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    Retromags Presents! Updated Release of Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue 126 (January 2000) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: hardcorehubz Edited By: hardcorehubz Uploaded By: hardcorehubz Donated By: hardcorehubz Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!
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    I got a PC in early 1987, and didn't get an NES till Xmas '88, so I was playing games on a PC for almost 2 years before getting an NES. That said, I enjoyed both as a kid, but it's mostly the PC games that I find myself still returning to as an adult (actually, just today I was playing Police Quest 2, coincidentally another 1988 game). But anyone who didn't grow up playing DOS games might find them hard to enjoy now. They aren't nearly as pick-up-and play as a console game, and usually required you to study a manual of some sort before you have any hope of knowing how to play, since it wasn't uncommon for every key on the keyboard to be used for something. Genres were being created and evolved left and right in those days, so almost every new game had a new and untested UI, some of which worked better than others. When a game was designed and programmed by a single person, they sometimes didn't realize that not everyone would think the same way they did, so you might end up with overly complicated/obtuse controls or gameplay. But figuring that stuff out was part of the fun back then. Heck, even figuring out how to get a game working properly in DOS was sometimes an adventure in itself.
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    Retromags Presents! PC Games Vol.3 No.07 (July 1996) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: kitsunebi    Edited By: kitsunebi    Uploaded By: kitsunebi    Donated By: Whiskcat Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
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    So a while back, after I made my first donation to Retromags, I mentioned I'd try to get more local magazines for y'all to scan. Well, I managed to get a decent lot: (I believe one of these PlayMania books has a cut up back cover, but the rest is fine) Game Master was a Mexican magazine that ran from 2009 until 2015, this collection has several issues from 2009 to 2012. PlayMania and Hobby Consolas are from Spain, Club Nintendo is the Mexican version, and that Xbox magazine is also from Mexico. Just like last time, I'll happily ship these to you guys if you cover the postage from California to wherever.
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    Wizardry 1-5, all in one handy book. https://archive.org/details/wizardryencyclopedia
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    Retromags Presents! Top Score Issue 01 (Fall 1986) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: TheRedEye    Edited By: TheRedEye    Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
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    I'll admit, my first experience with Sim City wasn't until the SNES port two years later. Still, aside from being forced to use a D-Pad to control a game designed for a mouse, I think the SNES port is actually better in a lot of ways. Of course, all future Sim City games would be great on PCs and garbage on consoles, so the SNES port being decent may have been a fluke (or the fact that Nintendo themselves handled the port). Here's a guide to the PC-98 version: https://archive.org/details/simcityguidebook
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    Edited to remove the tear markings. Re-download if you got this file earlier.
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    Does anyone else find it odd how Japan markets its bishoujo stuff? They always start out with porn games, and then if they're successful enough, they spin them off into all-ages anime and game adaptations... It would be like if superheroes were initially just characters in porn films, and only later were the successful ones turned into comics and cartoons aimed at kids. Or instead of porn parodies being made of MCU films, the MCU was actually just a bunch of all-ages films based on pornos... What a strange world we live in.
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    Retromags Presents! Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue 200 (February 2006) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: hardcorehubz    Edited By: hardcorehubz    Uploaded By: hardcorehubz    Donated By: hardcorehubz Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
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    Retromags Presents! Updated Release of GamePro Issue 121 (October 1998) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day Edited By: Melki Uploaded By: E-Day Donated By: CIVICMINDED
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    I've shared this with some people before but hadn't uploaded it to the Internet Wasteyard before, so here it is. This is a special edition of Comptiq from January 1987 which exclusively covers adult games. This would go on to be a popular mini-section of each issue for years to come (the section's pages were sealed together and had to be cut with scissors in order to be read, so that bookstore browsers had to actually buy the mag to get to the good stuff.) Personally, I find something charming and almost innocent about the primitive graphics on display here, despite the content. https://archive.org/details/comptiq026chottoetchinafukubukkurojanuary1987
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    In retrospect, it seems blatantly obvious that a magazine titled "GamePro En Espanol" would just be plain old GamePro...in Spanish. A-duh. I'm unfamiliar with GamePro...are the Spanish edition covers exclusive to that version, or do they use the same art as the English ones? Regardless, if the contents are nothing but translations, that renders something that was already of niche interest into something almost entirely lacking of importance as well. Unless of course you only speak Spanish.
