i dont like dreamcaast very much because sometimes you have bad dreams and that is not a dream then it is a nightmare and then it isnt very good to have nightmares because they can be very scary and then it isnt very nice and then you could be scared and wake up scared and then that wouldnt be very good because then you have to go back to sleep again and then you could have another one and wake up again and it could go on and on and on forever and ever and ever
So, Sega, being the crazy people that they are, release a mouse to coinside with the launch of Quake 3 Arena, back last Christmas time, but what else can you use the mouse for? Practically nothing - only Hidden and Dangerous can use it, possibly Unreal Tournament too, but the mouse was a waste of time - yes sure it helps if you are into Q3A, but you still cannot surf the web on the DC with the mouse until the new Dreamkey, which seems to have been thrown away and forgotten about, is released - but seriously, the mouse is pointless on the DC as nowhere near enough games utilise it. So, you've got one, and you don't know what to do with it. Sell it! But if you do like quake and use the mouse regularly then obviously don't. They cost around £15 new, but are really hard to find - buying from Sega's home page may be the best place to get one from, but I wouldn't recommend it if you don't have Quake. Hopefully the new Dreamkey will make use of the 2 button plus scrolling button mouse, if not, it's another useless peripheral. White, small and comfortable, I did buy one, then I sold it as nothing was compatible with it so there was no point. Good quality, pointless. 2stars.
Hello again and welcome to the wonderful world of Dreamcast peripherals. I know what you’re thinking: “MR.COATES, why on earth am I going to spend even more money on peripherals for my Dreamcast?!! Especially now that Sega aren’t going to make the Dreamcast anymore.” OK, firstly, the Dreamcast is still doing fine and is well and truly alive. Go into any shop and they’re still on the shelves and you’ll still have to pay up to £149 for one. Games are still going to be released (and some VERY good ones too!! Shenmue 2, Sonic Adventure 2, Crazy Taxi 2, Half Life and Unreal Tournament). So relax, don’t panic and whatever you do don’t go out and sell your Dreamcast at the first opportunity – there’s no need. Let’s take another look at those last two games mentioned above too. Half Life and Unreal Tournament. On the Dreamcast. Beautiful. Except for one thing – how do you control them? Any PC owner who has played the likes of Half Life, UT and Quake 3 arena will tell you that there is only one way to play it: With a Keyboard and Mouse. Luckily you can now buy these two lovely peripherals for the Dreamcast (you may have even read my opinion on the Keyboard). So, the other item you will require is the Dreamcast Mouse. At £19.99 (rrp) it’s not cheap, but it’s by no means the most expensive item around. You’ll also find that MVC sell the Mouse for £17.99 (members price – if you aren’t a member then just join, it costs nothing and there’s no commitment). Off you go then, down to the shops, get yourself that mouse and get back to your Dreamcast – pronto! What do you come back with? A fairly small box coloured in the usual blue and white Dreamcast livery for starters. Inside the box you will find the mouse (nicely wrapped up) and a small instruc
tion leaflet. There are a few useful pointers on the leaflet in regard to looking after your mouse and cleaning it, but other than that it’s the usual ‘don’t jump of bridges’ kind of information (i.e. – common sense stuff). Out it comes then. Same colour as the Keyboard so the two will look made for each other on any desk/table. Lovely. PROPERTIES: I think that the overall design is actually pretty good. It’s just the right size and feels comfortable in the hand. It does feel a little lighter than my PC mouse but other than that there isn’t much to complain about. The cable is a little thinner than the normal Dreamcast peripheral leads so you don’t have to drag a hefty cable across your desk. It’s about the same length though (1metre-ish). As with the keyboard, you have to buy a Dreamcast specific mouse – any old mouse just won’t do. At the moment the ‘official’ mouse appears to be the only one available but it is good quality so don’t worry about not having any choice. BUTTONS: Nothing particularly strange here. You’ll find the left and right mouse buttons as usual and the very useful mouse-wheel (between the two buttons) which enables you to scroll on web-pages (see Dreamkey comment below) and also change weapons in games such as Quake 3 arena. The scroll button on most mice can also be ‘clicked’ (to move pages around quicker etc). This is not the case on the Dreamcast mouse – I don’t know why to be hones, but to make up for it there is a button on the left side which (if you’re right handed of course) can be clicked with your thumb. Not very hard to get used to and is actually quite a clever little design as this means that you can keep your index finger on the fire (left) button at all times!! Good old Sega – they do get it right sometimes. Wha
t on earth is Dreamkey then? On the box you will notice a sticker. It mentions the fact that it’s ideal for Quake 3 arena (which it is – more on that later) but that it’s not compatible with Dreamkey version 1.0 or 1.5. This may sound like complete gibberish to some people – more to the point, those who haven’t used the Dreamcast’s online capability. Dreamkey is the Dreamcast’s Internet browser disc which comes with the console. Obviously as a Dooyoo user you’re probably using a mouse and keyboard right now. On the current version of Dreamkey however you can’t use a mouse. You either use the joypad (heaven forbid) or the keyboard to move around the various web pages. It’s a slight pain but it works fine. With a mouse of course it would be much easier but the mouse won’t be compatible until version 2.0 of Dreamkey is released. Currently it’s expected to arrive in April (and yes, it is STILL expected to be released despite the ‘no more Dreamcast’s after March’ announcement). So why on earth should you buy a mouse then you ask? Simple. Games. Quake 3 Arena is already available (and a great version it is too), Half Life will be here in February and Unreal Tournament is due out around April time. These are all games which first appeared on the PC so most people who have played them previously will be used to the mouse and keyboard approach. I couldn’t play my copy of Quake 3 Arena using the Dreamcast controller – it was just too difficult to get used to. Within 30 mins of plugging my mouse and keyboard in I was halfway through Tier 2. The game felt natural again – looking around was quick and responsive and this confirmed it for me – the mouse performs well and Quake 3 should be played like this, not with a joypad. The only thing that you will lose is the
rumble effect whilst shooting. Obviously there is no way to plug the rumble accessory in to the mouse so not much you can do. It’s a loss, but I’ll take control over rumble any day. Mousemat Don’t forget – get yourself a mousemat!! The last thing you want to do is have to take the mouse apart for cleaning every couple of days. You can get a mousemat anywhere and for as little as 50p if you look hard enough. Ease of use Simple as it can be. Plug it in to a free controller port (it seems to work in any of them) and off you go. You may have to set your mouse up depending on which game you’re playing, but other than that it’s a case of plug in and play. To get the most from the games mentioned above I can totally recommend that you buy this accessory and with Dreamkey version 2.0 coming soon it will make life browsing much quicker and easier. Get out there, get a mouse and I’ll see you online for a ‘proper’ game of Quake 3 Arena.
