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by schadenfreude
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [ETC] Try Tower Akihabara
Replies: 111
Views: 28023

Re: [ETC] Try Tower Akihabara

I've gone to Try a few times since arriving here. At first it was hard to find the place because I remembered it having a green facade on the front and logos clearly spelling the name when I was last here over two years ago, but the building Google maps suggested to me does not say "Try" a...
by schadenfreude
Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sharehouses in Japan
Replies: 8
Views: 242

Re: Sharehouses in Japan

Well lawl, I went with Sakura House because they had an opening in a place just a few minutes' walk from Akihabara, and here I am now typing this message. I couldn't find anything on Airbnb in the area that was affordable and not a closet with a bed in it, hence my resignation to use Sakura. Surpris...
by schadenfreude
Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 576
Views: 197259

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

I played Zwei like a mofo... and it's not all that difficult either so cleared it many times. Ouch...I could never clear it or its predecessor. I believe I could get to the end of both games on a credit, but the final boss always did me in. I eventually stopped trying because the games are too slow...
by schadenfreude
Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:23 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 576
Views: 197259

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

I approve of that offloading technique: many times before moving I have sold off some systems, then re-acquired them at a later date. I actually saved money by doing this because I sold the systems for cash on Craigslist, then re-bought them later for less, versus having to pay to ship them. Natural...
by schadenfreude
Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 576
Views: 197259

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

Are you guys using the official Xbox High Definition AV Pack®? It's the only thing I've been using on my Xbox for component video, and the quality is terrific. They're a bit hard to find and pricey these days; I see them going for around $50 on eBay. At least they're not as ridiculously expensive as...
by schadenfreude
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 576
Views: 197259

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

Gaijin Punch wrote:
Radiant Silvergun


It's a great game, but I never got into it. Not sure why... maybe b/c everyone else did?


Gaijin Punch, the gaming hipster? ;)
by schadenfreude
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 576
Views: 197259

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

I'm starting to consider my self pretty much done with that era of gaming (pre-00) Anyway, I've been playing Radiant Silvergun lately :P Thanks for bringing this one up. I was actually playing the Saturn port about 2 or 3 months ago, but failed to post about it. I probably put 100 credits into the ...
by schadenfreude
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Crazy Ass Auctions
Replies: 27
Views: 609

Re: Crazy Ass Auctions

:o

Were you ever a box-collecting fan? I have no interest in that or flyers, but at least some flyers look awesome. But a practically bare cardboard box? :?
by schadenfreude
Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 576
Views: 197259

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

That's a pretty serious 1CC. Congrats. Thanks, but note it's only the first loop! I wrote up a guide from memory of how to play through the stages in case I plan on picking it up in the future for the real deal, but for now I gotta move on. The only reason I can see to go all the way is for braggin...
by schadenfreude
Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 576
Views: 197259

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

I'm pretty stoked, bros. I've been playing Makaimura on Capcom Generation for the PS1 for the past week or so — it's a great port and convinced me to delay building my MAME box for now — and I finally got the 1CC on the first loop. I played the game in MAME a lot about 7 years ago, so don't think I ...
by schadenfreude
Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Crazy Ass Auctions
Replies: 27
Views: 609

Re: Crazy Ass Auctions

How about a sealed NES Super Mario Bros. for $30,100?! I see plenty of VGA-graded sealed auctions of the game for around $1-3 thousand, so I think the price is a fluke. I still remember in the late 90s when Funcoland was for a time selling used Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt/Track Meet/any combination ...
by schadenfreude
Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 576
Views: 197259

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

I'm talking about the SFC version, the only one I've played so far. I plan to check out Shun on PlayStation, maybe later this year. And I agree high-level play looks cool, but I don't want to dedicate the time to get that good. I enjoyed the game enough as a few-hours break from the action side-scro...
by schadenfreude
Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sharehouses in Japan
Replies: 8
Views: 242

Re: Sharehouses in Japan

Got it — thanks for the tips!
by schadenfreude
Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:37 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 576
Views: 197259

