Some of you may know GPara, a "DVD-magazine" sold in Japan in the year 2000. Only 7 or so volumes have been released to my knowledge, and I happen to own 2 of them (I wish I had the full set - these discs are pure gold) for quite a while.
The DVD's feature video footage of all upcoming games as well as trailers to games. As far as I know, GPara was a pioneer in publishing DVD's with gameplay videos. I don't know if this has been done before with video CD's (except for Purepure, Mogitate, DC Express), but it's definitely a first with the DVD medium since GPara came out the same time the PS2 came out in Japan (April 2000).
The first DVD (Vol. 1, April 2000) features a long report about the Tokyo Game Show 2000 (Spring show)! Some things shown in the report:
- Dreamcast booth
- SNK booth before it became Playmore
- Biohazard 0 demo displays (N64-Version!)
Link "TGS 2000 Report":
There's also a super brilliant video of the Famicom Shop Clubhouse located in Tokyo. The clubhouse still exists (and is also a seller on Yahoo), but this video is even better because it's been shot 12 years ago when they probably had even more stuff
They have a house full of new hardware, Famicom games, rare items like brand new Wagan Land merchandise or an entire box full of new Hypershot Guns. And they show a container full of awesome stuff such as unopened shipping boxes of 1984 Famicom Guns (20 pcs!). This is premature ejaculation land for Famicom fans.
Link "Famicom Shop Clubhouse":
I also uploaded a nice Gradius history video. It's really well made, but of course it ends in the year 2000 and therefore is missing some games.
Link "Gradius History Feature":
The last video (from Vol. 4, Aug 2000) is a small gem I think... it's about some baseball fan who collects Moero Pro Yakyuu cartridges for the Famicom. He owns over 2500 of them just for the LOLz
Please take note of when they show his webpage in the video... like how he's bathing in them naked... LOL.... videos like this, that's just the best thing you can find. It's just... the reason why I love this hobby so much! HAHAHAH!
Link "MoePro Getter" Video:
Ah yeah, and this is also my new youtube channel. My aim is to upload as many superplays as possible to have a comprehensive collection, united on a single youtube channel. This is only the beginning (I have over 1000 on my harddrive, all CAVE/Raizing/Konami/Psikyo games, tons of MD and PCE shmups, too!), so if you like shmup superplays, you may subscribe