“ Fed up with not being able to sit in your favourite chair and play your games as the gamepad cable won't stretch? This 2m extension is the ideal solution. It's low-priced, easy to set up and effective. Designed and engineered to Sega's specification; works with all Dreamcast controllers; six feet long. „
If you are a games player, a video games player, and prefer to play games on a console, rather than on a PC, as many people do, then you may find that after extensive playing you have a headache or your eyes start hurting. Watching too much television is bad for your eyes anyway, and I'd only recommend around 2-3 hours continious viewing, if you're a responsible parent then you should try and restrict your children from too much games playing, and television watching anyway, but obviously it's a parents discreation. I have definitely found myself many times after being lost in a world of polygons and virtual wonders, sometimes to the unpleasant feeling of saw eyes. On one occasion I discovered my right eye twitching nervously, definitely because I was playing too much, and almost as importantly - too near to the screen. The control pad wire lengths are often not long enough to reach your sofa or arm chair, although there are differences from console manufacturer to manufacturer - Sony are the best in this sense, as their dual shock pads wire is the longest, Nintendo are about average, whereas Sega's Dreamcast control pad wire isn't as long. This is why I would recommend the extension - or Dream Cable as it's known. For around £5, probably less second hand, or new on auction, this would be a sensible investment, it has been for me as I'm now able to watch 4 metres from the television, my eyes don't hurt or twitch anymore, and I have more places to sit whilst playing. The cable is 5metres long, although some third party leads may be different, and they're of a good solid quality - connecting to your console, and out to your control pad. Peripheral manoeuvrability is an excellent aspect in gaming - wireless pads are a better idea, and they should be here with the arrival of Nintendo's GameCube, but for now, if you want to keep playing that game, whilst making a cup of tea ov
er in the kitchen, then get this add on. It's well worth your money. 5Stars.
OK, I’ll admit that it’s going to be a little difficult to write an interesting, informative and light-hearted review about a joypad extension lead but hey you know me – I like a challenge! As the name of this product VERY cleverly suggests, this is an extension cable for those lovely peripherals you’ve bought for the Dreamcast. If you’re anything like me, you don’t like to sit too close to your TV (your eyes might not go square but nevertheless, best be careful just in case). The solution? Grab your controller/peripheral in one hand, grab the connector end in the other and pull as hard as you can – hey presto – a longer lead!! Maybe not. Your alternative to the above (foolish) advice is to shell out a few quid on an extension cable. There isn’t (to my knowledge anyway) an ‘official’ one of these cables but as you will know if you’ve read my scart cable review there are always other people willing to make these useful items for us. I paid £4.99 for mine from EB in the sale (normal price £5.99) but you’ll find that you can pick these up from many retailers including Amazon (£3.99 plus postage). With this particular item I’d honestly have to say buy the cheapest one, as it’s very unlikely that there should be much difference between any that you may find on your bargain hunting expedition. The cable I bought is roughly the same length as the one from a Dreamcast controller (effectively doubling the overall length) and this should be more than long enough for most people. Saying that though, there’s nothing stopping you from plugging several of these extension cables together if you live in a castle or you want to play from the garden. One thing to bear in mind of course is that the more connections there are, the more likely it is that there COULD be a problem with the qu
ality of the contact/connection. Let's face it though, for most one extension cable will be more than enough. What does it work with? I’ve only been able to test it with my controllers and a Dreamcast keyboard so you should have no problems with any of the peripherals you can buy. As far as I'm concerned, if the keyboard works with its array of keys then just about anything should work. So there you have it. If the cable on your steering wheel/controller/keyboard is too short – buy one of these. They aren’t expensive and for me it’s been a really sensible purchase, as I no longer have to perch on the edge of the sofa anymore. Even my wife agreed that a bit of extra length was a good idea.......or was that another conversation?.......