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Japanese PC Gaming General: SCREAMer EDITION (HALLOWEEN -- BACK FROM THE DEAD)

GET HYPE Thread Anthem - https://youtu.be/Bin4Ez3FWkg

//Pastebin//
>Links to vendors, emulators, game info, fansites:
http://pastebin.com/g99LycCJ

//Games//
>ROM sites w/games, tools, OS packs:
http://www.retroprograms.com/
https://archive.org/details/PC98_Games_1813
http://www.theoldcomputer.com/roms/index.php

>Project EGG's for legal downloads. Collecting should use Suruga-ya for mail order. Try bidding on Yahoo! Japan, too;
http://www.amusement-center.com/project/egg/
http://www.suruga-ya.jp/
http://auctions.yahoo.co.jp/
http://www.fromjapan.co.jp/

>/vr/ Anon's PC-98 dump:
https://mega.co.nz/#F!F59WkSqQ!quGKSFIswBgv0rxAAaF8Pg

>PC-88 dump:
https://mega.co.nz/#F!10IGCLjQ!Aim8asXQ62YKRqzGfAqX5w

//Emulation//
>lllusion City blog has primers on emulating the PC-88, PC-6001, and FM Towns platforms:
http://illusioncity.net

>Guides to Neko Project II & making bootable HDI files for PC-98:
http://fullmotionvideo.free.fr/pc98/neko.html
http://fullmotionvideo.free.fr/pc98/articles/hdi/hdi.html

>MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 work for the PC-98; consider Ko-Window or SX-Window for the X68k (FM Towns has proprietary OS). The 8-bit machines run mainly BASIC.

//Music//
Misty Blue (PC-88, Koshiro): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KOiDPpHFgw
Golvellius (MSX2, Miyamoto): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXvBmHndSxM&t=7
Star Cruiser (X1, Yamanaka): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kc1vUz87_Yo
Rhyme Star (PC-98, Abo): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PA_rvNRNBg
AZURE (FM Towns, Umemoto): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTolqkb6cQo
Code-Zero (X68k, Random House): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIleersmwMo
Power DoLLS 4 (Windows, Saitoh): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hZAUQaCDg8

//Translations//
romhacking.net

>Most active J-PC group:
http://heroesoflegend.retro-type.com/forums/index.php

There hasn't been one for a while. Bringing it back, starting from the latest I could find in the archive!
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Wow this awesome I've been looking for something like this instead of downloading random games. It seems like the PC88 games are organized in kana, so I am assuming that these are all in Japanese? I mean, if it's some English fan translation, I'll just look up the Japanese file somewhere else.
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Any tutorials for x68000 emulation?
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Any good horror games that have been translated or don't require much Japanese?
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Why not include links to any of the Neo Kobe collections in the OP? They're pretty comprehensive, though not 100% complete.

http://fullmotionvideo.free.fr/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1621

I love these threads, though. Always a good way to find more games I might've missed out on in my digging through the catalogs.
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lol, It's pleasant to see this again.

Things have really improved in this scene. We now have a few notable fan translations—46 Okunen Monogatari, CRW, Star Cruiser II (almost), and both Brandish 2 and Different Realm soon. The guys who translated The Screamer also just finished the bulk of work on the Japanese localization of Sonnori's Arcturus, for anyone wanting a Korean game.

I mostly moved on from J-PC stuff since my Japanese learning's gone slow, and because /vr/ ended up not giving a shit about bumping or contributing to these threads. But that could change. I spend way too much time on Falcom games and fandom now.

>>4312192
Some games are very playable with or without moon. I remember making a list or two of just action games which get overlooked.

Here's the required Halloween GIF.

>>4312862
The public Neo Kobe sets are stupidly useful. I've had access to revisions of the PC-98 set which is coming along, but still incomplete.
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>>4313146
Neo Kobe PC-98 is currently just working through doujin games, but the retail collection is as complete as it'll be without people donating specific images of games that are missing from it. Pretty great resource in general.

