My first area of question is in regards to the subject of these rom files themselves.
How did you come to acquire these files? Did you retrieve the data from your own physical
cartridges that were lost to the Tsunami storm? Or did you acquire these files slowly over
the passage of time? Or did you acquire them all at once or relatively quickly? Did they all
come from the same person and if so, was that person an employee of SNK? Or were you part of
some kind of club or group of individuals whose membership comes with the requirement of
each member contributing 1 unique rom file for which the sacrifice is then rewarded by
granting the new member access to all of the groups combined files? As you can see, there
is no shortage of theories making the rounds among the public. Thank you.
DISCUSSION POINT 2
Anyone who is well educated with this subject matter knows full well that
all proto games are not equal. The generated interest and perceived value of
one proto can vary greatly from another. As easy and obvious examples of this,
the value of a rom file containing a minor change, (such as for example the
1994 and 2000 builds of Bang Busters or the 1994 and 2001 builds of Zupapa),
is quite low. While in another example, a rom file with a major change, such
as the 1994 Crystal Legacy versus the 1996 Breakers would be far more valuable
and of far more interest.
And then within the parameters of the same subject, the value of an
emulated rom file would certainly be less than that of an undumped/unemulated
rom file. As their perceived values are quite clearly worlds apart. Any game
rom file which has been dumped has in essence been safeguarded. The rom file
is saved and is no longer in danger of being lost to the sands of time. Say
as for an example the rom file for Ghostlop. Whereas any game rom file that
remains undiscovered, such as say for example Pair Pair Wars, is far more
elusive and valuable as it has yet to be found and may be lost forever.
When you were asked by someone about "selling" your rom files, you made
the following statement: "...instead of money, I would like to see a proto
game that I have never seen before. It may be possible to exchange ROM files
between things that have not been seen..." This of course makes logical sense
to anyone who is heavily involved in this niche area of video games. But it
does not come without heavy criticism from those who are not. And I can tell
you this from personal experience as I made the same statement years ago in
an interview with a Spanish website and it was not well received.
I bring up these discussion points to prepare you for the second series of
questions. As these questions are KEY to understanding exactly what, if anything,
can be done in the future with not only your rom files, but with those of
myself and everyone else; both known and unknown.
QUESTIONS ASKED ON AUGUST 31, 2022
Since Xacrow was your friend, and since Xacrow had the Magic Master rom file,
did you ever have the Magic Master rom file yourself? Did you ever play Magic Master?
Do you have any interest in obtaining the Magic Master rom file (or any other particular
neogeo rom file)? I am curious as to what kind of a value you would personally place
on a neogeo rom file that you do not have and/or have not seen? Lastly, have you ever
seen or known of any other collectors who may have Pair Pair Wars or Mystic Wand?
ANSWERS GIVEN ON SEPTEMBER 7, 8, AND 9, 2022
(btw, thanks to Rou, we finally identified the mystery rom or NeoRage file "Brick Flop"
as merely a mispelling of the English localiation of Mahou Jouku / Magic Master, which is "Brick Block".)
REMAINING QUESTIONS: What was the relevance of September 5th, 2022? Why did Rou
promote that date to be something significant? What, if anything, happened on that date?
Why does Rou continue to disappear and reappear over and over again? And why does he avoid
or disable any possible direct communication wherever he goes? Why can't he just communicate
directly and tell us what his actual intentions are and for what purpose, if any, he is
posting about these games?
Rou stated that he did not get the protos he has from Xacrow. He said they have
nothing to do with him. But we do know that Xacrow has had Magic Master since at least
January of 2005. And although Rou did NOT have the Magic Master rom file in either of
his two initial threads, coincidentally, a week later, and after my questions here, he
posted a USA region title screeen for the game, as well as several other emulated screen
shots and even an emulated video. So clearly, he has access to even more content than
he initially showed us.
ROU: PLEASE READ HERE. THANK YOU!
ROU: Let's help eachother. If we work together then we can both benefit. You have
proven that you have several of the unreleased NEOGEO proto games. So here is my proposal.
Let us do a TRADE. We can work together and cooperate. I send you 1 of my games and you
send me 1 of your games. We BOTH sacrifice and contribute 1 of our games by sending the
files to an agreed upon and trusted central source, acting as an escrow for the trade to
protect us both in the process. Once that entity receives and confirms the 2 games, they
are both released simultaneously to the community.
NOBODY WINS IN A STALEMATE
It's time to set these rom files free. The NEOGEO fans have been waiting
for a long time. Please consider. Thank you.