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 Post subject: Looking for info about old japanese cyberscifi game MARINA
PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:32 pm 


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A friend of mine didn't manage to get it from auctions, but still looking for ANY INFO, preferrably video or screenshots even.
Japanese 1994's PC game called MARINA.

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I recently came across a strange game that is similar in description to (game) Serial Experiments Lain.
It is called "MARINA".
The bottom line is something like this: one fine day, the main character meets a girl on the Internet named Marina, who exists only on the Internet. The fact is that due to some incident with the experimental equipment, Marina's consciousness separated from her body - and was locked inside the network.
As far as I understand, during the game we read Marina's diaries and try to help her by hacking different levels of protection in some system on the computer.
I didn't manage to win (at the auction) the disc, but can anyone find maybe an image? Well, or at least a video or screenshots from the game (I could only find a text description in Japanese).


Publisher: グラフィティジャパン (Garfiti Japan)
Artist: ヒキタクニオ (Kunio Hikita)

There is also a REVIEW found, or i would say "review"... Judging by it, it is NOT just some hentai, but something more interesting.

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MARINA is an 18-year-old girl with long hair that is rich in ink, with clear white skin and rose-red lips. The big eyes are big and the long eyelashes are impressive and very beautiful. However….

<Warning>
 If you want to see MARINA's nakedness and sex scenes, or if you want to enjoy it like a so-called AV, don't buy this title.

 Well, to be honest, I can't judge at the moment whether this is really naughty.
 The reason why it is designated as X is that a little bit of male and female Karami (not MARINA) is inserted like a collage?
 Or isn't it for youth because it's a story of a crack-loving hacker who forges identity cards, scams cards, breaks into corporate computers, leaks data, and tampers with files?
 Perhaps it may be a strategy that if a girl is the main character, it will sell better if it is released as an adult.
 Well, I'll explain the story anyway.

 Suddenly someone accesses your computer network as a player. For some reason, a girl appears on the monitor. Her name is MARINA. It seems that only your voice has reached her, but she enjoys talking with MARINA, who talks over the monitor, whether she was bored by herself in a white, empty room. However, her appearance is strange. The condition of the computer. Mostly why are you there?
 MARINA says that when she was playing with a medical system built by her brother to connect and operate brain waves and a computer, only the conscious body was accidentally trapped inside the computer. .. Is the occasional noise mixed in because the system is malfunctioning? And "my brother was killed," says MARINA.
 MARINA longs for you like an "older brother". And you promise to "get it out of there" without knowing why. There appears a person who prevents you from copulating MARINA. After a warning of "Watasanai", a system trap obstruction, and a persuasion by the man who calls himself "Cloud Ten", communication with MARINA was cut off and you were left as a fragment on the network. Read the diary.
 "Onii-chan" was actually a hacker. And MARINA ... However, you don't know if what is written in your diary is true. The only way to know that is to jack in to "CL10" as "Onii-chan" did. Can you really give out MARINA? Who is MARINA in "Cloud Ten"? You start removing the plethora of security one by one ...

 Hmm, it was long. But it doesn't end there. I still don't know what the identity of "Onii-chan" is, whether it is possible to remove all security and confront "Cloud Ten" who is the main body of "CL10". Because ... I just can't solve the security number (crying). I'm stuck here, so I can't really guarantee that MARINA will not come off in the future. I'm sorry.
 However, as you can see from the story, the well-developed development is very interesting. It's not a novel story, but it's a computer screen, so you can get into the game smoothly. Along with alerts similar to the system, dialog boxes (warning windows) are displayed, and tricks that make you surprised are also effective, and the coding work in the second half makes you feel like a hacker.

 Anyway, Hitomi Nikaido, who plays the role of MARINA (a name that seems to be heard or not) is very beautiful. It's a beautiful girl who thinks that this alone is something you can see. And I think that the director Hikita's love for her will be transmitted to her. Isn't it a movie in which the director uses his lover as the leading actress, which is always filmed at the university's Eiken? A work that is low-budget, shot in the inner circle, sometimes antisocial, or SF. That's exactly what the atmosphere is.
 Perhaps the director, Mr. Kunio Hikita, created the CD-ROM for the first time because he seems to be a graphic person and how to get excited! That's crazy. I was interesting with its shiroto-ness (excuse me!) And enthusiasm, but there are some difficulties in authoring, such as a screen design with a B-class feeling, slow click response, and slow loading. So, well, there may be likes and dislikes.
 Well, even though it's not erotic, I personally want to strongly recommend it. How regrettable it was to write a manuscript without being able to clear it ...
(Megumi Yoshida)
(MediaDirect CD-ROM MAGAZINE 1995.09)
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 Post subject: Re: Looking for info about old japanese cyberscifi game MARI
PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 12:26 am 


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I've never heard of this game so I can't help you there, but I can tell you the images aren't showing up for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for info about old japanese cyberscifi game MARI
PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 6:29 am 


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Yeah those images don't work even if I go to them directly, because they're from some forum.

