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@  Nevermore : (20 January 2019 - 07:52 AM)

The recent ongoing series didn't start until what, 2013?

@  Nevermore : (20 January 2019 - 07:51 AM)

Then was continued as a five-issue mini-series ("Local Heroes"), then came a 16-issue maxi-series ("The Dark Age"), plus a couple of standalone specials and two-parters...

@  Nevermore : (20 January 2019 - 07:50 AM)

It started out as a series, but due to Busiek's health problems (?), it was put on hold after six issues, then got relaunched with a new #1, had several delays (again because of Busiek's health issues), was discontinued after #22...

@  Nevermore : (20 January 2019 - 07:49 AM)

I don't get why people are making such a big deal out of Astro City becoming a series of graphic novels now. I mean, it's not like it's always been a steady ongoing series.

@  Nevermore : (17 January 2019 - 08:19 PM)

I'm also only reading the trades. So I'm still missing... two volumes that are currently only available as hardcovers? Three?

@  Trpodeca : (17 January 2019 - 06:22 PM)

Astro City is great. Since I only read the trades, there probably won't be a big change for me.

@  ZakuConvoy : (17 January 2019 - 05:34 PM)

I have. Great series. Hopefully the transition to OGNs will be a smooth one.

@  Nevermore : (17 January 2019 - 07:20 AM)

Anyone here reading Kurt Busiek's Astro City?

@  Verity Carlo : (16 January 2019 - 01:12 PM)

https://sites.google...ations---part-1awwwww shit

@  Benbot : (16 January 2019 - 12:36 PM)

Remember the Noid? He steals pizzas!

@  Steevy Maximus : (16 January 2019 - 10:47 AM)

That said, the old "Nester" character from Nintendo Power IS owned by Nintendo, and I could see a homage in there

@  Steevy Maximus : (16 January 2019 - 10:46 AM)

Because technically DiC created the character, Nintendo does not own him.

@  Paladin : (16 January 2019 - 10:28 AM)

sidebar- why is "Captain N" not in Smash yet? that seems like such an easy option.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 January 2019 - 09:18 AM)

The 90's mario cartoons had exactly three character aspects to work with: fat, italian and plumber. He wasn't exactly wrenching pipes in every episode, so they had to do something...

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 January 2019 - 07:31 AM)

It's in another castle.

@  unluckiness : (16 January 2019 - 06:24 AM)

i HOpE sHe mADe LotSA SPAGHETTI

@  Locoman : (16 January 2019 - 06:17 AM)

Mario, wherever you are, HEEEEEEEELP!

@  unluckiness : (16 January 2019 - 06:07 AM)

That's Mama Luigi to you, Mario *wheeze*

@  Pennpenn : (16 January 2019 - 02:24 AM)

It's too hot here.

@  Echowarrior : (15 January 2019 - 11:03 PM)

I liked the Super Mario Brothers Super Show the best myself.

@  Sabrblade : (15 January 2019 - 10:35 PM)

There's always the three Mario cartoons DiC made back in the 80s.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 09:48 PM)

So they could make a show that everyone would scream was an adventure time knockoff? I get what you're saying, but I can't see it being well received.

@  Sean Whitmore : (15 January 2019 - 08:47 PM)

The fact that Adventure Time was on the air for 8 years and at no point did Nintendo hand the creators a large sack of money and say, "Please make a Mario thing for us" will forever anger me.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 07:03 PM)

There was so much awesome put into design and conception of the super mario bros. movie, and it didn't even need the branding: but it wouldn't have made it to the screen without the branding.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 06:56 PM)

Many aspects of it have stuck in my memory, though. The boots, the devolution ray, the aesthetic of the dinosaur city

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 06:55 PM)

I had no idea there was another Mario Bros. movie coming out, though. Doubt it'll top the first one, it was just so bizarre

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 06:55 PM)

They already act a bit like minions; they just aren't stupid

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 05:35 PM)

The trouble is: I honestly can't decide if making them minions would be better or worse than the continuously shrill voices they've used for the last 20 years.

@  Paladin : (15 January 2019 - 05:27 PM)

hope everyone's ready for Toads to look, act & sound like the Minions forever...

