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by layzee
Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Japanese Film (Live Action)
Replies: 24
Views: 9624

Re: Japanese Film (Live Action)

Sion Sono movies Suicide Club (2001) 5/5 - One of my favourite horror movies. Not your typical "ghost chasing the main characters" story. Be warned that it probably won't answer your questions after the movie ends. If I remember correctly, there are no jump scares at all, or very few, and...
by layzee
Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Crazy Ass Auctions
Replies: 28
Views: 698

Re: Crazy Ass Auctions

Dragon Quest IV Symphonic Suite (Record) for 151,000 yen. That's 3x times the price of the next priciest recent thing in that category. Pretty expensive even by record standards. Sealed Akumajou Dracula X: Gekka no Yasoukyoku (First Print) for 160,000 yen. I think I'll stick with my mint but vastly...
by layzee
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sharehouses in Japan
Replies: 15
Views: 332

Re: Sharehouses in Japan

I think an apt analogy for the kinds of games men are playing versus the ones women play would be like if, in film, men preferred watching all the big budget releases plus the brainier stuff, whereas women exclusively watched pedantic chick-flicks and straight-to-Blu-ray low-budget trash releases a...
by layzee
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Japanese Gaming Sites
Replies: 17
Views: 1566

Re: Japanese Gaming Sites

I'm going to take an educated guess and say that's because Japan (mostly) doesn't use computers, as in desktop and to a lesser extent notebook/tablet PCs. . These days there is plenty of internet-ing on mobile devices. The problem is (to a large extent) Japanese started all their internet activitie...
by layzee
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: TV Anime "Junji Itou Collection" (2018)
Replies: 0
Views: 10

TV Anime "Junji Itou Collection" (2018)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMNcx1Z2BPo Okay, the promo trailer is only 1 minute long but I'm confident enough to bet y'all $100 (USD) that the manga will remain superior. Anyway, Junji Itou is basically a horror manga artist and writer genius with a very impressive work history and one of my fa...
by layzee
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Ghost in the Shell Live Action Trailer
Replies: 14
Views: 11629

Re: Ghost in the Shell Live Action Trailer

I still haven't watched this movie (and still won't) but out of curiosity, I checked out the live-action "hand-to-hand fight in a puddle" scene... the anime version of that same scene is WAY superior. Why did they omit the bone-breaking and the "stare blankly into the distance" p...
by layzee
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Japanese Gaming Sites
Replies: 17
Views: 1566

Re: Japanese Gaming Sites

Yeah and if we talk official game sites, even today they usually put screenshots in 400 px size or something even if it's 1080p ps4 game. I'm going to take an educated guess and say that's because Japan (mostly) doesn't use computers, as in desktop and to a lesser extent notebook/tablet PCs. Most o...
by layzee
Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:10 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sharehouses in Japan
Replies: 15
Views: 332

Re: Sharehouses in Japan

My personal favorite is dating girls who list "gaming" as a hobby and then try to play up our common interest: at best they play the latest JRPGs, at worst they just play simple Facebook and mobile games. It's also why I laugh at all the studies that say an equal number — if not more (!) ...
by layzee
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Japanese Gaming Sites
Replies: 17
Views: 1566

Re: Japanese Gaming Sites

2ch (now called 5ch) is still probably the best forum/board-style place for gamers discussing games so far I've seen. All foreigners are blocked from posting messages though as mentioned previously. If you're interested in GameFAQs-style discussions about gameplay strategies for RPGs, then 家ゲRPG攻略 i...
by layzee
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Crazy Ass Auctions
Replies: 28
Views: 698

Re: Crazy Ass Auctions

Let's limit this to auctions with actual bids: SS Rockman Limited Edition 51,000 yen A non-sealed version of the above went for 16,500 yen. In other Rockman news, a sealed Rockman X5 just went for 43,000 yen which is particularly ridiculous especially considering a sealed Rockman Collection Special...
by layzee
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Crazy Ass Auctions
Replies: 28
Views: 698

Re: Crazy Ass Auctions

Dunno... it's all hypothetical. It only takes two people to duke it out, and trust me, there was plenty of that shit before the proxies came. But yeah, they've definitely added more players to the field and thus, the prices higher. Also ,there's loads more J-sellers selling on Ebay. I'm sure that w...
by layzee
Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Crazy Ass Auctions
Replies: 28
Views: 698

Re: Crazy Ass Auctions

Speaking of proxy price jackings, I think this ( Dragon Quest record ) is an exemplary example of a hypothetical comparison between a world with and without proxies. The auction begins on the 17th and is basically quiet with no activity until the 24th, the final day... A world with proxies: Both of ...
by layzee
Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Repros
Replies: 10
Views: 313

