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[Game On] Phantasy Star Online

maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what?New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
edited February 2009 in Games and Technology
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January of 2001 was both the worse and best month of all time.

On January 29th, Phantasy Star Online, Sonic Team's magnum opus of online gaming, was released for the Dreamcast. One of the best Online games EVER, in my opinion, it did things alot of people never thought possible on a console, and more importantly over dial-up.

For the uninitiated, think a more advanced sci-fi gauntlet or a slightly dumbed down diablo.

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And then, two years later, SEGA decides to throw in the towel of hardware development.

Sigh.

But, Phantasy Star Online is still awesome. While all the servers for the original game(s) have been shut down officially, we now have homebrew servers.

Enter SCHTHACK, the homebrew private servers set up for the game. It can be played with all the original versions, which the exception of Episode III on the Gamecube and the Xbox releases.

For Dreamcast players, if you have the broadband adapter, all you have to do is change a few DNS numbers to tell the game to connect elsewhere, or if you have Dial-Up a couple of codes via a codebreaker disc works.

For the Gamecube, tweaks also need to be made to the connectivity settings.

But for most, the easiest thing to do is just download the PC version free of charge. I'd love to play on my Dreamcast, personally, but the lack of Broadband Adapter prevents me from doing so.

You can download the PC version of PSO: Blue Burst from the SCHTHACK website here. which includes Episode 1, 2, and 4, and works perfectly on any modern computer.

So, who wants to discuss PSO?

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  • The Sneak!The Sneak! Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Lork wrote: »
    Hang on a second, completely free? Legal? Sounds too good to be true. Can someone else confirm this for me?
    If it is illegal, Sega doesn't seem to care. schthack has basically been the PSO community since before the official servers were shut down even, and they've done nothing about it.

    If you guys want to start this up again I'm down.

    That excuse isn't going to fly around here. No offense, but I'm pretty sure this thread is going to get locked.

  • LorkLork Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    The Sneak! wrote: »
    Lork wrote: »
    Hang on a second, completely free? Legal? Sounds too good to be true. Can someone else confirm this for me?
    If it is illegal, Sega doesn't seem to care. schthack has basically been the PSO community since before the official servers were shut down even, and they've done nothing about it.

    If you guys want to start this up again I'm down.

    That excuse isn't going to fly around here. No offense, but I'm pretty sure this thread is going to get locked.
    Assuming you can even prove that this is illegal in the first place, what's it like being an officer of the fun police? Do you get a commission for every orphanage you burn down?

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  • GilderGilder Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Awww, I want to join the PA party on Don't Panic but you guys suck and didn't make the password Pennyarcade or anything. How am I supposed to join you guys if you don't make the password obvious?

  • LorkLork Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Gilder wrote: »
    Awww, I want to join the PA party on Don't Panic but you guys suck and didn't make the password Pennyarcade or anything. How am I supposed to join you guys if you don't make the password obvious?
    The universal PA password is "wang" Always has been, always will be.

    (now you know)

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  • areaarea Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Gilder wrote: »
    Awww, I want to join the PA party on Don't Panic but you guys suck and didn't make the password Pennyarcade or anything. How am I supposed to join you guys if you don't make the password obvious?

    Did you try 'wang'?

    EDIT: Lork appears from nowhere and blocks the dunk; area goes home with ego bruised and beaten.

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  • METAzraeLMETAzraeL Registered User
    edited September 2008
    got kicked offline, I'll be right there. We're going for the first block on the most populated server if you want to join.


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  • ArcibiArcibi Registered User
    edited September 2008
    downloading this

    so many summer hours wasted on the Gamecube version of this back in high school

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  • ChrisDudeChrisDude Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Gee thanks video card, I guess you're too fried to even play this. Dammit.

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  • GilderGilder Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Well that was decently fun I have to say. I'm not sure if I'll keep playing if we don't get more PA people playing but I'm so curious to check out episode 4. It's so odd playing online and being legit though. I was so used to the hacking of the DC era and I never did go online with the cube.

    Anyone who wants to play, it's probably a good idea to use the main server. We tried a game on Don't Panic but the lag was just awful. It was fine with 2 people on the main one though.

  • METAzraeLMETAzraeL Registered User
    edited September 2008
    you guys totally ditched me :P oh well, I always did play this solo back on my GC. Oog, it's so good to be back.


