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You do require a hard copy of the games in order to use them in conjunction with the emulator and wish to stay legal. You need to have them dumped and transformed into a .cdi image to boot with chankast. This requires a lot of work as it involves having to go through rather challenging ripping, down coding and is ill advised as NullDC will run the uncompressed .GDI files just fine.

So in summary, to run a dreamcast emulator, you need a dreamcast, the ability to dump the games and NullDC, Makaron or Demul to run the images in their best forms. If you don't have hard copies of the games, then ngemu will not give any help to those who download images from unscrupulous sources, as it has a no warez policy, just in case you were unaware.
 

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lol

Ok thank you, it seems redundant to download an emulator if you require the game/console. What is the point of it then? One would think it's function would be in comparison to the snes and sega emulators, given the title... something isn't right o_O
 

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it seems stupid to think you don't.
 

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The beauty of emulators such as nulldc is that we can greatly improve the resolution of the games themselves, add anti aliasing filtration, video filters such as bloom, use new age gamepads, and reduce the wear and tear of the consoles themselves. On the surface emulation can seem a bit silly if we still need the consoles and games to avoid legal complications, but when you think about it emulation gives us plenty of quality additions to add new life to the games we have grown up with.
 

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JJFoo -

You clearly haven't been in emulation for any real length of time, if you are unaware of the error in how you asked your question. :)

Lets be clear about things, ALL Console, Handheld, Arcade, PC, emulators Legally require you to own the hardware and media associated with them.

That said, if you had worded your question differently:
Is the original media actually used during emulation?

Hopefully you would have gotten the correct answer...hehe I'm sure even how I phrased it could be misinterpreted.

Anyways the answer should be:
No typically the original media is not used by most emulators do to the constraints of PC's today...lack of 5.25 floppy drives, tape drives,...so on and so forth. Now in the case of the Dreamcast while DVD drives can physically read the GD-Roms, they are prevented from doing so, do to their Firmware...and methods of bypassing the firmware limitation are haphazard in nature. So modern Dreamcast emulators adhere to the GDI format purposed by the authors of NullDC. You can create GDI's from one of the following methods...blah, blah...

Encase you missed it...the original media (GD-Rom) is not used during emulation of the Dreamcast. However the original media content (whats on the GD-Rom) is.

Because the original media content is used, and the fact most countries have CopyRight laws, you are bound by the legal system of your country to own the original media, even in the case of emulation.

The problem with how you asked your question is that its open ended...for both the technical & legal answers. Site policy dictates that the legal answer should be given.

snickothemule hinted at the right answer, but got carried away with legal aspect.

Anyways drop Chankast and try one of the other DC emu's all of which are far better, and be sure to make proper GDI dumps of the games you want to play & preserve.
 
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