Retsupurae – the long-standing, let’s play-lampooning duo of Diabeetus and Slowbeef – just finished up an entertaining let’s play of Don Quixote: A Dream of Seven Crystals (MegaLD) for the LaserActive! We previously uploaded an (abridged) longplay of this game as part of our preservation efforts, but having an option with funny commentary never hurts. You can give it a watch here!
Hungry for more LaserActive preservation? Have some MegaLD or LD-ROM² discs lying around and collecting dust? Care about future generations being able to PLAY these games, and not just view them?
The geniuses over at the SpritesMind (Genesis development) forum have the answer! A project is currently underway to dump the data contents/rip the properly timecoded and interlaced video content of the LaserActive’s LD game library! This will allow for emulation efforts in the future, and will ensure that the discs are preserved in a digital format.
If you want to contribute to the project, or are just curious to see the discussion, follow the link below!
Ask, and ye shall receive! We have reuploaded the FLAC version of the 3D Museum OST to Mega, and the download link is now live. 3D Museum has probably the greatest soundtrack of any LaserActive game, so do your ears a favor – head on over to the Music Gallery and check out this musical goodness!
(Or, click here to download it!)
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!
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.
Just a couple of small updates to show you that we’re still around.
-Added more images to the Image Gallery, such as two brand-new scanned Japanese promotional manuals (one of which features 3D Virtual Australia, the last LaserActive game ever released)
-Marked 3D goggle compatibility in the Title Database
Eiki Nonaka, a composer known for his work with the Pioneer Multimedia Creators Network (MmCN), has graciously uploaded some of his footage from Melon Brains to Youtube – in glorious HD quality! Enjoy, and thank you, Mr. Nonaka!