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  1. Black Squirrel

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  2. Asagoth

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    Challenge accepted... do you want to replace those we already have for the better ones at archive.org too?
     
  3. Black Squirrel

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    If they're better, go for it - just make sure the page numbers line up so we don't have to change 4329802934 links.
     
  4. Asagoth

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    Ok then... I'll keep it in mind...
     
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    Jack shit.
    Apparently the Internet Archive is being sued for...piracy?
     
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    People upload full games and movies there all the time - it doesn't surprise me.
     
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    Update: I managed to get those Hyper issues off magzster.com. I used the Android studio SDK to run a Pixel 2 phone emulator and took screenshots of the emulator window. Not sure if I scaled the emulator window too large, I found it hard to tell what a 1:1 pixel ratio was supposed to be.

    Also grabbed some covers and one issue of CVG presents, the short lived revival of CVG in 2008-09
     
  9. Black Squirrel

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    A new batch

    Games World! Game Zone! Consoles XS! More UK GamePro!

    Soon we'll be able to chart the complete rise and fall of Dave "Games Animal" Perry.
     
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    Another new batch

    Console XS! Games Domain Offline! Even more UK GamePro!


    Also replacement scans for Mean Machines. We already have a set, but if you care enough to want to replace them with these higher quality versions, use a slightly different name when uploading and mark the old file with {{delete}}. The usual "upload a new version of this file" method won't work for big files which need the upload wizard - we'll have to do some juggling.

    It's important that the page numbers line up though - Mean Machines is used widely across the wikis. Unless you want to edit 42398420394823 pages.


    (this goes for any "big" scan - in the old days I was going for convenience over quality so there'll be a few crappy EGMs and GamePros in our collection)
     
  13. Black Squirrel

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    ... Sega Magazine! Sega Power! Things I didn't know existed!

    No Dave Perry today, but plenty of Digital Foundry's Richard Leadbetter in the days before frame rate analysis tools.

    Also Sega Power's continued obsession with Cathy "look it up on wikipedia" Dennis
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    What even is this.
     
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    The earliest Mega Guide I've seen is 12th May 1992, which reads like it's the first one. 8 pages, in association with CVG.

    The Daily Mirror also had "Power Up!" at the same time. The earliest Power Up! I've seen is a Power Up! special pullout dated July 6th 1992. That might be the first one, it was said to be a Saturday column normally.

    I also have hundreds of columns of "Mega Byte" to upload. It was a weekly column by Steve Fountain which ran from 1993-1996 (possibly longer in some as yet unscanned papers) in various local newspapers across the country. I haven't quite worked out the best way to upload those yet. I guess it would make most sense to upload it as "Mega Byte" rather than all of the different newspapers it appeared in.

    Edit: Also, pretty sure that Cathy Dennis and Right Said Fred had some sort of marketing deal with Sega back then for some reason.
     
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    Amazingly someone recently uploaded a Power Up! commercial, it's the same cover as the 1992-07-06 issue, so seems to confirm that as the first one (presuming that they only advertised it at the start). Probably a response to the rival Sun's Mega Guide.
     
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    The DPI settings for a lot of our old CVG and Mean Machines scans need changing. I was going to fix some of them.


    ...and then I remembered the scans were crap, and that better ones exist:

    The first 11 Mean Machines

    https://www.outofprintarchive.com/catalogue/meanmachines.html

    and a few Mean Machines Sega

    https://www.outofprintarchive.com/catalogue/meanmachinessega1.html

    and some other things
    https://archive.org/details/computervideogames95
    https://archive.org/details/computervideogames102
    https://archive.org/details/computervideogames114
    https://archive.org/details/thegamesmachine199006

    Might as well go for the highest quality versions out there.

    Again, make sure the numbers line up.
     
  18. BSonirachi

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    Given there's a scare going on about the Internet Archive possibly going bankrupt due to legal issues from book publishers hitting it, would we have to hurry up and get all of these mirrored before they disappear forever? A number of them, especially Todo Sega, are very messy, but it might better to get them mirrored as is for the time being before they go.
     
  19. Asagoth

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    I totally agree "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"... and if we had more people helping with this stuff (more than the usual "dozen") we could do this quickly (upload stuff, crop stuff, split stuff... where is needed... ).... you know... split tasks... team work...
     
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  20. Black Squirrel

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    Oh damn I forgot those existed too:

    https://archive.org/details/gamemagazinesspanish

    and those two issues of Mega Machines which still need rotating.


    Although I did look into the latter briefly. I was concerned that by rotating, the image would be re-compressed, making the quality slightly worse and forcing up the file size. There is a technique for doing it losslessly - rather than playing with the image as a whole, you work in the 8x8 chunks the format uses for compression. In theory you don't lose any data, but the side affect is the image dimensions have to be multiples of 8 (which could mean black borders but it hardly matters in our case):

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libjpeg - jpegtran, or jpegcrop that wraps this stuff with a GUI.

    Yet to experiment with this though.