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I've never been very fond of games that most people would considere to be addictive like Diablo, Minecraft, Pokemon, MOBAs and MMOs...

However, I would say that Jade Cocoon (Tamamayu Monogatari) on the PS1 and much more recently Destiny on the PS4 were games that I've played at least 1 or 2 hours everyday day for one year or so during the peak of my addiction.
But I am over it now... Haha.

Classic Video Games / Re: Two questions about your favorite consoles
« on: January 27, 2017, 11:05:45 am »
[...] but lately it has been trumped by the Sega CD for some odd reason. The best games for this console are very good and the bad games are very bad but most of them are just odd and relics of a time when game developers were trying new things. Sure FMV was a fad, but Sega CD did it first!

I have to agree with you! There is just so much fun in collecting for the Mega CD!
Here in Japan, they didn't have the shitload of FMV games that we had in the West, but there are some pretty good RPGs like Seirei Shinseiki Fhey Area, Cosmic Fantasy Stories and the Lunar series!
PS: I also think that the combo Japanese Mega Drive + Mega CD (both model 1) is the most beautiful video game console ever!

Modern Video Games / Re: Thoughts on Super Mario Odyssey?
« on: January 18, 2017, 09:11:37 pm »
I can't stop watching this video!

Classic Video Games / Re: Two questions about your favorite consoles
« on: January 08, 2017, 11:57:52 am »
What is your favorite gaming console ever?
Sega Saturn

What console do you have the most fun collecting for?
PC Engine DUO-R

In my case, the PC Engine is a close second to the Saturn in the subject of having fun collecting. Both have some pretty expensive games, but since non-gamers usually don't know anything about them it is relatively easy to find good deals at recycle shops and Hard-Offs in Japan.

Off Topic / Re: 2017 In Movies
« on: January 07, 2017, 04:09:32 am »
It was very difficult to prepare a top 10 list...
Just figured out that there are not that many movies that I am looking forward to watch this year...

01) Spiderman: Homecoming
02) Star Wars Episode 8
03) Guardians of the Galaxy
04) Bingo: O Rei das Manhãs (Brazilian movie)
05) Logan
06) Dunkirk
07) Marighella (Brazilian Movie)
08) Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D
09) Sekigahara (Japanese Movie)
10) Kong: Skull Island

And as a bonus, the movies that I am not expecting to be any good:

01) Power Rangers
02) Blade Runner 2049
04) Justice League
03) Transformers: The Last Knight
05) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead men tell no tales
06) The Mummy
07) Ghost in the Shell
08) Alien: Covenant
09) Wonder Woman
10) Thor: Ragnarok

Doctor Strange and Mad Max: Fury Road - Black & Chrome Edition open here in Japan only later in January and The Arrival is scheduled for a late May release, but since most of the world already saw them, I'm cutting those out of my list.

Modern Video Games / Re: The Super Retro Boy
« on: January 06, 2017, 08:54:10 pm »
It seems to be an interesting handheld, but I can't see many advantages in purchasing a Super Retro Boy... The GameBoy Advance SP also plays all GB, GBC and GBA games, has the L and R buttons on their proper places and I believe it can be found in very good shape for the same price or less. Don't you think?

Classic Video Games / Re: Two questions about your favorite consoles
« on: January 06, 2017, 08:30:41 pm »
My answer to both questions would have to be the PS4. Everything that the PS1 was, the PS4 has improved on and will continue to pass. The amount of games and the content of the games that will be on there by the end of the consoles life will most likely be untouched by any system ever.

Btw, Im jealous of you living in Japan and would love to go there.

I am not one of those overly nostalgic guys who thinks that everything was better in the past, but, although owning the system since it's launch, I don't think the PS4 has (nor has it the potential to have) a very good library... In fact, I would say that unfortunately it is on the way to be the worst Sony console ever in my understanding... So, I would love to hear from you what makes you like it so much.
Oh! And if you happen to be in Japan someday or need something from here, just let me know! It is far from the best place in the world to collect for the Master System and Mega Drive, but it is great for almost everything else!

Also, hey! Hook me up with some cheap Godzilla figures from over there! lol

Haha! Godzilla figures and memorabilia can be found in abundance and almost for free around here. If you are looking for any particular stuff, I can check it for you.

