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An Update to Burning Your Own Old Games

An Update to Burning Your Own Old Games

Last month I detailed a method through which it is possible replicate older, CD-based games, in particular the Dreamcast.  If you haven’t read that article yet, you can find it here – How to Burn Games for the Sega Dreamcast and Other Consoles.  I’d like to take this opportunity to expand upon some of what I’ve learned since then, specifically some experimentation with Atari Jaguar CD games and information regarding Apple’s Pippin.

Originally I was going to use anchors to link to different parts of this page, but as I found the section regarding burning AJCD games growing increasingly lengthy, I think it better to divide the information up across multiple posts.

Using the exact method in the aforementioned article, here’s what I’ve tested, here’s what I haven’t, and here’s what I suspect will work based on my own experiences with my own consoles.

Tested and Verified:

Confident:

  • TurboGrafx CD / PC Engine Duo
  • Sega CD
  • Amiga CD32
  • PlayStation
  • PlayStation 2 (see note below)

What Doesn’t Work

  • Sega Saturn (for reasons outlined in the previous article, though you can install a mod chip)
  • GameCube (because these discs are tiny DVDs, not CDs)
  • All other DVD-based consoles; 7th generation and onward.
  • PlayStation 2 – The PlayStation 2 utilizes both CDs and DVDs depending on the size of the game.  Burned games will work for either medium, but you’ll need to use something called Swap Magic.  Swap Magic uses both software and a mechanical device to fool the PS2 into booting the burned disc.  You can purchase Swap Magic from Amazon and other outlets, but there are multiple versions out there.  Be sure to do some research onto what version of Swap Magic you need.  All versions will come with the mechanical tool, but you’ll also need to account for whether you have an Original or Slim PS2.  Also, two separate Swap Magic discs are available – one to boot CD-based games and the other to boot DVD-based games.  I have used Swap Magic with some (but not complete) success.

Written by The Cubist

Written by The Cubist

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I collect as much video gaming paraphernalia as I can get my hands on, especially when it comes to hardware. With over 40 systems including oldies like the ColecoVision and Intellivision, obscurities like the CD-i and 3DO, and the latest and greatest including the Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, 3DS, and PS Vita, I get easily overwhelmed. Most of the time you can find me firmly nestled sometime between 1985 and 1995 when it comes to my games of choice, but I’m also having a great time seeing what the 8th generation has to offer.

Currently in love with: Mortal Kombat

Email me anytime, about anything: thecubist@nerdbacon.com

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