@  Lancer : (15 January 2019 - 04:54 PM)

I mean, considering Illumination is making the new Mario movie, Super Mario Bros. 1993 won't be the worst Mario movie anymore

@  Sabrblade : (15 January 2019 - 04:36 PM)

"Sir, your pizza's here." "Not now!"

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 04:28 PM)

Actually, yeah. I think I need to watch it again. Great movie.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 January 2019 - 03:44 PM)

It's a fun movie with amazing sets. As long as you don't try to connect it to anything else Mario, it's fine.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 03:38 PM)

Damn, I haven't thought about the Super Mario Bros. feature film in forever. Need to watch it again, soon; I can only imagine it gets better with time.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 January 2019 - 03:21 PM)

Re:Zero is a fantastic series.

@  ▲ndrusi : (15 January 2019 - 03:10 PM)

Yeah it's not a bad concept, it's just that lately the term is associated with "I, a Loser Everyman, Woke Up In a Generic Fantasy Setting Where I'm Super Special So Now Girls Orbit Me"

@  Sabrblade : (15 January 2019 - 12:59 PM)

So too is the old Super Mario Bros movie

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 12:28 PM)

I went and looked up the term "isekai"... that's not actually as bad as I thought it was going to be.

@  ▲ndrusi : (15 January 2019 - 12:19 PM)

I'm not sure, but the cartoon segments of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show are.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 January 2019 - 12:12 PM)

Wait. A. Minute. Is Blaster Master an isekai?

@  MEDdMI : (15 January 2019 - 08:49 AM)

*Dragon Slave*

@  Xellos : (15 January 2019 - 06:22 AM)

I used to use a pic like that as my avatar for years, but that... is a secret.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 January 2019 - 02:07 AM)

Is Flatland an isekai?

@  MEDdMI : (14 January 2019 - 11:16 PM)

@Xellos Every time I see you post, I picture Xellos' infuriating smug grin and finger waggling with the "sore wa hi*mi*tsu*desu <3"

@  Waspinator : (14 January 2019 - 09:50 PM)

The Last Starfighter is also one of those

@  Cybersnark : (14 January 2019 - 09:28 PM)

Astronaut gets shot through a wornhole and ends up on a living starship full of escaped alien prisoners.

@  Cybersnark : (14 January 2019 - 09:28 PM)

I realized a few months ago that Farscape is a sci-fi-based Isekai.

@  Sabrblade : (14 January 2019 - 09:03 PM)

The Thor movies and Enchanted, as well.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (14 January 2019 - 08:45 PM)

@xellos We get to many of those in Hollywood movies.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 January 2019 - 08:13 PM)

Re:Creators!


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#1 Otaku

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 01:58 PM

Hey, all!

 

The short version is I'm thinking of giving my old Sega Dreamcast to my nephews... but I've got one game that doesn't look too scratched up but keeps freezing before it even gets to the title screen and it is the one they're most likely to want to play:

 

Marvel Vs Capcom 2

 

I put it into the Dreamcast, with or without a VMU, it says the game loaded, goes to the "Capcom" logo screen but never advances past that point.  If I press the Start Button, it I'll hear the TV says "CAPCOM" once... but it still won't advance.  So, any advice on how to remedy this problem?  Even some of the games that are badly scuffed will still play fine on the console, and while the MvC2 disc isn't pristine, it has only light scratches here and there.  I may actually be the game in the best shape out of the lot.  I am debating seeing if I can afford to send it in for disc repair, but in that case, I need suggestions on where to send it.  Price is an issue, but so is the quality of the service.

 

Thanks!


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Posted 10 December 2018 - 02:18 PM

1) Have you cleaned the disc?  That would be taking a static-free cloth like you use to clean glasses, then sliding from the inside to the outside.

 

2) Have you cleaned the Dreamcast laser lens?

 

3) You may have to find a used game shop (not a Gamestop, but an actual vintage game shop) that has a disc resurfacing machine.  Call around in your area first.  http://www.racketboy...php?f=1&t=49300

 

4) It may just be the point at which disc rot is starting to happen.  If you look at the disc at an angle under the light, does it look fine or sort of like an oil slick?  If it's the latter, the disc may be breaking down, at which point you're just screwed.


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Posted 16 December 2018 - 10:32 AM

Sorry for the lack of updates.

