On January 14th, 2014, the dreams of Pokémon Trainers all over the world were lost.
This was the day that Generation V's 'Dream World' was shut down for good.
For those unfamiliar, the Dream World was a section of the Pokémon Global Link website players could connect to using their copies of Pokémon Black & White and Pokémon Black 2 & White 2.
Players could tuck their Pokémon into bed via the C-Gear, and then have them partipate in flash minigames to earn 'Dream Points'.
Dream Points could also be obtained by participating in berry growing, or making friends by visiting another players customizable house.
However, the Dream World was most notable for the distribution of several exclusive hidden abilities, as well as Legendary and Mythical Pokemon, such as Arceus - all of which were housed in a special 'Dream Ball'.
It was, in essence - an extension of the Generation V games.
And this is where the history lesson would normally end...
However, a developer by the name of shutterbug2000 is taking it upon himself to restore the Dream World back to its former glory.
shutterbug is no stranger to these kind of projects, having played an important role in the creation of Kaeru WFC - a 'hackless' solution to playing DS and DSi games online again via Wiimmfi; an alternative service to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection (WFC) post-shutdown.
As well as some important contributions to the 'Pretendo Network', a recreation of several game servers for the 3DS and Wii U.
But there's a slight snag -- He needs your help!
The Dream World was made up of several Adobe flash files that it used primarily for graphical assets; while many of these have been recovered, there are still several missing!
If you have an old PC or laptop you've ever played the Dream World on, or maybe even an old Hard Drive, please use the following guide to lend a hand:
Simply run the Flashpoint Cache Exporter on the computer you played on and upload your cache to help find missing files!
If you're unsure whether the program has found any missing files, the Dream World files, check to see if you have any files from cdn.pokemon-gl.com (not a direct link).
Join our site's Discord server (https://discord.gg/66PzPgD) and head to the #dream-world-revival channel and we can discuss further relating to what needs to be done
Together, we can visit the Island of Dreams again.