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  1. This issue needs a re-scan badly. It's been noted in the database entry. Please do not report this; we're aware of it. Thank you!
  2. "Blaster Master" in Japan was seriously known as "Great Planet War Metafight"? (Maybe...? I'm super amateurish with my Kanji here, so it might be something like Record of Super Planet Battle too...) That's like...the most Japanese name ever!
  3. Actually, this is off-topic from the TG-16 mini, but your example brought up something I've always wondered. I know that alcohol and drinking is very big in Japanese culture, especially among co-workers...or at least that's the way it seems from people I've spoken to who have lived there. My problem is that I'm very allergic to it (I'd be dead long before I hit even mild intoxication, so I have to be quite careful). Is there any acceptable way to decline an invitation to drink, either for health reasons or because one is, say, a recovering alcoholic? Or is it more the presence at the social gathering as opposed to the consumption of beverages that is the big deal? *huggles* Areala
  4. OK, first of all, I don't even want to THINK about what you saw doing a Google search for Japanese censorship. Haven't watched the video yet, but I'm going to assume it has something do with the number four being associated with death in Japanese culture? [Edit after reading: Holy crap, I was so wrong...!] Also, yeah, that Censored Gaming channel is a time-sink extraordinaire. I love it! *huggles* Areala
  5. That's not censorship. They actually look blurry and pixelated like that IRL. *huggles* Areala
  6. Speaking as a gamer who has one, you aren't missing a whole lot, really. *huggles* Areala
  7. Just checked and I don't have a copy of this issue either. *huggles* Areala
  8. I felt the same way about the Mini PS1 released earlier. Why stick to the original controller when a lack of the analog sticks on a Dual Analog or DualShock limits the type of software you can include? Other than keeping the price lower, or for nostalgia factor, ie: "Here's what you originally got in the box in 1989!", I see no reason to exclude the six-button controller. *huggles* Areala
  9. Oh, nifty! So an otome game is just a visual novel where the protagonist is assumed to be female instead of male! How awesome.
  10. I'm assuming this one revolves around bishonen/yaoi media, based on the name and the covers?
  11. I'll have you know, I am one well acquainted with games wherein the protagonist accidentally trips and falls against a future waifu, only to arrest his forward momentum by reaching second base with both hands!
  12. CarnEvil! Now there's an arcade game that never got a home conversion and really deserved one. Man, talk about bringing back memories...
  13. I rest my case. *huggles* Areala
  14. Y-you shut your dirty mouth. Lara appeared in a U2 live concert show back in the day. She...she knows what she's doing, and would always lay down the smoothest of beats while out clubbing...and you can't convince me otherwise!
  15. I admit to being one of the multi-page ad uploaders. I've since stopped, since I lack the skills necessary to make them look good. But yeah, a number of PlayStation ads in the DB are multi-file ads because of me. As one of the more elaborate indexers on here, I always figure it's better to err on the side of being too informative as opposed to not informative enough. I like to put my own mark of style on things, and hopefully anybody who does read them will be entertained in some fashion. But if not, oh well. I have fun doing it. *huggles* Areala
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    HA HA HA HA HA! I forget the gallery images sometimes randomly post to the Retromags twitter account. @Phillyman is probably gonna slap me with the ban stick for a few days.
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    I thought so.
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  19. Kitsunebi covered this already earlier in the conversation, but I feel like it's important to note the difference between Western (or at least North American) gaming magazines and Japanese gaming mags. It wasn't uncommon for mags like EGM, GamePro, and PSM to run regular columns that looked at games released in Japan (especially arcades) that were unlikely to receive localized releases. Preview columns, in fact, often used Japanese release content for screenshots and such when they knew a new game would get domestic release (Final Fantasy VII, anyone?). Game mags even went so far as to hire people to either live in Japan and work as a foreign correspondent (like Bill Paris for PSM), or who understood the language and could thus write coherently about the Japanese previews they managed to score (like Nick Rox for GameFan). In PSM's case, they took this a step further by including language helpers for gamers inclined to import titles so they could at least get past the start menu even if they didn't know the first thing about Hiragana or Katakana. Back in the 90's, there were any number of import shops and clubs in the US that catered to Western gamers interested in picking up games and hardware from different regions. Obviously I don't have nearly the experience with Japanese publications that Kitsunebi does, but I've never flipped through an actual Japanese magazine or a scan of one and found anything similar for Japanese gamers interested in trying out Western-only releases. No English-to-Japanese language helpers, no write-ups of what's coming soon to US arcades or home systems, no groups offering Region 1-coded hardware or software imports, no US-based correspondents writing about the international scene, etc... The US attitude about video games was, "Holy cow, I love this stuff, and look at all the things I'm missing!" The Japanese attitude, by contrast, seemed to be, "I have plenty here...why would I care what other parts of the world get?" Granted, like Kitsunebi said before, there were more Japanese-only PS2 games released than there were US-developed and English-localized PS2 games combined, so that's kind of understandable. We had to wait for Nintendo, Sony, Konami, Capcom, and Square to localize their big hits, while Japanese gamers got them on day one, so no need to report on what's "coming soon" in North American or European territories. *huggles* Areala
  20. If I come over, can I play your Xanadu cut-out board game with you? *huggles* Areala
  21. Don't give them any ideas. I don't need to make room for another retro console amongst the hoard. *huggles* Areala
  22. I've had some success with a program called PDFMate PDF Converter for extracting the images from a PDF document. You can also use it to convert a PDF from one format to another, with mixed results depending on the complexity of a file. You can also use it to create PDF files with, again, mixed results depending on file complexity. If you can't afford Photoshop, give this one a try and see if it works.
  23. They were never offered for sale in-stores, they were mail-order only. My brother and I had the one in the upper row, far right, but I don't remember how we got it...I think he may have traded a friend at school for it. I, on the other hand, totally sent away for this from GameSpot (back when they were VideoGameSpot): If you want to watch 45 minutes of VHS-quality Tomb Raiding glory though, some other enterprising soul posted it to YouTube! Rejoice and be glad, ye fellow Lara-holics! *huggles* Areala