The End of an Era (LaserActive Preservation Project has lost its LaserActive unit)

We at the LaserActive Preservation Project come to you today with sad, but not wholly unexpected, news. As of February 13th, 2016, our LaserActive unit is no longer functioning. This can be traced back to the failure of the Sega PAC. The status of the failure is currently unknown but under investigation. In the likely event that the failure is too catastrophic or expensive to repair, we will begin the process of selling off the rest of our LaserActive components – the CLD-A100 player, Pyramid Patrol, Rocket Coaster, 3D Museum, Hyperion, and Triad Stone (along with some miscellaneous Laserdisc movies) – individually to interested buyers and/or eBay.

This has been an incredible journey – this blog was run by two people, one of which (me) had little to no knowledge of the LaserActive when I first got started around 4 years ago this time. Over the past 4 years, I’ve learned so much about a platform which was essentially lost to time, and we’ve been able to archive so much footage to ensure this platform will not be forgotten. I’d like to thank everybody who helped make that possible, especially Tom Porter of Maine for his countless Laserdisc and footage donations.

There are still many games left to be cataloged on the Youtube channel – 3D Virtual Australia, both JB Harold games, Hi-Roller Battle, Quiz Econosaurus, and some of the Japan-only titles stand out as examples – so our preservation work is far from over. However, from here on out, it will depend exclusively on the help of other interest footage donors.

Thank you all again for making this experience possible. I hope the world of gaming history is a little bit richer thanks to this blog!

Special Report: Interview with Jotaro “A-Key” Nonaka (MmCN)

We are pleased to announce that we have published an interview with one of the key figures behind the LaserActive Multimedia Creators Network (MmCN), Jotaro “A-Key” Nonaka! Nonaka-san’s interview is incredibly enlightening, and even resolves some of the mystery behind one of the LaserActive’s cancelled titles!

Read the interview here.

LaserActive Buyer’s Tip: LaserActive 3D on the Cheap!

Greetings from a busy summer! Sorry that the site has been dead, but fear not! We’re still breathing.

To all LaserActive owners out there, I’m here to pass on a great solution for viewing LaserActive 3D without taking out a second mortgage on the official GOL-1 goggles and ADP-1 adapter.  As the site has mentioned before, any 3rd-party LCD shutter box and set of glasses will function with the LaserActive, since it uses a solution for 3D on NTSC signals and SDTVs that was pretty much universal (and quite simple). Many have asked me where one can obtain such a 3rd-party box and glasses.

Well, here you are! This all-in-one kit includes two pairs of glasses and the shutter controller box needed to pick up the 3D signal. Simply make it the middleman between your LaserActive and your SDTV set (RCA composite video goes in and out) and you’re set to view titles like 3D Museum, Melon Brains, Goku, and more in 3D.

And all for $50! Much cheaper than that $1000+ alternative…