Another fun note in that particular vein, SL9821 has come a decent way, and supposedly the exact bios files the emulator wants have been tracked down and dumped. Haven't seen a link to where yet though.
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Can't be bothered to read all that shit but I need some help.
I'm playing Foxy 2 but the HDI or CG seem to be corrupted:
-Moon's reward scene freezes up trying to load the animated CG. The panning shot works fine.
-One of the last victory scenes also freezes up.
I managed to circumvent the Moon problem by replacing her CG with another girl's but I'm not sure which files affect the victory scenes and I don't want to replay the maps over and over.
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How hard is this to get into? How much Japanese do I need to know?
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>>4313315
You need to know Japanese. PC98 games aren't teaching materials, they don't expect you to not know Japanese.
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>>4313334
Importantly, they are games for adults. They use complex kanji, compounds and words compared to games for children.
On the plus side the writing is normally readable due to the higher resolution compared to consoles of the time. Kanjitomo also tends to work well.
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>>4312737
does belloncho body inspection count?
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>>4313146
I'm just saying I don't wanna play some shitty English translation when I have little to no problem playing the original. I asked because every time I see a thread with a Japanese game everyone immediately asked about the English translation so I thought maybe these were like that. Thank god they're not
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>>4313751
Most are going to be labeled with a t-eng if they were fan translated. Honestly though, if we kick out the MSX then you'll find less than 30 or so games that have been translated. Practically every game you get from any collection will be in Japanese unless explicitly labeled otherwise.
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>>4313809
>hating good threads only because theyre general
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>>4313960
This thread would be better if Op started to talk about something interesting instead of drowning us with copypasta.
What games have you played recently? I've continued to tackle Elf games and finished Angel Hearts and Foxy 1.
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Knight Arms might be the 2D game with the slowest framerate that i have ever played,amazing music though.
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>>4313809
The only thing new here is you.
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This just in.

https://nebulous.group/index.php/2017/10/08/star-cruiser-2-translation-patch-released-time-to-blast-off-into-space-again/

Star Cruiser 2 (PC-98) just got a translation patch.
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It's been a long time since I last saw this thread. Any reason why it disappeared for so long?
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>>4315704
It's still mostly untranslated games.
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>>4315720
I've talked about numerous untranslated games on this board. That alone can't be the reason.
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>>4315728
>>4315720
I always feel like it's a problem of exposure, more than it is that the games aren't translated. The games being in Japanese only are going to drive people off, but if people don't even know these computers or games exist, then they're obviously not going to want to play them.
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>>4315720
Well that would be some a retarded reason then. You'd expect people who are into old japan-exclusive computer games to be have at least some kind of japanese knowledge or at least try to learn about the language instead of begging for translations.
>>4315739
Most people on /vr/ know about these computers, and the one who don't want to discuss about them are either not interested in them at all or have meme opinions (though the former kind also have meme opinion most of the time).
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>>4315739
People here know the PC98 and FM Towns exists and occasionally the PC88 as well. X1 and FM7 are probably rarer but they're hardly relevant. PC60 and the like even more so.
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>>4315743
>Well that would be some a retarded reason then. You'd expect people who are into old japan-exclusive computer games to be have at least some kind of japanese knowledge or at least try to learn about the language instead of begging for translations.
eh? Many people played the english version of True Love 95, Three Sisters Story and Divi dead downloaded from the "erotic games" sessions from abandonware website on their Windows 98.
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>>4315760
And? These games might have had english translations, but the vast majority haven't.
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>>4315760
Does that prevent them from learning a language?
People don't seem to be interested in talking about the handful of translated games either.
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>>4315783
With more projects getting announced here and there, and even reaching completion. I've only ever really seen talk about EVO here and there.
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>>4314356
I am excited to see this but on the other hand something happened to my Star Cruiser 1 data and I got knocked back quite a bit before I could finish it. The last part of the game is so tedious.

I do wish one of the pc versions for the first game was translated but I do recommend the genesis one to everyone.
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>>4316650
From what I've heard, Star Cruiser 1 for the x68k is currently in the works by Nebulous too. They mentioned it at some point in the PC-98 Discord.
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>>4316654
Bless their hearts that's good to hear
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>>4313146
Glad to see you back.
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>>4316654
Awesome news if they're getting started on that. The Mega Drive port's impressive but lacks a bunch of content from the J-PC originals.

