|Was it the Bismarck? Couldn't help myself, sorry.|
Thanks to the hard work of programmers Jonas Karisson and Luke 'Kazade' Benstead (of DreamPi fame), Dreamarena has been reverse engineered so that these games will run through the original 33k modem and interface as if it were 2000 all over again. Luke explains:
"Recently a guy called Jonas Karisson contacted me about the Dreamarena authentication protocol, he'd read on Assembler Games that I'd attempted to reverse engineer it but I hadn't got very far.
He's spent the last week reverse engineering the protocol and he's succeeded! He has a proof-of-concept server which allows Toy Racer and PAL Quake III Arena to work online over dial-up. The protocol has been documented on the new Dreamcast Development Wiki.
I'm going to spend the next few weeks implementing and hosting a multi-client capable server which will allow everyone to play Toy Racer online. When it's done, DreamPi users will gain this support automatically!
Basically Toy Racer and PAL Quake III Arena only worked with the BBA since Dreamarena went offline, because they try to authenticate you (get you to sign up/log in) with Dreamarena. This lets us build a replacement server which we can redirect the games to transparently."
- Luke Benstead
|Dust those mice and keyboards off!|
Be sure to check out the Dreamcast Development wiki for more information.