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  • GilderGilder Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Psh, we sent you our guild cards. You could've just searched and found us. Although it took me forever to remember that the magnifying glass meant it had found the person, rather than it was still searching.

  • METAzraeLMETAzraeL Registered User
    edited September 2008
    but Lork told me to make a room and that he'd be right baaack (and I didn't think about being able to search for you chaps)...


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  • LorkLork Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    METAzraeL wrote: »
    but Lork told me to make a room and that he'd be right baaack (and I didn't think about being able to search for you chaps)...
    You disappeared and no games showed up for 2 minutes so I left and found Gilder. And cheated like a motherfucker by bringing over items from my old level 105 character.

    Note: Don't do this. It makes the game incredibly boring.

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  • areaarea Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    This thread inspired me to (once more) try and get my Dreamcast back online, using nothing but love, a line voltage inducer and a dial-in PPPD server.

    Six hours later, I sufficiently hate myself to stop trying.

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  • JandaruJandaru Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Oh shit yes. My brother and I sank so many hours into the Gamecube split-screen version of this.
    Hopefully he can get the PC version downloaded/going on his slow connection...

    My guild card # is 22672891 (is that how this works?).

    I was running round on Schooner only to have a ton of Level 100+ dudes ask me if I had Excalibur, and then leave when I said no...

  • PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I remember wasting a lot of time with this with the DC version. And then again on split-screen with the Xbox version. (It's just easier to yell at party members in-room.)

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  • BartholamueBartholamue Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Jandaru wrote: »
    I was running round on Schooner only to have a ton of Level 100+ dudes ask me if I had Excalibur, and then leave when I said no...
    Alternatively, I had help from a few dudes that help me do a quest that got me to level 9.

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  • IceBurnerIceBurner Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    None of the PSO servers out there are leaked versions of the official server, which is what makes typical "private" online game servers illegal. They are all homebrewed. People logged their game's network traffic from when the Sega servers were live, and from there painstakingly figured out what a PSO server needed to do. Imperfect, but they've become rather stable. Most of them actually improve on Sega's own (non-)effort because they block the destructive hacks people could use to damage/corruptyour save.

    There's a do-it-yourself homebrew gamecube PSO server out there, with PSO DC and BB support being worked on. One really smart college kid is developing it in his spare time. I wish someone would do the same for Monster Hunter 1, but I'm guessing no one has comparable records of all their network traffic to work from.

    Also, there's always offline-multiplayer on Xbox and Gamecube.

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  • maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    For you guys playing this:

    You want a gamepad. It's better.

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  • DualEdgeDualEdge Registered User
    edited September 2008
    The Japanese Item patch for US PSOBB installs seems to be borked since it keeps telling me:
    jp-en.rar: CRC failed in data\ending_jp.pae. The file is corrupt

    When I go to extract it.

  • augustaugust where you come from is gone Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Downloading...

    Spoiler:
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  • maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    DualEdge wrote: »
    The Japanese Item patch for US PSOBB installs seems to be borked since it keeps telling me:
    jp-en.rar: CRC failed in data\ending_jp.pae. The file is corrupt

    When I go to extract it.

    You don't need to install the japanese item patch if you're installing the game fresh from this site, the top link on the downloads page already has it rolled in.

    Said patch is only if you have a retail copy of Blue Burst you need to upgrade.

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  • IcemopperIcemopper Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    So wait... there is no monthly fee... or... anything!?


    Thats incredible

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  • Dr SnofeldDr Snofeld Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Oh man.

    Oh man.

    Had such fun with the GCN version. My Human Sniper (I forget the class name, but I gave him a rifle and he had high enough accuracy to never miss with charged shots, so he's a sniper) still lives on my memory card. Gotta recreate him I think.

    So, I download the full install, then the windowed client, but do I need anything else?

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  • maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Dr Snofeld wrote: »
    Oh man.

    Oh man.

    Had such fun with the GCN version. My Human Sniper (I forget the class name, but I gave him a rifle and he had high enough accuracy to never miss with charged shots, so he's a sniper) still lives on my memory card. Gotta recreate him I think.

    So, I download the full install, then the windowed client, but do I need anything else?

    All you really need to do is download the "full install with the patch rolled in" file and register on the site.

    That's it, really.

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  • DualEdgeDualEdge Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Man rolling Force after spending all my time with a Hunter is so different. Actually having to retreat and spam monofluid is something I haven't grasped yet.

  • Dr SnofeldDr Snofeld Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Dr Snofeld wrote: »
    Oh man.