>>4316920
Same. I've been lurking.
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>>4315745
>X1 and FM7 are probably rarer but they're hardly relevant
These machines might share most of their game library with the PC-88, but I like the X1-turbo versions of various game's soundtracks better.
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>>4318145
Some action games also play better on X1 compare Thunderforce or Super Mario Bros Special.
But it's maybe hundred games at most which is next to nothing compared to the PC88 library.
At least it's more than you can say for the X68000.
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Wasn't there a translation project started on Lunatic Dawn? That was one series I really wanted to into.
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>>4319102
>That was one series I really wanted to into.
If you really wanted you could simply learn Japanese.
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>>4319102
There are a couple of Lunatic Dawn patches out there for different versions.

http://www.romhacking.net/translations/2585/

And here is one for the Steam version: http://www.romhacking.net/translations/2591/
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>>4319103
I've tried and it's far too difficult for someone with my health disorders.
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>>4319129
The health disorder of being a cowardly quitter?
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Good to see this thread back. I'm still looking for VOTOMS Black Unicorn for the PC-88. (装甲騎兵ボトムズ ブラック・ユニコーン). I even asked some guy in Japan that had the ROM, but he said he couldn't upload it because of Japan's piracy laws.
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>>4319232
You can't rely on anyone in Japan to share stuff, to be honest. Your best bet will always be to try to source the disks and dump them yourself (or get a friend with all of the equipment to do the latter for you). Piracy laws are strict as fuck over there, and no one wants to risk jail time over an old video game.
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>>4317373
I miss your old threads, man.

>>4319129
Phurnix?
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>>4318662
The X1 does have a somewhat powerful PCG chip inside which a few programmers used to help software scrolling and animation (Buuma's a good example of a shooter that uses it), but most of the talented programmers racked their brains trying to get PC-88 games running smoother instead. Something like Final Crisis looks like black magic compared to other action games on the PC-88.

>>4319505
I'm starting to agree. Now that I've got some more design skills, coming up with OC might not be as hard as I used to find.
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I love you all guys
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>>4320089
>trying to get PC-88 games running smoother instead.
More teams should have gone with 3D.
Sylpheed plays better than any sprite based shooter.
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Anyone picking up Heiankyo Alien in a few days on Steam? I really liked their Space Mouse release so I'm looking forward to this one.
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>>4320289
Carry Lab pioneered rasterized vector games for the PC-88 (the Jelda games) and PC-98 (Flight in Hawaii, an early flight sim), but even they had trouble with performance. Silpheed doesn't play that ambitious because Game Arts ran up against similar technical hurdles, so they spent more time grinding the engine into something better than the competition.

>>4320610
These recent PC-8001 remakes are Mindscape's best work in years. I wish Mickey Albert and friends could make a sequel to GAGE or Star Mobile by now.
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Can someone make a Japanese pixel art of the 80s, PC-88 etc thread :) ? Thank you
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Did that eight disk cyberpunk city JRPG thing ever get finished? The translator did 6 of the 8 and then never completed it or something
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How do you work that dsk2rom? I'm trying to convert SD Snatcher and War of the Dead 2 into roms but the program crashes on startup.
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>>4323106
Illusion City? Nah the patch for the MSX version of that never got finished. There was also a guy who tried to work on the PC-98 version of that, but he also vanished before getting much farther than the UI.

My only hope for that ever getting a translation is with the guys who'did 46 Okunen Monogatari and Rusty. It's on their interest list but they haven't said anything about starting work on it specifically yet.
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Is there some list of the Japanese names of PC-98 games. I wanna play it but all the roms are titled in japanese and I need to know which games are which.
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>>4323971
Do you mean they're in Japanese characters, or that they're Japanese words written in the English alphabet?

If it's the former, don't deal with that anymore and just get your games from the Neo Kobe archives here >>4312862
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>>4323991
Thank you this is exactly what I need. Though I'm kinda disappointed they don't have JESUS and just have JESUS II
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Also does anyone have a rom for this game https://www.pc98.org/starfire.html it's not in the Neo Kobe archives but I like the art in it.
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>>4324059
>https://www.pc98.org/starfire.html
Just checked and yeah that's in there in the /Starcraft/Starfire folder of the Neo Kobe collection. There's the 16-bit and 256-bit versions, as well as a pre-installed hard disk version.
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>>4324103
Shit never mind then I didn't see Starcraft on the list the first time I looked through it.
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I wish I could read japanese. Most of these games and VNs are useless if you can't read.
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>>4323971
How will you play the games when you can't even read their names?
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>>4324036
Jesus was never ported to PC98. It's only on PC88, X1, FM7, MSX and Famicom.
Here's the list of all games with Japanese and romanized names.
https://refuge.tokyo/pc9801/pc9801.html
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>>4324167
http://djtguide.neocities.org/
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>>4323971
Most of the names are in katakana/hiragana,only some of them are in Kanji.
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>>4320610
It looks like such a fucking mess compared to the Gameboy release with all those colors
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>>4324792
Personally I think it looks fun, but it'll also have the PC88 version included along with some other mode
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>>4320610
I'm amused by them making it on Famicom but the game never really interested me
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>>4312168
Anyone knows the answers for GROUNSEED for PC-98?
Basically in the dungeons you need to answers some question and input an answer and from what I remember I think I am at the 2nd or 3rd dungeon that looks like it's made from clouds.
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>>4312737
Peret em Heru
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https://nyaa.si/view/968479

