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by layzee
Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:57 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [PS1/PS2] Backing up memory card save files to PC then back to memory card?
Replies: 9
Views: 2629

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

i also know there were sometimes discs along with magazines where you could download saves for games onto the memorycard.. Ah yes, I have a few of those. There are the PlayStation catalogue books with save data discs (PS1, PS2 and PSP) as well as Square's "Memory Card Data Collection" wit...
by layzee
Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Are we old yet? Or: Do you still collect?
Replies: 24
Views: 3080

Re: Are we old yet? Or: Do you still collect?

Am I old yet? I would lean more towards old than young but I guess it's relative. I don't collect as much now simply because I got most of what I needed/wanted during the past decade back when my exchange was better (relative to the USD and JPY which is mostly what I deal with) and back when prices ...
by layzee
Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:30 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Japanese developed games not physically released in Japan
Replies: 36
Views: 10889

Re: Japanese developed games not released in Japan

Interesting list. Some of the more popular games there I would have assumed there to be obvious automatic Japanese releases (e.g. Super Punch-Out). As for additions to the list, Xbox-wise I had a hunch with Silent Hill 2 and Fatal Frame/Project Zero/Rei but it turns out there were in fact Japanese r...
by layzee
Fri Sep 23, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [PS1/PS2] Backing up memory card save files to PC then back to memory card?
Replies: 9
Views: 2629

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

I did a bit of research but I'm still unclear whether this is possible or not and if it is, the method to do so. What I want to do is pretty simple: I would like to upload the contents of PS1/PS2 memory cards to the PC as well as download them back to the memory cards again. The second part (PC-to-M...
by layzee
Wed Jul 27, 2016 2:25 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [SFC] Gaia Gensouki/Illusion of Gaia - Mariko Ohara Interview
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: [SFC] Gaia Gensouki/Illusion of Gaia - Mariko Ohara Interview

I bought this at around release date too. As an RPG fan those days (and in that country i.e. Australia/PAL - I'm sure other Europeans can relate), there was a severe RPG shortage. I'm fuzzy on the memories, but the only other RPGs available were Lufia/Estpolis 2, Secret of Evermore, Secret of Mana/S...
by layzee
Thu Jun 30, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [SFC] Gaia Gensouki/Illusion of Gaia - Mariko Ohara Interview
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: [SFC] Gaia Gensouki/Illusion of Gaia - Mariko Ohara Interview

Although Soul Blader/Blazer, Gaia Gensouki/Illusion of Gaia, and Tenchi Souzou/Terranigma are separate games, they were developed by the same company and share similarities so they are unofficially known as the Soul series. And that is exactly the reason why Gaia Gensouki (and Tenchi Souzou) are som...
by layzee
Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:40 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The SRPG thread
Replies: 5
Views: 764

Re: The SRPG thread

Personally, I lean more towards smaller scale (in terms of amount of playable characters and map size) RPG Strategy games as opposed to larger scale ones (due to the aforementioned potential tediousness). Doubly so if it has separate battle/melee screens. Triply so if there are long loading times. S...
by layzee
Wed Jun 29, 2016 5:48 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [SFC] Gaia Gensouki/Illusion of Gaia - Mariko Ohara Interview
Replies: 4
Views: 545

[SFC] Gaia Gensouki/Illusion of Gaia - Mariko Ohara Interview

On a whim, and because this is one of my favourite games of all time, and because it probably hasn't been done already, I thought I'd translate a short interview with Mariko Ohara, the writer of the Super Famicom game Gaia Gensouki (successor of Soul Blader/Blazer, predecessor of Tenchi Souzou/Terra...
by layzee
Fri Apr 08, 2016 1:26 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [DS/3DS] Monitor Output
Replies: 42
Views: 9038

Re: [DS/3DS] Monitor Output

The Controller Adapter Max is pricey and hard to find! If it produces better image quality than the solution I mentioned above, then I would consider getting it, but I like that my solution uses all Sony parts. Surely we can trust the Sony quality! Yeah, they're harder to find these days. There wer...
by layzee
Sat Apr 02, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [DS/3DS] Monitor Output
Replies: 42
Views: 9038

Re: [DS/3DS] Monitor Output

I don't have a way to capture screenshots directly from the television and taking standard photos of it isn't exactly a good alternative so I can't really help ya here. The blurriness isn't too bad I guess (on my set up at least). When it comes to text, well if we're talking about English text, then...
by layzee
Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:42 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [DS/3DS] Monitor Output
Replies: 42
Views: 9038

Re: [DS/3DS] Monitor Output

Back even more on topic. I didn't buy that 偽トロキャプチャ (Nisetro Capture) hardware discussed three years ago, but I did end up getting the actual official IS Nitro Capture. They say that "good comes to those who are patient", and it certainly applies here, price-wise. Well, after having used i...
by layzee
Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:08 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [FC][SMD] How to tell if a game is a reproduction?
Replies: 11
Views: 1110

Re: [FC][SMD] How to tell if a game is a reproduction?

Rockman has a carved out Capcom logo on the actual cartridge... I don't understand why or how bootleggers could go to such lengths for that game or any other Capcom MD game? But sure, I guess you could make decent profit by conning a couple of collectors like that! I just checked mine and I can con...
by layzee
Thu Mar 03, 2016 11:53 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [FC][SMD] How to tell if a game is a reproduction?
Replies: 11
Views: 1110

Re: [FC][SMD] How to tell if a game is a reproduction?

