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    Merry Christmas! (well, that's the cover date, anyway.) As always with Dengeki P, lots of RPG and giant robot coverage (I mean, this IS Japan, after all.) All in all, 264 pages of PlayStation goodness. I've eschewed including stitched-together two-page joins this time, but when viewed in two-page mode, those pages (ads, mostly) should look seamless, since they were joined together during the editing process, edited as a single pic, and then separated again. Sometimes these Japanese mags are just ornery: The files within the cbr are numbered correctly, but you'll notice that the page numbers don't always match what's printed on the page. That's because there were lots of strange instances of unnumbered pages. For example, there was a multi-page advertising section where the first and last pages of the ad were given page numbers, but the middle 4 pages, which were printed like a fold-out poster, went unnumbered. Another advertising section was printed on a series of pages of differing widths. Only the full-sized pages were given numbers, while the narrower pages all went unnumbered. Craziness!! Thanks to the fold-out section, I actually had to swap one page's location in order to ensure that further pages would be paired with the correct facing page when viewing in two-page mode (don't worry, you'll never even know which one).
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    I use https://letsencrypt.org for my SSL certificates, they are free. If that can help reduce the ongoing retromags costs, even by a small margin, then great
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    When I say the financial burden is shared, I am referring to the cost to provide a website and some of the costs I incur from being the linchpin. Just like how Archive.org raises MILLIONS of dollars a year to keep their site afloat, we can barely raise a few hundred. Also just like Archive, no one from that site is paying users to upload roms, music, magazines, and everything else they host. This works the same for Wikipedia, they raise millions of dollars each year to support their infrastructure and actually pay employees, but we all know that the vast amount of content added to Wikipedia is user driven and none of them collect any monetary reimbursement. So again yes, I am the only one who has access to the donation funds, because I am the only one who receives the bills for Retromags Speaking of which, anyone want to pay this one????? Lets be honest, this is never going to change from a hobby website to a company. I can cut the costs of Retromags down to $4.95 per month very easily. We would lose many features around here, site would drag ass, no unlimited downloads, no 24/7 seeded torrents......but I assume that is not what we want. So you guys when you donate, you help me share the cost across many of us. One person paying $70 a month is more of a pain in the pocket, than if we had 35 users kicking $2 towards the site each month. But yes kitsunebi77 is correct in his above post.
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    This is going to sound like I'm trying to stir up trouble, but this is a public post that anyone can see, so I feel like full disclosure for anyone interested in this matter is only fair. I feel like I contribute a reasonable share to this site, so anyone looking in from the outside might assume that Phillyman is also speaking for me...and I want to make it explicitly clear that he is not. It's true that Phillyman personally takes care of all of the site's finances, including servers, seedboxes, and hiring programmers to tweak features on the site. I'm incredibly grateful that he takes care of this - as much time as I devote working on the site, I have NO desire to deal with such administrative issues. However, the rest of the information in the post needs to be clarified. When Phillyman says the financial burden is shared among multiple users, I honestly am not sure what he means. Likewise, when he gives the list of thing "we" buy, like magazines and storage equipment, I'm not sure to who he refers, aside from himself. It's true that those of us helping the site DO buy those things (thus being burdened), but just to be clear - so far as I know, no one but Phillyman has access to ANY of the donation money (unless E-Day is also getting kickbacks I'm unaware of.) My scanner, scanner cleaning supplies, heat gun for debinding, and magazine-only HDD were purchased on my own dime, as were ALL magazines I have purchased for scanning purposes. Also, I paid for the shipping on all mags which were donated to me for scanning, including the stuff I just put up the other day. I don't mind doing this - it's my own choice - but I don't want anyone being mislead by Phillyman's comment into thinking that other people who scan magazines or do work on this site are receiving any kind of compensation. Also, regarding the last line, about donations allowing us to work more quickly, I suppose that's Phillyman's opinion, but I assure you that no amount of money would help me scan and edit any faster unless it allowed me to pay someone else to do it, so please don't be mislead into thinking that donations are going to speed up releases at all. Again, not trying to start anything, and I'm only speaking for myself, but I feel like I've got a high enough profile around here that some people might assume that Phillyman's comment was speaking for me as well if I didn't clarify otherwise.
