFX1 Headset
      https://youtu.be/uMg8YnLqEUU

    • #445224
      Anonymous
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      It’s actually really useful for the Resident Evil games

    • #445225
      Anonymous
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      What were they for?

      • #445226
        Anonymous
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        the VMU did all sorts of shit
        >little personal screen on your controller, much akin to a Wii U gamepad or a DS’s bottom screen for instance, which gives players information and sometimes is used in multiplayer to interesting effect (the most obvious example is not letting everyone else see what cards you have in your hand in Sonic Shuffle if you have a VMU)
        >take it out and use it as like a Tamagotchi for Sonic Adventure or play other various minigames which are sometimes just for fun sometimes actually giving benefits when returned to the console after making some kind of progress
        >can also connect to other VMUs to do shit like Chao breeding or transferring save files
        >you could use it as a pocketwatch if you’re an absolute mad lad
        >it was the memory card for the system

      • #445228
        Anonymous
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        … Sega Dreamcast

    • #445227
      Anonymous
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      No backlight was stupid. What was the point of RE:CV’s VMU health bar, who plays RE with all the lights on?

      • #445232
        Anonymous
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        The only thing truly innovative about the VMU was how they managed to get a calculator microcomputer that would normally run for at least a year off a CR1216 to burn through two CR2032s in a matter of days. They must have had to search high and low, mostly low, to find people not just inexperienced with designing and coding for these parts but anti-experienced.

        Even a simple front light would have been fine and not increased to production cost much. Of course it would have to only be available when plugged into the console or the batteries would be drained in 20 seconds instead of 20 minutes.

        • #445243
          Anonymous
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          The VMU uses a 8bit processor dude it’s more interesting that the Pocketstation ran a 32bit one.

          • #445252
            Anonymous
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            I know what processors they use dude. Like I said, using a cheap old ARM for a gadget in 1999 is hardly innovative or interesting. Choosing an ancient under powered calculator part instead and then totally fucking it up is far more interesting.

    • #445229
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      The PSX VUM clone called Pocketstation that came out like five months after the the DC did a lot of the things the VMU did better. Not to mention 10 times more games supported it in japan than the VMU

      • #445230
        Anonymous
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        Huh, I assumed the Pocket Station came out first.

        • #445231
          Anonymous
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          Nah but it fixes all the shortcoming of the VMU. Like you can have multiple games on the Pocketstation running at the same time compared to the one the VMU can hold. It’s pretty cool. Shame Sony didn’t bring it to the west.

    • #445233
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      biggest issue with the vmu is battery life, otherwise it’s a fun novelty that adds some genuinely fun and cool things to games that supported it. It couldn’t do much, but what it did do was just cool. Aside from that fucking low battery BEEP.

      • #445234
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        >Aside from that fucking low battery BEEP.
        The BEEEEEEP is a soulful and necessary addition to the Dreamcast. If it didn’t BEEEEP every time I turned on the console, it wouldn’t truly be Dreamcast.

        • #445245
          Anonymous
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          LMAO.
          Yea…

        • #445249
          Anonymous
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          change your batteries, hillbilly

          • #445250
            Anonymous
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            What are you, vietnamese?

        • #445265
          Anonymous
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          this, the BEEEEEEEEP and the disc drive churning are essential parts of the dreamcast experience that cannot be emulated, love how you can tell when a random encounter is gonna happen in d2 by the sound of the disc

    • #445235
      Anonymous
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      the dreamcast vmu works with the xbox
      tis so weird. why didnt microsoft just make the xbox backwards compat with dreamcast? sisters…

      • #445254
        Anonymous
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        >the dreamcast vmu works with the xbox

        Wut?

    • #445236
      Anonymous
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      The VMU is hot junk. Sure, it’s really cute to see the little screen display some in-game info while you’re playing, but it’s ultimately even more pointless than the Wii U was.

      The Pocketstation was cooler.

      • #445237
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        >VMU is hot junk
        >more pointless than the Wii U
        >Pocketstation was cooler
        fuck me moot was right about sony fanboys

        • #445238
          Anonymous
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          sony fans live in a different universe dude

        • #445244
          Anonymous
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          t.never owned a VMU
          The pocketstation was better simply due to having dozen more games supprting it.

      • #445239
        Anonymous
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        All true. But since burgers never got the pocketsation they’ll suck the VMUs cock all day.

        • #445255
          Anonymous
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          Thanks for outing yourself, (poverty) faggot.

