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killer-elite
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Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:10 pm
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"Well this is some unexpected but exciting news! A previously unreleased online Dreamcast game called 'Internet Game Pack' has been released online thanks to hiddenpalace.org. The game was was developed by Sega's own Visual Concepts studio and was originally intended as a pack-in game for a 2001 issue of the Official Dreamcast Magazine in the US. Internet Game Pack consists of a collection of parlor games including Poker, Spades, Reversi, Go, Chess, and Dominoes which can all be played online or with other players on the same console (no single-player mode is included). My theory on this game is that it was basically North America's equivalent of Planet Ring (also a Dreamcast Magazine pack-in), a game used to show off the online capabilities of the system. This is likely the reason it was never actually released. Since the game was to be included in a 2001 issue and the Dreamcast was on its way out by then, Sega no longer had a reason to promote the system's online functionality. Regardless, it's fantastic that we now get to experience it for the first time! While the game is obviously not playable online at the moment due to a lack of servers, I'm guessing it won't be long before we can. I briefly checked out the Network mode and the login screen seems identical to the other VC titles (the 2K games and Ooga Booga). This means it likely used very similar or possibly identical server software. Don't be surprised if you see this game back online in the very near future!"

http://www.dreamcastlive.net/blogs/post/unreleased-online-dreamcast-game-internet-game-pack-leaked
 
Dreamcast ™
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Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:24 pm
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For anyone interested in trying to get this online, it uses the same server technology as Ooga Booga and the sports titles.

Here is some information to get you started:

REGION.VC-IGP.GAMES.SEGA.NET
AUTHORIZE.VC-IGP.GAMES.SEGA.NET
Hard coded IP address: 204.210.43.239 (Possibly RECORD.VC-IGP.GAMES.SEGA.NET since the domain doesn't exist for it in the game binary.)

From a preliminary test checking it connecting from REICAST, it doesn't do a DNS lookup, so it may be using the hard coded IP (I don't have Wireshark available to confirm / disprove).
 
dxtriad
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Posted:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:53 pm
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Yup the game uses a hardcoded IP, probably due to that this was a
non-release game. The DNS hostnames are in the code.

The 2 player games are the same as the other VC games.
The 4 player games actually has a slight difference compared
to Ooga Booga.

//Peace
 
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