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  3. Sorry for the epic length of this post, but it's a convoluted topic that requires a bit of explanation. Japanese magazines have extremely confusing naming and numbering systems which I sometimes adhere to and sometimes ignore, but I'd like to solicit people's opinions on how things should be handled to see if they match my own. First, some background: Japan does not sell print magazine subscriptions. They are not obligated to a subscriber who has already paid money for 12 issues of Nintendo Power and thus expects to receive 12 issues of Nintendo Power delivered to their mailbox. All sales happen at bookstores/newsstands. So a retailer will choose to order x number of copies of any given issue, based on past sales of that title, and it's up to the customer to decide whether to buy it or not, but only after they've had a chance to hold it in their hands and flip through the insides to make sure it's something they're interested in buying. Enter the "special edition." The special edition is not a completely separate publication (despite often having a completely different title and cover logo), and is technically just a regular issue of the title it springs forth from, even going so far as to be a part of the same numbering system. Imagine if, sandwiched in between Totally Rad Gamer Issues 10 and 12, was an issue of a mag called Bitchin' Gaming Xtreme, which despite not having the Totally Rad Gamer logo anywhere on the cover, was nevertheless, in actuality, Totally Rad Gamer issue 11. This allows the publisher to pull a fast one on the retailer. For example, let's say a retailer places regular orders for 20 copies per issue of Totally Rad Gamer. If the publishers of Totally Rad Gamer decide to launch a new title, Bitchin' Gaming Xtreme, they have to somehow convince the retailer to order copies of that as well, in order to get it onto the stands and allow the customers to decide if they're interested. But Japanese publishers are sneaky. Rather than launch the new mag as an independent title, they launch Bitchin' Gaming Xtreme as a "special edition" of Totally Rad Gamer, thus insuring that 20 copies of each end up on the stands. Mind you, the only place any mention of Bitchin' Gaming Xtreme's ties to Totally Rad Gamer is in the almost microscopic print hidden on the outer edge of the cover (or sometimes the back cover) that includes the legally required publishing information. To the customer, it seems like a completely new and unrelated mag unless scrutinized very closely. But by publishing it as a "special edition," the publishers guarantee that a retailer who regularly orders 20 copies of Totally Rad Gamer will receive 20 copies of Bitchin' Gaming Xtreme as well. Perhaps this is the reason that so many Japanese mags start out as "special editions" of a different magazine. It's a low risk way of testing the waters when launching a new mag. Unfortunately, it makes my job of organizing the databases a pain in the ass. As an example, let's look at Dengeki Playstation, which is actually one of the least confusing mags out there, as they actually print "Vol.___" in large print on every cover: Easy, right? Technically, that number is not correct. Not from a publishing standpoint, anyway. You see, the first four issues of Dengeki PlayStation were actually "special editions" of Dengeki PC Engine. Below is "Volume 1" of Dengeki PlayStation, and the circled bit is telling us that it is in fact a 増刊, or "special edition," of Dengeki PC Engine. It wasn't until the 5th issue of Dengeki Playstation that the publisher/retailers had enough confidence in the title to make it an independent magazine and not a part of Dengeki PC Engine. This doesn't affect the large print "Vol.__" printed on the covers, as they just continued as normal. However, when we look at the publishing information in the teeny tiny print, this is what we see: This tells us a number of things: This is the 17th issue published in the 5th volume (i.e. the 17th issue in its 5th year of publication), and the 106th issue overall. You see, despite the large "Vol.110" in the upper left corner, the fine print doesn't count the first 4 issues (which technically were special editions of a completely different mag), and thus this is technically only issue 106. Are you with me so far? 'Cause it's about to get weirder. Remember issue 1? One of the "special edition" issues? Well, if we look at the tiny print on that one, we find out that, in addition to being "Vol.1" of Dengeki Playstation, it's also the 2nd issue of the 3rd volume and 29th issue overall of Dengeki PC Engine. Sigh. With nearly all mags (Famitsu, Dengeki PlayStation, and Play Online being the only exceptions I'm aware of), the tiny publishing information is the only information printed anywhere on or in the magazine indicating what issue number it is. This causes me headaches in two ways: It's too goddamned small to see unless I have a high-res scan (or actually own the mag), which makes gathering accurate data a challenge, as high res scans of Japanese magazine covers that I didn't make myself are as rare as albino unicorns. The fine print "official" number of each issue is almost never what you expect it to be, due to those goddamned special edition issues mucking everything up. In regards to Dengeki PlayStation, I made the (obvious) decision to ignore the fine print and go with the big numbers. So even though Dengeki PlayStation didn't officially start its numbering system until Vol.5, I've decided to list it as Vol. 5 rather than Vol.1. Problem solved? Well, hold on. What about Dengeki PC Engine? It doesn't have big volume numbers printed on the covers - all it has is the fine print. So unless I want certain issue numbers conspicuously missing, I either have to include Vol.1 of Dengeki Playstation as issue 29 of Dengeki PC Engine (and likewise for the other special edition issues), or else ignore the official numbering system in the fine print altogether and just use arbitrary numbers based on how many issues were published under the title Dengeki PC Engine (which in this case is what I've done.) Ignoring