Online Dreamcast Playercount Hits 1000 With DreamPi

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Ivan GR
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Online Dreamcast Playercount Hits 1000 With DreamPi

Post#1 » Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:04 am

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Unless you've been living under a particularly large rock for the past couple of years, you'll no doubt be aware that the Dreamcast is once again a viable online gaming platform. This is mostly due to the work of one Luke Benstead, the talented chap behind the DreamPi. The DreamPi software (recently updated to version 1.7) written by Luke uses a Raspberry Pi to enable the Dreamcast to connect to online gaming servers hosted by Dreamcast Live, and as such a burgeoning community of online Dreamcast gamers has sprung up in recent times.

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It might be a far cry from the initial 6 billion players, however the fact that the number of accounts set up to use DreamPi has recently hit 1000 is an amazing feat, and shows that there's plenty of life in the old Dreamcast yet. Indeed, NFL 2K was recently restored to full online multiplayer functionality by programmer Shuouma, yet again expanding the online gaming library available to Dreamcast owners. In recognition of this milestone (it's probably the highest number of online Dreamcasts since the early 2000s), we spoke briefly to Luke regarding this not insignificant user count. Here's what he had to say:

"I'm still amazed that a little side project I started few years back has had such a massive and unexpected impact on the Dreamcast community. That over a thousand people have gone to the effort of setting up a DreamPi to get their Dreamcast back online shows their love for the console. The community is definitely still growing, too. It's also worth mentioning the work of Pcwzrd at Dreamcast Live and Shuouma, as if it weren't for their efforts I doubt anyone would be bothered about DreamPi."
- Luke Benstead, creator of the DreamPi software


Most of us here at the Junkyard are regular participants in the online gaming sessions organised via the Dreamcast Talk forums, and setting up a DreamPi is literally as easy as pie (sorry). If you would like to join the ever-growing community of online Dreamcast gamers, head over to Luke's blog or visit Dreamcast Live for further details. Here's to the next 1000 Dreamcasters joining the party!

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Do you play online with your Dreamcast? Have you screamed at the sky as I beat you mercilessly at Toy Racer or POD 2? Let us know in the comments, on Twitter or in our Facebook group.

Source: http://www.thedreamcastjunkyard.co.uk/2 ... -1000.html

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Re: Online Dreamcast Playercount Hits 1000 With DreamPi

Post#2 » Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:26 pm

There are a lot of talented and awesome people in this community that's for sure! :) I especially appreciate the work of Shuouma and his amazing work of brining tons of Dreamcast games back online and Kazade for making it easy and accessible us to connect dc to the net! I also wanted to give a shout out to Jial for brining Sonic adventure and JSR leaderboards back!

Im excited for the future of this community!
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Re: Online Dreamcast Playercount Hits 1000 With DreamPi

Post#3 » Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:31 pm

Xiden wrote:Shuouma and his amazing work of brining tons of Dremacast games back online


Mmmmm... salty Dremacasts. :lol:
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Post#4 » Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:07 pm

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Re: Online Dreamcast Playercount Hits 1000 With DreamPi

Post#5 » Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:29 pm

pcwzrd13 wrote:
Xiden wrote:Shuouma and his amazing work of brining tons of Dremacast games back online


Mmmmm... salty Dremacasts. :lol:


:P corrected :lol:

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