By: pcwzrd13 | May 03, 2017

Shuouma has released the source code for all the servers he's coded to date; this includes the server software for Planet Ring, ChuChu Rocket!, PBA Tour Bowling 2001, Starlancer, The Next Tetris, and Maximum Pool (master server). This software has been released as open source under the MIT license and can be freely used, copied, modified, or distributed. This is a huge step in making sure all the games revived so far will be online for as long as the internet still exists. Long live Dreamcast!

All the source code can be found on the new Server Software page in addition to any other Dreamcast server software and/or source code that has been released to date.

By: pcwzrd13 | April 28, 2017

The amount of games that can be played online on our precious Dreamcasts has increased significantly over the last few years. This is due in large part to a man known as Jonas Karlsson, better known as Shuouma around most parts of the internet. Some may call him a magician but I think that may be selling him short. Shuouma is responsible for reviving four online games in just the last year; these games include ChuChu Rocket!, The Next Tetris, PBA Tour Bowling 2001, and Worms World Party. Not only that but he played a huge part in helping Petter3k with Alien Front Online and released improved and more stable servers for Planet Ring and Starlancer. I think it's safe to say that Dreamcast fans owe this man a huge thanks!

So who is Jonas Karlss...

By: pcwzrd13 | January 03, 2017

Is there a better way to start off the new year than another online Dreamcast game being resurrected? Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Worms World Party is online once again thanks to the amazing Mr. Karlsson! Efforts to try and get this game back online have been going on for a long time now. Just getting to the game lobby proved to be fairly simple but actually being able to start a game was something else entirely. Fortunately we have a genius in out midst in the form of Shuouma who managed to finally track down the final piece of the puzzle. The game is now fully playable online and it's awesome! I must once again give a huge thanks to Jonas for reviving yet another piece of online gaming history! Who knows what the rest of 2017 wi...

By: pcwzrd13 | November 06, 2016

Many of you have eagerly been awaiting this moment for over a year now and the highly anticipated moment has finally arrived! Ladies and gentlemen, Alien Front Online is back online! Petter3k was hoping to have the game back online sooner but due to being busy with non-AFO related real-life work, he wasn't able to dedicate as much time to the project as he had originally hoped. In order to get things moving quicker, he enlisted the help of Jonas Karlsson a.k.a. Shuouma to help with deploying the server and squashing some of the remaining bugs. The server is not bug-free however and is in an open beta phase. Petter plans to release the server software as open source once beta testing is over and everything is bug-free. If you wish to report ...

By: pcwzrd13 | September 03, 2016

Jonas Karlsson has released a new and improved server for Planet Ring! If you've ever played Planet Ring on the original private server then you'll know how buggy and unstable it can be. Jonas' version is much more stable and adds some new features that were not yet implemented into the 2013 server such as working leaderboards and 8-player support in Soar. The leaderboards are viewable in-game as well as right here on Dreamcast Live. The server software is still in a beta stage but Jonas' is actively monitoring it in order to spot and fix bugs. In the near future, Jonas also plans on partnering with Luke Benstead to implement software into DreamPi that will fix the in-game voice chat. Between this and the impending alien invasion, you'd be...

By: pcwzrd13 | August 11, 2016

Does the excitement ever stop?! No it doesn't! Just a few weeks after reviving The Next Tetris, Jonas has followed up with the resurrection of PBA Tour Bowling 2001's online mode. This isn't too surprising since it runs on virtually identical server software to Tetris and Starlancer which are powered by GameSpy. Only minor adjustments were needed to get PBA Bowling up and running.

Many of you might be scratching your heads thinking "I've never heard of this game." and that's because it was never released, at least not officially anyway. Bethesda (yes this game was developed by the Elder Scrolls/Fallout guys) shelved the Dreamcast version of the game most likely due to the discontinuation of the console but an unfinished build of t...

By: pcwzrd13 | July 22, 2016

The man behind the ChuChu Rocket! server resurrection, Jonas Karlsson, is at it again! This time he's revived the servers for The Next Tetris: Online Edition! It's unknown when exactly the servers for the game went down but the game was released late in the Dreamcast's life, so the servers likely weren't up for very long. This makes it even more exciting since many people didn't get to play Next Tetris online back in the day. While the game was released on several other platforms, including PC, the online mode was exclusive to the Dreamcast version. To further this exclusivity, the online mode was limited to the North American version of the game only.

In addition to this exciting news, Starlancer is now running on Jonas' own server. This i...

By: pcwzrd13 | July 01, 2016

Jonas Karlsson has deployed the final version of the ChuChu Rocket! server. This version adds a host of new features that were in the original Sega server and also improves reliability. Here's what's new:

  • User Registration - You can now register your nickname so that no one else can use it. Your username and password will also be saved for future logins.
  • Puzzle Land - Upload and download custom puzzles.
  • Server Chat Notifications - Chat will show when players enter and leave the server.
  • Multiple Players on One Console - Multiple players can now play online on a single console.
  • Rankings - Press X on a player to view their number of wins, losses, and games played.
  • Leaderboard - A leaderboard showing the top 10 players.
  • Room Creation - Create your own...

By: pcwzrd13 | June 07, 2016

Exciting news for those of you that play Dreamcast online (which I assume is everyone that visits this site :-D). The very first online Dreamcast game, ChuChu Rocket!, is back online forever!  The official server for the game went offline in November of 2003 so it's been almost 13 years since anyone's played it online. Thanks to the efforts of Jonas Karlsson (the same guy behind the Dreamarena server which allows you to play Toy Racer via dial-up), the server software has been reverse engineered. Jonas is hosting his own server which anyone can connect to by simply setting your DNS server to This is the default DNS server for DreamPi users, so if that's your connection method of choice, you don't have to change anything. When...