The Hasbro NetJet.
A gamepad console
which plugs into a USB port, uses plastic key-fobs to unlock downloadable games. A terrible peice of crap from 2006. Once inserted into the USB port it emulates an optical drive which contains 2 files. AutoRun.exe and autorun.inf. Launching AutoRun.exe starts some kind of software unlocking (and probably validation with a hasbro server) and then finally installation of some software. This software once installed and used in conjuntion with your NetJet controller, with key-fob inserted is used to download crappy flash games, yeah flash, as in .swf.
When I started it up for the first time I was shown this screen:
PLEASE NOTE: We hope you have enjoyed your NET JET Online Gaming System. Unfortunately, NET JET products have been discontinued.
As stated on the NET JET Online Gaming System package: “Hasbro is committed to maintaining servers for this product until 01/01/09. After that date servers necessary to use this product may no longer be maintained.”
Hasbro can not guarantee whether or how long this site will be available after 01/01/09.
At any time after 01/01/09 the number of games available on this site may be reduced and Hasbro may permanently discontinue the servers for this product and your NET JET Online Gaming System may no longer be operational.
If Hasbro decides to continue operation of this site after 01/01/09, Hasbro will post a notice in this space with details.
We appreciate your interest in Hasbro products. If you have any questions, please contact Hasbro Customer Service.
Despite this omnious warning, Hasbro still sells
NetJet units and the online service still (partially) works.
This software also hijacks fullscreen mode, stopping you from ALT-TAB'ing your way into other windows, which is extremely annoying. And I say windows, because thats all it supports.
Once you pass the notice that the NET JET sevice is to be soon discontinued, the application starts up and you are able to choose from 3 "featured" games per key-fob, these are 30 minute demo's. The payment system for the "full" flash games seems to be down and crashes the app if you attempt to load the page. All of the games are terrible flash based crapfests and not worth paying for. Or even waiting the load times for.
For the sake of archival I will dump the emulated "CD-Drive" to CHD and install the NetJet software to a virtual machine which I will monitor with wireshark to see where the games are downloaded from or what data is passed to the server as it unlocks a game. Most probably encrypted.
This is the first time as a console/computer collector where I genuinely couldn't care less if this was lost to history. And I've seen some really goddamn shitty
games. I guess I should be glad they didn't destroy my childhood like the last link did.
The only IC in the Key-fob is an ATMEL708 93C66A SU27. In the controller itself are 3 small epoxy blobs and an IC labled ATMEL702 93C66A SU27. I'll update with PCB porn once my camera batteries charge.