Mailbag - Edition #2
Nov. 19th, 2000
a question, a rant, or just feel like seeing your letter in print? Forward all questions
& letters to email@example.com.
Piracy? Bad? You seriously
thing Piracy is damaging Sony? Don't be ridiculous. Though, why was a question about a PSX
game there anyway? Odd!
Adrian: To answer your second question first, we like to help
wherever we can in regards to video games, so we will endeavor to answer questions even
when they dont specifically apply to our favorite system.
And yes, piracy is bad. Are you daft? Its stealing.
Dont try to argue that point with me, since anyone playing a pirated game is
essentially making use of the developer and publishers services without providing
them with compensation. When you take something thats not given away freely,
youre stealing. Or didnt those poles with the loud sound and flashing lights
at the entrance to the store tip you off?
And dont give me the crap about Sony having so much money
that it doesnt matter. Im not going to go into a huge tirade here about the
ill effects of loss of sales due to piracy, but I will give a small example.
The asian markets are rife with black market software sales, and
it is a statistical fact that hundreds of millions of dollars every year go to these
people and not into the pockets of the people who actually did the work to make the games.
Considering how hard it is for developers to stay afloat in this business, every dollar
they lose is one step closer they take to going out of business. Just think how many
companies would have extra money to invest in the games they make, and therefore be able
to make games we actually want to play, if they received the monies they were supposed to.
What it comes down to is the fact that it is not for any of us to
decide whether or not Sony, Microsoft, Sega, Nintendo, Blizzard, 3DO, Activision or anyone
else is capable of withstanding acts of piracy. If you dont like their business
practices, or dont think they deserve your money, then dont buy their
products. Giving money to people who pirate this stuff is only the first step, because as
that practice becomes more popular, the list of things that can go wrong and the
difficulties it will present increases exponentially.
Im done. Whos the next idiot?
Jared adds: Chrono Trigger was also on
the SNES, a Nintendo system.
can u tell me the names of any
programs that can record dreamcast games
Adrian: Let me make
something clear: We do not condone piracy. Lets just set aside the moral issue for a
moment, and pretend that the loss of product sales arent going to hurt the industry
in the long run.
Do you think that we wouldnt get in trouble for
telling people how to illegally copy games? Its not like were some shady,
fringe website that constantly changes addresses and servers in an attempt to spread
the word on sticking it to tha man. Were a gaming site, with an
eye towards the future, and Im sorry, but I dont feel the need to jeopardize
our relationships with publishers (who send games to people they like) just so you can
save 50 bucks and make copies of Dynamite Cop and Pen-Pen Tricelon for your pals.
i have already asked you what program do i need to get to copy
dreamcast games and where do i get it and you still have not answered so please answer
that question.another question i have is i heard that i need a GD-ROM cd to record them.is
this true?if so do u no where i can purchase GD-ROM cd?i no there has to be a program
because there are people selling copies of games
Ahhhhh. Another lovely, pleasantly crafted e-mail.
Please feel free to do two things for me.
1. Look at the above reply
2. Discover the secret
meaning of that amazing little button on either side of your keyboard labeled
As for people selling
copies of games, I know nothing about that. Since the Dreamcast uses a proprietary storage
format (the GD-ROM you were apparently able to capitalize) you cant
actually purchase these discs anywhere, and even if you could, there arent any
burners available for consumers that are capable of writing on them.
Therefore, I would have to assume they are using a program similar to bleem! which allows
Playstation discs to be played on the DC. And since PSX games use standard CDs, I
would further extrapolate that if you found a way to copy GD-ROM info into a format a CD
is capable of recording, you could then use this method to pirate games. But Im not
gonna tell you how to do it. Oh, and thank you for letting me know (in the subject
line, no less) that you wished to have a response quickly. The thought never occurred.
it (Carmageddon 2) was supposed to be released in 99 ,can't fid it
any-where ,whats up !!
Its apparently still on track to be released on Nov. 30th
of this year. Keep your eyes open.
there a PC version of this (Zombies Ate My Neighbors) game? If so, is there a web site
where I can download it? Please answer as soon as possible
I am only aware of a SNES
and Genesis version of these games. Sorry.
But let me thank you for making it clear that you wanted
your answer immediately, otherwise I might not have responded this year. I appreciate your
Is there a PC version of this (Zombies Ate My Neighbors) game? If
so, could you tell me where I can download it at? Please reply soon I am anxious to know.
Well folks, here is the same question, however this
individual reworded their absolute dire need for a response a little more
After seeing this, I was tempted to not even make a
response to the other letter, until I realized two things:
1. The answer applies to
both, so unless I want to lie, Im going to have to provide an answer the other
reader can use.
2. Even though there is a
different name in the From line, the second half of the address shows that
its the same mail service, and the wording is too strikingly similar for me to
believe anything other than this is the same household asking the some question more than
With that in mind, let me take a moment to thank these
people for their impatience and cordially invite them to------- Ed. edited for
When zelda 1 for the NES came
out, the manual said the battery back-up had a five year lifespan, then you couldn't save
you game. Does this work the same for gameboy? In 2004, will all our level 100
charlizzards be erased?
does the GBA have territoral lock outs? thankfully the GB/GBC
didn't, making it an importers dream, but have big N recetified this?
Well, I have hope for you on both counts, Daustin. First of all,
the Gameboy Advance will be compatible with previous gameboy cartridges. And since all
gameboy cartridges are compatible on any system, its a safe bet that there
wont be any kind of territorial lock-out. Now, I could be wrong, but traditionally,
handheld systems havent been a focus for piracy issues, so youre probably
going to be okay. Well let you know more specifics when we get our hands on one.
As for the battery life of gameboy games, youre screwed.
However, there is an alternative. Buy one of those Interact Mega Memory accessories for
the gameboy, and youll never have to worry, since it functions like a memory card.
In fact, I would suggest buying one in any event, since I found it most useful for trading
pokémon and then pulling up my previous save so I would still have everything I traded.
This works great for getting multiples of anything you want in the game (thats
tradable) without using the risky infinite item glitch.
Subject: Need to know where some
I love it when people
dont actually write me a message, they just leave a cryptic question in the subject
Well Leah, I know of at least three GAPs within 15
minutes of my apartment. However, I live in Manhattan, so availability may vary in your
area. Of course, why youre asking a video game site for information about clothing
stores is a logic that escapes me at this moment.
If, on the other hand, you are asking about the gaps in
Tony Hawk 2, I can only say 2 things.
1. How in the world can I
possibly help you find a particular gap, when you give me no specific information?
2. Are you asking me
for gap locations, or are you attempting to demonstrate your immense knowledge of Tony
Hawk by inquiring whether or not I need to know where some gaps are?
In either event, I cant really do much for you.
Yeah, I like to know how can I get some
more info on the game Earthbound 64 on N64.
Jared: It's been canceled.
Terminated. No longer scheduled for release. That doesn't mean it
won't appear on Gamecube though....
-Adrian V. doesn't need catchy ending statements