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badinsults last won the day on December 18 2009

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  1. Heh, I guess I should have made the disclaimer that I pick apart problems in every country I have lived in, including my native Canada (the problems there were so bad that I decided to leave). It is just my nature. But I love Japan, it is a fabulous place to live, full of wonder and friendly people. There are not many places where I can walk up to a hill and see two active volcanoes spewing out steam (I'm a geologist). I'm moving to Germany in just over a month, I'm sure I will find problems there too, but I imagine it will also be a really nice place to live.
  2. Oh, I just gave that as an example. In businesses today, they hire on the basis of conformity to specific standards within the company, rather that giving employees the space to think for themselves and come up with new ideas. Nintendo is probably an exception in this matter, because they allowed their engineers to produce products like the DS and Wii. That is probably a credit to the innovative thinking of Iwata. Just remember how Nintendo was stagnating during the later reign of Yamauchi, where they clung onto cartridges one generation too long, and failed to take advantage of DVD support for the Gamecube. That is a more common occurrence in Japanese business. Also compare the recent innovations of Nintendo to Sony, who's latest consoles are just iterations of their previous hardware, and are ultimately stagnating. The traditional Japanese game industry is almost at an end here. Most of the big name Japanese titles drop off the sales charts pretty quickly (aside from Nintendo's first and second party titles), and the PS4 charts are dominated by foreign titles like Minecraft and Fallout 4. Japanese industry is currently being overtaken in a big way by Chinese, South Korean and Taiwanese industries (and probably soon by Vietnam and Indonesia as well) that produce better products at a lower price. A big part of that is an inability to change in a rapidly evolving marketplace. Nobody will take charge, a problem that goes all the way to the top of the high levels of government.
  3. There are a lot of problems in Japan, and strict adherence to conformity is one of them. It is no wonder they don't put out innovative products that people outside of Japan want anymore. No one is allowed to have independent thought. It reminds me of an interview I read by Shigeru Miyamoto, where he said that under Nintendo's current hiring rules, he would never have been considered to work there.
  4. I've been sporting a beard for the past four months, never heard anything negative about it (generally, the women always say how かっこいい I am). I keep it pretty well groomed, though. Could be a regional thing, I live in southern Japan.
  5. There should be a scan of the October 26, 1990 issue somewhere on the site. If you don't have a copy, I can upload it (if someone tells me how to do it):
  6. I used to have the issue with the Apocalypse cover. Maybe ask Jake if it was amongst the lot of magazines I sent him many years ago (if he still has them).
  7. First off, as a pure end user, I am very excited that someone is scanning Famitsu issues. Just as a note, I know that tongueman did a high quality scan of one issue from the launch of the Super Famicom, if it is not up on the site, I will try uploading it somewhere. I don't know what other people think, but I would rather have a substandard quality scan (or scan of a reproduction) than have no scan at all. It is always possible to replace it later if you get a better copy of it. I think including both the fixed and unfixed version of the cover is fine, and maybe someone with a lot of time on their hands can do a better fix later. As for your second point, I agree it would be nice to have a "sort by whether or not it has a scan" option, and have it on by default. I am unsure of how hard that would be to implement.
  8. Man, they sure threw out some huge spoilers for Final Fantasy II there.
  9. Just a question, has the fixed versions of these EGM magazines been uploaded to the site? I noticed one was added today (which I actually hadn't downloaded previously). I don't want to kill your dropbox.
  10. Thanks for scanning the 1991 EGMs, this is a treasure trove for me.
  11. Are the file extensions fixed on the files? I noticed a lot of the Nintendo Power scans are zip compressed, but had a CBR extension for some reason (note that I downloaded them years ago off a torrent).
  12. Sorry to hear about Megaupload shutting down, effectively closing this site down. Makes me regret not keeping up to date on my magazine collection. I appreciate all the work you guys have done, hopefully a long term hosting solution can be made.
  13. Maybe I am completely blind here, but with the plethora of uploads recently, I may have missed a magazine I would like to download (the recent uploads list on the side bar only shows the last 5 uploads). Is there a way to see the uploaded magazines in chronological order?
  14. Yikes, that is horrible, I hope you have luck in retrieving things. I guess in the future, it might be ideal to work on one magazine at a time.