I'm now ready to accept loans of LaserActive games for the purposes of dumping. The plan is, the disks will be shipped to me, I'll dump the digital content and rip the analog video, then ship the disks back when the process is complete. Once the dumping program is more mature, I'm planning to release it into the public domain so others with the necessary hardware can duplicate this dumping process. I will need to see more disks though before I can do this, I only own a single game myself.
One thing to note about this dumping effort: Several Japanese LaserActive games are pornographic in nature. I will not dumping these games. I don't want to see them, I don't want them in my house, and I don't want them around my kids. If I get sent any packages containing any of these games, I'll send the entire package straight back to the sender. I've marked which games I know to fall into this category on the list below. If anyone knows of any other games which are like this, let me know, and I'll update the list. Other people can, and probably will, dump these games later on, but I won't be doing it myself.
Here's the current dumping state of each known LaserActive game. I'll update this list as the project advances.
- -3-D Museum (Japan) [SEGA]
-3-D Museum (US) [SEGA]
-3D Virtual Australia (Japan) [SEGA]
-Akuma no Shinban (Demon's Judgment) (Japan) [NEC]
-Angel Mate [NEC]
-Back To The Edo (Japan) [SEGA]
-Bi Ryojon Collection (Pretty Illusion - Minayo Watanabe) (Japan) [NEC]
-Bi Ryojon Collection II (Pretty Illusion - Yuko Sakaki) (Japan) [NEC]
-Don Quixote (US) [SEGA]
-Dora Dora Paradise [NEC]
-Dr. Paolo No Totteoki Video [NEC]
-Ghost Rush! (Japan) [SEGA]
-Ghost Rush! (US) [SEGA]
-Goku (Japan) [NEC]
-Goku (Japan) [SEGA]
-Goku (US) [SEGA]
-The Great Pyramid (Japan) [SEGA]
-The Great Pyramid (US) [SEGA]
-Hi-Roller Battle (Japan) [SEGA]
-High Roller Battle (US) [SEGA]
-Hyperion (Japan) [SEGA]
-Hyperion (US) [SEGA]
-I Will: The Story of London (Japan) [SEGA]
-I Will: The Story of London (US) [SEGA]
-J.B. Harold - Blue Chicago Blues (Japan) [SEGA]
-J.B. Harold - Blue Chicago Blues (Japan) [NEC]
-J.B. Harold - Blue Chicago Blues (US) [SEGA]
-Melon Brains (Japan) [SEGA]
-Melon Brains (US) [SEGA]
-Myst 110 Prototype (US) [SEGA]
-Myst 111 Prototype (US) [SEGA]
-Pyramid Patrol (Japan) [SEGA]
-Pyramid Patrol (US) [SEGA]
-Quiz Econosaurus (Japan) [NEC]
-Quiz Econosaurus (US) [NEC]
-Road Blaster (Japan) [SEGA]
-Road Prosecutor (US) [SEGA]
-Rocket Coaster (Japan) [SEGA]
-Rocket Coaster (US) [SEGA]
-Space Berserker (Japan) [SEGA]
-Space Berserker (US) [SEGA]
-Time Gal (Japan) [SEGA]
-Triad Stone (aka Strahl) [SEGA]
-Vajra 2 [NEC]
-Virtual Cameraman [SEGA]
-Virtual Cameraman 2 [SEGA]
-Zapping TV Satsui [NEC]
-Zapping TV Satsui [SEGA]
Blue: Have disk, waiting for dumping.
Black: Pornographic, won't dump.
I'll be releasing all dumps publicly once I'm satisfied the dumps are good, I have no interest in hoarding them. If someone has some truly special or unusual disks, IE, like prototypes, which they don't want to be released publicly right away, get in touch with me and we can discuss it. I'd rather see these games preserved, even privately for now, than disappear forever.
Note that some of these games may have had more than one release, IE, to fix bugs and the like. If you have one or more item that's on the wanted list, and you also have a game that's already been recieved or dumped, please consider sending the already dumped games in as well, so that we can dump your disk too to check for different versions. This will also help the video ripping effort. If one disk has some minor issues with video in particular frames or sections, combining two or more video streams together can be used to cancel out errors in individual disks. This is important, since Laserdisc video is analog, not digital, and there's no error correction, so just slightly incorrect video results from even a minor issue on the surface of the disk.
In addition to the games, I'm also interested in several peices of hardware, for the purposes of emulation. In particular, the NEC PC-Engine PAC module, to allow emulation of this system too in the future. The bios needs to be dumped (which I have the hardware for), and I want to do some basic testing and documentation of the hardware, including taking high-res board shots. There are also some other hardware modules for the LaserActive that I'd like to take a look at, and dump firmware or document the hardware. If you have any module listed in red here, or a module listed in green that has a different bios version to what's reported in brackets, I'm interested in it:
-PAC-S1 (1.02, 1.05)
-PAC-S10 (1.02, 1.04)
-GOL-1 (3D Goggles)
-ADP-1 (3D goggles adapter)
So, let's get this project moving! Contact me via PM if you have something you're willing to lend for the purposes of dumping. I'll update these lists as the project progresses.