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General / Re: VGC's Anonymous/"General" Topic:
« on: September 22, 2023, 12:11:14 pm »
I finally managed to find a valid upgrade path for my gaming computer. When I say "valid" I'm meaning that it actually works without modifying the OS or the installers, but it certainly is *not* a supported path. It makes use of an intermediary release of Windows 10 that may not be available for download anymore because it got patched very soon after it became available.

Starting with Windows 7 Pro SP1 x64
install KB2990214
Do in-place upgrade using Windows 10 1511 install media
Do in-place upgrade using Windows 10 1809 install media

Now this will hopefully let me continue to use Steam past the end of the year, and this method means I don't have to re-install everything. If i am lucky I will only have to re-install some drivers. The above was done on a test system, an MSI MS-163K.

The next steps are to buy a new SSD, then clone my existing OS disk to it. Then perform the upgrades on the new disk. This way if it fails, I can just put my old disk in the PC.

Hardware and Tech / Re: Saturn Laser Going Bad?
« on: September 21, 2023, 09:41:32 am »
If the laser was starting to go, wouldn't it struggle to read all games and audio CDs, not just this one particular game?

Yes it would. The games and audio CDs use the same functions. The only difference is the DRM that is on the Saturn discs, if it had trouble handling that it may not necessarily be the laser. There is also the possibility that the laser is not calibrated properly, but it is far easier to just replace the entire unit or use an ODE in its place than try to repair something like that.

no signs of disc rot when I put the disc in front of a bright light. Only thing I noticed was a VERY small piece of the reflective layer was missing by the center of the disc.

CD can't have disc rot. Disc rot only happened with discs that have two protective layers like LaserDiscs, DVDs and HD-DVDs. CDs do not have disc rot. It can have damage to the reflective layer, which if this occurs within the data area it means the disc could be toast. The CD mechanism has the ability to error correct for scratches but it cannot handle any portion where the reflective layer is missing.

News / Re: Adding Rating Images
« on: September 19, 2023, 12:27:23 pm »
ClassInd - 16 (Brazil) image is broken

It is resolved. You may need to clear cache or do hard reload for the image to appear.

Style Guide and Identification / The Ratings List
« on: September 15, 2023, 11:27:09 am »
This thread is specifically to document the rating options for entries on the site.

ACB (Australia)
aDeSe (Spain)
CERO (Japan)
ClassInd (Brazil)
ELSPA (Europe)
ESRB (North America)
GRAC (South Korea)
GSRR (Taiwan)
PEGI (Europe)
RARS (Russia)
SELL (France)
SMECCV (Mexico)
USK (Germany)
VRC (United States)

The open discussion relating to ratings can be found here:,8623.msg145212.html

General / Re: Sonic censorship hidden in movie
« on: September 15, 2023, 09:20:46 am »
It's just someone hacked my account.

The phone call is coming from inside the house.

General / Re: Would you replace a Greatest Hits/Reprint game?
« on: September 12, 2023, 09:18:20 am »
Is there a site like this that scans manuals? I see they have a section for PS1 games but they don't have "covers," instead they have full manuals so just printing out a picture of the front of the manual would be a little awkward. I suppose I could just print out the backs/spines and call it a day lol. That's all that would really show on a shelf anyways.

They are not complete but might have what you are looking for. For each game title at the bottom you can find scans.

General / Re: VGC's Anonymous/"General" Topic:
« on: September 12, 2023, 09:14:48 am »
I'm kinda bummed out. I did some math the other day and found that if i stayed on my current pace of playing things on my backlog, it would take me at least 57 years to complete it.

Since I recognize that I may not actually care about upgrading my current PC to maintain Steam support, I am redoing my backlog by basing the initial version on a chronological list rather than the mishmash it is now.

So, your projected pace of 57 years for backlog completion has been shortened to how long now?

Well that isn't likely to be that much different but at least now I won't be putting off pruning the list by abandoning many console games I'm sure I won't care for. Starting next year I expect my games list in the 52 to increase, but there will just be more red titles.