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

I am taking a break from the Quintet kick by starting Hagane. I'm hoping I'll coin it in a few nights. :P No sarcasm there. I read many accounts on the internet about how this is one of the hardest SFC games, but I 1CCed it by my 10th try, and I didn't even use bombs. I think I died twice during my...
by schadenfreude
Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:20 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 576
Views: 197259

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

Shenmue (which I recently beat by the way, happy to have picked the Japanese language version which was surprisingly enjoyable and easy to follow) Awesome! It helps significantly that most of the dialogue is common speech with repetitions (i.e., the question "Do you know where X is?" is a...
by schadenfreude
Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:41 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sharehouses in Japan
Replies: 8
Views: 242

Re: Sharehouses in Japan

Gaijin Punch wrote:I never did. ;)


:o

How did you go about meeting people? At least a sharehouse will give you some people by default, though they may not be great people. I will be telecommuting while in Japan, so I won't be getting anything from the work angle.
by schadenfreude
Sun Jul 02, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sharehouses in Japan
Replies: 8
Views: 242

Re: Sharehouses in Japan

Around 100,000 yen a month. For a 4000 yen a night place, I should be able to get a monthly rate around my budget. I will check Airbnb, but I'll have to try out a share house at some point too. Staying in one is like a gaijin rite of passage. Most of them are month-to-month, so if I hate it, I'll on...
by schadenfreude
Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:49 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 576
Views: 197259

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

Nah, via a Super Everdrive. With it, I can get an unemulated experience without fighting the price gougers. And you can do cool things like apply a patch to a Seiken Densetsu 3 rom and unlock 3-player play on real SFC hardware, which I dream to play through someday with 2 other buddies. I have no id...
by schadenfreude
Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [SFC] Actraiser series
Replies: 6
Views: 263

Re: [SFC] Actraiser series

About how long did these take to clear? Probably around 10 hours each. I'd say the second one takes a little longer because it has two boss rushes (!) at the end of the game. I appreciate the length and challenge of both games though since lately I haven't been in the mood for short and challenging...
by schadenfreude
Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:24 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: NHK TV fees
Replies: 4
Views: 160

Re: NHK TV fees

Shit, it seems to be very common in Europe: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television_licence#Television_licences_around_the_world . Sorry for being a dumb American. Though one could argue that we do something similar in the US, in that every year, some amount of tax dollars are set aside to fund PBS...
by schadenfreude
Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:23 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sharehouses in Japan
Replies: 8
Views: 242

Sharehouses in Japan

I'm going to show up in Tokyo in late October this year and stay for a few months, and I'm wondering if you dudes have any experience with sharehouses in the city. I haven't done much research into housing yet, but the two names that keep popping up are Sakura House and Oak House. I have heard good ...
by schadenfreude
Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:09 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: NHK TV fees
Replies: 4
Views: 160

NHK TV fees

Sorry for being late to this party, but I was reading about owning a TV in Japan and someone mentioned having to pay a fee for it, whereupon I stumbled upon this silliness: http://en.rocketnews24.com/2013/12/04/dont-own-a-television-japans-public-broadcaster-doesnt-care-but-does-still-wants-your-mon...
by schadenfreude
Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:54 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [SFC] Actraiser series
Replies: 6
Views: 263

[SFC] Actraiser series

I recently beat the Japanese versions of Actraiser and Actraiser 2. I chose the Japanese version for the first game because I read on the internet it's more challenging (plus the usual story of uncensored sprites and "adult" themes and so on). There's some good information about the differ...
by schadenfreude
Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:32 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 576
Views: 197259

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

I've been on an SFC kick these past few weeks. I started with some DoReMi Fantasy, Magical Pop'n, then Demon's Blazon action. All were easy but fun, though Demon's Blazon disappointed me. I had more fun playing the Red Arremer game on the Famicom, partly because your floating duration isn't infinite...
by schadenfreude
Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Errors on game entry pages
Replies: 15
Views: 785

Re: Errors on game entry pages

Thanks! I'll have some reading to do this weekend. I noticed you changed the format of the URLs, including in the forum (i.e., it's "forum.gamengai.com" now instead of "gamengai.com/forum"). Are you okay with all the broken links this will produce? Think of all the poor people wh...

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