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Lost & Found vol. 2 story 

Sega Saturn - Author - MadromsToday, I will post a story about the 2nd volume of Lost & Found, released by Oldergames.
I've preordered the disc myself at June, and recieved it at the beginning of August. After not getting much feedback from Bivins, I've decided that it is about time I let people know what's wrong with this release.

Lost & Found 2 consists of 2 CDR discs, packed into one DVD case, complete with printed covers and CD labels - but no manual. The first disc is an early version of an FMV game titled "Rebellion", but this is the very same disc they released in Lost & Found 1, back in 2004. It isn't really playable, unfortunately.
The second disc is what they call "early development stages of Three Dirty Dwarves".

After testing this latter game, I have noticed that it really doesn't feel like an early, incomplete game. I didn't notice any missing features, or any differences that could imply that this is an early version of the game. So, I took the USA release of the game, which I own, and began comparing the two discs. I've done comparisons of the files on the discs, as well as ripping both discs to cd images and comparing the two in a hexadecimal editor. Do you want to guess the results? The two discs are completely identical! The Lost & Found release of Three Dirty Dwarves is most definitely NOT an "early developemen version of Three Dirty Dwarves".

I contacted RW Bivins from Oldergames.com to let him know of my findings. I only got a few short answers, and some of my questions were completely ignored. But, I thought I'd give him a few day/weeks so he can test this for himself. Some time later he contacted me, saying that they decided to offer the games Weird World 1 and 2 for download, to anybody who purchased L&F2. What is Weird World you ask? Games for the Commodore 64. At the time I'm writing this, Oldergames did not mention their mistake, nor did they contacted the buyers of L&F2 about it (which wouldn't be hard, as there are only about 50 people, and they have their email addresses for sure since they used it to ask the buyers wether they want their purchase shipped before, or after the CGE2K7 event).

So, what did you get if you bought Lost & Found 2?
- Rebellion, but the same copy they released with L&F1 => no big deal
- a CD-R backup of the NTSC USA Three Dirty Dwarves, which you can't even use without a modchip, therefore, it has 0 value
- 2 Commodore 64 games, free for download, for people who expected to buy a Sega Saturn product => no big deal
(furthermore, a friend of mine who also purchased L&F2 contacted Oldergames.com for these games, and 3 weeks later he still did not recieve a reply)

Lost & Found 2 costs 30 USD, and offers absolutely nothing interesting, unless you didn't already have Lost & Found 1. Talk about ripoff!

Interestingly, L&F2 came with a sheet, which mentioned "How piracy affects our company, and how it affects future publishing...". Ironic, isn't it? ;)

With that in mind, there are 2 possibilities:
1) Oldergames knew that they are selling a retail copy labeled as a prototype, and hoped that nobody would find out about it,
2) Oldergames knew nothing about this before I told them, they have been shafted with a pirate copy marked as a prototype.
I'll let you pick the more likely one, hopefully Oldergames will be kind enough to share more information on this.

Now, Oldergames had put up pre-orders for Lost & Found 3. It contains a 30-minute video disc and "the complete but never released full NTSC American region english-version of Deep Fear". You probably know that Deep Fear has been released in Europe, fully translated to English. So, how can we be sure that it really is a prototype, and not a region-patched copy of the PAL version? There are many ways to verify that:
- On how many discs do their copy of Deep Fear come on? The retail game takes 2 discs, if their release is one disc only, you will not get the complete game.
- Oldergames may use my SRP utility (found here: http://madroms.free.fr/#SRP) to scan their Deep Fear disc(s), make a full export, and send it to me so I can compare it with the European release.
- They can also make some sfv/par2/md5 of the game files so I can compare them to the contents of the European discs.
I can provide help for everything they may need to prove that their copy of Deep Fear is not the European release of the game. (RW Bivins, you know how to contact me)

I hope Oldergames just made a mistake without knowing the truth about Three Dirty Dwarves, and that they will continue to provide good Saturn releases in the future. But for now, they probably need to regain the confidence of their costumers.
 Author: Madroms Sat Sep 01, 2007 - 08:42 am
Dev week 

Sega Saturn - Author - MadromsA lot of codes have been made this week:
- I split the database to 3 pages (see on the left): Games Database, Demos Database and Special Search
- I made some new Special Searches:

- I updated some piece of codes of every pages on the site.

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 Author: Madroms Sun Aug 12, 2007 - 02:55 am
Little news 

Sega Saturn - Author - Madroms2 new entries on the database, thanks to johnnyrio for his help on the Brazilian games.
Some new photos from johnnyrio, Orochi Kyo and myself.
Some pieces of codes modified and updated.
 Author: Madroms Mon Aug 06, 2007 - 06:34 am
Now... 

Sega Saturn - Author - Madroms...available this week:
- english reviews made by Runaway Spacecowboy: Darius Gaiden, Darius II, Strikers 1945 II
- french review made by Asta: Sky Target
- more Player One magazine ratings by nonodavdav who becomes the new contributor of the week!
- one new magazine with some ratings: Saturn+ from the UK
- more videos available for download

See ya
 Author: Madroms Sun Jul 22, 2007 - 06:48 am
Rating / Ranking week 

Sega Saturn - Author - MadromsI spend all the week reproducing the ratings made by the best magazine released in Europe: Sega Saturn Magazine printed in the UK. All the European games, except 11, have been rated by this magazine in the 37 issues made.

I also reproduce the SSM Top 50 Sega Saturn Games made by Sega Saturn Magazine UK in its Issue #28 (February 1998). The Top 50 can be reach here: SSM Top 50 page
 Author: Madroms Sat Jul 14, 2007 - 07:46 am



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