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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: 1469

[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: 28
Views: 11564

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: 3205

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: 3199

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: 1382

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: 1382

[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...
by layzee
Sat Aug 15, 2015 4:03 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [PS2] PlayStation BB Unit (PS2 Hard Drive)
Replies: 4
Views: 1181

Re: [PS2] PlayStation BB Unit (PS2 Hard Drive)

Okay, did a bit of research and it looks like I'll need a FreeMcBoot memory card (to run homebrew), the "Open PS2 Loader" program (which seems to be the most recently updated one; to play games off the hard drive), a SATA adaptor (because no more IDE/don't want to use unreliable old HDDs),...
by layzee
Mon Jun 22, 2015 4:17 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [PS2] PlayStation BB Unit (PS2 Hard Drive)
Replies: 4
Views: 1181

[PS2] PlayStation BB Unit (PS2 Hard Drive)

Anyone here use hard drives with your PS2? Whether it's the internal official 40GB Sony hard drive (that requires the network adaptor) or external hard drive that I think connects via USB. How is yours set up? Which is the best way? Any word on the failure rate of PS2 hard drives? Are there any majo...
by layzee
Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:26 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Translation help please!
Replies: 3
Views: 858

Re: Translation help please!

And here's the reply: FMT-DP535以降の機種は直接接続可能です。TOWNSディスプレイは音声入力対応ではないのでX68000やPC9801シリーズを接続するときに精神衛生状のことを考え、音声配線をなしにしてあります。またタウンズディスプレイに直接接続ですと、幾つかのX68000の15khzのゲームに対応できないものが出てきてしまいますので、出品ケーブルを使用することで解消できます。 Direct connections are possible with monitor models FMT-DP535 and later. As for the TOWNS dis...
by layzee
Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Translation help please!
Replies: 3
Views: 858

Re: Translation help please!

Unfortunately, I am neither a Japanese computer or Japanese language pro so I can't offer any advice in that regard. However, the next best thing I can (barely) do is to ask your question to the seller himself: はじめまして。すみませんが、この文が分かりません:「接続ケーブルが必要ないけど精神衛生上の機種」。接続ケーブルがFMT-DP535などと使用できないというわけですか? それとも、...
by layzee
Sat Mar 07, 2015 4:22 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: New Home and Other Updates
Replies: 9
Views: 3199

Re: New Home...

Reminder to self: there is a difference between "www.something.com" and plain "something.com". I was in Gamengai limbo until I googled Gamengai and found my way back here again. I second the above post. I fervently look forward to perusing your meticulous reviews on classic and c...
by layzee
Thu Jan 29, 2015 2:05 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The emulation thread...
Replies: 468
Views: 164269

Re: The emulation thread...

It's probably been years since I delved into anything emulation so I have a question: Seeing as how a home console port is a near impossibility, what's the emulation status of any of the Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune games?
by layzee
Tue Jan 06, 2015 10:32 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Moving
Replies: 4
Views: 1424

Re: Moving

Are my eyes deceiving me or are the you-know-what emails happening again!? Just when I was getting used to not buying stuff from you-know-where. Well, best Christmas present ever.
by layzee
Fri Oct 17, 2014 4:23 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The emulation thread...
Replies: 468
Views: 164269

Re: The emulation thread...

Nooooo, don't fix the alerts! It means I'll have to start buying stuff again from like a two month Y!J hiatus/exile. But nah seriously, bring back alerts... or not.
by layzee
Wed Oct 08, 2014 11:41 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [Gamengai] GP's real life curve ball.
Replies: 29
Views: 5955

Re: [Gamengai] GP's real life curve ball.

As they say, and this applies to perhaps any industry, it's not necessarily solely about what you know, but who you know.
by layzee
Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:53 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [Gamengai] GP's real life curve ball.
Replies: 29
Views: 5955

Re: [Gamengai] GP's real life curve ball.

Nice to hear you're doing okay at least, as opposed to say, not good. Hope to hear more good news from you in the near and distant future.
by layzee
Mon May 05, 2014 6:59 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [Gamengai] GP's real life curve ball.
Replies: 29
Views: 5955

Re: [Gamengai] GP's real life curve ball.

Alerts will stay ... the alerts will be even better than before. Excellent. If you need someone to do some beta-testing and make sure everything's working correctly, I'm your man. Feel free to send me an email anytime. It has been a pleasure using the service over the years. I remember when Gaijin ...
by layzee
Fri May 02, 2014 4:44 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [Gamengai] GP's real life curve ball.
Replies: 29
Views: 5955

[Gamengai] GP's real life curve ball.

If you received the email a few hours ago, then you know the current situation. There is little I can do to help so the only thing I can offer is my sympathies and wish GP luck in his life. Those of us who have been using GP's services will now need to find an alternative. Since Gamengai has served ...
by layzee
Sun Dec 01, 2013 4:59 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [PSP to TV] Controller Adapter Max -Wild Fire Gaming Dock-
Replies: 20
Views: 5645

Re: [PSP to TV] Controller Adapter Max -Wild Fire Gaming Doc

Oh okay. Thanks for all the info provided in this thread thus far.

Hey, someone reading this thread just bought one. ;) 2-3 weeks ago anyway.
by layzee
Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:46 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [PSP to TV] Controller Adapter Max -Wild Fire Gaming Dock-
Replies: 20
Views: 5645

Re: [PSP to TV] Controller Adapter Max -Wild Fire Gaming Doc

I think I got it to work in CFW somehow...have to go home and check my unit. If by any chance you remember how you got it working on CFW, that'd be great if you could let me know. As it is, my PSP2000 doesn't work with batteries anymore so I have no way to change it from CFW to Official Firmware (s...
by layzee
Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [PSP to TV] Controller Adapter Max -Wild Fire Gaming Dock-
Replies: 20
Views: 5645

Re: [PSP to TV] Controller Adapter Max -Wild Fire Gaming Doc

I think I might need some help. As per the instructions: I connected my PSP to the PC using the USB cable, and ran the program from the disc. Then it downloaded and installed the "Wild Fire Gaming Dock" software onto the memory stick. I disconnected the USB cable and connected everything e...
by layzee
Fri Sep 13, 2013 2:46 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [DS/3DS] Monitor Output
Replies: 42
Views: 10323

Re: [DS/3DS] Monitor Output

Back on topic... sort of. I recently bought an Ouya console and it completely met my expectations! i.e. it was shit¹ And I have close to 0 care for indie games (I'm more of a big budget games guy) so that makes it even worse (the whole or main point of Ouya is Indie after all). I've stopped caring a...
by layzee
Tue Sep 10, 2013 12:27 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [PSV] Monitor Output
Replies: 6
Views: 2027

Re: [PSV] Monitor Output

New PSP Vita model announced recently, and more importantly and relevantly to this thread, the "PSP Vita TV" device that allows one to play Vita games on a TV via a HDMI cable and using a PS3 controller. It will retail for about 10,000 yen (not including PS3 controller). Considering that t...
by layzee
Tue Aug 06, 2013 3:55 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [PSP to TV] Controller Adapter Max -Wild Fire Gaming Dock-
Replies: 20
Views: 5645

Re: [PSP to TV] Controller Adapter Max -Wild Fire Gaming Doc

A few weeks ago, Shou said (to me in a PM) that the Controller Adapter Max can rarely be found anymore (in stores I presume he meant) but when they could be found in stores, then they were 7000 yen or more in used condition. They're in similarly short supply on Amazon JP and Y!JA where they are abou...

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