The Dreamcast Mouse. Hmmm. is it an essential purchase? Should you all run down to your local retailer to get one? If you own a Dreamcast you may well have heard that Sega were bringing out the Dreamcast Mouse, you might even have heard about it without owning a Dreamcast. Well, here's what the Official Dreamcast website has to say: "Hence the majestic arrival of possibly the most anticipated DC peripheral ever, the Dreamcast Mouse." "With the star that is online gaming in an ever-escalating ascendancy and input-intensive stunners like Quake III: Arena out there it's only natural that you the electronic entertainment consumer should demand the most accurate and flexible control interfaces possible. Now you can zip about with rapid ease and waste scum-sucking frag-pigs with an elegant flick of the wrist. Fitting snugly in the palm of your hand, this will give you the killer edge you've always dreamt of. Excellent for Quake III Top for point and click adventures" I wouldn't go so far as to say the arrival was majestic, but for those players who prefer to frag their mates without using the standard controller then the Dreamcast Mouse will work amicably with your Dreamcast keyboard in Quake 3 Arena. And I don't really think that the DC Mouse was the most anticipated Dreamcast peripheral ever - I was far more intrigued by the fishing rod! And I haven't ever dreamt of having the 'killer edge' but there you go. The mouse was released on the 8th of December of last year, in coincidence with Quake 3, but I have to be honest and say that I've only used the mouse once! I much prefer the controller to play Q3A, and so the little white rodent has been collecting dust for about a month! I haven't played Quake that often and so I'll probably adopt the mouse and keyboard strategy in the coming months, as most experts will tell you the mouse is far better and m
ore precise. At present the mouse is only compatible with Quake 3 Arena and Hidden and dangerous, but it will be fully compatible with Dream Arena version 2.0 (Dreamcast Online portal), which is out in the spring. I'm not too disappointed that it is incompatible with existing Dream Arena versions 1.0 and 1.5, as I don't use the DC Online functions regularly enough at the moment. At £19.99 the Mouse isn't overly expensive, weighing in at the same price as a Dreamcast controller, and I do believe that you can get the mouse from Gameplay.com for less than the RRP. The Mouse is packaged in the familiar Blue in white stylish Dreamcast box, and is well protected in the box - a good thing seeing that it'll be staying in there for a while! Slightly larger than the Japanese equivalent, the Mouse is also a different colour - the plain grey/white with 3 buttons - the scroll button will be very useful in the future for Internet surfing. I recommend that you get yourself the Mouse as soon as possible, even though there is no real need at the moment because when Dream arena 2.0 does launch there will be a lot of Mouse sales, and I predict that there will be stock shortages - much like the Dreamcast Gun and fishing rod. At the end of the day, night, week, month or year, it is nothing more than a mouse - its ergonomic: very comfortable, and will soon serve its purpose (no pun intended!). I'd only give the mouse 4 stars at the moment but when the new update arrives I will try it out and update the opinion telling you what I think! I hope the Web will be easier to surf with the mouse, and I'm sure it will! At least Sega actually released it in Europe - there wasn't any sign of the promised Saturn mouse (or modem, or sales, or...) ----------------------------------------------------- Update!! If you thought the mouse was the most highly anticipated peripheral on the Dreamcast wel
l think again! Very soon, if enough Dreamcast consoles are sold, Europe will be treated to something known as the ‘Dream Eye’. This may sound as though Sega are bringing out another Dreamcast spherical shape (that would be interesting…hmmm…) but Dream Eye will be a web cam for use over the Internet! You’ll be able to play games and see the person you’re playing – chat via the microphone and actually see who or what you are talking to! These are exciting times I tell you, and although this hasn’t got much to do with the mouse itself, it’s quite an interesting prospect! So – have you got yourself a mouse yet? With games like Half Life, Unreal Tournament and Soldier of Fortune being released within the next kind of couple of months, you’ll need to get yourself a mouse to align forces with the keyboard so that you get the maximum possible advantage – well an equal advantage as those with mice ‘n’ boards. As PC gamers and fans of games like Q3A will know, using the mouse in conjunction with the keyboard is far better and more accurate than using a controller. Get practising!! I hope the opinion was of use to you (try writing a nine hundred word op on a Mouse!), all comments are greatly received and responded to! Many thanks for reading my update and opinion! D1A1