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    Retromags Presents! Tips & Tricks Video Game Codebook Volume 17 Issue 1 (February 2010) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: Crimsonfox    Uploaded By: E-Day    Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
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    BWA-HAHAHA!!! OK, just so everyone is clear...just about every file I've ever uploaded to the Internet Archive is a CBR file (maybe ALL of them...?). So if you download any of my uploads there, you MUST DOWNLOAD THE CBR...NOT THE PDF!!!!! The Internet Archive automatically generates a PDF file any time a CBR is uploaded, but the PDF is for OCR purposes ONLY. A 100 MB CBR will become a 5 MB PDF because the only thing it's preserving is the text - the images are all compressed to the point that they're just blobs of color. These files should NOT be downloaded. The CBR is what you need. I bring this up because I just noticed that someone recently swiped all 170+ of my IA uploads and uploaded them to one of those other sites that likes to mirror files...except they copied the PDFs by mistake So now they have 170+ files that look like dog$#!+ cluttering up their site! Sigh... Well, that's their problem, I guess. But I'd hate to think that any of you guys might also make such a dumb mistake, so again: for any and all files you see linked to in this thread, leave the PDFs alone and DOWNLOAD THE CBR, BIATCHES!!!
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    Retromags Presents! PlayAction Strategies - Super Nintendo (1992) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: E-Day    Uploaded By: E-Day    Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
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    i never got too into PC games, and the NES was/is my first love. if we're talking late '80s/early '90s, my list is going to be practically all NES. definitely some fun lists here already. i like that we've all used slightly different criteria, but all are accurate.
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    Retromags Presents! Pokémon Power Issue 6 (January 1999) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day Edited By: Crimsonfox Uploaded By: E-Day Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!
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    Retromags Presents! Pokémon Power Issue 5 (December 1998) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day Edited By: Crimsonfox Uploaded By: E-Day Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!
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    Thanks. I’ve been hoping issues of this would be uploaded.
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    Btw, I just want to thank @Areala for sharing her opinion. I was unsure if it was the right thing to do, starting a new topic that wouldn't attract people looking for download links, since as I said, I'd rather not start new threads of me talking to myself. But now I know that someone actually read this post! And even replied! Thank you! I didn't know such things could even be hoped for in a forum.
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    Thus we've come full circle. Such is life.
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    It can't be helped. Magazine scanning community is miniscule, with a miniscule audience. For most it's mainly about getting it scanned in the first place and moving on to the next magazine. What the community needs is more volunteer editors.
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    What amuses me is that almost everyone out there scanning mags is a member of our site and discusses it in the forums, but currently only E-Day and myself are following through and editing our scans so they can be shared here. (We do have some members who edit other peoples' scans). It's weird, how it seems everyone wants to be a part of this community while simultaneously keeping all of their work separate from it (though judging by the number of unedited scans circulating out there, I guess it mostly boils down to a lack of interest in taking the time to adhere to quality standards.)