the fine print and just making up numbers based on the number of issues published under a certain title is probably the easiest way to do things, so long as I don't accidentally miscount or overlook anything. It pains me a bit as an archivist, though, as I feel like it's important to keep track of the actual publication history. Ignoring the official numbering to circumvent the "special edition" issues also bites me in the ass from time to time when the mag hits some important milestone and suddenly proclaims "OUR 200th ISSUE!!" in giant print on the cover, even though I've got it listed as the 178th issue because I'm not including the various special editions in the numbering. But I digress. Did you think I was finished?? HAHAHAHAHAHAJapanlaughsinthefaceofyournotionthatnumberingsomethingiseasy!!!! Let's keep looking at Dengeki Playstation. OK, so we've decided to ignore the fine print and the fact that the first 4 issues were technically part of another mag. Everything's going smoothly. Wait, what's this?'s Dengeki Playstation's first special edition, Dengeki PlayStation G (the G stands for Gal, which covers Gal games, or bishoujo games as they're more widely referred to now.) No matter, it still has "Dengeki PlayStation" in the title, so we'll just keep focusing on that giant "Vol.8" and ignore everything else. (A later special edition focusing on this type of game will be called "Dengeki Playstation G2," by the way). Oh goddammit. What now. Dengeki PlayStation F. The F stands for fighting games, and that's all they'll cover in issues with this title. Once again, let's just treat it like a regular issue. Sigh...The R is for RPG... ...Oh for crying out...! ...I guess the Z stands for "zentai" (whole, entirety), since the issue has a catalog of every game released that year. This is getting stupid. Thankfully, they've hit the end of the alphabet, though, so -- SON OF A BITCH!!!! The S stands for "SON OF A BITCH!" (actually it stands for "strategy games") Luckily, they calm down a bit after this, and settle on using and abusing one more letter for what will ultimately be a total of 46 special edition issues: The D stands for "disc," for the demo disc included with these issues. Well, that was a little annoying, but nothing we can't handle. What's next? BRING IT ON, DENGEKI P!! Hmmm...I see...Dengeki PS2. There were a great number of these published as well, and it might be tempting to treat them as a separate title. I mean, Famitsu and Famitsu PS2 are two separate titles with independent numbering systems, after all. But no, this is still "Vol.186" of Dengeki PlayStation no matter what the masthead says (or technically issue 182, as the fine print will tell you). Stay on target. Almost there...Stay on target. Almost there... @#$%@#$%@#%#&$&!#$%^@!!!!!!!! Why is this especially problematic, you may wonder. Sure, it covers games aimed at girls featuring lots of dating games where the player woos their prince charming from a roster of handsome yet effeminate guys, and thus might not be of much interest to some of Dengeki Playstation's regular readers, and perhaps might benefit from being a separate title. But hey, it's right there, large as life: "Vol.258." Problem solved. NOT. Dengeki PlayStation Girl's Style proved to be so popular, it was eventually given its own mag, simply titled Dengeki Girl's Style. Don't get me wrong, I'm listing this issue as issue 258 of Dengeki PlayStation (even if, all together now - it's technically issue 254 according to the fine print.). But when I eventually create the listing for Dengeki Girl's Style, do I make any allowances for these early prototype issues? Surely anyone seeking information on all issues of Dengeki Girl's Style would want to know about these issues as well. What to do...? If you read all of that, congratulations, your gold star is in the mail. But as I said, Dengeki PlayStation is just about the LEAST CONFUSING of all Japanese mags. Most mags, as I said, don't print giant "Vol.___" info on the cover, and the tiny print publishing data is all I have to go on. Unfortunately many mags publish special editions that don't have titles that share any similarity to their parent mag. I often will know that a mag has published special editions under different titles due to the discrepancy between the "official number" and the actual number of issues with a given title. But I have no idea what those special editions are called. I'm not kidding when I say that Retromags is going to be the definitive source of information on Japanese gaming mags - NO ONE in Japan is keeping track of this stuff. For instance, a mag I have yet to add to the site (due to nature of its covers) is called MegaStore. Through a lot of exhaustive research and a little luck, I have a more or less complete reckoning of its entire publishing history, which includes special edition issues under a nearly a dozen different titles, most of them unrecognizable as being related at all. Titles like Doujin Factory, Game Urara, Kouryaku Max, and G-Type (which would later be launched as its own separate title...sigh) Basically, it's a giant cluster@#$!. One final example, and tell me your opinion on how it should be handled, please (disclaimer - I am under no obligation to listen to opinions different from my own. But still, give it. Please.) There is a mag called Dengeki Ou (or Oh, depending on how you want to romanize it). It covers all systems, including PC and adult games in addition to the consoles. They published this as a special edition: It clearly is titled Dengeki 3DO, but it is also a special edition of Dengeki Oh (電撃王) and is included in that mag's official numbering system. This is the only issue ever published under the Dengeki 3DO name. Would you: A: Give it it's own DB entry under Dengeki 3DO, or B: Include it in it's officially-numbered location within the Dengeki Oh run of mags??? Opinions are not a request, they are a requirement. LOOK AT ALL THAT $@#% I TYPED!!! THE LEAST YOU COULD DO IS GIVE ME YOUR OPINION!!! PS - I don't EVEN want to check this for spelling and grammar mistakes. Thank you for understanding.
  4. Issues 1-1400 of Famitsu! ONLY $25,250!

