Forbes Article: Hundreds Of People Are Still Playing SEGA's 'Phantasy Star Online' And You Can Too

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Forbes Article: Hundreds Of People Are Still Playing SEGA's 'Phantasy Star Online' And You Can Too

Post#1 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:12 am

16 years ago, if I wasn't slinging VHS rentals at Blockbuster, I was hunkered down on my roommate's couch using the Dreamcast's 56k modem to party up with my fellow Hunters and relieve Dark Falz of his tasty loot for the 30th time in Phantasy Star Online. Fortunately, admission into the Hunter's Guild is still open and hundreds of people are still teleporting down to Ragol to slay some Rappies and chase down the perfect piece of equipment.

Phantasy Star Online has aged well, my friends. I've been reliving the addiction all over again. That's thanks to private, custom Phantasy Star Online servers like Ephinea.

Phantasy Star Online first released on the Sega Dreamcast in December 2000, and it was revolutionary. It took the hack-and-slash, loot-driven appeal of Diablo and translated it into something fresh for a new generation of console gamers. The game's visuals were extraordinary for the time, its music beyond memorable. But PSO's mainline addiction was its online component. Using the Dreamcast's built-in 56k modem, players around the globe could party up and slay together, with communication facilitated by Sonic Team's genius implementation of Symbol Chat, a collection of complex customizable symbols used to convey emotions or actions. They penetrated language barriers and preceded the popular emojis we have today.

I dropped at least 150 hours into the original Phantasy Star Online, and the mere mention of the game ushers in an intoxicating wave of nostalgia. It was a compelling mix of dungeon crawling, looting, ranged and melee combat, beautiful graphics, and evocative music. Getting from point A to point B in a video game had never been more enjoyable.

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevang ... u-can-too/

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Re: Forbes Article: Hundreds Of People Are Still Playing SEGA's 'Phantasy Star Online' And You Can Too

Post#2 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:11 am

Interesting read

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Post#3 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:28 am

Well, glad to be part of this then :)

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Re: Forbes Article: Hundreds Of People Are Still Playing SEGA's 'Phantasy Star Online' And You Can Too

Post#4 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:41 am

The article is a bit old (03/2016), focuses on PSO BB and therefore doesn't mention the Dreampi :(
But is still worth reading, I love those articles sharing nostalgic memories.
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Re: Forbes Article: Hundreds Of People Are Still Playing SEGA's 'Phantasy Star Online' And You Can Too

Post#5 » Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:07 am

Well at least there is this:

Imagine my surprise when a pang of nostalgia for PSO led me to Google , just to see if playing the Dreamcast version was still a possibility. (It is, but it requires a modded version of the game and an investment, as picking up the required Broadband Adapter is a pricey proposition.)

I actually wrote to the author of the article via Twitter around the time I started this thread. I corrected him about the "requirement" of a BBA and a modified PSO disc, mentioning that while that was a possibility, there were other options too. Then I asked him to join us Dreamcast'ers! He probably won't join us, but it was worthwhile either way! :-)

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Post#6 » Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:36 am

Nz17 wrote:I actually wrote to the author of the article via Twitter around the time I started this thread. I corrected him about the "requirement" of a BBA and a modified PSO disc


I beat you by a few years on that. :lol:

https://twitter.com/pcwzrd13/status/708105404748800002

He even hinted that he wanted to write an article on DreamPi but he never did.
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Post#7 » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:31 am

LOL, sometimes PC, it seems like you are everywhere that Dreamcast is online.

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Post#8 » Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:06 am

pcwzrd13 wrote:He even hinted that he wanted to write an article on DreamPi but he never did.

Or his editor declined the article.

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