> > The remaining Deco cassette games are all in the hands of
> > Japanese collectors and game center operators and they
> > generally don't share dumps for mame ever.
> When I was involved with the Dumping Project, we communicated with a Japanese
> collector who had (IIRC) all but five or six of the cassettes. He *admitted* they
> were starting to fail but *still* refused to allow us to dump them just for backup
> purposes, to save the data, even though we promised that the dumps would never be
> made public. Sad beyond belief.
The situation has gotten both more ridiculous and more promising at the same time. Nothing I can talk about in public, of course, as it always is with Japanese people. Secrets are like their second oxygen. I've heard they actually have a single word now that means something along the lines of "hoard an item until you die and never let anyone see it".
> EDIT: BTW, did we ever get a dump of the "Flying Ball" and other DECO cassettes in
> the last batch that were sent to Al Kossow? If not, did we ever get those cassettes
> *back* from him? And, in an only tangentially related note, is the "Space Raiders"
> PCB still sitting on Frank Palazzolo's workbench or has that been forwarded on to
> someone with the time to look at it?
Al was in contact with Charles and was supposed to send him the Deco stuff but hasn't. I'm not sure there is anything there we still need though, never heard anything about Flying Ball and I'm never spoken to Frank. Maybe you can get the ball rolling on those.