 

1) Not formally, recently.  The disc stopped working some time ago, as in maybe over a decade ago. >.>  For "reasons" I had to rush and sell off a lot of things, and this Dreamcast plus a handful of games are part of what I couldn't get to sell at the time, then tucked away meaning to get back to it after things settled down and... 10 years later. >_<  I do not have one of those static-free clothes handy; apparently, I'm not the only person in the family who loses those right away. ^^' I have gently wiped from center to outer edge with my t-shirt a few times. Not the same thing but given how stupid I sound, I wanted to make it clear that I at least made sure it wasn't horribly dusty.

 

2) I haven't cleaned it properly in a while.  I also haven't had time to test more than one other game, so I cannot rule it out.  I did use compressed air to "dust" the unit both inside and out.  Um... let me know if that was a bad idea or not.>.>

 

3) There is a local DVD rental store - it is a small town -  that offers the service.  I don't know exactly how good or bad they are at it.  Does it matter that it is a GD-ROM?

 

4) I don't think it is disc rot... the game hasn't worked for so long, I'd hope it would be really obvious by now if it was disc rot.  Then again, I learned about disc rot from your post so I should probably look up examples before thinking mine is fine.


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Posted 17 December 2018 - 10:32 AM

1) It's less a dust issue and more about oils from fingerprints, etc.  GD-ROMs are very finicky the closer to fully written they are...  Looking at you, Shenmue.

 

2) That's the correct way to go about dusting the system.

 

3) It shouldn't matter.  In any case, it's not like it can work less, right?

 

4) If it looks like some parts of it are coming sort of "unstuck" or getting "wavy", there's a chance that's the culprit.


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Posted 17 December 2018 - 12:34 PM

1) It's less a dust issue and more about oils from fingerprints, etc.  GD-ROMs are very finicky the closer to fully written they are...  Looking at you, Shenmue.

 

2) That's the correct way to go about dusting the system.

 

3) It shouldn't matter.  In any case, it's not like it can work less, right?

 

4) If it looks like some parts of it are coming sort of "unstuck" or getting "wavy", there's a chance that's the culprit.

 

1) Not seeing any oils or grime on the disc but keep reading for what I finally did see.

 

2) Yay!

 

3) Could it not go from a "repairable" state to an "unrepairable" state if done incorrectly?

 

4) I was about to tell you that there are no such visible signs but then I stopped being lazy and Googled for some examples and I now fear it is indeed disc rot.  When holding the disc between myself and a strong light source, I noticed four pinprick-sized points of light... meaning the light source was shining cleanly through the disc.  Which was listed as an example of disc rot on Wikipedia, so the disc may not be repairable after all. =/ Three of them are grouped closely together, and only one of the other game discs I have to check showed something similar... and that game (UFC Championship) still works.  I think.  The game was on clearance for a few bucks so I picked it up and never did figure out how it was supposed to play. XP It isn't freezing up at a logo, though.

 

Now that it appears to be disc rot, I am less worried about a "sloppy" repair job.  Obviously, I don't want to throw money and a hopeless cause, but since it isn't one of the more obvious forms of disc rot I am still tempted to take it to the local place.  I don't think they charge too much per disc.

 

Thanks again for your help, Spark.  If it is disc rot, this is the first game I've lost to it; I didn't even know it was a "thing" before. >.>


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Posted 18 December 2018 - 04:57 PM

Step 1 Take you Dreamcast firmly in both hands

Step 2 Throw it violently out open or closed window your choice preferably somewhere high the higher the better

Step 3 Buy a better game system like a Saturn or PS2 or OG Xbox

 

If you must play MvC2 may I suggest the original Xbox version...

 

 

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 04:18 PM

Eggs. Rapid-fire eggs. and hammers. And fire.

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 06:23 PM

Birdo in a Hammer Bros suit?


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Posted 21 December 2018 - 02:42 PM

Thanks again for the help Spark, but I was able to confirm the worst-case scenario to be true; disc cannot be repaired.  I mean, it was pretty obvious with my previous post, but I did take it someplace to try just in case, and it did no good.  At least now I know, and the place I went even did the work for free.

 

I have what I hope is just one more question, one with which I should have begun the entire thread:

 

Did I post this in the wrong part of the boards?  Is there a part of the boards for this?  I know this is "Fun and Games", but the description under it said "The Allspark all inclusive gaming forum. Talk about all your favorite video games and table top games here."  As opposed to posting this someplace like Mayhem.


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