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Offline itsstillthinking1999

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Sonic Adventure 1 & 2 Dreamcast Website's Back Online
« on: August 21, 2017, 12:57:38 am »
Good day everyone i thought id write about "some news" about a feature in the original Sa 1 & 2 that few people had the chance to experience.
Anyone who has played the Dreamcast versions of these games will have noticed an "Internet" option in the bottom of the main menu, this would lead to a website with a whole bunch of things to do.
My background is from the Dreamcast online community and one of the projects iv been involved is in the revival of these websites so everyone can enjoy them!
But your thinking "wait the Sonic Adventure games only supported the modem and not the  broadband adapter, i don't have dial up!" fret not the Dc community has a solution which i will talk about at the bottom.
Huge props to Dan and Jial on Dreampipe.net for being the key components on bringing back these sites as they did almost all the work

Sonic Adventure's Website
Sa1's site allowed/ can do now these things
-Compete in World Rankings for the best times, score, rings in levels
-Download Dlc like new courses for the Twinkle Park Circuit among other things
-Have rankings for Dlc
-Have a Chao Daycare system to share your Chao all over the world
-Upload you Chao times with the Chao rankings (Not online yet)
-Fun Room contains the Black Market and a Chao Doctor (also not Online yet)
-Hints
-Boards
To use these features simply make an account on http://bb.dreampipe.net/ and your good to go
Here is some footage of these things in action NOTE: not recorded in Vga so it looks like crap
Chao Daycare system restored
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1Tuz72zaqE

Dlc Ranking system Restored

-AT&T/ODCM Event #1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EOWwRQg4P8

-AT&T/ODCM Event #2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIgJtVdl2p8

-AT&T/ODCM Event #3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCkYS-Wne8A&feature=youtu.be

-Twinkle Park Circuit Samba
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47_amG8suJY

-Sa1 Online Tutorial
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdTIe1uGUog&feature=youtu.be

-Daycare Tutorial
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAJBU4Wvfro&t=206s


This months Ranking times
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu1escorlGw

Sonic Adventure 2 Website
Sa2 site in some ways had more stuff and in other ways it had less
-Online Black Market (Not online but should be soon)
-One of the Few Dreamcast games to feature Dlc that was not on the disk
-Chao Daycare
-Hints
-Send Omochao questions
-The scrapped Online rankings although you can still access the menu with codebreaker

Video of it in action
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=or2OTZq7vzM

If you want to view these sites on your browser you can head here (keep in mind some stuff will only work on the dreamcast and sa1 will look messed up due to most of the images are on the disk)
http://sonic2.dreampipe.net/
http://sonic.dreampipe.net/www.goodcowfilms.com/farm/games/sonic.games.dreamcast.com/updates.html

How to connect
The best way to connect is with a 'Dream Pi" a program that will take any Dial Up signal and convert it to Highspeed internet or Wifi it will also enable you to play all of the Dreamcast games online like Chu Chu Rocket and Phantasy Star Online
More info here http://www.dreamcastlive.net/connection-guide.html
You can also use a real dial up connection or Pc-dc connection if you input this dns in you Dreamcast browser
46.101.91.123
Hopefully you found this interesting or helpful in experiencing a key part of Sonic Adventure's History :)
« Last Edit: September 09, 2017, 08:59:36 pm by itsstillthinking1999 »
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Offline Betwixt Thieves

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Re: Sonic Adventure 1 & 2 Dreamcast Website's Back Online
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2017, 09:12:57 am »
Since you posted you have helped work on this project do you know how the sites have been restored? Were their archives that could be salvaged, or did everything have to be recreated?


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Re: Sonic Adventure 1 & 2 Dreamcast Website's Back Online
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2017, 10:48:03 am »
Since you posted you have helped work on this project do you know how the sites have been restored? Were their archives that could be salvaged, or did everything have to be recreated?
My department was in the area of testing and troubleshooting (Most was Dan and Jial) but i can tell you it was a combination of both them being restored. Sa1 & 2 site was archived and was originally hosted on the dreamcast talk website (http://dc.dreamcast-talk.com/main/gamesites.html) however these are "frozen moments in time" for the site and anything that involved the vmu (which was almost everything) had to be reversed engineered. Dan and Jial have worked tirelessly on that, Dan managed to get the site to redirect and made most stuff from scratch while Jial did anything that involved the vmu (World rankings, chao daycare ect) they also have put most Dreamcast websites on the dreampipe severer like crazy taxi 2 http://crazytaxi2.dreampipe.net/
this is some footage when the site was really old
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTKbJFbBR_E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4ehLoa3cu0
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Re: Sonic Adventure 1 & 2 Dreamcast Website's Back Online
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2017, 11:27:21 am »
Thanks for the reply!

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Re: Sonic Adventure 1 & 2 Dreamcast Website's Back Online
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2017, 12:56:15 pm »
Some new Dlc events are now up for ranking! here are some videos of them in action, hope to see you there :)

-AT&T/ODCM Event #1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EOWwRQg4P8

-AT&T/ODCM Event #3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCkYS-Wne8A&feature=youtu.be
Will do the Samba Circuit and Reebok when i get the the time
« Last Edit: September 06, 2017, 01:12:34 pm by itsstillthinking1999 »
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Re: Sonic Adventure 1 & 2 Dreamcast Website's Back Online
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2017, 05:39:02 pm »
Love this.  Thanks.  :D
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Re: Sonic Adventure 1 & 2 Dreamcast Website's Back Online
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2017, 10:11:34 pm »
Thanks :afroman:
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Re: Sonic Adventure 1 & 2 Dreamcast Website's Back Online
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2017, 09:01:15 pm »
For the 18th anniversary of the Dreamcast i did the Samba Circuit Dlc which is now up for Ranking, only one left (for now) is the Reebok Dlc
 
 -Samba
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47_amG8suJY
 
 - How to Get online With Sa1
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdTIe1uGUog&feature=youtu.be
 
 -How to use the Daycare system
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAJBU4Wvfro&t=206s
 
 Still cant believe its been 18 years! i can remember when i first saw sa1 in the summer of 2000, was so amazing. and then seing Power Stone 1 & 2 and Jet Grind Radio it was an amazing experience. Anyone else have a fun story of the Dreamcast?
« Last Edit: September 09, 2017, 09:03:06 pm by itsstillthinking1999 »
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