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  1. In that case, you may want to at least debind them yourself before shipping them off. Unless you don't mind having a guillotine cutter slice away part of every page. When it comes to reading, the scans being released at RM are fine. But sadly, most of them are not of a good enough quality to use for uploading advertisements to our own galleries, since too much of the page is missing. It's so weird, we have all these strict scanning and editing rules, but for some reason "don't cut part of the page off and throw it in the garbage before scanning it" isn't one of them.
  2. This is bullshit. Yes, magazine scans are illegal in Japan. Just as they are in the USA and everywhere else in the world. BUT He obtained all of his own personal scans by paying a scanning service to scan his magazines. If he was so terrified of copyright law, maybe he wouldn't use a commercial business to scan his magazines? No one is asking him to upload anything himself. He's telling other people not to upload his scans to archive or wherever and claiming it's because he could be punished for violating copyrights...but exactly how they could ever be traced back to him is a complete mystery. Are you sure he wasn't saying you had to wait a year to TRADE anything you received from him? Because I still have an email where he explicitly tells me that none of his scans can be uploaded anywhere until at least 2032.
  3. My personal displeasure is that he's featured a couple of mags I personally scanned on his blog. I really don't want to bring that guy any extra traffic. Of course, he stopped featuring my scans after I asked him to include a disclaimer that they can be downloaded for free from Retromags.
  4. This isn't your fault, but I wish people would stop mentioning his blog and drawing attention to it (you're probably the 5th or 6th person who's asked if we've contacted that guy.) Because what you've got to understand about his blog is that it's nothing but an advertisement of his wares, so to speak. WELCOME! Check out my blog! See something you like? Well then, let's make a trade~!!
  5. Yep. They'll only accept trades of mags that are 100% unavailable anywhere else (and you must agree never to upload them anywhere in the future as well), and you must also agree that anything you receive from them must also never be shared anywhere else in the future. So that place is a total dead end, in that they aren't interested in magazine preservation, only in private collecting (despite what they write on their blog).
  6. The dick punch is no joke. I actually developed a semi-serious medical condition once that lasted over a month due to the pernicious lightning strike jabs of a 6-year-old.
  7. Any UK gamers here? If so, you probably love this game (unless you're one of those console-only people, in which guess you were probably playing the Master System instead.) Dungeon Master seems to be one of the most beloved and respected of all RPGs in Europe, while remaining significantly less revered in the USA. I think the obvious reason has to do with the platform it was developed for - the Atari ST - which had very little presence in the USA. Released for the ST in 1987, it looked amazing, but by the time it was finally ported to DOS in 1992 (and thus received widespread attention in the US), 5 years had passed (a lifetime in computer tech in the 80s/90s), and both the graphics and gameplay were no longer ahead of their time - indeed, they likely seemed outdated.
  8. Dungeon Master is a realtime role-playing video game featuring a pseudo-3D first-person perspective. It was developed and published by FTL Games for the Atari ST in 1987. It was released in Japan for the PC-98 in 1990. 230 pgs, September 29, 1990
  9. Yeah, I remember seeing pictures in EGM or some such. At the time, I assumed it must be some weird sexual thing. Now, having lived in Japan for over a decade, I realize it's all about the two-handed kancho, which, having experienced it myself, I can confirm is anything BUT sexual in nature. It's still plenty weird, though. And talk about weird cultural exchanges - trying to explain to kids that in America, we actually DON'T consider ramming our index fingers up someone's asshole to be hilarious hijinks... Even odder still, this bizarre cultural phenomenon isn't limited to Japan. I hear it's popular in Korea as well (and indeed, Boonga Boonga is a Korean game).
  10. The boring answer is that despite canceling the Rugby World Cup match (which they decided upon a couple of days ago), it ultimately ended up being nothing but rain in this immediate area. If you look at this picture, you can see the folding-accordian retractable roof which could have solved that problem. The more facetious (but still true) answer for what it would take for a typhoon to be serious would be for it to be bad enough that I don't have to go to work. This one was on a Saturday, so irrelevant, but it takes almost all of two hands for me to count the number of times I've had to drive to work in a typhoon. Meanwhile I can count the number of times a typhoon has allowed me to stay home from work on ZERO fingers.
  11. Watch yourself. People around here might not like to get off the couch, but they'll do it if that's what it takes to stick a foot up a sports fan's ass. Seriously, I'm not into playing sports myself, but I don't mind watching them (not so much on TV, but I enjoy them live). And more relevant to the comments which I was referencing, I can enjoy sports video games, whereas other people on these boards seem like they would be happy if such things were made illegal. On a sports-related note, the New Zealand vs. Italy match of the Rugby World Cup was set to be played earlier today at a stadium that's a 5 minute drive from my home, but it was canceled due to a (mild) typhoon. Not that I had tickets. I guess it betrays my American upbringing, but Rugby is a sport I don't really "get."
  12. I hope nobody minds, but I've decided to draw the line at adding arcade card game magazines to the database. They're big business in Japanese arcades (they'd have to be to support multiple magazines devoted to them), but since we've never had anything similar in the West (to my knowledge), and they can't be played by anyone not actually standing inside of an arcade in Japan, I just don't know who would possibly want to read about them here. Especially since they seem to mostly focus on soccer games, and from what I've gathered in forum posts through the years, most Retromags readers are adamantly opposed to the existence of sports and would like to see all athletic activities and games based upon them banished from the universe. (I kid, no I don't. You all really seem to despise sports.) So none of these: Of course not ALL arcade card games are soccer-themed, even if those are (obviously) the most popular. And although I'm not interested in arcade games myself (the only game I ever play in arcades is Taiko no Tatsujin), it's still worth investigating, if only to realize that there is an entire subcategory of games in Japan that Westerners are never exposed to.