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    The above list was chosen by Famitsu's readers. Next up are the genre awards, chosen by the Famitsu staff: Best RPG - Dragon Quest III (Famicom) Choosing otherwise would have caused riots in the streets, I presume Best Shooting Game - Gradius II (Famicom) - This one never made it stateside, but I've played it, and yep...it's a Gradius game, all right. Best Sports Game - World Court - (PC Engine) - GREAT SCOTT!!! It's not a baseball game!!! (This selection caused riots in the streets, I presume) Best Strategy Game - Famicom Wars (Famicom) Advance Wars was great fun, but going back afterwards to try this one was a let-down. Best Action Game - Super Mario Bros. 3 (Famicom) And just like 1987, the editors decided that certain genres didn't have any games good enough to qualify for an award, so they only get "runner-up" status: Runner-Up Action-RPG - Ys (Master System) Sigh. I'm not sure that "bump into the bad guys over and over" qualifies as "action," but there you have it. Runner-Up Adventure Game - (tie) Famicom Tantei Club, Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom (Famicom) As a huge fan of the graphic adventure genre, I'd like to disqualify every Japanese adventure game ever made from attaining anything higher than "runner-up" status. Even that might be too generous. At least Princess Tomato isn't another murder mystery, I guess. Runner-Up Puzzle Game - Tetris (Famicom - Bullet Proof Software version) BPS's stupid backwards control scheme (down on the D-pad to rotate, A button to drop) relegates one of the greastest puzzle games ever to "runner-up" status And finally, the special category awards: Best Story - Final Fantasy II (Famicom) It didn't take much for a console game in 1988 to win this award. This game perhaps begins the devolution of the JRPG into the "visual novel with battles" railroad experience they would become by introducing distinct characters with predetermined dialog and plots. You're no longer roleplaying a character - you're simply guiding a pre-scripted character along the path determined by the developers. Best Character Design - Dragon Quest III (Famicom) Akira Toriyama is like a god in Japan Best Graphics - Alien Crush (PC Engine) Well chosen Best Music - Galaga '88 (PC Engine) Err..... If you say so. Best Topic (?) - No-Ri-Ko (PC Engine) The first ever CD-ROM for the PC Engine. This was a pile of crap that almost doesn't even qualify as a game, but that didn't matter. People could watch and listen to jpop idols prance around on their screens, and the landscape of Japanese gaming would never be the same. Best Port - R-Type (PC Engine) near arcade-perfect Best Production - Ninja Gaiden (Famicom) The cinematic cut-scenes between levels were groundbreaking, even if the plot was ridiculous Best TV Commercial - Famicom Wars (Famicom) Allllll righty then. Best Design - (tie) Matsumoto Tooru no Kabushiki Hisshougaku, Kaettekita Mario Brothers (Famicom) A stock trading game. Yawn. Also, a remake of the original Mario Bros. (not SMB) which is more accurate to the arcade version - only sold for the FDS Disk Writer, so no actual disks/packaging were ever produced. An old-school "digital-only" release, if you will.
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    Retromags Presents! Updated Releases of GamePro Issues 130 (July 1999), 131 (August 1999), and 132 (September 1998) Issue 130 Issue 131 Issue 132 Database Record Database Record Database Record Download Directly! Download Directly! Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day Edited By: Melki Uploaded By: E-Day Donated By: CIVICMINDED
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    There's one historically important magazine that needs to be scanned: Club Nintendo Mexico. Most of its material was completely original thanks to the fact they had direct access to Nintendo materials through an import company that handled distribution for them here; they also reported on local events such as the launch of Chavez, and even had a hand in localizing some games for the region. They also had interviews with developers from Europe, Japan and America, and their coverage of E3 and Tokyo Game Show was unheard of for the time. Plus they're the only magazine that ran news coverage on the cancelled Dragon Ball Z Shin Butouden 3 localization. Unfortunately, in its later years, it just started to reprint stuff from Nintendo Power. But the early stuff is important. I have a few years worth of magazines upstairs. Magazines from other countries did reprint stuff from other places, but Club Nintendo Mexico shouldn't really be looked over. And trust me, if I -could- scan these, I totally would, but my scanner is a piece of garbage that barely works and is full of uncleanable dust.
  29. 1 point
    As tedious and brain-numbingly dull as scanning magazines is, I'm pretty sure watching someone else do it would be worse, even if he's only doing cover scans. But I'm sure there will be something in the discussion worth paying attention to. As for me, social isolation means that I was finally able to finish The Witcher (the game, not the show). The Enhanced Director's Cut shipped in 2008, making it one of the most modern games I've ever finished! (That's the year I moved to Japan, though I'd pretty much stopped gaming a couple of years before that).