    Oh man.

    Had such fun with the GCN version. My Human Sniper (I forget the class name, but I gave him a rifle and he had high enough accuracy to never miss with charged shots, so he's a sniper) still lives on my memory card. Gotta recreate him I think.

    So, I download the full install, then the windowed client, but do I need anything else?

    All you really need to do is download the "full install with the patch rolled in" file and register on the site.

    That's it, really.

    Woo, fun times!
    Spoiler:

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  • PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Dr Snofeld wrote: »
    Oh man.

    Oh man.

    Had such fun with the GCN version. My Human Sniper (I forget the class name, but I gave him a rifle and he had high enough accuracy to never miss with charged shots, so he's a sniper) still lives on my memory card. Gotta recreate him I think.

    So, I download the full install, then the windowed client, but do I need anything else?

    RaMar (Ranger/Marksman)? I can't remember the class names either. :P

    Yet another free game in mah PC, eatin' mah time.

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  • METAzraeLMETAzraeL Registered User
    edited September 2008
    I'm all about the HUcaseals


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  • Dr SnofeldDr Snofeld Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Dr Snofeld wrote: »
    Oh man.

    Oh man.

    Had such fun with the GCN version. My Human Sniper (I forget the class name, but I gave him a rifle and he had high enough accuracy to never miss with charged shots, so he's a sniper) still lives on my memory card. Gotta recreate him I think.

    So, I download the full install, then the windowed client, but do I need anything else?

    RaMar (Ranger/Marksman)? I can't remember the class names either. :P

    Yet another free game in mah PC, eatin' mah time.

    Yep, dug out my manual, it was a RAmar (Ranger/Human/Male) named Sig. I was playing Jak II a lot at the time. Think I'll just go with Snofeld when I get online.

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  • DualEdgeDualEdge Registered User
    edited September 2008
    I added the game to my Steam list so I can chat to people while playing since PSOBB doesn't seem to like being alt-tabbed and windowed mode is fucking horrendous. Hit me up on Steamchat if we're getting a party together (ID is in my sig).

  • maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    DualEdge wrote: »
    I added the game to my Steam list so I can chat to people while playing since PSOBB doesn't seem to like being alt-tabbed and windowed mode is fucking horrendous. Hit me up on Steamchat if we're getting a party together (ID is in my sig).

    I like windowed mode because I can run Pidgin along side the game.

    I haven't even tried full-screen mode, honestly.

    Also putting the game on the Nvidia control panel and forcing AA on everything seems to help.

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  • GilderGilder Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    DualEdge wrote: »
    Man rolling Force after spending all my time with a Hunter is so different. Actually having to retreat and spam monofluid is something I haven't grasped yet.

    I'm the opposite. I always played force or ranger and now I'm trying out hunter.

    So guys, how about we all make our games obvious to other PA'ers when we play? That way we can just check the teams and if we see "PA Game", we know it's somebody from here and the password I guess would always be "wang".

  • sethsezsethsez Registered User
    edited September 2008
    For some reason this just doesn't want to work with my computer. Avast keeps detecting viruses in the installer (yeah, I know there aren't any), and even when the thing IS installed it doesn't run correctly because it can't find some file or other.

    Oh well, no PSO for me. :(

  • GilderGilder Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    sethsez wrote: »
    For some reason this just doesn't want to work with my computer. Avast keeps detecting viruses in the installer (yeah, I know there aren't any), and even when the thing IS installed it doesn't run correctly because it can't find some file or other.

    Oh well, no PSO for me. :(

    Is it searching for the stage map or something? I had that problem and a socket error. It was because of the episode 4 fix and JP item stuff. If those are your problems, don't get those things. Just the basic installer. That should make it work.

  • BartholamueBartholamue Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    If you're having trouble, you have to open the file called online.exe in C:/Program Files/Phantasy Star Online Blue Burst. If you select the file from the desktop it will boot up, update, and it'll say (for me) that it can't update a file.

    I want to play with you guys, I'm already level 16!

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  • zanmattozanmatto Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
  • maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I need character info now, including screenshots.

    Card #, Character name, etc.

    I shall add them to the OP.

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  • IcemopperIcemopper Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    My character name is Icemopper...

    how do I find the Card # though?

    Screenshot will come later.

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  • greeblegreeble Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I have the original game and Episode II and a dreamcast and a broadband adapter. (though thinking about selling the adapter for rediculous loot)

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