Big Pond casts net dreams

Telstra signed a deal with OziSoft, the exclusive Sega Dreamcast distributor in Australia, to secure the rights. Gamers will get access through Dreamkey, the Sega Dreamcast internet access kit. It is connected to a TV and an ordinary telephone socket.

Telstra's online services managing director, John Rolland, said the breakthrough had taken online access out of the office and put it into the lounge room, through a games console, for the first time.

He said game players would be attracted to the Sega Dreamcast console as it was the first 128-bit video game console released in Australia, and because it provided "amazingly good 3D graphics and gives people access to the next generation of video games".

"Users of the Sega Dreamcast console will have access to a wide variety of online information and services. They will be able to send and receive emails, chat and surf the web."

The Dreamkey software and special internet access voucher is available to all Dreamcast owners who return the free reply-paid card supplied with the Dreamcast. The Dreamcast voucher allows new andexisting Telstra Big Pond Home customers to receive bonus hours of internet access. The Dreamkey is included with all Australian Dreamcast console purchases.

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