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I cleaned up the Magazine Database and Download Manager over the last few days. Using the matching MD5 records between them I was able to do the following....

 

In the Download Manager now anything that is available via torrent now states what Torrent package it is in

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Also on the Download Manager page I have dropped in the corresponding Database Record links to 99% of the files in that section. I just need to manually do the PDF versions and Strategy Guides at this point. Now you can get to the Magazine Database from the Download Manager, and vice versa!

 

On the Magazine Database side, I fixed up the Official Download links, many of them were still pointing to the community.retromags.com address.....and while it will auto resolve, I figured I might as well clean them up in mass. You will also notice that I dropped in torrent links for everything that has been released via torrent.

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The torrent links will download the torrent file that contains the magazine you are looking for. So if you go to Nintendo Power Issue 2 in the Magazine Database, the torrent link on that page will download the 2017 Base Torrent Pack 9 which contains that issue.

My next item is to get rid of the "Retromags User Download" links above (done). With me rolling up the entire Retromags collection from our Download Manager and dumping it onto torrents and Usenet, the User Provided links to FileFactory, 4Shared and other third party file hosting services will surely result in out of date versions and broken links. We will be deleting the existing data for those 3 fields (after a backup) and then changing them to the following.....

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I will be reaching out to the admins of these sites and a few others to gather some spreadsheets of what they have already preserved. We can then mass import the links to their download pages and mark those records as "Preserved" so that users can get an overall view of what has been preserved digitally across all of these sites.

 

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5 hours ago, Phillyman said:

My next item is to get rid of the "Retromags User Download" links above (done). With me rolling up the entire Retromags collection from our Download Manager and dumping it onto torrents and Usenet, the User Provided links to FileFactory, 4Shared and other third party file hosting services will surely result in out of date versions and broken links. We will be deleting the existing data for those 3 fields (after a backup) and then changing them to the following.....

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I will be reaching out to the admins of these sites and a few others to gather some spreadsheets of what they have already preserved. We can then mass import the links to their download pages and mark those records as "Preserved" so that users can get an overall view of what has been preserved digitally across all of these sites.

 

Old Game Mags doesn't exist anymore.  You're going to need to change that button to "Kiwi's World"

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The only problem I see with this is most everyone out there like RetroCDN and Archive.org is simply pinching everyone else's scans so I'm not sure what value there is pointing to other sites? If it's to allow scanning members to determine which mags don't need to be scanned because someone else has already done it that is fraught with peril in several ways...

  • Existing scan may be missing pages/ centre posters etc. 
  • Quality of the other sites scans might be inconsistent with your requirements
  • Other sites may have just ripped your scans off anyway but also may have edited them ( to remove Retromags advertising page and/or dropped quality )

I should think it would be far better to concentrate on the scans from members of this site? The only sites you can verify that most files originated from are OOPA, mine and Retromags. Pointing to Archive.org for most gaming magazine files hosted there is like advertising/popularizing a thief in my opinion.

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I agree that asking archive.org which scans originated there is a waste of time, since they don't regulate such things.  It's just a depository that anyone can upload anything to.  RetroCDN was described to me by one of their main "contributors" as a Wiki that anyone can add to.  Which isn't exactly true since most Wikis still require the content you input to be original and not just copy/pasted from elsewhere, but again, almost none of their scans originated there.

That said, I'm not above downloading from archive.org.  I know that whatever it is probably originated somewhere else, but sometimes finding that original website is difficult, so it's more convenient to just get it wherever I find it first, and I know that the scans are usually unchanged from the originals (when they pilfer our stuff, they usually don't even remove the Retromags credit page).  I try to avoid RetroCDN as anything other than a last resort since most of their files have been shrunken and compressed, so anything available there is probably available in better quality from whatever website they took it from originally.

I feel that most English video game/computer game magazine scans originated from either RM, OOPA, or KW.  Most of the stuff available elsewhere is either non-English language, or focused more on hardware than games (mags about older computer systems, for example), and most of the time is not of the same quality.  It's pretty rare for an American or British video game mag scan to have originated from anyplace other than these three sites.  So even if we just point to OOPA and KW scans, we'll have the bulk of the mags pertaining to RM's primary focus covered, I feel.

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Fair enough, at the moment I will just hide the User Download links from being populated. I only included Archive because that was where Marktrade was placing his items and he was linking to Archive for them. I will still move forward on linking to active publishers that we can still subscribe to with either physical or digital versions. What is still active, maybe 15 different magazines between the USA and UK at the moment....if that?

 

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marktrade acquired a lot of mags from you Phillyman? If so, those items should be available here and not just over at archive.org anyway.

Are you after the actual links to the magazine issues themselves or the individual pages the magazines are listed on over at KW? 

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7 hours ago, KiwiArcader said:

marktrade acquired a lot of mags from you Phillyman? If so, those items should be available here and not just over at archive.org anyway.

Are you after the actual links to the magazine issues themselves or the individual pages the magazines are listed on over at KW? 

This is everything I sent Marktrade, not sure what he scanned so far. A few months after sending these off Mark stopped uploading items to Retromags and started to just dump his scans onto Archive.

 

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Well if you consider that a burn, I wonder how his patrons on Patreon feel?  I guess it's technically their fault for not canceling their monthly payments, but marktrade's collected over $1000 from them in the 6 months since he stopped scanning and dropped out of sight on the internet.  A profitable business, retirement:)

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Just now, kitsunebi77 said:

Well if you consider that a burn, I wonder how his patrons on Patreon feel?  I guess it's technically their fault for not canceling their monthly payments, but marktrade's collected over $1000 from them in the 6 months since he stopped scanning and dropped out of sight on the internet.  A profitable business, retirement:)

Actually I may still have the Dreamcast magazines on hand, its been so long, but I did send him two boxes of magazines with the remainder of the images above. I don't think Marktrade ran off with the magazines, and I still hold out hope for a flash drive full of scanned pages to show up in my mailbox one afternoon :lol:

 

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I don't know, man.  It seems a bit suspect to be collecting $1000 in donations and not even have the courtesy to post a status update in 6 months.  I wouldn't hold your breath.

Btw, AFAIK, the only stuff in those pics that was scanned were the SuperPlays, CDi mags, and NextGens.

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3 minutes ago, kitsunebi77 said:

I don't know, man.  It seems a bit suspect to be collecting $1000 in donations and not even have the courtesy to post a status update in 6 months.  I wouldn't hold your breath.

Btw, AFAIK, the only stuff in those pics that was scanned were the SuperPlays, CDi mags, and NextGens.

He did comment to Jason of Archive back in June, so its only been 16 weeks since we last heard from him. Who knows, he could pop up tomorrow and drop out 100 magazines as a surprise.

 

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6 minutes ago, Phillyman said:

He did comment to Jason of Archive back in June, so its only been 16 weeks since we last heard from him. Who knows, he could pop up tomorrow and drop out 100 magazines as a surprise.

 

If he had just gone away like Sean697 (and any number of scanners from before I was a member here), it wouldn't bother me.  It happens.  This isn't a lifelong gig for most people.  I guess I'm just hung up on the money thing.  It really feels like he's taking advantage of people.  If people were giving me money to do something and I decided to take an extended break, I'd have the decency to let them know.  I'd also stop taking their money, because I'd feel like an asshole otherwise.  But that's just me, I guess.

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