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General Chat / Re: Is this mic still working?
« on: April 09, 2017, 08:17:46 AM »
Thanks for the encouragement. Is the quote functionality of this site broken for everyone? lol.

Any easy report function would be great. Those are always hard to implement design-wise - you don't want it to stick out too much all over the place but at the same time if it's impossible to find no one will use it. Restricting by IP address might be pretty difficult but we could look into it, but unfortunately we'd probably have to restrict to registered users at least at first.

That's an interesting idea about having all the games on some server but I don't think it's cost effective. Amazon Glacier, the absolute cheapest is $4/TB/month. That would add up. The main issue with the Megaupload fiasco was the disorganization and the fact that we'd have duplicate all the work involved in posting a game to reupload - it was like starting from scratch.

General Chat / Re: Is this mic still working?
« on: April 05, 2017, 10:09:26 AM »
Nice to see you all! Yes, this forum would be put in read-only mode (a museum of sorts) with a new forum created with more modern software that can plug into Wordpress, what the new site is based off of.

Here's a demo of the new system. I've spent more than 10 hours on it so far. Programming is hard ;).

But a lot of the code is reusable for other functions of the site so that's a good chunk of trial and error out of the way.

As convenient as Emuparadise is for downloaders, offering direct downloads is just not realistic for us. For one, it's highly illegal - I can't risk my life over some old video games. As a link sharing site, the worst that can happen would be a request for us to shutdown from some "scary" lawyer. Second, it costs a lot of money. I have no idea how Emuparadise can send me a 7GB file via direct downloads especially when I have my ad-blocker on. They're probably hosting dozens of TB of games.

However, we will be better than Emuparadise in every other way. Which isn't very hard, it's a mess of a site. There are like 50 links on the sidebar. Users have no idea what they're downloading - is it a repack or scene? If it's a GameCube game - Is it a scrubbed copy that won't work on the Wii? Is that Dreamcast download a GDI or is it a version that had the videos removed to fit on a CD? Is there copy of Gran Turismo 4 for the PS2 DVD9 or DVD5? It's obviously not both so they are missing one. Funny enough when you Google "Gran Turismo 4 DVD5", guess who's result #4? Us. And of course Emuparadise doesn't mark any scene releases.

It's a site for emulator users who don't give a crap what they're downloading as long as it'll work. And that's the weakness of direct download sites like Emuparadise. They're more focused on running the site as a business so naturally preservation and users playing on the actual consoles get ignored as they are both a small percentage of overall users.

Obviously we won't be putting our eggs in one basket, but there are quite a few solid hosts these days - Google Drive seems to have worked fine (I uploaded games there 3 years ago that are still there) and MEGA has been great as well. I am structuring the site to make it possible for non-uploaders to contribute. In ye olden days, uploaders had to do all the work and most link posts were lacking all but the most basic info. And when users posted the same game in a different region, the work was duplicated - finding a Youtube video, possibly a cover, etc.

With the new site, the game pages will be batch created from Wikipedia. I've figured out how to batch process this list - - so that with little manual effort, the hundreds of game pages are created with that info automatically filled in - developer publisher, release date in each reason, etc.

Then from there, each type of media - screenshots, covers, download links, gameplay videos - will be posted as separate posts in the backend. Anyone will be able to help out. A user, on a boring afternoon, can go search the web for high quality cover scans and add them to site simply by uploading the image file and saying what game it is. Users that contribute will be rewarded in status. The user that previously could not help the site in any way can now become a "Screenshot Specialist."

For example, on the Super Smash Bros Melee page. It will search all "cover" posts to see if someone has posted a cover. If so, it will display the cover. If not, it will say "no cover found".

Same with download links. So download links, will just be download links. When a link goes down, it's simply removed from the applicable game page and no other information is affected.

Uploaders, upload speed willing, will be able to upload dozens of games per day. That's how easy it will be for them. They just post the link and what game it is, the system will take care of the rest.

And when a host calls it quits - in 10 minutes I can have all the links that were on that host removed from the game pages. And in a short time more, I can make a page that shows what games need re-uploading.

It won't just be a download site, it will be resource.

For now, I just need to gradually hammer out the functionality on the site.

NDS Downloads / Re: Complete Collection Of NDS Games.
« on: March 18, 2017, 11:16:27 AM »
Great upload, thanks for sharing!

General Chat / Is this mic still working?
« on: March 17, 2017, 07:44:42 PM »
I'm surprised to see some of you still hanging around here! Just stopping in to say hi, I've said hi a few times in the admin forum but wanted to say hi here as well. I'm actually working on reviving the site and doing a role call. We'll definitely be ditching SMF (as nostalgic as it is, it's basically dead and prone to spam). Who's still around and ready for a less dead version of

General Chat / Re: Suggestions Thread.
« on: March 17, 2017, 07:33:14 PM »
Believe it or not I'm working on that right now!

General Chat / Re: Long time no see
« on: November 22, 2016, 10:53:42 AM »
Hello guys, just stopping in to take care of some spam and say hi.

NTSC-J Downloads / Re: (NGC) Super Mario Sunshine (J) [oRARs]
« on: February 16, 2016, 09:26:25 AM »

NTSC-J Downloads / Re: (NGC) Super Mario Sunshine (J) [oRARs]
« on: February 15, 2016, 10:20:58 AM »
Surprised how many people are interested in Japanese Super Mario Sunshine. Working on a reupload.

Gaming Lounge / Re: PS2 Games With Surround Sound Support
« on: February 04, 2016, 01:53:18 PM »
Nice list, thanks for testing! I'm adding a content section to the site soon possibly and this kind of stuff will be perfect for it.

General Chat / Re: MEGA link structure change
« on: February 03, 2016, 04:46:08 PM »
Another alternative to safelinking is to "code" the link so it's not clickable. If the user has to copy paste, then it takes all the tracking out of it.

It's fine to use safelinking but I'd hate to have to redo all my links if safelinking shuts down :/.

Random / Re: The count to infinity!!!
« on: June 11, 2014, 11:37:48 AM »
937 sexy pandas

Random / Re: What are you listening to?
« on: June 11, 2014, 11:36:59 AM »
The new Coldplay album.

They're removing all of the videos of any songs but Magic from Youtube for copyright infringement, but here's one of the songs on the album.

Introductions / Re: Hello to all 128bit Heroes!!
« on: June 11, 2014, 11:32:50 AM »
Welcome to the site! Glad you found us.

Gaming Lounge / Official GameCube controller adapter for Wii U
« on: June 09, 2014, 10:19:58 AM »
I am shocked the GCN lives on. Best controller ever in my opinion. Makes you wonder, will the next system after Wii U be GameCube 2?

I really hope it's compatible with Wavebirds. It's a standard USB adapter, so people should be able to make drivers for it and finally I can use my Wavebirds on my PC.

Gaming Lounge / Re: Best GCN game
« on: June 09, 2014, 10:17:42 AM »
F-Zero GX
Super Mario Sunshine
Super Smash Bros Melee
Legend of Zelda Wind Waker
Pikmin 2

I hate to pick the obvious choices, but Nintendo's 1st party games are just too good.

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