The Origin of the "Sega Dreamcast Info" Site
To briefly introduce myself I am a Swiss collector called Comby Laurent. My collection is SEGA oriented, particularly on the Dreamcast . I am active in the preservation of video game heritage with the following philosophy:
«A MASSIVE, PUBLIC AND FREE SHARING OF WHAT I HAVE»
Over the past 12 years, I have been able to acquire numerous pieces, some of which are unique in the world. People who have worked in the industry have also given me information that is often unpublished. I had to share this information with as many people as possible. The site was born from this desire to share. It has become a mini virtual museum.
About 300 Prototypes (including Unreleased games), Documents, Press Kits, Dev Kits and Source Codes are archived and preserved. The site acts as a Database listing and documenting them.
The articles are offered in two languages, French and English. They are first written in French before being translated into the language of Shakespeare. The English translation can be hazardous, I apologize for that to the Anglophiles reading me.
I hope you will find what you are looking for by browsing through Sega Dreamcast Info!
The latest prototypes to download
NEW RELEASE (publication date: September 03, 2023)
The popular prototypes
Making-of with interview
NEW ARTICLE (publication date: August 15, 2023)
The content and sections of the site
Over the years, I have been able to find Unreleased for the Dreamcast . If some had already been discovered, others were unpublished. It's always a pleasure to participate in writing a new page in the history of Sega's latest console.
You will be able to watch 2 h 30 of the Making Of devoted to pubs. The project, from the acquisition to the digitization of the reels, is detailed on this page. A photo archive had been carried out.
Before creating the site, I was doing my releases of prototypes, documents and Dreamcast dev kit content on various forums. All my old and new releases are referenced under this heading.
The most interesting betas (debug menu, early build) have their own pages. Do not hesitate to consult the Crazy Taxi prototype with 6 different cameras.
This section is dedicated to the Acclaim prototype and its history.
It is divided into two parts :
SDKs, technical demos or documents related to the Dreamcast development environment are available online.
We find for example the technical demo of "Tower of Babel" and a Network tool called "Flash Edit".
The blog was created to talk about everything and nothing.
I use it to write short articles like the story of the Zip Drive Dreamcast or the partnership between Sega and the Swiss company Swatch .
The Dreamcast development kits are released, some are unpublished, others are redumps for additional control of their content.
On this page, some Dev Kit Katana are real treasures like No Cliché or Appaloosa.
This page is dedicated to the source code of games or development tools (SDK for example).
J'espère que vous trouverez votre bonheur en parcourant Sega Dreamcast Info !
What is the purpose of this site?
The purpose of this site is to archive my various projects related to the world of video games. My collection including rare pieces, even unique in the world, I believe that I had to make them accessible to everyone so that everyone can enjoy and analyze them. Such public sharing allows serene preservation and sustainable video game heritage; there will always be a trace of all of this somewhere in the future. And I am convinced that the video game belongs to everyone.
What can we find on this site?
The site gives pride of place to Sega and mainly at the Dreamcast . However, this is not a reason not to talk about other media like those of Nintendo , Microsoft or Sony . The important thing is that everything is preserved, from information to the material part, including digitization in the case of prototypes or documents.
Where do the items presented come from?
95% of what is presented on this site comes from my personal collection. Some people, especially other collectors, can also share their finds on " Sega-dreamcast-info-games-preservation ". Many thanks to them.
Want to help but don't know how?
If you have any elements (documents, prototypes, scans, testimonials, etc.) that you want to share with the community through the site, I will be happy to help you. Do not hesitate to get in touch with me.
You can also support me financially in this adventure of preservation, to help me carry out future restoration and acquisition projects or simply to pay the costs generated by the site itself, in particular the hosting prototypes and other archives. You can do it via my PAYPAL or my TIPEEE .
"In order to continue my archival and preservation work, I need help funding this website and archive storage services on MEGA, the acquisition of future pieces to share with you, as well as new projects. But the absolute priority goes to the site and to maintaining the existing storage "
My last major project to date was the digitization of the 35mm rushes of the Sega Megadrive "Sega c'est louder que toi" commercials. Their digitization cost 13,000 € and was only made possible thanks to the donation of a patron.
With your support, we will be able to move forward together on projects of equal importance. "
How can I help you preserve a particular game?
My friends and I put our knowledge at your disposal. We can help you in the dump of your games by lending you the necessary equipment, by guiding you in the process to follow or by coming directly to do it at your place. He is possible to send me your documents to scan or your prototypes to extract so that I do it myself, I will send them back to you once the work is done. The choice of the release will be up to you.
How is the extraction of the prototypes going?
Since the creation of the site, the process used to extract the data from a Dreamcast prototype has been carried out with the help of the BBA (Broadband Adaptater or high speed modem). This method allows a clean digitization of the games. Before, the dumps were done with the Dcsdrip11 tool (redump required).
How does the proposed data go online?
Releases are done on Sunday or Monday. Articles are published when they are ready. As some documents are nominative, it is impossible to publish them on Internet . You can consult them at my place. The content of the documents is used in some articles. Some prototypes have their own pages when the data differs from the game in the retail version. The dates and versions of the builds may be wrong, they are subject to change. I disregard the final versions (the data is similar to the final game that everyone knows). However, I consider them as a beta knowing that the disc is in the end despite everything a prototype. Other preservation sites do not include them in their database.
How to contact Sega Dreamcast Info?
I am easily reachable on the various social networks or by email. It is with pleasure that I will answer you.
Who takes part in the archiving work on the site, who are the people who help?
Comby Laurent : it's me :) I am the creator of the site. I mainly take care of the dump of the prototypes, the scans of the documents, the analysis of the beta, the drafting of the articles ...
Sizious : during large releases, it analyzes the content of prototypes from a technical point of view. He also creates CDIs for Unreleased ones . He takes care of extracting data from Dev Kit and making everything playable. Sizious is perhaps the most involved person in my various projects on the site.
Sifting : he is a talented person who likes challenges. His reverse work is impressive. He is the originator of the graphics card emulation for the SET2 development kit to play the Scud Race technical demo on Dreamcast .
Japanese Cake : her expertise is invaluable, unfortunately she is running out of time. When he can, he collaborates in support of Sizious .
Darcagn : his expertise is precious (bis), unfortunately he is running out of time (bis). He collaborates with Japanese Cake and Sizious .
MetalliC : its help is always welcome especially on the technical parts (Bios, Dev Kit ect.). He has a good knowledge of the Dreamcast and masters its subject.
The pen of a friend who prefers to remain anonymous : during important articles or files, they take care of their correction. Like this FAQ!
Romain Villez : he writes some articles and does research.