By: pcwzrd13 | July 04, 2017

Connecting your Dreamcast to the internet just got a whole lot more elegant and stylish! Today I'm introducing a brand new product to the Dreamcast Live Shop: the Dreamcast Live USB Modem!

By: pcwzrd13 | July 01, 2017

When it comes to getting your Dreamcast online (and playing games online), there are a lot of common myths and misinformation out there. Much of this misinformation originated in old, outdated forum posts and may not apply today. In addition, certain information may only apply to certain connection methods or games. In this article I want to cover some of these myths and clear up any misinformation that you may read online.

I need a broadband adapter to play online.

Not true! While the broadband adapter is one way to get online, it's not the only way and certainly not the best way. Due to the broadband adapter being released late in the Dreamcast's life, it isn't supported by many games. This makes it an inferior connection method to using di...

By: pcwzrd13 | June 10, 2017

Do you like free stuff? Do you like things that you don't have to pay for? Do you like receiving things for no charge whatsoever? If you've answered yes to any of those redundant questions then you've come to the right place! Recently I acquired a fantastic piece of modern technology called a "3D Printer" and utilizing this machine I've made a custom (read: modified an existing :-P) case for your Raspberry Pi B+/2/3. It's a nice slim case with the DreamPi logo embossed on the top and comes in either black or white (your choice if you happen to win it). If you'd like to be the owner of this beautiful looking designer case, simply leave a comment below (making sure you enter a valid email address in the "Email Id" box) and...

By: pcwzrd13 | March 12, 2017

Kazade has given Dreamcast Now a complete makeover (designed by yours truly)! The new version features screenshot backgrounds that show the current / last game played, cover art for recently played games, and red/green highlighted avatars to indicate online status. In addition, the site now hides players that haven't been online in the last 60 days; this along with other tweaks has significantly decreased the website's load time. There are still some additional tweaks coming in the future including the return of player ranks and a total player count that includes inactive players.


If you have any feedback or suggestions, be sure to hit up @kazade on Twitter.

Category: News 

Tags: dreampi, kazade, dreamcast now 

By: pcwzrd13 | February 23, 2017

Having trouble getting your Dreamcast online? Can't connect or getting errors with a certain game? Check out the new Troubleshooting page! This new page covers many of the most common issues people have. The troubleshooting is targeted mostly towards DreamPi users but some of it applies to other connection methods as well. I'm sure I'll be adding more to it in the future but I think I've covered most of the basics. If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

By: pcwzrd13 | December 10, 2016

Kazade has released version 1.6 of his DreamPi software. The biggest addition to this release is the incorporation of software developed by Shuouma which will fix the GameSpy-based games (Starlancer, The Next Tetris, and PBA Bowling) for some users. This release will also fix some bugs for anyone using a serial modem or Wi-Fi. You can grab this new release from the Downloads section.


Here's complete list of changes:


  • GameSpy Fix - Incorporated software called dcgamespy by Shuouma which modifies SYN/PSH packets and removes the PSH flag blocked by certain ISPs.
  • Serial Modem Fix - Reduced the modem communication rate which may help with serial modem compatibility.
  • Wi-Fi Bug Fix - DreamPi now waits for an internet connection before doing anythin...

Category: News 

Tags: dreampi 

By: pcwzrd13 | November 06, 2016

Kazade has released version 1.5 of his DreamPi software. This update includes support for auto-connecting to Alien Front Online, VOIP support for Planet Ring & AFO  (thanks to Shuouma for that!), and some various bug fixes. You can grab this new release from the Downloads section.


Here's the complete list of changes:


  • Alien Front Online Support: Automatically connect to the private server without the need for a patcher disc.
  • VOIP Fix: DCVOIP software developed by Shuouma fixes the voice communication in Planet Ring and Alien Front Online.
  • Wi-Fi Bug Fix - Fixed issue with DreamPi not starting up properly when using Wi-Fi.
  • Firmware Update: Raspberry Pi firmware updated to the latest version which adds support for the Raspberry Pi 3's built...

Category: News 

Tags: dreampi 

By: pcwzrd13 | September 13, 2016

In this video I walk you through configuring a USB Wi-Fi dongle for use with DreamPi. In order to do this, you'll need a USB keyboard, HDMI cable, and a USB Wi-Fi dongle. The USB Wi-Fi adapter must be natively Linux compatible or you'll have to install drivers. There are many Wi-Fi adapters that will work but I recommend using either the CanaKit Wi-Fi dongle or the official Raspberry Pi Wi-Fi dongle.

Category: Video 

Tags: dreampi, video, tutorial, wi-fi 

By: pcwzrd13 | September 09, 2016

You may recall a post from earlier this year announcing that Toy Racer was now able to be played online via dial-up thanks to Luke Benstead and Jonas Karlsson who successfully reverse engineered the Dreamarena authentication software. Now in addition to Toy Racer, support for the PAL version of Quake III Arena has been added! This means players in Europe no longer have to purchase or burn a copy of the North American version to play online! While the PAL release still lacks support for the broadband adapter, it's still great to have the online functionality working once again.


DreamPi users will automatically connect to the correct server but everyone else will need to make sure their DNS server is set to 46.101.91.123. Once connected, choo...

By: pcwzrd13 | August 29, 2016

It's about time I got around to interviewing this guy! Luke Benstead a.k.a "Kazade" has become somewhat of a household name in the Dreamcast online community. He's the inventor of the fabulous DreamPi software which enables gamers to play online Dreamcast games much easier than with older, outdated methods. In addition to DreamPi, he's also created a fantastic website/service called Dreamcast Now which allows DreamPi users to see who's online and what game they're playing. Without a doubt, DreamPi and Dreamcast Now have given a big boost to the number of players taking advantage of the Dreamcast's built-in 56k/33k modem. As of just recently, Dreamcast Now has sneaked past 100 registered users and that number just keeps increasing...

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