I guess this means that the fault lies predominantly with the
game itself, and not the VGA Box. If a game were written specifically to take
advantage of the high resolution screens, you can bet it would look superb on the VGA
monitor. Otherwise, be prepared to live with jagged edges. It is interesting to note that
the two games which looked SUPERB with the VGA Box were both arcade Naomi ports, which of
course meant they were written with high quality video monitors from the arcades in mind.
So is it a worthwhile purchase? I
dont really think so. At least, not for the casual gamer, who would most likely be
satisfied with even the composite video connection that comes standard with the Dreamcast.
Purists who demand the best video reproduction (with crisp but jagged images) need look no
But the one thing I havent tested the
VGA Box with was the Internet browser. Since I have a Asian Dreamcast with no modem, I
really couldnt test out this feature. Why is this important? Any of you who have
tried surfing with set-top units like WebTV, Saturn Netlink, etc will know of the
frustration of viewing web pages on a normal TV screen, especially sites which cram
everything in with small, excuse me, minute, fonts.
Once you see things in that perspective,
the VGA Box suddenly makes a lot of sense. How much does a Dreamcast cost? US$200? How
much for an additional keyboard, mouse, and VGA Box? US$100? A half-decent 17"
monitor? US$300? So, for about US$600, you can effectively get an Internet PC AND a great
gaming console to boot. How many of us can say that about our own PCs? I know I have
poured several thousands of dollars into my PC already, and in some respects, it still
loses out to the Dreamcast in 3D performance
The dream to put Internet into every home
suddenly becomes highly probable.
futile. You will be assimilated." -