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KlarthAilerion
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2004 11:09 pm    Post subject: July 2004 - Spotlight: EarthBound Reply with quote

Spotlight: EarthBound

Mr. Jonathan Wirth has delivered us a journey into the world of copy protection screens, graphical edits, and expanded endings. That is to say, into the world of EarthBound.

The legitimacy of the cartridge has been called into question since it was first mentioned online in 1998. The game had been known to be in development all the way back in 1991. Now, more than a decade later, Lost Levels will deliver some answers about this unique game.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2004 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great choice for a background lesson.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2004 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll agree.. very nice article.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2004 1:24 am    Post subject: asdf Reply with quote

Good article...the one thing that I find interesting is that--although it's been years since I played the game--I remember very distinctly a townsperson somewhere or other noting that the bad corporation was planning on building a strip club in the town. How'd that get past the censors?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2004 3:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done, and very interesting.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2004 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool, always wanted to know the story behind this rom, I'm impressed
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2004 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ditto, great article. I highly enjoyed it.
I always had a feeling that EB was a real proto.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2004 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

July 31st, 2004: the date following which you will be mercilessly mocked and ridiculed for continuing to defend the opinion that the Earthbound prototype was a hoax.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2004 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonderfull article, altough since I haven't played very far into the game, it was a little spoiling (especially telling the ending!).

I wonder if the "prototype" to the english manual (the diary-thingy) will ever surface?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2004 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh boy, Slashdotted again.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2004 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smeg wrote:
July 31st, 2004: the date following which you will be mercilessly mocked and ridiculed for continuing to defend the opinion that the Earthbound prototype was a hoax.


Seriously. The article makes it sound like entire consortium of Nintendo collectors thought this was a fake. In reality, wasn't it just like, three people?

Three vocal people, perhaps, but nonetheless...
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2004 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

During recent history (also known as something like the past three years), a certain self-proclaimed expert on NES prototypes proclaimed that there was no way the cartridge was real. If memory serves, he claimed to have "inside sources" that proved beyond a doubt that the cartridge was a fake.

Many of the people running NES websites that cover prototypes went along with this assumption. Which means that all their followers went along with that assumption. Which means that many of the people who are into "the scene" went along with that assumption.

I don't remember the exact split back in the day, but if I had to take a guess, I'd say that at least half of the people around these days, including said self-proclaimed expert, thought that it was a fake.

They would be wrong, sir.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2004 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hell, I always thought that the cartridge itself was a fake. I knew the data was real, though.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2004 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KlarthAilerion wrote:
During recent history (also known as something like the past three years), a certain self-proclaimed expert on NES prototypes proclaimed that there was no way the cartridge was real. If memory serves, he claimed to have "inside sources" that proved beyond a doubt that the cartridge was a fake.


I remember this guy! :D
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2004 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KlarthAilerion wrote:
Many of the people running NES websites that cover prototypes went along with this assumption. Which means that all their followers went along with that assumption. Which means that many of the people who are into "the scene" went along with that assumption.


Yeah, the whole thing got so far in the collecting world the seventh edition of the Digital Press guide called it "an obvious fake".

Speaking of which, I'm a bit dissapointed about the feedback we've received on the article so far. Doesn't anyone want to try and say that later Nintendo Power article is OMG COMPLETE 100% PROOF they weren't even thinking about bring the game out? Perhaps someone would like to accuse me of computer generating "photos" of the dev team hard at work? Or maybe......LOST LEVELS IS ACTUALLY JUST ANOTHER ELABORATE SCAM BY DEMI!!!!!!

Come on, people, use your imaginations.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2004 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure DBoy will play along if you ask him nicely.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2004 11:50 pm    Post subject: Wow. Reply with quote

Also, the included "MEGA SCREENSHOT BACKGROUND INFORMATION" is really cool. I had wondered about this proto for a long time, also. (never played/compared the, er, roms tho)
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2004 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice article. Nothing like actually talking to people who worked on the game to clear up things.
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SlyphGlitch



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2004 3:41 am    Post subject: Wow Reply with quote

Err, I never knew the history of Earthbound was so complicated. Great article though.

Happy On- Year Birthday,
Lost Levels.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2004 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can already hear the voices of, err, the hundred or so skeptics that have screamed for years this game was a fake, now painfully moaning for not looking into matters firsthand.

Grate read you guys.
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