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Discussion in 'General Sega Discussion' started by Andlabs, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. Scarred Sun

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    Welp, this.
    I'm actually familiar with these and have considered buying them as they're relatively cheap. The real issue comes with the fact that they skew MSX/Famicom in terms of content. If I could co-buy with someone else I'd do it.
     
  2. JaxTH

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    Jack shit.
    How much?
     
  3. Black Squirrel

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    So here's another book:

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    This is a tree's worth of content for karaoke, because spoilers: it's a big thing in Japan.


    Two things:

    a) it's got Super Prologue 21 branding, which is a Sega karaoke machine.
    b) This is from March 2007, though I'm fairly sure the Super Prologue 21 is a 1990s invention. There were 32 volumes by March 2003 so lord knows how many were made in the end.


    You've all bought scanners, right?
     
  4. Asagoth

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    So these contained what exactly? Song lyrics ? ... so many pages...
     
  5. nineko

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    At the risk of being captain obvious, the katakana in the upper right corner says "sega kara". That same katakana appears on the cover of the linked issue 32.
     
  6. Gryson

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    Probably not... it's been a while since I've been to karaoke in Japan, but as I recall, these huge books just contain song information, probably cross-referenced by song name, singer name, and so on. There are just that many songs listed.

    I'm sure today it's all digital, though.
     
  7. Asagoth

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    You're not wrong... actualy I discovered this archived page it has some info (not much) but I don't know japanese... and as you know google translator doesn't knows either :)/>/> ... in fact translations of Japanese to English with google translator can be even more difficult to read than Japanese itself... :v:/>
     
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    Right - it calls it "Sega Kara Title List" there. A big fat list of song titles and the corresponding numbers to punch into the karaoke machine remote.
     
  9. Black Squirrel

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    Exciting fun fact of the day: Sega's elusive internal magazine Harmony used to be called "Sega Harmony". You can all sleep easy in your beds knowing that now.


    These are the oldest issues that have been found so far.
     
  10. Gryson

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    Yes, I saw those when they popped up on Twitter:

    https://twitter.com/Mazin__/status/1027444014767734784
    https://twitter.com/Mazin__/status/1027445062680993792
    https://twitter.com/Mazin__/status/1027448407428714496

    Unfortunately, the likelihood of these ever being scanned is low... But the search goes on.
     
  11. Black Squirrel

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    We're coming up to the ninth year of Sega Retro, and I wouldn't say I've run out of things to do, but...

    https://segaretro.org/File:WilliamsRenaultFW15_Minichamps_Model_UK_Prost_1-18.jpg

    I spent a good chunk of my evening yesterday hunting down models of Alain Prost's Williams F1 car from 1993. Because it's sponsored by Sega.


    I've found at least 11 different scale models of the FW15B and FW15C from this season.


    But is it better or worse than documenting paint?
     
  12. Overlord

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    Disappointed one of the blue paints isn't called Sega Blue. =P
     
  13. Black Squirrel

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    If it helps, I only learned after collecting all of the photos that the paints were re-released last year.

    So the ones with coloured lids are the second versions. So not only are we documenting paint, we have the opportunity to document revisions of paint.
     
  14. JaxTH

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    This is god damn amazing.

    EDIT: There is a paint template. A PAINT TEMPLATE. This is why Sega Retro was made!
     
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    Here's an undocumented PC football game - "Worldwide Soccer 98" (ワールドワイドサッカー98).

    Easy right? Must be a port of Sega Worldwide Soccer 98! But is it? Do we know that? SWWS 98 has European club teams - would they make the effort for a Japanese-exclusive PC conversion? Is it secretly this other game we don't understand in disguise? Question marks?


    It would be nice to have an expert that understood what was going on with Victory Goal and its many derivatives. People tend to squirm at old sports games but the later Saturn games were often considered to be the best on the market at the time (and that was before FIFA filled its game with random number generators).
     
  18. Black Squirrel

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    For myself, possibly Asagoth, other interested parties

    https://picclick.co.uk/SEGA-1988-Trade-Catalogue-And-List-English-253913480412.html

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    brb going to find FANTASY TREE.
     
  19. Asagoth

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    Cool :) ... I've seen that catalogue before ...

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    but never with that list... when we can copy the text in Japanese to paste in google translator things get easy... but in images is difficult to do it... expecially not knowing a single bit of Japanese... now things just got more easy :) ...
     
  20. Black Squirrel

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    There are OCR (optical character recognition) tools online that can help - give them an image and they'll try to convert it into text (though obviously the lower the quality of the image, the less chance of success. Also some OCR tools are better than others.).



    In other news:

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    Akira Watanabe is the bloke responsible for drawing most of the Japanese Mega Drive box art for Sonic games. He is also implicit in this crime against packaging.

    (it's a jigsaw)