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    Retromags Presents! Code Vault Issue 06 (August 2002) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: E-Day    Uploaded By: E-Day    Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
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    Retromags Presents! Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue 185 (December 2004) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: hardcorehubz Edited By: MigJmz Uploaded By: hardcorehubz Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!
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    Retromags Presents! Updated Releases of GamePro Issues 123 (December 1998) and 124 (January 1999) Issue 123 Issue 124 Database Record Database Record Download Directly! Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day Edited By: Melki Uploaded By: E-Day Donated By: CIVICMINDED
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    OK, so everybody knows that Dragon Quest is a Big Deal in Japan, and Dragon Quest III might well have been the Biggest Deal. We all remember reading in Nintendo Power about people lining up around the block to get a copy (the first time we'd ever heard of such a thing), and heard the rumors about how afterwards, laws were put in place not allowing future Dragon Quests to be released on school days to avoid having kids play hooky (totally baseless, btw). In Famitsu's most recent reader poll for top 100 games of all time (conducted in 2017), Dragon Quest III came in at #2, and was the only game in the top 5 more than a year old (I guess nostalgia doesn't affect Japanese gamers). So yeah, big deal. No more apparent was this to me than it was as I went about creating the database for Famicom Hisshoubon - one of the major Famicom mags back in the day (one that preceded Famitsu). Dragon Quest III appeared on the cover not once, not twice, but 19 issues in a row. Seven of those times were just the title on the cover, but for 12 issues in a row, the cover image was dedicated to Dragon Quest III as well. It graced every cover from September 18, 1987 to June 17, 1988 - 3/4ths of a year. (Dragon Quest II made the cover 8 times, btw) (the first 5 and last 2 covers shown here only include the DQ3 title on the cover)
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    *raises hand* I think it's worthy of praise, though I've never played it as it's not my idea of a good time. The main thing about Elite was that it was a trailblazer for procedural generation, and by using it they managed to fit their entire "universe" (8 galaxies, 256 planets) in the minuscule portion of the available 32KB RAM. The gameplay was interesting with a fair amount of depth in the trading and missions, though I'm dubious how novel that aspect was. Some claim that it laid the groundwork for open world games. I am slightly too young to have played it myself at the time, but I was aware my folks played it on our Acorn Electron (a BBC-comaptible whose version of Elite was slightly neutered). At the time it made a huge splash, the UK scene was on fire at the time and this was one of the best games to come out of that period. I don't know if it'd hold up today, when there are more modern sequels or alternatives to be played. *shrugs*
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    Retromags Presents! Updated Releases of GamePro Issues 108 (August 1997) and 119 (August 1998) Issue 108 Issue 119 Database Record Database Record Download Directly! Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day Edited By: Crimsonfox Uploaded By: E-Day Donated By: CIVICMINDED
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    LOL. I just noticed that this file had zero guest downloads (most of our files are over 50% guest downloads, or in the case of the Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide, over 90% guest downloads.) Something got messed up on the back end, but I just fixed it. So for everyone who visits the site but is too antisocial to register, you can download the file now.
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    So the pathway to success is paved with tentacles in Japan? Hmmm...maybe I too should start pitching eroge content in the hopes of creating the next MCU out of all the thrusting and grunting? *huggles* Areala
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    Rest assure thats not happening here. They are not many scanners releasing stuff here besides 3 or 4 people and lets face it its mostly E-Day. Thats why you have to wait because theres no other choice! Maybe the word "In queue" or something like that would be better but thats not available as of now. Lets get Phillyman on that. As for the EGM 118 i'm not sure whois editing that. Melki?? Crimson? Maybe there's something missing or wrong with that issue. Also that Nintendo Power is available here: https://archive.org/details/Nintendo_Power_157_June_2002_U/mode/2up . Another Retromags release jacked by IA. Looking at the Database that release should say Preserved. Not sure why it says 'Scanning'.
