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Link-up cable

Thank you for taking notice of my article. I am new at wiki editing so if something seems not right, just say and i will try to learn to correct my errors quickly.

one question: how do you know the original cable was Manufactured by Techno pop, i understand they designed it and presumably own the patent, and i could only assume Accolade distributed it, but the manufacturer i can't find solid proof of. this site seems to suggest Sega itself made them, but the photo on this link is dubious, since it could just be shot of a Genesis control pad plug I would absolutely love it if you could shed more light on this obscure peripheral

Regards Jun

I just assumed they made it, but if we're not sure then I'll change it back. - Hivebrain (talk) 16:21, 5 March 2019 (EST)

That would be advisable, Thanks. User:Jun The Detective 22:52 05/03/2019

Bollycao Eternal Champions Stickers

Can I ask you something? ... is it possible for you to delete a page? ... I'm asking because when I found these Bollycao Eternal Champions Stickers they were named as Bollycao stickers (just google for "Bollycao Eternal Champions" and you will see what I'm talking about)... when in fact they aren't... they are actually a set of stickers that was given away with the Spanish magazine "Todo Sega"... so they should be on "Todo Sega" page as extras... with that said the "Bollycao Eternal Champions Stickers" page shouldn't exist...--Asagoth (talk) 19:53, 19 April 2019 (EDT)

Changes to the Releases templates

Will the changes to the Releases templates be carried over to more systems like the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch in due time? It'll be easier for when I'm doing the 3D Classics and Sega Ages pages. --SorachiJirachi (talk) 20:24, 22 April 2019 (EDT)

Yes, and I was planning to do the Nintendo ones next. I've only been doing them as I need them, but if it helps I can update the 3DS/Switch ones sooner. - Hivebrain (talk) 20:37, 22 April 2019 (EDT)
That would be great. Cheers. --SorachiJirachi (talk) 20:45, 22 April 2019 (EDT)

Error creating thumbnail Do you know how to remove this error in Neo and Neo Plus scans ?

Are you using this program to compile the PDFs? - Hivebrain (talk) 11:01, 26 April 2019 (EDT)
With other files yes but all the scans from Neo and Neo Plus were created in adultpdf.--Lukdriver14 (talk) 11:25, 26 April 2019 (EDT)


I have this nasty habit of looking at templates at the end of the day.

Took your advice with Streets of Rage 2 Original Soundtrack, using Template:Company, but... it's not working... and I don't understand why. While the text is appearing on the page as expected, nothing is being added to the database. First glance suggests Template:MusicBob looks like Template:Bob - I don't know why it's not behaving in the same way.

While I'm here, I had a fresh look at Template talk:Porttable earlier in the week - I can't see myself actually finishing this job, and it's probably for a similar reason - the act of getting company information into the database, with all these loose variables and things that can go wrong, is just really really awkward.

I'm thinking from an end user perspective, instead of having to pass multiple templates in as arguments, if we could get a situation where we were passing in a fancy-pants list, e.g.:

|||[[Atari Games]]|2


AcademySoft-ELORG (licensor)
DownRightArrow.svg Mirrorsoft (licensor)
    DownRightArrow.svg Atari Games (licensor)



Sega (JP) (publisher)

        DownRightArrow.svg Tengen (licensor)


Sega Mega Drive

Sega (JP) (publisher)

I think life might be (relatively) simpler for people. And we could have maths work out how to store things in the database. -Black Squirrel (talk) 16:52, 4 May 2019 (EDT)

I think it's because there's no system specified. Usually in that case, Template:Company is supposed to pull systems from Bob's system parameter. MusicBob doesn't have a system, so the variable is blank and it's probably doing nothing. It made sense while I was writing it, but the whole thing's a bit of a mess. I'll have a think and hopefully come up with something a bit more elegant. - Hivebrain (talk) 18:00, 4 May 2019 (EDT)

Bugged-up releases table for Sonic Generations 3DS

I copied over the added release info for Sonic Generations (Nintendo 3DS) from its respective page from Sonic Retro, but now I have a problem. While it looks fine over on Sonic Retro, it's messed up somehow on Sega Retro in that almost everything is designated as a digital download when some of them aren't supposed to be. Could you look into this? --SorachiJirachi (talk) 22:11, 5 May 2019 (EDT)

I made a mistake in the releases templates. It should be okay now. - Hivebrain (talk) 00:23, 6 May 2019 (EDT)

Segaretro does'nt work in Flashpeak slimjet web browser

Hi, I'm not exactly sure where i should ask this, but since you are a site administrator I was hoping you could help or at least give me an idea.