          • #445268
            Anonymous
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            >burger baby can’t into reading comprehension and prjects like a mofo
            tale as old as zoom

            • #445269
              Anonymous
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              Kino ragepost

    • #445240
      Anonymous
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      Did anyone ever make third-party VMUs?

      • #445241
        Anonymous
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        Don’t think so. Only 3rd party memory cards without the screen. VMUs are pretty cheap and you can even buy sealed new ones from Japan for less than 30 dollars.

      • #445242
        Anonymous
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        Get a VMU and a 4x Memory card

        • #445266
          Anonymous
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          Them 4x mem cards are expensive now. I know theres a way to use the sd adapter to save to SD card or at least thats what a kid at my old job would tell me.. but he also swore he put a pane of glass in front of a modern hdtv to get duck hunt to work so i didn’t really look to far into it

          • #445267
            Anonymous
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            yeah dreamshell
            however going through menus to transfer saves to an SD card is a lot more hassle than pressing a button to change between 4 cards on the fly
            I paid 50 ausbucks for mine

      • #445246
        Anonymous
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        Get a VMU and a Semen Microphone

    • #445247
      Anonymous
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      >ahead of its time
      >not supported by jack shit

      • #445248
        Anonymous
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        What was the fucking point of this? How hard was it to just get a longer cable?

        • #445251
          Anonymous
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          >How hard was it to just get a longer cable?
          Considering the cable is hard wired and came in only one length? I’d say pretty hard.

        • #445253
          Anonymous
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          also the wireless adapter potentially enabled many people to connect not just 2 or 4

        • #445256
          Anonymous
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          >ahead of its time
          >not supported by jack shit

          >ahead of its time

          They stole this from Robotron on GBC.

          It didn’t work any better with Robotron.

          • #445257
            Anonymous
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            I mean Robopon. Also the GB kiss link in general.

            see
            http://nectaris.tg-16.com/GB-KISS-LINK-FAQ-2-hudson-gameboy-nectaris.html

            the difference with Robopon is that it was built in in the cartridge, which made a lot more sense since it meant not having to buy an external cable.

            • #445258
              Anonymous
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              The GB Kiss Link is also very much on topic

              >connect to a PC with internet connection
              >download DLC for your 1989 brick game boy

              >supported by one game

              • #445261
                Anonymous
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                That was only in Japan. The GB Kiss was gimped heavily by Atlus outside of Japan, so that, in Robopon at least, you could only trade and battle with it. Worse than the GBC’s Mystery Gift in Pokemon GS and GBC Card Pop in Pokemon TCG.

          • #445259
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            I mean Robopon. Also the GB kiss link in general.

            see
            http://nectaris.tg-16.com/GB-KISS-LINK-FAQ-2-hudson-gameboy-nectaris.html

            the difference with Robopon is that it was built in in the cartridge, which made a lot more sense since it meant not having to buy an external cable.

            That was way better than Robopon’s, which IR, not radiowave, (meaning it was one person at a time instead of FR/LG’s wireless adaptor’s up to 5-16 people or whatever in a room at one time)

            t. Had Robopon Sun

            • #445260
              Anonymous
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              The GBA wireless was clunky as fuck though. Could never get the thing to work unless used in the exact same conditions as pictured there for the GB Kiss Link (2 consoles face to face down on a table).

              I have a hard time to believe anyone would get 5-16 people together in a single room with it

              • #445262
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                I never had problems with the wireless adaptor. Granted, I think I only used it with my brother. But Robopon’s cartridge was also huge as fuck in order to make the save system, clock, beeper, and IR work, so it was way more clunky. That proprietary nature of Robopon’s cart design means you still can’t even emulate its saving or clock features (and that makes me very sad).

                The wireless adaptor was light and fit well into the back of an SP.

                That was only in Japan. The GB Kiss was gimped heavily by Atlus outside of Japan, so that, in Robopon at least, you could only trade and battle with it. Worse than the GBC’s Mystery Gift in Pokemon GS and GBC Card Pop in Pokemon TCG.

                I forgot, you could also link with remotes via GB Kiss to open chests and shit in-game in English Robopon Sun, but I never could get that to work.

              • #445263
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                >Could never get GBA wireless adaptor to work unless used in the exact same conditions as pictured there for the GB Kiss Link (2 consoles face to face down on a table).
                That’s weird that it wasn’t working for you properly. It was as easy as Pictochat on DS for me, anywhere in a room.

                • #445264
                  Anonymous
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                  maybe mine was broken then

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