Just saw this pop up. All of the currently translated PC-98 games from this past year so far in bootable HDI files. Don't have to patch anything this way.
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>>4326368
Very nice
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>>4326368
Awesome
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>>4326368
I'm playing Rusty with Neko Project II,is there a way to fix the garbled voices during the cutscenes?
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>>4326819
The only emulator that doesn't have shitty voices is Anex86. I haven't found a proper way to fix that in Rusty in any other emulator yet. Sucks, because Anex86 is the worst of them for everything except this one thing.
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>>4326328
Thanks!
>>4326368
Thanks!
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Man, it's really great to see this thread again, hopefully I can get to learning Japanese again.

>>4313146
>Things have really improved in this scene. We now have a few notable fan translations—46 Okunen Monogatari, CRW, Star Cruiser II (almost), and both Brandish 2 and Different Realm soon. The guys who translated The Screamer also just finished the bulk of work on the Japanese localization of Sonnori's Arcturus, for anyone wanting a Korean game.
I should go about updating that PC-98 list for the fan translations

Anyone have any other changes they'd like to see for that mega folder? Surprised to see it linked in the OP still.

>>4326368
Sweet I'll have to grab this.
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don't die
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Does anyone have a copy of Buster for the X68000? I've been searching for a rom of it after seeing it on youtube but I can't find any.
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>>4315783
This is going to blow your mind but most people aren't willing to spend years of their life learning an entire language just to play a few games they don't even know for sure are actually good.
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>>4326368
>there are only 4 translated pc98 games
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>>4330779
It said translated games from this past year. That's just what got translated recently.
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>>4330514
More like people are willing to make up excuses just to avoid taking the slightest bit of effort.
How many translated games do you need that you finally decide that it's worth it? Did you actually spent years before you could play them or are you just parroting?
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>>4331076
Why not clean it? That yellowing is gross anon
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>>4331076
Is it even plugged in? Come on son.
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>>4331253
>yellow plastic
>clean
yer pulling a fast one on me right m8
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>>4312168

>Screamer edition

Well, any games for Halloween to recommend?
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>>4333251
Literally the 3rd post. Just let this shit thread die if there's nothing to talk about
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>>4333251
Castlevania on the X68000 is pretty good, but it's pretty much just Castlevania Chronicles.
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I guess this is more of a general question, but where do the Japanese put their game guides on the Internet? I got a few endings in Doukyuusei, but I'm too lazy to figure and grind out the rest by myself.
Also, Mai a best.
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>>4333384
Yeah, the magic word is 攻略, as in [game name] + 攻略.

One big database.
http://seiya-saiga.com/game/kouryaku.html
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>>4333403
Nice, thanks. Have a smug child for your troubles.
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Are there any other streamers besides Macaw45 that play PC88/98 games?
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>>4333867
http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv307772908
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>>4333364
>>4333251
Divi Dead
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>>4333420
Just FYI, some stuff is so obscure that there is literally no info about it anywhere, even on the japanese web. Someone posted aboved about VOTOMS Black Unicorn, but even newer stuff like the PS2 has games that almost no one ever played. I was looking for anything about the Aquarion game for the PS2 and couldn't find a single website with info about it.

(It's a pretty bad game, btw)
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Does this site still work?
http://98ds.free.fr/
It says the Q&A was updated in 10/2014, but it looks like it has been abandoned for a while. I ask because it's a ROM download service in japanese that claims to have 4500 PC-88 games, which is almost double the archive.org collection.
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>>4334930
Bullshit. Guaranteed to be a lazy repack of an out-of-date TOSEC collection. Do you think they dumped 8300+ MAME games by themselves too?

