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From the Ashes

June 05, 2017

The quest to restore the site and preserve the Dreamcast independent software continues. Many years ago DC Evolution had been working on a Fenix collection, the project was eventually shelved but our recent focus of attention has once again been on Fenix, which has now been superseded by Bennu. As Fenix is no longer used, it seemed an appropriate time to preserve the past creations and revisit some items that were to be included in the unreleased collection.

In order to assist with preserving the creations, two more categories have been added to the menu. The first category will eventually include the Fenix ports to Dreamcast, the Fenix SDL Loader, and all the games developed with Fenix specifically for the Dreamcast. A handful of new to Dreamcast releases will also be available within this category.

The second Fenix category will mainly be an archive of the releases from DCEmu.co.uk. Over a decade ago DCEmu had a Fenix sub-site and dedicated forum, the sub-site and forum have now disappeared. Many of the sub-sites once hosted at DCEmu have also been completely lost, our second Fenix category over here also aims to be first of a series to resurrect and preserve some, if not all of those DCEmu.co.uk sub-sites.

Nazcadreams

 

Picking up the Pieces

April 14, 2017

Just a handful of pages have been created in the past fortnight, we have, however, continued to trawl through the archives and we've dug up the plainfiles and sourcecodes for a variety of items that were used for some of our projects many moons ago. These files are slowly being checked, archived and uploaded to the SourceForge Repository, we'll also be uploading the missing files from our pages at the same time so things will still be progressing on the site over here.

It looks like it'll be quite some time before we get DC Evolution fully restored, but at the very least we'll be preserving the Dreamcast independent creations along the way, sadly we do not have any new projects completed and we'll probably concentrate on updating some of our older projects first. If we manage to find some free time between site restoration (which is highly unlikely) we'll see if we can put together a compilation of some of the more recent homebrew creations.

EITS

 

April 1 DC Evolution 200

April 01, 2017

We've hit the 200 pages restored/recreated mark, it took some doing but we did it. Apologies once again for not getting all the downloads available for each and every page but real life has to take precedence over our little hobby site over here. Once we have all the downloads in place for the existing pages we should be about 25% of the way to a complete restoration of the site as it was back in 2012.

For those that remember the site back then, you may remember that we had access to, and had started to display every item of artwork that the entire Dreamcast community had produced over the years, we regret to inform you that we will not be hosting any archives of that nature in the foreseeable future. Our stance on this subject may change at some point but at the moment we simply have far too much work to do retrieving the hundreds of items of independent software that have been created for the Dreamcast.

Wind and Water Screen 3

 

Still Here

March 24, 2017

Our apologies to any visitors for the lack of updates over here.

Things are progressing slowly but there's not much visibility of that at the moment, site restoration is about 20% complete, many pages have been restored and a small amount of downloads are available but not much else. Behind the scenes our limited free time is being spent trawling through the archives in preparation for site page restoration and updates, it's slow going but we'll get there in the end. In other news a handful of projects have been found and picked up again, an attempt to complete them will be underway shortly, these projects are not the priority at the moment but we'll see if we can release something soon(ish).

Block Smash

 

Small Progress

March 04, 2017

We've managed to fully restore 146 pages here at the DCEvo SourceForge repository, downloads and links will follow as time permits. There's a long, long way to go yet before DCEvolution 2012 is fully restored, as usual we'll keep you informed of the progress we make over here, and hopefully it won't be too much longer before we can offer some new downloads for you to try out.

We will of course have to catch up with all the Dreamcast independent software that has been developed over the years we 'disappeared', and just looking at a handful of games that we've managed to test, it certainly looks like the Dreamcast homebrew community has been quite busy during DCEvo's 5 year hiatus.

Digimine Screen 3

 

Progress and setbacks

February 25, 2017

We've got around 10% to 15% of the pages restored over here but as usual the downloads will have to wait for another day. What is quite surprising is just how much content we actually had on the old DCEvolution network sites, backups of pages and content are cropping up left, right and center, it's good news of course because it means we can finally put the foundation into place in preparation for some massive updates and finally release some new content over here.

It's not all good news, backups of a major site in the DCEvolution network are corrupt, we are looking at around 40 Gigabytes of Dreamcast Independent production data that has possibly been lost so the content restoration of DCHelp will have to be delayed for the foreseeable future while we concentrate our efforts on attempting to completely restore DCEvolution first.

Falling Hare

 

Slowly but surely

February 18, 2017

The project over here at SourceForge was created in 2006 as a repository for DCEvolution due mainly to the extensive bandwidth we were consuming from our host every time we released a CD Image, strangely, and for various reasons, we completely neglected using SourceForge for the best part of Ten years before we recently decided to make the most of the facilities on offer.

DCEvolution itself had three distinct versions during its existence from January 2002 to July 2012, what you are looking at right now is an attempt to restore DCEvolution version three, we have of course got a long way to go yet, the site pages are approximately 3% to 5% completed, downloads are to follow site page restoration so there's not a lot to offer right now, for that we can only humbly apologize.

DCASTLE

 

DCEvolution.net Resurrection

February 14, 2017

In order to avoid any confusion between the restoration of DCEvolution version III (as it was back in 2012) and the actual whereabouts of DCEvolution.net, it might be best if we kept you all in the picture. DCEvolution.net will return in 2017, exactly when? how? or even why? are questions we simply can't answer yet, however, we can tell you that DCEvolution.net will return in one form or another later this year.

During the restoration of DCEvolution version III at sourceForge it has become apparent just how many projects the team over here were involved in for a number of years when the Dreamcast independent community was at its peak, and it would be an absolute shame to let some if not all of those projects go to waste. We may have to retrace our steps here and re-acquire permission and licensing from some of the professional bodies we contacted all those years ago, but that's all part of the fun. We'll keep you updated with future developments with regards to DCEvolution version IV (DCEvolution.net).

Beats of Rage Remix Screen 3

 

Site Restoration continues

February 14, 2017

Slowly but surely, that's the only way we can describe things at the moment. Restoration of the site is taking a little longer than initially anticipated but progress is being made every day, at present we have around 50+ of the pages restored but we have a long, long way to go yet before we can begin to offer many of the downloads once again. Just to reiterate once more: visitors will most likely find many pages and links that are broken, we can only apologize for this but we are working diligently to rectify these as we proceed with each site page restoration, once we have a complete restoration of the site we will be able to focus entirely on the downloads. Thanks once again for your support.

Quake DCEvo 1

 

Site Restoration

February 10, 2017

We are currently focusing on restoring all of the site pages that were available when DCEvolution went offline in 2012, this is quite a momentous task but we are sure most of it can be achieved over the next week or so. Our initial aim is to have the page structure in place followed by the additional elements such as screenshots, updated links and text corrections where required. Unfortunately, due to the amount of pages we had all those years ago, downloads will take a little longer to restore.

Our thanks go to everyone for their support over the years, and special thanks to those that kept mentioning DCEvolution even after we disappeared for a number of those years.

Superman Screen 1

 

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