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    I can't say I noticed either of those things you mentioned while flipping through, but it was an interesting time-capsule peek at the very early 80s nonetheless.
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    Only very minor video game action in this one (a single Game &Watch mention p.163, plus physical Hanafuda p.111, and other card games p.85,89,108 and games p.126) but I thought it worth posting. It was a quick scan with zero retouching because it was in a sorry state. POPEYE Big 100th issue (1981-04-10) https://archive.org/details/popeye-magazine-for-city-boys-1981-04-10/mode/2up Here's a twitter thread where I pull its some interesting stuff.
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    Retromags Presents! Updated Releases of GamePro Issues 104 (May 1997) and 105 (June 1997) Issue 104 Issue 105 Database Record Database Record Download Directly! Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day Edited By: Crimsonfox Uploaded By: E-Day
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    Lovely stuff - I'm playing through Shining Force CD at the moment, so I really appreciate this upload. Thank you for your continued contributions to the community
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    BTW, don't be shy about commenting if you've played any of these games and have something to say. This is "kitsunebi's downloads and discussion," not "kitsunebi's list of links" Anyway, Shining Force CD is a remake of Shining Force Gaiden I&II (originally on the Game Gear) for the Sega CD. https://archive.org/details/shiningforcecdofficialguidebook
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    Shining Force II: Shinier Force was a tactical RPG from Sega circa 1993. But you already knew that. What you probably didn't know is the molecular weight of tungsten, which sadly is something this guide isn't going to help you with at all. https://archive.org/details/shiningforceiiinishienofuuinhisshoukouryakuhou
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    Retromags Presents! S.W.A.T.Pro Issue 23 (May 1995) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: E-Day    Uploaded By: E-Day    Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
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    Retromags Presents! Famitsu Issue 0056 (September 2, 1988) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: kitsunebi    Edited By: kitsunebi    Uploaded By: kitsunebi    Donated By: ccovell Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
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    I wish there was someone...anyone...from Japan who reads our forums. I'm not talking about expats, either. No, I'm talking about a real live walking talking Japanese person. Because I've got a question that only they might have insight into. This thread has a lot of links to Japanese books. Strategy guides, mostly. None of which are my scans. I can only assume most of these scans originated in Japan. What you don't see here are scans of Japanese magazines. Because other than the scans I make myself, there just aren't that many out there to share. Don't get me wrong, there are TONS of Japanese gaming mags which have been scanned and are being privately traded in clandestine exchanges in the blackest corners of the dark web as if they were state secrets or something, but they aren't ever made public like book scans are. So my question is, why does it appear that digitally preserving out-of-print books is acceptable, but magazines are not? Because NONE of those privately traded scans can be considered part of a preservation effort - they're just as inaccessible to the world as if they were still mags in a box in someone's closet. I just uploaded our 86th Japanese mag, and I sometimes (scratch that, always) feel like I've personally done more to preserve the culture of Japanese gaming mags than the entire country of Japan has done...which is sad, really, since I'm not even passionate about it.
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    Taking photographs of magazines is not an alternative to scanning. Any product featuring a mounted camera taking photos of something is flat out lying if they try to suggest that it's acceptable for magazines. Those products have some functionality if you're dealing with text-only books, but for magazines they're totally useless (for the purpose of creating something decent-looking enough to be shared here, that is.)
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    Hello, not posted here for a long time, scans are slowly proceeding, the new url is https://archive.org/details/@japanesemagazinesscans?sort=titleSorter 50th upload on sight! Meanwhile I acquired some italian magazine only to notice that they're slightly bigger than a4, so I'll need to get an a3 scanner but that's will be really far away in the future
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    Ken Shimura, comedian, musician and co-star of Hudson's PC Engine game Kato-chan & Ken-chan (an altered version was released in the USA as J.J. & Jeff) has become the first celebrity in Japan to die from the Corona virus. I've never played the game, but any game that had to be censored for American audiences for containing too much toilet humor is OK in my book.