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  1. I doubt it... I mean, the shareholders only...

    I doubt it... I mean, the shareholders only really care about profits/growth forecast, and it just lowers morale among the employees who know it's not true, so there isn't much point. The company...
  2. VGChartz is simply not reliable for historic...

    VGChartz is simply not reliable for historic data. Where do their numbers come from? They don't cite any sources. They didn't even exist until 2005. Their historic data are just estimates or based on...
  3. Sega's numbers also kind of match what Nakayama...

    Sega's numbers also kind of match what Nakayama said to the Japanese media around '96 or '97: the tie ratio for the Saturn in Japan was ~8 games per console, but in North America was only 3-4 games...
  4. Let's put into perspective how brutal this is for...

    Let's put into perspective how brutal this is for third party publishers.

    Let's say we have a standard 64 Mb game that retails for $60. Around 30% of the retail price is going to go to the...
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    I don't have one, but I just googled it real...

    I don't have one, but I just googled it real quick: Are you playing via HDMI or on the unit itself? If on the unit, did you adjust the volume settings like this:
    ...
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    There's no real precedent here, though. We're not...

    There's no real precedent here, though. We're not talking about some random homebrew developer from outside Japan. Hidecade has connections at Sega who were willing to work with him to include Darius...
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    You can see sprite overflow occasionally if you...

    You can see sprite overflow occasionally if you pause it, like here: https://youtu.be/HwcK-5n5o_w?t=687

    What part were you thinking exceeded sprite limits?
  8. Right - I think the concern people are having is...

    Right - I think the concern people are having is that this is called a Top 100 list, but clearly it loses its validity towards the bottom since some games were only getting 1 or 2 votes. It's better...
  9. So how do we overcome some of the problems being...

    So how do we overcome some of the problems being brought up?

    Well, the best but most difficult way would be to have everyone rate every game they've ever played on a 1-10 scale. That solves the...
  10. Could you give some more info about how the lists...

    Could you give some more info about how the lists were created? Did they poll readers? What was the methodology?

    Edit: I realized that Sega Magazin is on Retro CDN, so I looked myself. Here's how...
  11. Makes me think: Some of these are quite obscure,...

    Makes me think: Some of these are quite obscure, meaning they weren't released worldwide and/or don't come up in conversation much. I think Top 20 lists and such tend to not favor more obscure titles...
  12. Do it - call it Barone's List of Definitive...

    Do it - call it Barone's List of Definitive Versions or something. People can't complain if you just post your personal recommendations (haha, if only).
  13. On that topic - is there a thread for this...

    On that topic - is there a thread for this already? If not, it would be great to put together a 'definitive version' list (I know there might be some disagreement on what should be included). And not...
  14. I'm not sure if you're questioning the...

    I'm not sure if you're questioning the authenticity of the list, or the taste of Japanese Mega Drive fans. If the former: let me assure you, the Beep! MD Reader Race is well-established and is the...
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    The Streets of Rage 2 pirate ship is just regular...

    The Streets of Rage 2 pirate ship is just regular tilting (of the sort seen at the bottom here for Gunstar Heroes).

    It combines column scroll with line scroll. It's not that nice of an example,...
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    Update: Added a section on Sprite Raster Effects...

    Update: Added a section on Sprite Raster Effects

    https://rasterscroll.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Castlevania-Bloodlines-Water-Reflection-s.gif

    Link:...
  17. This talk about shoot-'em-ups got me curious so I...

    This talk about shoot-'em-ups got me curious so I consulted my favorite reference - the reader review ranking from the Japanese magazine Beep! Mega Drive. This is the best (probably only) good...
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    Wow - surprised I never came across this before....

    Wow - surprised I never came across this before. Thanks!



    I remember watching Brisco County Jr when it first aired. It premiered a few weeks before the X-Files and it was running in the 8:00pm...
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    Thanks for all of these! I'm not as familiar with...

    Thanks for all of these! I'm not as familiar with some of these games as I should be.



    Is this just done by changing the background color mid-frame, every so many lines? If so, I think it can...
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    Thanks for the suggestion. I didn't really know...

    Thanks for the suggestion. I didn't really know what to do with tricks like this that weren't actually used in commercial games, but it's an interesting and straightforward effect so I think it would...
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    A Guide to the Graphics of the Mega Drive

    https://rasterscroll.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/MD-Graphics-Guide-Header-6.png

    I've put together an in-depth beginner-oriented guide to the VDP with a bunch of examples of graphical effects,...
  22. I consider myself an aficionado of Japanese...

    I consider myself an aficionado of Japanese adventure games, and there are really two genres there: adventure games and visual novels. The latter came about more in the 90s and is characterized by...
  23. I don't think it's reasonable to expect Sega to...

    I don't think it's reasonable to expect Sega to have better CD manufacturing capabilities than Sony. Not only was Sony was an order of magnitude larger than Sega at the time in terms of revenue, but...
  24. I vaguely recall some discussion in the book...

    I vaguely recall some discussion in the book Revolutionaries at Sony about CD-ROM manufacturing and distribution, and how it was such a game changer for Sony. I don't have the book on hand now,...
  25. Just came across this...

    Just came across this:

    In 2019, Koichi Miyaji (president and founder of Game Arts) gave his informed opinion about why Sony was able to surpass Sega and Nintendo with the PlayStation.

    He said...
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