Can anyone give a history of the Sega Saturn's Net-Link system to play via the internet through connections. I would like to know when it came about and when it ended, also if there is any chance to resurrect it and establish servers?
Hmm.. I have a magazine with an article about the netlink somewhere. I believe it came around sometime in '96, sold about 15,000 units, and had about 5games released that allowed play over the net. The games weren't played through servers, but rather modem to modem connections, and the modems were only 28.8kbps. So, I don't know how well it would work if someone attempted to make a server to handle netlink games.
AFAIK there was only one DC game planned to use modem-to-modem, I think Railroad Tycoon? Anyway they were on a deadline and had to scrap the feature entirely, making it offline-only. I think my favorite modem-to-modem game was Warcraft II for the PC. This was at a time when the only affordable way to have a fast connection was direct modem-to-modem dialing, but of course this limited you to your area unless you wanted to pay long distance!
I've never done modem-to-modem with a console, but with a DC it shouldn't be too hard. They've already produced homebrew modem drivers for the DC.
I suppose if you've got money then its not a problem. But I'd rather buy more games than a peripheral that is now mostly useless. Especially since I don't have a dialup ISP to even use with the browser or whatever.
I think it would be cool to have it just to mess around w/ it.....if you and your buddy who lived say, 1000 miles away from ya had one, and the same game, it would be badass to hookup and play sum saturn w/ him/her. dont ya think?
I bought one, then found one fairly cheap on eBay and gave it to a Sega-minded friend. We played a few rounds of Virtual On (via direct-dial). I'm pretty sure the potential for Internet play existed, but I don't know if any games actually supported it.
I live in the US and I have a Net Link. I bought it new off of the internet for about $15. I haven't played any games with it yet since I don't have any of the Net Link games and I don't know anyone that lives around me that has a Saturn. I have used it to surf the net though, it works well, although it is very slow and not all picture types will show up. If you can find one for around $15 or $20, I would suggest buying it just to have it and try it out and mess around with it.