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    For a while now I have been toying around with the idea of leveraging our Magazine and Strategy Guide Databases into a full fledged inventory system. What do I mean by this? Well if you went to the record for "Nintendo Power Issue 50" you would see 3 new buttons. [Own] [Want] [Selling] Clicking on the OWN button would add that issue to your personal inventory, where you could note down... Quantity - How many issues of this you have Condition - The condition of this issue Notes - This issue is in box 5, in the garage Clicking on the WANT or SELLING buttons would add that issue to a your personal want or selling list, again listing out condition, quantity and perhaps your price point. These buttons would also (if you wan) add the record to a public list that other users could browse. So you could see everyone that is selling a copy of EGM Issue 99, or everyone who is interested in buying a copy of GamePro Issue 39. I would hope to have it tie into your profile page, perhaps creating a grid of magazines and guides that you own, and I would also want the ability to let you guys export your inventories to CSV formats for your own safe keeping.
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    Actually, you know what? I'm gonna change that one. I'm not good enough at Japanese to give a completely reliable translation, and direct translations never work anyway, so here's my adaptation of what was said, changed to reflect their intent but sound right in English (or maybe I'm totally wrong, whatever) So change the line to: You ain't never seen a "peach" till you've been in the womens' bath!!
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    For supposedly being a strategy guide, it isn't very forthcoming, is it? It basically says (I'm paraphrasing very heavily) OHMAHGERRRRD, you guys!!!!! A womens' bath!!! And you can totally get in there this time, too!!!!! It's to the east of the city, and of course you can't get in the normal way. But if you do something...LOOK WHAT YOU GET!!! You can taste the happiness of being born a man!!! Don't say "peach" without entering a women's bath!! (not sure if this is a clue or a joke about how a peach looks like an ass). Then in the caption below the picture it tells you that there are probably dirtier pictures as well...probably.
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    I joke about the number of magazines I have, but honestly I probably am around 1500-2200 magazines. That sounds like a lot of magazines until you see..... Having multiple copies of the same issue Having copies of items already scanned Having copies of items not allowed Having copies of items outside our 10/15 year rule If I had to guess, I would say I probably have about 500-700 magazines that have already been preserved. Another 500-700 magazines fall into the need to preserve category, and the remaining 500-700 magazines are newer copies of magazines or Game Informer/GameFan issues. With that final number, scanning 600 magazines in 12-18 months is not unfeasible, scanning and editing that many is
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    Well again, "stop, don't buy a copy" means the same thing as "this is already queued to be scanned, so don't bother." Let's look at your case. You admit to having so many mags it would take an army to sort through them, so it's a safe bet that there's absolutely no way you will ever be able to scan and edit all of them in your lifetime. So say you mark them as acquired. A mag you own but may never actually get around to scanning will be forever unscanned, even though some other user who only has a few mags to scan (including that one) was considering contributing to the site, until the "acquired" tag turned them away. I see what you said about making it something only team members can see, though for that I refer you to my previous comment on how I would react upon seeing something I owned marked as such.
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    Well let me ask you, have you marked your entire inventory as acquired? Has E-Day? I know I sure haven't. I just don't see the point to it, other than (as I said) to discourage anyone from possibly scanning their own copy of a mag because they've been given the impression that anything marked "acquired" is already in some sort of queue to be scanned. As a scanner myself, if I saw something I own as marked "acquired," I would react in one of two ways: 1. "Oh thank god, someone else has it - let that poor sorry SOB scan it." 2. "Hmm...guess I won't scan that one - don't want to step on their toes if they were planning to scan it." In other words, the "acquired" label is effectively a "do-not-scan" label.