General / Re: VGC's Anonymous/"General" Topic:
« on: September 11, 2023, 09:43:11 am »
Since I recognize that I may not actually care about upgrading my current PC to maintain Steam support, I am redoing my backlog by basing the initial version on a chronological list rather than the mishmash it is now. By chronological it isn't when games came out, or even a historical when I got them. Rather I am starting by my addition order on VGC.

How I find this information since it isn't visible via the site normally: In Edit Settings for your account on the main site, you can export your collection vis CSV. Then you can import that CSV into Excel or Google Sheet and there you can find the add to collection timestamp. I will base it on that, and prior to 2020 (When I added Steam to my collection here) I will use Steam's sort by activity function. What this means for me is that I should be able to burn through games in my collection that do not require an internet connection, specifically console games.

I finished a 3rd of it already, which just involves moving 1 line between two text files while referencing the spreadsheet. That took about 5 hours lol.

General / Re: Would you replace a Greatest Hits/Reprint game?
« on: September 11, 2023, 09:33:59 am »
I would consider something like that if I started to run into space considerations. Depending on the release of course, since sometimes the reprint has different game code. I think that would make a difference in consideration whether I should keep it vs an original. If it were a game that I won't play (or play again) then it would be an easier decision. For me the reprint with different spine isn't that big of a problem like this, but rather LEs and other types of games that are in non-standard packaging. A recent example is some PS2 JP pickups from earlier this year, where most were in a box that was about the same size as a PS2 case (height wise) but one was in a box the size of a coffee table book.

News / Re: Advanced Style Guide update and feedback thread
« on: September 07, 2023, 09:32:21 am »
Added this to item name in regards to Common Name sources:
A name source may have errors in their title that need to be corrected before used here. These may include using numeric vs roman numeral, title for a localised version that doesn't match the art, or a translation/romanization error.

Note that the way either Style or Adv Guide is written, there is not a hard requirement to use a GameFAQs name, or a common name exactly as represented. If a name source has an error you should not use the bad version as a title here. This is really only to come into play when dealing with "non-common" games. Common Name source was enacted primarily to deal with game series that have a common title different than what is on the box art. Such as .hack series, Call of Duty Black Ops 4, Resident Evil 7, Tomb Raider, etc.

Classic Video Games / Re: My Retrogame Collection
« on: September 05, 2023, 09:59:39 am »
I still want to get one of those Tokimeki Memorial binders.

Site Feedback / Re: Rejected edits and site advancement
« on: September 05, 2023, 09:55:49 am »
We may want to consider amending the common name policy to make it so we can correct obvious (or not obvious) errors that exist on the common name source. We may be well enough on our own by now that we can make our own decisions.

Video Game Database Discussion / Re: Error Listings and rejected edits 2023
« on: September 05, 2023, 09:52:21 am »
Re this True Crime Streets of LA

Original intent should always be preserved. We can't see on-site what the original info was from the original author. This specific entry is not on WaybackMachine so we can't see old versions. Whatever was original was fully replaced by stethebubble the next year, so anything after that doesn't matter. It is common for older entries to have been made as either FR or NL releases because that is what a lot of that era art on GameFAQs is of.

If original intent cannot be acertained, it should be made to the UK version. For PS2 there usually isn't a English EU version that isn't UK as those are usually for NL or at least we can more easily determine where the thing was from as opposed to Nintendo and their EU* type versions.

For Defender

2600 is different type of problem as there are many EU releases and it is all very confusing. Often a site will just say a release is from EU in general because info from back then is not as well documented as today. So even though this sort-of looks to have the same issues as the PS2 game there is no default fall-back to what a (potential) generic entry should be changed to. So this one can keep the front art but not the cart art.

Video Game Database Discussion / Re: Renamed digital releases
« on: September 05, 2023, 09:30:41 am »
If a rename is done, put into description the date when it was changed. For Steam items it is easier to know because they have trackers, idk about other platforms.

It is as the style guide says, actual (parallel) editions but not just based on titles. It only applies to physical. No digital entries should use a hyphen for their edition name.

The style guide original intent was to refer to physical games that have a regular version and then a LE or CE that comes with extra stuff, often in a different box.

When the vote went through, no one went about fixing all of the (now) incorrectly formatted names, so you will still see some around. We try to fix them as we come across them but it just takes time.

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