I was going to upgrade my browser from firefox to slimjet (a deeply modified version of Chrome)and most pages work, but when i try to access any page on it won't let me in and displays this:

This site can’t provide a secure connection. uses an unsupported protocol. ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH Unsupported protocol, The client and server don't support a common SSL protocol version or cipher suite. This is likely to be caused when the server needs RC4, which is no longer considered secure''.

I don't know if this is specific to slimjet, but i never had this issue with firefox V52, or K-meleon.

--Jun The Detective 18:13, 12 May 2019 (EDT)

It's not my area of expertise, but I've passed it along to the rest of the staff. - Hivebrain (talk) 18:25, 12 May 2019 (EDT)


Hello. Sorry for taking up space in your talk section. But my account has been deleted for the second time without my knowledge. And not i am not allowed to edit or contribute. Since you are an admin, can you tell me what i did wrong? - Peace MkIII

We don't delete user accounts here. However, we did switch to the Retro CDN user database a while ago, so if you created your account before that then it's probably gone. - Hivebrain (talk) 14:46, 16 November 2019 (EST)
Thank you for your time.

Releases bug

Found a thing:

The Mega Drive version of Ultimate Soccer has two references for its earliest date (the UK one). This creates a string that is apparently "too big" to work with once it's been through the database:

we can strip the references away before the date is stored, but the question is... do we want to do that? Is it a good idea to store the reference(s)... somewhere?

Either way I ought to write this down since I've run out of time to fix it today -Black Squirrel (talk) 17:38, 12 January 2020 (EST)

Consoles using the newer system (template:ReleasesRowPlus) do strip references away. Mega Drive games are still on the old template, so it'll work when I update releasesMD. I had thought about separating refs for prices like this:
| pc_rrp_us=9.99
| pc_rrpref_us={{ref|}}
which would be fairly easy to do with replacetext. The main reason was that refs become invisible when they pass through template:price, and this is the best way to keep them visible.
The problem is, you can't store refs in cargo like that. It would have to be "pc_rrpref_us=", which is no good if you want more than one ref, or you want an intref/fileref/magref. My guess is any system we come up with would make templates horribly messy. I'm not too bothered about storing refs anyway, they're on the respective pages if anyone wants to look at them. - Hivebrain (talk) 14:17, 13 January 2020 (EST)


Template:Price is stripping out references, meaning we're losing the superscript link things in bob templates - is that by design -Black Squirrel (talk) 06:13, 23 February 2020 (EST)

It's not by design. Extension:Cite has changed so that any string operation (e.g. explode) strips references. Older versions of Cite treated refs as a single character. I've already thought of a solution to make refs visible again, but it requires intervention from someone with higher wiki permissions than me. - Hivebrain (talk) 14:04, 23 February 2020 (EST)

GamePro en Español

Something unpleasant:

"Gamepro en Español", a Spanish translation of GamePro. Retromags have this marked as an Argentinian magazine, but it's not - it's a "Latin America" magazine. There are cover variants for:

  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • Puerto Rico/Dominican Republic
  • Venezuela

how do we want to handle this? -Black Squirrel (talk) 15:12, 28 March 2020 (EDT)

Probably try to decide which is the "main" country and go with that. i.e. where their offices are based and where it was printed. We're already sort of doing this for some magazines which have US and Canadian prices on the cover. - Hivebrain (talk) 15:43, 28 March 2020 (EDT)

Error creating thumbnail Part II What can I do to make this working right?-Lukdriver14 (talk) 13:24, 10 June 2020 (EDT)

You're using the right codecs. It'll work when thumbnails & video transcoding are fixed on CDN. - Hivebrain (talk) 13:58, 10 June 2020 (EDT)

Erros in editing

Everytime when i try to edit the page i have message *** Forbidden. Message seems to be spam. *** Why?

