Every now and then, whenever I feel like it, I'll publically respond to your mail here. If you don't mind being considered for public ridiculing.. er.. responding, then mention so in the mail. Thanks!
RarityList: Wizards & Warriors IV
Thanks for mentioning it. I've seen the new rarity list (with dollar prices for games tacked on by Patrick Menning) on a bunch of sites, but i've never put it on my own for one reason: Mike Etler didn't have anything to do with it. He found out about it a few weeks ago and was more than a little annoyed: "I was going to email the person to ask him to remove it from the page but I didn't do it. The prices are wacked. Tengen Tetris for - what, $25 or something [actually $20] or something absurd like that. And others were a little high. And I didn't know I didn't sell games.
"I think the guy that did it emailed it to me a little over a year ago and I told him that it sucked. Now, if he wants to track auction prices and put that in, I'd be very supportive."
So there you go. Still, it's not like I agree with everything that's on Etler's own list, so if you find the list with prices useful, then by all means go ahead and use it.
I'd stop making games myself after Ikari III
To: email@example.com Subject: SNK I was just curious, what ever happened to the game company SNK? Did they change names, get bought out, or just bite the dust? Joel
SNK (aka. Shin Nihon Kikaku) pretty much quit the licensee business in 1991, when they created their Neo Geo console for arcade and home use. You may have heard about it a lot lately with the recent spate of emulators and ROMs for it. SNK just recently released a newer 64-bit Neo Geo technology which you can read all about if you want.
Although I have to admit that it sucks a little: SNK seemed to have started all over with the Neo Geo, leaving all their previous games like the Ikari series behind. And lord knows how long rumors of a Crystalis sequel on the Neo Geo format have been lying around... still, the very last SNK-made NES games were really pretty good and I wonder what would have happened if they didn't decide to console it out on their own.
The allure of Baby Mario is beyond me
This actually isn't the first time I've heard of Baby Mario - in fact, another random dude sent me another long email swearing upon his copy of Bionic Commando that he also had a nearby video store with the weirdo infantile-hero pirate. From here I'm pretty sure that it's some other game with some Mario-ish graphics shoehorned in, but it's difficult to say without seeing the game itself, and I haven't even been able to piece together a good description from the dudes I've heard from. Anyone know what's up with all of us?
I've already got enough luncheon meat here, dammit
I've just recently started to get some spam mail, from bots that look through web pages for email addresses they can send cool stuff to. I've found out quite a lot about travel reservations, ways of increasing my income quickly via the Internet and one or two sexual stimulants, but the most interesting one i've gotten so far was this, apparantly triggered by me mentioning "Japan" on the front page:
From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Slavery in Japan Friend, My name is Kevin Mara, and I recently spent 5 years in a Japanese prison. While I was there, I saw and heard a lot of evidence that Japan is actually exporting many of the products it produces in its 300 odd prisons. This undermines our free world labor force, and is a serious violation of practically every free trade law ever written. What is most despicable, is the way they treat the prisoners that are bringing them enormous profits every year. They are obssesed with secrecy and will go to great lengths to intimadate and persecute anyone that they even suspect might come forward to talk about it, I know from first hand experiance. I have also come to realize that this system of corruption is the main cause for the wide spread human rights abuses that Amnesty International, Human Rights watch, and several other well known organizations have been steadily reporting to no avail. The reason their system goes beyond just punishment and into slavery is the system of prisoner payments that the Japanese Ministry of Justice has implemented to increase their profits. It is a system of gradually increasing pay that gets set back to the begining everytime a guard can find an excuse, no matter how small, to punish. As a result, punishments are excessive and rarely have merit. To combat this injustice, and to bring about reform, I have created an organization called World Liberty http//www.danbury-ct.com/~worldlib If there is anything you can do to help, I would love to hear from you. Best regards, Kevin Mara
Doing the research, we find that Mara was originally busted in 1993 for going on a jolly trip to Japan and trying to bring 25 pounds of pot with him. He served his time - then sued the government for about a million bucks with all kinds of complaints about how he was treated (he was apparantly expecting prison to be a lot like the one in The Andy Griffith Show).
And he wants me to feel sorry for him?
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