They're finally part of my collection: http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa166/unsung-hero/random/th_adrmpzm2.jpg http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa166/unsung-hero/random/th_adrmpzm1.jpg Photos aren't crystal clear but what do you think? I'm not 100% on Akumajou Dracula or Rockman World (there's...
by layzee
Sun Feb 14, 2016 3:11 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Anime based on video games
Replies: 6
Views: 877

Re: Anime based on video games

Now that I think about it, even though I've played a few games in my time, I have very little interest in anime adaptions of them so few come immediately to mind. As GP already mentioned above, the Ys anime イース pretty good for its time I guess (pun intended), though I confess that I almost fell asle...
by layzee
Tue Feb 09, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Japanese Film (Live Action)
Replies: 24
Views: 10175

Re: Japanese Film (Live Action)

And since we're on the topic of Takashi Miike again, allow me to add a few to round out his list: Lesson of the Evil (2012): Reasonably entertaining, particularly if you liked Battle Royale. Izo (2014): Crazy movie and comparable to Survive Style 5+ in the sense that this film can be interpreted in ...
by layzee
Mon Jan 25, 2016 6:11 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [FC][SMD] How to tell if a game is a reproduction?
Replies: 11
Views: 1110

Re: [FC][SMD] How to tell if a game is a reproduction?

Fair point GP. If the reproduction looks, feels and smells the same as the original copy, then is it not, for all intents and purposes, the "real" thing? If only opening up an FC/SMD game cart was as easy as confirming the reproductive organs on a ladyboy's crotch!
by layzee
Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:58 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [FC][SMD] How to tell if a game is a reproduction?
Replies: 11
Views: 1110

Re: [FC][SMD] How to tell if a game is a reproduction?

Welp, I took the plunge and bought both of the games in question. I didn't have time to do proper research so fingers crossed I guess.
by layzee
Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:14 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Japanese Film (Live Action)
Replies: 24
Views: 10175

Re: Japanese Film (Live Action)

We all miss those. ;) But for the record, Ninja Scroll is basically unknown in Japan... at least not as big as it was in the west. A handful of those around, actually. I didn't know that but I am not surprised that some things are a lot more popular outside Japan as opposed to inside (the Metroid f...
by layzee
Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Comfort Women Issue
Replies: 2
Views: 2963

Re: The Comfor Women Issue

Your link is broken now (if it wasn't before) but I'm guessing we're referring to the recent "agreement" between Japan and Korea. I put the word agreement in quotes because it ended up, predictably enough, anything but (i.e. the Korean side are, again , claiming that Japan's apology was no...
by layzee
Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [FC][SMD] How to tell if a game is a reproduction?
Replies: 11
Views: 1110

[FC][SMD] How to tell if a game is a reproduction?

For example, consider Akumajou Dracula (the original one) for the Nintendo Famicom as shown in the photos below. How would I go about trying to determine if it's the genuine/authentic Japanese release or not? I compared it with a couple of other copies of the game and they look the same to me (e.g. ...
by layzee
Tue Jan 12, 2016 8:11 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Japanese Film (Live Action)
Replies: 24
Views: 10175

Re: Japanese Film (Live Action)

Most of my favourite movies (some Japanese ones too). I'm mostly into thriller type movies so I can't really recommend any to GP since they tend to have violence in them and he seems to like the more arty films. The last remotely good Japanese film I liked is probably 告白 (Kokuhaku / Confessions) fro...
by layzee
Sun Oct 04, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Japanese Gaming Sites
Replies: 18
Views: 1845

Re: Japanese Gaming Sites

Bumping because I want to ask if there were any game-related Japanese sites where I can ask Japanese gamers questions (e.g. about game collecting, about gameplay-related issues/攻略, etc). Preferably something similar to 2ch (but without overseas IP blocking) or 4chan, where I don't have to make an ac...
by layzee
Fri Sep 25, 2015 11:21 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: New Home and Other Updates
Replies: 9
Views: 2333

Re: New Home...

Nothing much I don't think, just the usual. Buying Japanese stuff. Selling Japanese stuff to fund the buying. Rinse and repeat. Watching some stuff rise in price (damn it, should've bought it when I had the chance). Watching some stuff fall in price (yay, it's affordable now). The marginal benefit o...
by layzee
Mon Sep 21, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [SS] Sega Saturn Power Memory Problems
Replies: 7
Views: 825

Re: [SS] Sega Saturn Power Memory Problems

I've used isopropyl alcohol (which I assume is suitable to use) on the contacts so it should be okay. As far as cart insertion goes, it's similar to the Super Famicom: sometimes instead of inserting it 100% fully, it works better when you leave a very small gap (about 1 millimeter). My memory cards ...
by layzee
Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [SS] Sega Saturn Power Memory Problems
Replies: 7
Views: 825

[SS] Sega Saturn Power Memory Problems

Occasionally, on a few of my Power Memory cards, some sort of 1-5 block corrupt save file with a gibberish file name like "yyyyyyyy" would appear at the bottom of the save file list. I was wondering if this was a legitimate save file that became corrupt or were the save files on the card s...

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