I try to edit Sega Rally Revo page PC RU version in CD case, adding disk scan and divide versions on RU (CD case) and RU (DVD Case)

Something must be triggering a spam filter. Try adding one thing at a time, or editing the page without adding anything. - Hivebrain (talk) 19:03, 20 June 2020 (EDT)

Nemo Me Impune Lacessit (talk) 13:36, 23 June 2020 (EDT) same thing... i cant even save page after editing button without doing changes.

Issues with SoR3 image replacement

I've uploaded the mugshots for playable SoR3 characters using resources from SoR4. I then realised that those resources were missing a mugshot for Roo and got a hideous black outline. So, I tried to replace them with resources directly taken from SoR3. But after replacing them, I can see that the result is my initial upload pictures being resized to the sizes of the new uploaded pictures instead of having the new pictures completely replaced the initial pictures.

Is there a way to actually replace pictures? Xinyingho (talk) 05:35, 18 August 2020 (EDT)

It can take a few hours for the wiki to update thumbnails - your uploads are fine -Black Squirrel (talk) 06:02, 18 August 2020 (EDT)


Can you delete files that I marked on Retro CDN? Thanks.

Why did you upload those files in the first place? You've created a lot of work for us, so don't expect it to be done quickly. - Hivebrain (talk) 12:00, 4 September 2020 (EDT)
Sorry for that. How long would this take ?
Could you please delete these files on Retro CDN in this week? It's not about giving you extra work, but the sooner you remove it, the sooner I'll stop bothering you with this problem.
Could you write me anything?
I told you it won't be done quickly. I'd have to find and upload pdf replacements for most of them. I'm already quite busy with other things on here, so dealing with this is a low priority. It'll probably be done in a month or two, if you're lucky. - Hivebrain (talk) 17:47, 14 September 2020 (EDT)
But these files are no longer needed and can be deleted. In each page where they been I added the appropriate page which will be in PDF version. I also gave few months ago links where you can look for it. Plus some of these PDFs are already on Retro CDN but the JPGs of those scans are still waiting to be deleted.

how good are you with double quotes

This is annoying me


Evander Holyfield's "Real Deal" Boxing (Game Gear) breaks because there are double quotes in the name. In order to query a name with double quotes in SQL you have to use two " characters


name = "Evander Holyfield's ""Real Deal"" Boxing (Game Gear)"

... and I think I'm doing this, but somewhere between passing arguments through templates, this breaks for some reason. I don't suppose you have any ideas why, before I start throwing more hacky code at it -Black Squirrel (talk) 09:35, 1 April 2021 (EDT)

I think it might be a bug. It looks like you can't use a query with format=template if the invoked template itself (Template:RatingsTableAll/Cargo) does more queries. Notice how the name looks fine but the scores are broken, which doesn't really make sense (you'd expect both should break or neither). All I can suggest is that we never store quotemarks in cargo tables. Replace them with :qm: or something as they're stored and then replace back to quotes for the page output. - Hivebrain (talk) 23:13, 1 April 2021 (EDT)

Instruction Manual Scans

I have a lot of front cover scans of instructions from most PAL megadrive, game gear, mega CD and 32X games releases (must have about 800-900 different scans). On the upload page it says to only upload PDFs of instructions. just wondering if you would want me to upload as placeholders until PDFs are available. Nova Toad (talk) 08:30, 7 May 2021 (EDT)

I don't really see the point of having placeholders myself, but I suppose some people might argue it's better than nothing. Upload them if you want, but make sure you tag the images with {{PDFneeded}}. - Hivebrain (talk) 14:28, 7 May 2021 (EDT)

video overkilled the radio star

this came through a couple of days ago - I can handle the images, but there's a 126MB mov file that I don't know what to do with. I really must learn how video formats work one day -Black Squirrel (talk) 17:40, 28 May 2021 (EDT)

It wouldn't be playable on here because it's not h264 (it uses a codec called "sowt", which I've never heard of). I had an idea about uploading both the original and a playable version of promo videos, with a link to the original on the playable file page, but it's not really ideal. I was slightly concerned about server space too. - Hivebrain (talk) 18:09, 28 May 2021 (EDT)