Every now and then, whenever I feel like it, I'll publically respond to your mail here. If you don't want to be considered for public ridiculing.. er.. responding, then mention so in the mail. Thanks!

To start things off, here are a few random questions from the past, some interesting, some just plain silly:

Some emu crap

Date: Sat, 7 Mar 1998 13:38:13 EST
From: DCsoul 
To: tsr@giganda.komkon.org
Subject: help!

how can *.nes files be used?

Look, not to pick on this guy in particular, but I'm really not interested in mail about emu stuff. It's not that I think emulation is evil; I often use it when I need a screenshot, or if I'm too lazy to actually find the cart I'm looking for. It's just not the main thrust of this page, ok? Other pages do a great job of talking about emus. So check 'em out...

SNES archive.. not

Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 15:56:31 -1000
From: Gaine Hakoda 
To: tsr@giganda.komkon.org
Subject: tsr's NES Site

Aloha TSR,
ps  Do you know of a simular site to yours for the SNES or better yet,
do you plan to create a site for SNES? I am looking for copies of
manuals and rarity lists like yours on SNES carts. Thanks again.

Well, the SNES is really pretty young, as these things go. Pretty much every game is widely available for it, and there are few little quirky things involved with collecting for it. There's only one unlicensed games, and piracy isn't as prevalent.

Tho... there are certainly a lot of great SNES games, many of which will probably be considered 'classic' as time goes on. The SNES was the logical extension of the NES, basically. I imagine that once prices on SNES games go down a fair amount from where they are now, in a few years, there'll be a lot of rekindling of interest in the game system. And by then, I'm sure there'll be a few sites like this one devoted to the SNES.

The secret to finding pirate games... not

Date: Sat, 21 Feb 1998 17:59:03 -0800
From: Charles Franklin Fernandez 
To: tsr@giganda.komkon.org
Subject: How do you get those games?

I was reading your cool web site, and I have to ask you. How do you get
a hold on those pirate games? I am a fellow 8-bit nes collector, and I
am amazed how you obtain those games. What are your secrets? Do you get
them at flea markets, garage sales?

When it comes to finding games, there are no secrets. If there is, then the only "secret" is to keep trying! If this Swap-O-Rama doesn't give any deals this weekend, then come next weekend! If you find some 2600 crap you don't want at the Village Thrift, then try trading it on the net for something you do want!

Of course, I'll admit that owning a NES web page like this does help a little in getting stuff from net people, but the great majority of my carts have been found the hard way - hitting the streets. For the record, things like pirate games can turn up pretty much anyplace regular games can. I found several pirates at a hole-in-the-wall electronics store in Philadelphia owned by a Korean guy; I found Hot Slots in a pawn shop here in Champaign,...

To close out this time, here's a few mails that I never bothered to reply to, but kept around just because they were pretty funny:

Date: Mon, 16 Feb 1998 02:07:02 EST
From: xxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx
To: tsr@giganda.komkon.org
Subject: Re: NES Roms

        Great Website. Have you ever heard of Emulation?  Its a way to play these
great classics on your PC.  For more info, e-mail me back.  With all the rare
games you have you should get into emulation and make the games into roms(the
format used to play games on the PC) and upload them so that others can see
for themselves.   Just a thought.....RiverBoa

(slap slap slap)

Date: Fri, 19 Dec 1997 17:14:23 -0800
From: Genocide 
To: tsr@giganda.komkon.org
Subject: nes

Hi. This is a great page.I found what i wanted in less than a few
minutes. i may suggest you try emulators and roms. it is illeagal,yet
the same people who arrest you for copying cassestes come and get you.

Come and get me? Are they lurking under my bed?

Date: Sun, 22 Feb 1998 23:26:43 -0900
From: LEA 
To: tsr@giganda.komkon.org
Subject: ?QUESTION?

how do i play games?

No idea, sorry. It's a real shame, too, since I have all of these cartridges but can't figure out how to put them in that cassette thingy or whatever it's called. And what's all this "controller" nonsense? I swear, all of this techno mumbo-jumbo!

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