Since this isn't a request forum, I didn't subscribe here and therefore I only found this thread by chance. Yay. Here's what I found. (4 Parts)http://www.megaupload.com/?d=M8XU20NDhttp://www.megaupload.com/?d=TP00PT6Vhttp://www.megaupload.com/?d=MAGYSOIYhttp://www.megaupload.com/?d=RH9NQR0A
Yes, you need Swap Magic or a modchip to play any burned game on the PS2, regardless of region.
Yes, you will have to shell out money to get either the Swap Magic disc (you can NOT burn one yourself) or a modchip, in whatever form it comes as. A Swap Magic bundle shouldn't run you up more than 30 dollars, though.
As for the whole ISO burning process, look around online. Have fun.
BTW, I know there's a PC version, and being a visual novel, there's not much difference between either platform. There's also a supposed English patch for the PC version. Whatever platform you play the game on...have fun...