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05 November 2012 - 01:44 AMTo start off, so there's no confusion. I am going to romanize まぢん as "Madin" in this post because, even though it's pronounced almost identically to Majin (まじん), they are different, and that difference (and similarity) comes into play here. Second: I am not familiar with Shenmue (yes, it's relevant), so I might use some terminology that differs from the official English translation.
Anyway. Some quick Googling led me to a post from 2002 on the sega.co.jp BBS with a link to an interview explaining the appearance of Madin in Shenmue. The actual link is dead, but fortunately an archived copy of the page exists here.
The interview, by someone named NOZX, starts by introducing the question: two items, labeled "Madin Milk" (まぢん牛乳) and "Madin Magazine" (まぢんマガジン), can be found in the Tomato Mart in Shenmue. So what does Madin mean? Is it—as some people have assumed—a play on the word majin (魔神, demon god/devil)? Or perhaps "margin"?
NOZX asks someone named Mami, who was apparently responsible for designing the objects, what the word means. She responds: "Mr. Nishimura told me to make them, so I did."
So NOZX then goes to speak with Masato Nishimura to ask him:
QuoteNOZX: "I'll get straight to the point. What is Madin?"
Nishimura: "It's an old nickname of mine. You can change how you read my name, Masato (真人), to get Majin (まじん) → Madin (まぢん). That's all it is. (laughs)"
NOZX: "I see, so it's your name. But why does Madin show up in the game like that? Is there some sort of message hidden there?"
Nishimura: "No, I just like attention. (laughs)"
That's all the relevant information in the interview. There's nothing that mentions the use of Madin in Sonic CD, but the same Masato Nishimura was also on the staff for that game, so I think it's safe to assume it has the same origins.
However, I have run into a (very, extremely) loose possible connection between Masato Nishimura and that image. This tweet from 2011 posted by someone named まぢん (Madin, though his account name is Mazin__, another possible romanization of the word) mentions まぢん画 (the text in the Sonic CD image) in response to a comment (presumably referencing the creepy face of the Sonic ice cream) that says, "Sega Japan does have that wallpaper..."
Mazin__ is also (at least right now) using an icon with the Madin Milk graphic from Shenmue and his profile hints he works at Sega (specifically, it says, "I do not speak for Sega," which I've noticed is pretty common on staff Twitter accounts). So it's a lot of speculation, but it seems to me like Mazin__ is probably Masato Nishimura's personal Twitter account, and he at least acknowledges the existence of the Sonic CD image, though he doesn't say anything about having made it or having had anything to do with it.
I know I speak for a lot of people if not everyone about something like this, it just amazes me what one item/object/entity(just general thing) can contain when it comes to having something cryptic intended or otherwise appear with or without a trace for people and players to figure out. It's always interesting to see what a game can contain in it that we don't know about until we or one of us either randomly finds it or does research and figures out a way to find set things, if not more...It's still great to see that developers and programmers still do this!
But about the "creepy image", when I tried to translate it myself(terrible at doing such) I never came up with something like "devil", "demon", "Satan", or any other kind of name that relates to those names(but then, I can't speak or read Japanese). But those three names are just more of the names people thought was in the signed text...that or they were saying that "Majin" meant those three names by translation...I'm most likely unstable with the answer to that, but we all know how creepy that picture still is, even if it means a human person.
05 April 2011 - 07:51 PM
I figured I'd show some of my sprite editing, I honestly don't know if these are shitty or not ( ), I need an opinion here.
By the way, that bizarre green object in one of the seven green panels is supposedly the green Chaos Emerald, I never finished and I'm trying to finish these panels because...well...I can.
Sorry if they're shit here.
EDIT: Damn it, I think I may have unknowingly posted my sprites in the wrong topic. These panel sprites are meant for fan games, please excuse my incorrect post please, I apologize for my inconvenience.
14 February 2011 - 01:39 AMWell E-122-Psi, made another video for you. Well...here ya go, and I hope you enjoy it. (I didn't mean to cover the copyright date in the game, so I typed the copyright owner and date in the video's description.)
13 February 2011 - 11:53 PMthank you very much for everything once again
EDIT: Youtube video available now
*Shadow in Sonic 1 hack video*
Well shit, I guess I was a bit far in being late on this hack.
Ah well, I guess it wouldn't hurt to show my video of this great hack...if you don't mind.
05 February 2011 - 09:39 PM
Damn Aqua, these are beautiful-no, sexy designs. I love appearances like these, the tiles just have the genuine "pop-out" look. Simply beautiful.
(Sorry if this expands a limit in post size.)