And 4500 'disk images' does not mean 4500 individual games, because most games came on multiple disks.

Neo Kobe PC-88 is almost 9000 files fully
unpacked, but that includes alternates and extras. Not complete, but includes all the major hits plus some doujin too. And it's fucking free.
https://archive.org/details/Neo_Kobe_NEC_PC-8801_2016-02-25
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>>4333384
>>4333420
I love Doukyuusei so much
I think it was more fun learning that town and people's schedules without a guide, tho
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>>4333384
That guy is holding a doll of Lum.
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>/jpc/

I missed you
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Is the era of early Windows 95-98 Japanese gaming even more obscure than PC-98/X68000 stuff?
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where can i find a tons of old PC music
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>>4337869
At the moment, yes. There aren't any specific or wide ranging preservation efforts going on at the moment. I only really know of a couple of individuals that have been trying to get games and dump them lately. Just some guys on the PC-98 Discord.
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>>4337869
Arguably yes, mac stuff from that area is even more obscure. Chu-Teng, Garage Bad Dream Adventure, both were thought to be lost for over 10 years
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>>4337869
>X68000
Opposite of obscure. It's a fairly minor system yet people blow it out of proportion.

We now have a decently ordered archive for most PC98 games. Trying to find a specific Win9x game on the other hand is a quest in futility.
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>all the future potential for a Last Armageddon translation
>the fucking NES version gets translated
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>>4338668
I'm not sure I'd call that one a translation, to be perfectly honest. It can barely be considered English, even.
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The only PC-98 game I've played to completion is Rusty. I recommend it. Tostugeki Mix was made by the same company as Rusty and appears to play similarly but I haven't played it.

I've played a little of Briganty: The Roots of Evil but never finished it.
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>>4337921
Depends on what you're looking for. Hoot Archive hosts a lot of music packs for PC-X8, X68k, and some Fujitsu releases which you can play back via the Hoot player. And NFGGames has a mirror of a large collection of .MDX files, so lotsa BGM and original tracks made for X68k which you can play back on MDX players.

>>4337869
Getting info on some of those games, like alone proper dumps, has always been more difficult than mustering the same effort for PC-X8, X68k, and FM Towns releases. I'd say it's even worse if you're looking for Korean and Taiwanese PC games of the era. Neo Kobe also isn't focusing on this, and only a few people are working to buy the games off auction or wherever they're getting sold.

Meanwhile the Game Preservation Society's basically a thing now, with all the press it's gotten since NHK did a documentary on their J-PC archival and process. At least we have that. I hope they continue to get grant money and eventually lobby for a better Japanese copyright law so they can open up a museum or something.
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>>4321103
>>4326674
So what's the status on Possessioner? Is it still ok to have hope that Nana will finish that translation?
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>>4338835
Probably not. He's busy with his new job at a Japanese game dev studio.
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not sure if this the right place to ask but is there anyone that would be willing to collaborate on a translation? i dont know anything about any of the programming end but i can translate japanese to english fairly well and i would like to do something to build my own skills and maybe someone plays it or sees it and it turns them on to something new
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>>4338982
Your best bet is probably advertising your skills on places like RHDN or in related Discords.

Think of it like a shitty job interview or marketing pitch. If you can't show someone that you have the required skills and drive to work on and finish a project, they won't want to work with you. Maybe translate a smaller game with a pretty static script and show that off as proof, but then say you're interested in x games for y systems.
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>>4339150
Thanks man I prefer to stay away from any of that stuff especially groups and whatnot too much bs and drama without work getting done or getting done sloppy. I have a couple of games pretty much translated completely but everytime and anywhere I post no one seems interested. Anyway what I'm looking for is someone who can do all the hacking aspects while I do the translation that's already done.
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>>4339241
> I prefer to stay away from any of that stuff

Then good luck finding someone else to work with you? If you don't go to the places that have people working on this sort of thing then your chances of finding people are going to be slim as fuck.

You have to vet people to work with you, just like other people have to vet you to make sure you can work with them. Teams for this kind of shit are built on mutual trust, and if you can't figure out whether you can trust someone to work well with you then your best bet is to start learning how to code and reverse engineer shit on your own.
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Who thought that this would be a good idea to display text? I can hardly read a damn thing.
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>>4340441
>空は暗雲おおわれ、嵐の前を思わせる不穏な雲が激しい風に千切れて飛ぶ。




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