Classic Video Games / Re: Two questions about your favorite consoles
« on: January 06, 2017, 12:09:15 pm »
I can see that many people here love the DreamCast as much as I do!

Maybe because the Master System was such a juggernaut back in Brazil when I was a kid (and in fact, in way, it still is) I've never felt any attachment for the NES (or for Nintendo in general)... So It is very interesting for me to see how gaming culture varies from country to country and how many people around the world have so much love for the NES (a console that I saw for the first time in the late 90's!).
After moving to Japan, I can say that I finally begun to appreciate the Famicom and the Disk System, but Alex Kidd is still much closer to my heart than I think Mario will ever be...

Classic Video Games / Re: Two questions about your favorite consoles
« on: January 06, 2017, 09:08:29 am »
I've seen it on the internet sometimes, but I can't say I have ever seen an Amiga with my own eyes (haha)...

And I also think the Mega Drive is an awesome system and, in my opinion, it is the best looking console ever (specially the Japanese model 1 with the huge 16-BIT stamped on it and with the model 1 Mega CD attached to it).

Classic Video Games / Two questions about your favorite consoles
« on: January 06, 2017, 07:58:34 am »
For most of my life I've considered the PS1 to be the best gaming console ever...
However after starting to collect for the Master System (and maybe because I was born in Brazil, where the MS was king over the NES) I figured out that it may be my favorite console of all time.

On the other hand, since I've been living in Japan for 6 years now, the Saturn became my favorite console to retro collect.
So, I ask you guys:

1) What is your favorite gaming console ever?
2) What console do you have the most fun collecting for?

Classic Video Games / Re: SFC game reccomendations
« on: January 03, 2017, 06:22:18 am »
I have a very modest SFC collection, so I am far from a specialist on the console, but I will try focusing my recommendations on some Japanese exclusive titles:

Rockman & Forte, Macross Scramble Valkyrie, Gundam W Endless Duel, The Firemen, Lady Stalker, Popful Mail, Paneru de Pon, Kishin Douji Zenki: Rettou Raiden and any SNK brawler released for the system.

Since you want to practice japanese, I can also recommend you Tales of Phantasia, Star Ocean, Seiken Densetsu 3, Bahamut Lagoon and any Fire Emblem or Final Fantasy.

Hardware and Tech / Re: European Master System on Japanese TV
« on: December 28, 2016, 10:27:52 am »
I was able to solve the problem with a very simple (and cheap) AV/HDMI converter. The image quality is still very far from perfect, but it will work until I get myself a nice upscaler.

Thanks to everyone who replied here!

Hardware and Tech / Re: European Master System on Japanese TV
« on: December 23, 2016, 11:54:54 am »
Did you check the settings on your tv? Some tv's allow to change from pal to ntsc, resolution, etc.

But the more modern the tv is, the less you can change  :(

Thank you!
I checked it many times, but I couldn't find anything... My TV is a 2012 Toshiba Regza 32S5. If you find anything, please let me know...

Hardware and Tech / Re: European Master System on Japanese TV
« on: December 23, 2016, 10:07:40 am »
I was able to solve part of the problem by using a PAL/NTSC converter. Now the image does not flicker anymore and it has color, however it is running at around only 1 or 2 fps...
Any clues on how to solve this final part of the puzzle?

Hardware and Tech / Re: European Master System on Japanese TV
« on: December 15, 2016, 08:42:47 pm »
You're not using a tube tv? Not really sure. You should just buy the sega Mark III, and buy a cartridge converter. You can play all the japanese games, including the sg1000 games, and Pal games this way in 60hz. The Mark III from japan works here with a scart cable. The modern tube tvs should be 50hz 60hz compatible.

Thank you once again.
Yeah, I am using an LED TV now. I already have a Japanese Mega Drive with the Mega Adaptor (Power Base Converter) to play Japanese Master System games. I bought the European Master System in order to have access to the Western library without having to use a cartridge converter and because the Mark IIIs/Japanese Master Systems are usually too expensive...
Once again, thanks for the help and, if you have some clue on what to do in order to make this MS work in Japan with a Japanese LED TV, please let me know.

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