    Sure thing. You wouldn't mind fronting me the $27,000, would you? Oh, and I'll need an extra $500 per month or so so I can rent a small apartment to hold them in (storage units are typically very small and expensive here, so getting one (or more) large enough to store 1500 issues of Famitsu would likely cost nearly as much as a cheap apartment.) But HEY! FREE SHIPPING!!!!!! Whatta deal! I wonder at what point this guy realized that having an entire collection of Famitsu taking up space wasn't all it was cracked up to be. I'm also amused that over the past two years that he's been unsuccessfully trying to sell the collection, he's apparently continued to buy the new issues as they come out so he can include them in the auction. Honestly, his only hope of ever selling these is to break it up into smaller lots and sell them at a much lower price. Maybe he doesn't even really want to sell them, and the auction is just sort of his way of showing off. Or more likely, his wife demanded he get rid of them but he doesn't want to, so he set an unrealistic price on an excessively large lot which he knew no one would ever buy, but he could point to the auction and say "See, honey? I'm trying to sell them!!"
  5. KiwiArcader's Work In Progress

    Another of J.Cameron's donated Computer Games magazines gets scanned, this time issue 123.
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  7. Issues 1-1400 of Famitsu! ONLY $25,250!

    Buy it! Buy it! Buy it buy it buy it!! *huggles* Areala
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  9. Issues 1-1400 of Famitsu! ONLY $25,250!

    Bwahahaha. Sorry to resurrect an ancient thread, but I just noticed that this same exact auction is still being listed 2 years later (well, it's been updated from issues 1-1400 to issues 1-1500.) It's still going for 3 million yen, but thanks to the yen becoming stronger, that now equates to $27,090 instead of $25,250. Oh well, at least now you're getting 100 extra issues, right? And hey, the shipping is FREE!
  10. kitsunebi77's random stuff

    CapBon and Dengeki GB Advance galleries complete and added to the DB. That's one title that was on my list and one that wasn't, so the list stands at 110 titles left to add (I'm positive it will be more, though.) In related news, browsing Yahoo Auctions in search of additional titles to add to the list is treading dangerous waters. Will not buy more mags [slaps face] NO MORE MAGS!
  11. Dengeki GB Advance Issue 8

    FINAL ISSUE (becomes Dengeki Gamecube)
  12. KiwiArcader's Work In Progress

    Also available today is PC Gamer (UK) issue 31
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