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by layzee
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Crazy Ass Auctions
Replies: 20
Views: 357

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: 20
Views: 357

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: 192

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: 20
Views: 357

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: 575
Views: 196849

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: 20
Views: 357

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: 20
Views: 357

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: 575
Views: 196849

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: 192

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: 20
Views: 357

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: 210

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: 11570

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: 660

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: 179

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: 660

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: 660

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: 179

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: 179

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: 34686

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: 34686

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: 34686

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: 793

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: 793

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: 793

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: 793

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...

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