Re: Repros

Had a close call recently. I was going to bid on a cart only Vampire Killer for Sega Mega Drive but I forgot to and it ended up going for 4000 yen. So either it went cheap or it's a repro - "fortunately" it was a repro. According to the item description, it was "confirmed working on a...
by layzee
Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Crazy Ass Auctions
Replies: 28
Views: 698

Re: Crazy Ass Auctions

Gaijin Punch wrote:Magical Pop'n SFC 127,200 yen O_o


Interesting, someone felt it necessary to ask if it was a reproduction or not (it is not, according to seller). Good idea to ask, considering the price.
by layzee
Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 576
Views: 198199

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

Now that Rockman 9 and 10 have been released on disc (formerly digital only games), Hard Corps: Uprising is the next I would like a physical copy of. Maybe as a compilation with other digital-only Konami games (Akumajou Dracula: Rebirth/Harmony of Despair, Gradius Rebirth etc)?
by layzee
Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Crazy Ass Auctions
Replies: 28
Views: 698

Re: Crazy Ass Auctions

One thing worth mentioning is the Buyee (proxy that is affiliated with Yahoo Auctions) banner that is on pretty much each and every listing. Back then, we would look at a nice auction and think "Aww, I wish I could buy from Japan" (assuming we, as noobs, weren't aware of proxies). But now,...
by layzee
Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Crazy Ass Auctions
Replies: 28
Views: 698

Re: Crazy Ass Auctions

Every Akumajou Dracula-related game continue their steady rise: 50000 yen (close to $500 USD) for a complete in box Akumajou Dracula (Nintendo Famicom).I could have sworn they weren't even half that price early last year but my memory might be wrong. It'd suck to be a new Akumajou collector, that's ...
by layzee
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 576
Views: 198199

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

Panzer Dragoon Orta is a pretty polished game all-round. It's been a decade since I played it but I do remember the graphics (technically and especially artistically) particularly impressed me. I think it's bad shielding in the crappy component cable I'm using. Do you know if the Xbox had an officia...
by layzee
Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Repros
Replies: 10
Views: 313

Re: Repros

Many years ago I came across Yahoo auctions of Rockman on PC-Engine CD and I was like "when did that happen!?". I figured it was a case of companies porting their early games to other consoles just to experiment/test the market (e.g. Dragon Quest/Final Fantasy to MSX, Ninja Gaiden/Ryuukend...
by layzee
Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Crazy Ass Auctions
Replies: 28
Views: 698

Re: Crazy Ass Auctions

Sealed items are pretty much always ass crazy. Here's some craziness that the video game music community has been talking about: $1500 USD for the Super Donkey Kong 2 (Donkey Kong Country 2) soundtracks. They're not even sealed. And if I remember correctly, it doesn't even have the "mine" ...
by layzee
Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [SFC] Actraiser series
Replies: 6
Views: 280

Re: [SFC] Actraiser series

Similar to Tri-Ace games, I always found the reused sound effects across multiple Quintet games interesting/weird. Speaking of Quintet and to paraphrase a different thread "What happened to Quintet?" If we look at their early works: ActRaiser Soul Blazer ActRaiser 2 Illusion of Gaia (Gaia ...
by layzee
Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Ghost in the Shell Live Action Trailer
Replies: 14
Views: 11629

Re: Ghost in the Shell Live Action Trailer

So it's been out for about a week now. Based on what I read so far, the main actress wasn't half bad as Motoko (though unnamed in the movie), Batou as a character was particularly good, the soundtrack is similar to the original, the Hong Kong-style cityscapes were well done, and the special effects ...
by layzee
Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [SS] Sega Saturn Power Memory Problems
Replies: 7
Views: 721

Re: [SS] Sega Saturn Power Memory Problems

I mainly just use the "insert cart, take out cart, insert cart, now leave a tiny gap, rinse and repeat..." strategy. I've read some (probably paranoid) recommendations in various forums to remove the RAM expansion as little as possible, probably because the weak metal contacts in the Satu...
by layzee
Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: A Japanese Perspective of "Japan" in Western Video Games
Replies: 4
Views: 223

Re: A Japanese Perspective of "Japan" in Western Video Games

I found this pretty funny: Famous people in video games If you're into Chinese and/or Hong Kong movies to a reasonable degree, then you should know that the main character of Capcom's original Onimusha game is modeled after as well as voiced by Takeshi Kaneshiro. Although his name may imply otherwis...
by layzee
Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [SS] Sega Saturn Power Memory Problems
Replies: 7
Views: 721

Re: [SS] Sega Saturn Power Memory Problems

Many years back when I used the RAM expension for a couple of games, I remember I had to flip the entire console upside down for it to work properly. :roll: According to what I read, other people on the Internet do it too. Seems a bit dangerous! I mainly just use the "insert cart, take out car...

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