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    I can mass reset the Acquired status if we feel as though it is stale data. Very easy to replace the "A" with an "M". I can then bring up a new field called "Who has this?" and let it be a multi member field like the "Thanks To" field is and only let Team Member see/modify this data. On the Vote to Preserve, it was to gauge interest in what we should scan next, it costs me $60 a year to have that feature. If its not being used, we can always blow it away too.
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    While I grant you your first sentence is probably true, I think there is a difference between 'Acquired' & 'Vote to Preserve,' and 'Own' & 'Want'. As Philly laid out, "own" and "want" are a way to keep track of what you have in your collection, as well as making it possible to set up sales transactions between members (I'm dubious as to how well that would work out, but...) "Acquired" and "vote to preserve" (in my opinion) serve no other purpose than to discourage members from becoming involved with preservation. When someone sees that a magazine is "acquired," they think that therefore whoever marked it as such will scan it in time. Yet the reality is that many of the mags marked "acquired" were done so by people who are no longer active on the site. And even if they are, the less-than-a-handfull of active scanners have so many unscanned mags in their collections that they will never actually get to them all, so there is no guarantee an "acquired" mag will ever be scanned. Meanwhile, some newbie who might have considered scanning their copy decides it's unnecessary, because the issue has been marked "acquired." "Vote to preserve" started out as a fun idea, allowing scanners to see what issues were most in demand, but the truth is that such knowledge has very little impact on what actually gets scanned. But more problematically, it promotes the idea that scanning is someone else's job. "Just click here, and someone else will scan that issue for you while you wait!" We don't need people to be voting to preserve magazines, we need people to be preserving magazines. And this is beside my point of why it should be done away with, but since there's never been a handy way for anyone but Phillyman to see what issues are being voted on (to my knowledge), the feature was essentially useless, anyway.
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    That's awesome. Usually when someone says they want a scan of a magazine for research or for some "project" they're working on, nothing ever comes of it, but you actually followed through. Kudos.
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    Hey, just wanted to let you know that I finished the project that I needed this page for. The page is featured at 8:06. Thanks again!
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    There are two websites in the world providing original scans of Japanese gaming magazines. Retromags, which offers a small collection of Japanese mags scanned mostly by me. And RetroCDN, which hosts low-resolution scans provided by a native Japanese scanner. It's no mystery why these scans are coming from people living in Japan (well, the two of us, anyway.) We have the easiest, cheapest access to the mags. But what's interesting is that all of these scans are being hosted by websites based outside of Japan. For me, well sure - I'm an American, even if I've been an expat for 9 years. But the other scanner is Japanese. Why not host them at a Japanese site? Well, because there is no such site. There simply aren't any magazine preservation sites in Japan. The entire thing is seen as not only illegal, but unethical by the majority of Japanese (whereas I think it's safe to say that we here at RM may acknowledge the technical illegality of providing magazine scans, but have a far more lenient view on the ethical implications, so long as the mags being offered are old enough to meet our cut-off dates). I recently was reading a thread on 2ch, a textboard that is probably Japan's largest and most influential online community (which ironically and fittingly, was founded by a Japanese while attending university in America). In it, users were discussing websites that offered high resolution scans of gaming mags. All sites referenced were foreign, and none were offering complete scans of entire magazines, just select pages. Also, to be fair, these were relatively new mags being discussed, not old stuff like we offer here. The following is my translation of select comments. As you can see, there were a couple of people OK with the idea, but most seemed appalled. Btw, lest anyone think that the Japanese are as puritanically ethical regarding copyright as these posts might make it seem, I'd like to point out that in the years following the mass acceptance of CDR burners, countless shops in Japan opened up "CD rental" sections, allowing you to rent music CDs. And there, either right next to the CDs themselves, or else right by the check-out counter, spindles of blank CD-Rs were also being sold. But I'm sure the two had nothing to do with each other.