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  1. Black Squirrel

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    http://game.signage-cloud.org/md_book/index
    http://game.signage-cloud.org/pce_book/index
    http://game.signage-cloud.org/ss_book/index

    https://segaretro.org/Sega_Retro:Todo/Publications/Taiwan
    https://retrocdn.net/Category:Shared_book_scans

    Taiwanese books. I did a good chunk of these but never finished the job. Some also need extra work - I think I marked the available scans with a "!".

    The other issue is I can't reliably translate from traditional Chinese to English. So there are books waiting for pages on Sega Retro... but I don't know what to call those pages. Some are likely just translations of Japanese books though so perhaps they're less difficult.


    You're better off with one of those "download all the images on this page" browser extensions for this job.
     
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    There's always one. This lad has taken his ball home for political reasons that aren't worth exploring, and now we're "on our own". I'm sure you can come to your own opinions, but I would suggest a YouTube subscription to Tom Scott, because his latest video is quite timely.


    Anyway new task - find the original source for these.

    And once you find the original source, let me know and I will make sure whatever we upload to Retro CDN from that source will also go onto archive.org. Documentation is a team sport.
     
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    I can answer this now:

    - All issues of Dreamcast Magazine (UK) that we don't already have
    - relevant issues of PlayStation 2 Official Magazine - UK
    - relevant issues of Official Xbox Magazine
    - relevant issues of Nintendo Official Magazine

    I've taken care of issues of Mega and Sega Magazine, among a few others things.
     
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    I was watching another batch be uploaded to Archive.org this morning - that lad needs a medal.

    I'm tackling the Sega Powers as we speak, but there's issues of MegaTech, Sega Pro, Mega Power and a few others. It's also nice at highlighting how completely inadequate my upload speed is - it took me about 6 or 7 tries to get Sega Power #50 up on Retro CDN - I started at 11am and it finally got up there about 8pm.

    (yes I was uploading magazines instead of doing my real life job I'm actually paid for. Or not as the case may be)



    This is a huge amount of content that will need to be read through by volunteers at some point. Between all the references and magazine article pages, it could take years*. But it'll be amazing once it's done.



    *open for suggestions on how this process could be automated. I like the idea of having the entire contents of a magazine laid out somewhere, and then each game knows it's being talked about in said magazine. I don't know how to present things cleanly while still making it intuitive for editors.
     
  8. Asagoth

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    Do you need help with the "Sega Power" mags? ... my upload speed is also not the fastest in the world... but... it takes me less tries to do it (one or two... sometimes... not always...)

    Edit: I will upload some "MegaTech" mags for now ...
     
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    I've done all the Gamesmen (AU) Catalogues I mentioned earlier
    https://retrocdn.net/Category:The_Gamesmen_(AU)_Scans

    I also did a whole bunch of CVG UK magazines, mostly from archive.org but also one from my own personal stash.
    https://retrocdn.net/Category:Computer_and_Video_Games_scans
    We've got a complete set now up to #232, except for #162. I'm kicking myself, because I would have had a physical copy #162 at one point, but I don't any more. Now to hunt it down on ebay.

    I noticed that some of the pages of the CVG magazines from archive.org have been "auto de-skewed" to the point where pages with text that was deliberately sloped on the page have been rotated so that the whole page is skewed but the text is straight (see page 32 in issue #002). Should we bother to do anything about this?
     
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    A lot of the CVG scans are old garbage that have been circulating on the internet for years (see also: Mean Machines (Sega), ACE, Sega Force), so if you can provide better versions, by all means provide better versions (just make sure the page numbers line up so things don't break).
     
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    Unfortunately, I don't have my CVG magazines anymore. Many years ago, they were left behind in a storage unit in a town I no longer live in, and then I ran out of money to either go back and get them or continue to pay for storage, so they ended up binned. I had kept a handful relating to the Dreamcast era, but I only scanned the one that was missing from the existing collection (#221) before binning the rest.

    And I call myself a historian/archivist ;_;
     
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    Polish magazines:

    http://zapach-papieru.pl/pisma o grach/grykomputerowe.html
    https://retrocdn.net/Category:Gry_Komputerowe_scans
    Gry Komputerowe

    http://zapach-papieru.pl/pisma o grach/topsecret.html
    https://retrocdn.net/Category:Top_Secret_scans
    Top Secret

    More replacing of JPEGs (or PNGs).


    I might have done these myself if they weren't DjVu files - a rival to the PDF format that nobody cares about anymore. There are scans of Top Secret on archive.org, but some are watermarked - it's a big faff.
     
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    That "bible" makes reference to a "Sega standards" document which I'd love to find one day (we already have a US Dreamcast standards document which is fun).

    Holding A+B+C+Start on the title screen of a Mega-CD game should take you back to the boot screen, apparently.

    I discovered a similar trick on the Saturn and Dreamcast by accident in the 1990s - a game crashed so I pressed all the buttons as kids do, and was amazed to see it recover. Also a neat trick for getting past credits sequences that force you to reset the system... assuming those actually existed and I'm not mis-remembering things (or was it Nintendo that liked doing that? I forget).

    But not all games played by the same rules - I think some might have even taken you back to the title screen first, and some didn't work at all.


    Incidentally there's a surprising number of Saturn and Dreamcast games that implement a "clear pause" feature - pausing and pressing X+Y(+Z) to remove any menus or what have you. Some (like Sonic Jam's) were well known, but I'm sure there were others.
     
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  19. Asagoth

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    Judging by the number of things that we thought we would never see in life and that we now have in our "warehouse" ... I guess we will have that chance... :)
     
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  20. doc eggfan

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    I've uploaded all of my Hyper scans to retrocdn. I didn't scan them myself, but I acquired them from somewhere at some point (can't remember where).

    https://retrocdn.net/Category:Hyper_scans

    I'm missing January 2009 to March 2015 (#183 to #257) and I'd really like to get my hands on them. It seems as if at least some of them were online at one point, either from legit sources where you could purchase back-issues, or from nefarious file sharing services. Since Next media got bought out by Future, it seems as if all the legit sources of back issues have dried up, and all the piracy links seem to be broken.

    Magzter has issues #252 to #257 and I was going to try and screenshot the pages from there, but apparently it only works on Android/iOS (and I don't have an android/iOS device).

    https://www.magzter.com/AU/Nextmedia-Pty-Ltd/Hyper/Puzzle-&-Gaming/All-Issues

    I thought the prevailing wisdom was that once something was on the internet, it stays there forever, but I'm not sure it's holding true for that 15 year black hole of Hyper magazine issues.