Thank you for your very generous words.
Seems like we share a somewhat similar pad when it comes to the Saturn.
I must have told this story two dozen times and I'm sure most are sick of hearing it, but here goes.
I bought the PSone on release day even though most of the games didn't impress me, till I saw WipEout. That blew me away and I knew I needed the machine.
WipEout has actually been the game for which I've bought nearly all my Sony systems, PSone, PSP, PS3 and Vita. Got the PS2 for Virtua Fighter 4 and the PS4 for.... Eum Resogun I guess.
After getting a N64 as well, even a couple of months before the Belgium launch since it was delayed in certain EU countries for whatever reason, the PSone had established itself as the cool system and thus was getting loads of games that didn't interest me at all. I like to call that the brown-polly era.
So I started doing some research by reading up on the Saturn in all my CVG and Joypay issues as well as EGM to see if it had enough games to justify the purchase for me.
After deciding to get one I lucked out and got a great deal from a gameshop, so that I could take home the system with Sega Rally and Fighters Megamix, even though the bundle was with some old sports game originally and FM had just been released a week or so before.
Never looked back. Fell in love with the system as I did with my Vita just recently.
Instantly rekindled my love for Sega which had lessened a little after the Mega Drive, especially the add-ons which didn't get the support they deserved.
So from that moment on I followed Sega till the very last days of the Dreamcast and imported tons of Japanese only games as well.
The PSone did pull me back in though with FF7, Resident Evil and Metal Gear Solid, but the Saturn became my go to system and my favourite system of all time.
So sad what happened to them. It's just not the same today without them in the hardware business and with their top teams intact.
Even though they still publish some of the most fun games out there at times. Just look at the Yakuza series, Bayonetta, Vanquish and Binary Domain for instance.
OSSM was nearly impossible to get over her at the time, so I was very late to the party.
The first issue I got my hands on was nr. 35 not knowing it was all about to be over very soon.
The little import shop that I used to visit by train every month to buy my Japanese games from ordered these themselves from the UK.
It's actually the magazine that got me into all of this in the first place a handful of years ago.
I came across a badly scanned issue of it online that had pages missing and everything, so I went looking for more. When finding digital copies was impossible with the exception of 2-3 issues, I decided to buy the whole set myself and start scanning them.
I've actually already been over the complete set twice if you can believe it. Lol
The first attempt at scanning was very crude and not good at all, so I decided to redo the whole set after I though myself some tricks in Photoshop. When starting this site nearly 5 years ago, I once again threw out the old scans and decided to up the quality once more, aiming to get them as close to perfection as possible. Certainly in a way that I myself would not be able to improve upon them, and so far that seems to have been the case.
That is also the reason why the OoPA set is not complete yet, while several other site do have a full set of these magazines. They took my old versions and put them online in other places.
But I'm not happy with them myself as I know I can do better now, thanks to the newer equipment but also all the experience I gained from doing this for so many years now.
So if a new issue goes online, it's actually that: a brand new issue.
I now have multiple physical copies of each of them so it's not even the same magazine that is being scanned anymore. And of course the care and attention that is being given to each page is on another level than what I was capable of back then.
Not saying that the scans are absolutely perfect, but certainly that they are the best I'm able to do with them.