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Sonic Mega Collection Plus PC Misprint "Checksum and SMPC.rar"?

#1 User is offline RibShark 

Posted 25 May 2018 - 04:46 PM

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While searching for information about a Sonic R+Sonic 3D combo released in the UK by GSP, I stumbled upon a message posted on the front page of their support site in late 2007, telling people who were encountering "a problem" with Sonic Mega Collection Plus to click forward. Doing this leads to a FAQ with one question highlighted in bold:

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Q Cannot install the game, the only files on the DVD are 'Checksum and SMPC.rar' I am unable to find a 'Setup.exe' file on the disc.

Solution:
Unfortunately the Sonic DVD you have, is part of a faulty batch of discs. We have contacted the manufacturers of these discs, and they have sent us some replacements.

To resolve this issue, please click on the 'Yes button' below. Please include your full post address and quote the 4 digit catalogue number and letter from the disc label in the 'Details of Problem' box. We can send you a replacement Sonic DVD as soon as possible.

Sorry for the inconvenience.
Now, GSP is no stranger to misprints (in fact, the Sonic R+3D combo I mentioned earlier has the Sonic 3D files on the Sonic R disc, and vice versa, for me and at least one other person), but this particular one I find particularly intriguing due to the possibility that there might be something interesting inside that RAR file. There's plenty of copies of the GSP release of SMCP on eBay, but as far as I know there is no way to identify which copies are affected (you can identify some copies that definitely AREN'T affected by looking at whether the PEGI rating has colour).
Does anyone know any more details about this, or even know what the RAR file contains?


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Posted 31 May 2018 - 10:29 AM

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View PostRibShark, on 25 May 2018 - 04:46 PM, said:

There's plenty of copies of the GSP release of SMCP on eBay, but as far as I know there is no way to identify which copies are affected (you can identify some copies that definitely AREN'T affected by looking at whether the PEGI rating has colour).

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't you be able to tell if the copy is affected by the PEGI rating not being colored? Or are there similarly uncolored copies that aren't affected?

View PostRibShark, on 25 May 2018 - 04:46 PM, said:

Does anyone know any more details about this, or even know what the RAR file contains?

If I had to take a guess I'd say the .rar files might contain the checksums for the ROM files, or maybe the sound files for the new menus (did Mega Collection Plus even use SMPS?).

I've never heard of this before, but I'm definitely interested. Nice find!

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 10:39 AM

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View PostEnderWaffle, on 31 May 2018 - 10:29 AM, said:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't you be able to tell if the copy is affected by the PEGI rating not being colored? Or are there similarly uncolored copies that aren't affected?

Nope, there's plenty of versions with the grey PEGI rating that aren't affected.

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