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by layzee
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 568
Views: 195336

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: 7
Views: 59

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: 7
Views: 86

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: 139

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: 12
Views: 11513

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: 601

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: 159

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: 601

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...
by layzee
Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [SS] Sega Saturn Power Memory Problems
Replies: 7
Views: 601

Re: [SS] Sega Saturn Power Memory Problems

Recently, I dug out my Power Memory carts (I have multiple of them - gotta keep a backup of the backup!) and tested them. All of them were detected by the Sega Saturn console on the first or second tries with the save files intact. However, one of them worked then a minute later, became corrupt (and...
by layzee
Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: A Japanese Perspective of "Japan" in Western Video Games
Replies: 4
Views: 159

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

Part 4 - Wrong/incorrect Japan. VC makes the assertion that since Western game developers have a shallow understanding of Japanese culture, they end up creating a weird setting as if it was a combination of Chinese and Japanese cultures.* *Side-note, I think this (the fusion of China and Japan) is ...
by layzee
Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: A Japanese Perspective of "Japan" in Western Video Games
Replies: 4
Views: 159

A Japanese Perspective of "Japan" in Western Video Games

There's no shortage of critiques of Japanese game depictions of other countries (e.g. historical inaccuracies, bad voice acting [I think the German in Akumajou Dracula X for PC-Engine CD might count as an example? I'm not German so I can't judge], plain wrong things, etc...) so it's nice to finally ...
by layzee
Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Import stores list
Replies: 59
Views: 34371

Re: Import stores list

Adol. They had different names on YJ. I forgot how I figured out the former, but I think he said something in his YJ profile. The other I knew through infamy. The whole "seller does not ship internationally" craze was basically fueled by Adol. His (their) profile literally said, "shi...
by layzee
Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Import stores list
Replies: 59
Views: 34371

Re: Import stores list

Are they still around? I remember they were the first "business" that noticeably got into the Yahoo -> Ebay arb. I was kind of getting out of it, and was relatively small potatoes by comparison. They had more dough, time, and space, so just bid up all of it. Surprised the Japanese nerds d...
by layzee
Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Import stores list
Replies: 59
Views: 34371

Re: Import stores list

Y*m*toku is really annoying me now. I don't if it's shill bidding or deadbeat bidders or both but I keep seeing the same items (literally the same) being relisted. I'll look at a listing and I think to myself "I could've sworn I saw this before", I do a completed listing search and yep, it...
by layzee
Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: On studying Japanese
Replies: 25
Views: 743

Re: On studying Japanese

Hmm, not really in the way you describe, not that I can remember at least. But I find etymology really intriguing in a way that keeps me interested in and creative with the language, which also helps me in my learning-process -- not just with Japanese, I look up stuff like this for English and Swed...
by layzee
Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: On studying Japanese
Replies: 25
Views: 743

Re: On studying Japanese

I think the main thing is repetition. I doubt I will shock anyone with that. For me, it was flash cards with vocab/kanji. Would that be physical flash cards? I think most us take digital flash cards (and its unique benefits) for granted! I honestly cannot comprehend writing and organising my own pa...
by layzee
Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: On studying Japanese
Replies: 25
Views: 743

Re: On studying Japanese

For the most part though, my dreams are completely out of my control. You should look into lucid dreaming. I've used it to "play" Grand Theft Auto "for real" many times. :D But make sure you're actually dreaming: two good tests are to verify that light switches work or check clo...
by layzee
Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: On studying Japanese
Replies: 25
Views: 743

Re: On studying Japanese

He's referring to passive listening of Japanese. And yes, if he does this while he sleeps, some of it will drip into his dreams. Haven't you ever had an external stimulus be incorporated into your dream? The brain is very good at concocting an explanation! I rarely remember my dreams but I think th...
by layzee
Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: On studying Japanese
Replies: 25
Views: 743

Re: On studying Japanese

There's more to any story. Always. You already pointed out a contradiction: How can he spend "18-24 hours a day doing something, anything in Japanese" while being a full-time university student? 24 hours a day learning Japanese? Seriously? If we assume he was being hyperbolic here for come...
by layzee
Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 568
Views: 195336

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

I really don't understand how a game like Ico can get so much praise, I mean it's hardly a game? You just walk around holding some helpless girl's hand, pulling levers and fighting off the same harmless ghost-like creatures. It'd certainly help if the fighting mechanics weren't so goddamn simple an...
by layzee
Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [PS1/PS2] Backing up memory card save files to PC then back to memory card?
Replies: 9
Views: 2416

Re: [PS1/PS2] Backing up memory card save files to PC then back to memory card?

Just a quick note to say that I have received and tested the official Sony-branded PS3 memory card adapter (or adaptor, I can never decide whether to use the "e" or "o" version) and it seems identical to the third party ones in regards to functionality. Surprisingly, people are p...
by layzee
Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Replacement SFC Plastic Cartridge Holder Insert?
Replies: 3
Views: 368

Re: Replacement SFC Plastic Cartridge Holder Insert?

I thought most/all Japanese Nintendo cart-based games weren't sealed in the first place? So buying a "new & sealed" one is a bit of a gamble. I often see retro games being sold as "new" (新品) on Y!JA and the ending prices are many times more than the perfectly acceptable mint ...
by layzee
Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:52 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Ghost in the Shell Live Action Trailer
Replies: 12
Views: 11513

Re: Ghost in the Shell Live Action Trailer

Oops, I copied and pasted the wrong link. Check previous post again for the right one. Or you can do a search for "Paramount Pictures Ghost in the Shell" on YouTube to get guaranteed official ones. Based on what you just described, that was probably it. The main difference with your fan-ed...
by layzee
Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Ghost in the Shell Live Action Trailer
Replies: 12
Views: 11513

Re: Ghost in the Shell Live Action Trailer

At least they're keeping the music for now? The answer to that question is as yet unconfirmed, leaning towards no. The video you linked to is, according to a user commenter, a fan-edit with the original music added in (among other minor edits). Here's the official teaser(s) videos: https://www.yout...
by layzee
Sat Oct 08, 2016 1:58 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [PS1/PS2] Backing up memory card save files to PC then back to memory card?
Replies: 9
Views: 2416

Re: [PS1/PS2] Backing up memory card save files to PC then back to memory card?

I have a third-party PS2-to-PS3 adaptor but it explicitly states that transferring save files from PS3 to PS2 is not possible Well, I decided to try it out and interestingly enough, it is possible. I assume it was made before the PS3 firmware update. FYI, it is a "Mayflash" brand one. Reg...

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