From some brief looking, Graffiti Japan appears to be an AV label, so I'm pretty sure this is literally just porn and not something much more interesting.
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 Post subject: Re: Looking for info about old japanese cyberscifi game MARI
PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 7:09 am 


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qmish wrote:
There is also a REVIEW found, or i would say "review"... Judging by it, it is NOT just some hentai, but something more interesting.

Spoiler: show
Quote:
MARINA is an 18-year-old girl with long hair that is rich in ink, with clear white skin and rose-red lips. The big eyes are big and the long eyelashes are impressive and very beautiful. However….

<Warning>
 If you want to see MARINA's nakedness and sex scenes, or if you want to enjoy it like a so-called AV, don't buy this title.

 Well, to be honest, I can't judge at the moment whether this is really naughty.
 The reason why it is designated as X is that a little bit of male and female Karami (not MARINA) is inserted like a collage?
 Or isn't it for youth because it's a story of a crack-loving hacker who forges identity cards, scams cards, breaks into corporate computers, leaks data, and tampers with files?
 Perhaps it may be a strategy that if a girl is the main character, it will sell better if it is released as an adult.
 Well, I'll explain the story anyway.

 Suddenly someone accesses your computer network as a player. For some reason, a girl appears on the monitor. Her name is MARINA. It seems that only your voice has reached her, but she enjoys talking with MARINA, who talks over the monitor, whether she was bored by herself in a white, empty room. However, her appearance is strange. The condition of the computer. Mostly why are you there?
 MARINA says that when she was playing with a medical system built by her brother to connect and operate brain waves and a computer, only the conscious body was accidentally trapped inside the computer. .. Is the occasional noise mixed in because the system is malfunctioning? And "my brother was killed," says MARINA.
 MARINA longs for you like an "older brother". And you promise to "get it out of there" without knowing why. There appears a person who prevents you from copulating MARINA. After a warning of "Watasanai", a system trap obstruction, and a persuasion by the man who calls himself "Cloud Ten", communication with MARINA was cut off and you were left as a fragment on the network. Read the diary.
 "Onii-chan" was actually a hacker. And MARINA ... However, you don't know if what is written in your diary is true. The only way to know that is to jack in to "CL10" as "Onii-chan" did. Can you really give out MARINA? Who is MARINA in "Cloud Ten"? You start removing the plethora of security one by one ...

 Hmm, it was long. But it doesn't end there. I still don't know what the identity of "Onii-chan" is, whether it is possible to remove all security and confront "Cloud Ten" who is the main body of "CL10". Because ... I just can't solve the security number (crying). I'm stuck here, so I can't really guarantee that MARINA will not come off in the future. I'm sorry.
 However, as you can see from the story, the well-developed development is very interesting. It's not a novel story, but it's a computer screen, so you can get into the game smoothly. Along with alerts similar to the system, dialog boxes (warning windows) are displayed, and tricks that make you surprised are also effective, and the coding work in the second half makes you feel like a hacker.

 Anyway, Hitomi Nikaido, who plays the role of MARINA (a name that seems to be heard or not) is very beautiful. It's a beautiful girl who thinks that this alone is something you can see. And I think that the director Hikita's love for her will be transmitted to her. Isn't it a movie in which the director uses his lover as the leading actress, which is always filmed at the university's Eiken? A work that is low-budget, shot in the inner circle, sometimes antisocial, or SF. That's exactly what the atmosphere is.
 Perhaps the director, Mr. Kunio Hikita, created the CD-ROM for the first time because he seems to be a graphic person and how to get excited! That's crazy. I was interesting with its shiroto-ness (excuse me!) And enthusiasm, but there are some difficulties in authoring, such as a screen design with a B-class feeling, slow click response, and slow loading. So, well, there may be likes and dislikes.
 Well, even though it's not erotic, I personally want to strongly recommend it. How regrettable it was to write a manuscript without being able to clear it ...
(Megumi Yoshida)
(MediaDirect CD-ROM MAGAZINE 1995.09)


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Well, even though it's not erotic, I personally want to strongly recommend it. How regrettable it was to write a manuscript without being able to clear it ...
(Megumi Yoshida)
(MediaDirect CD-ROM MAGAZINE 1995.09)


Megumi-chan, y'all JP gamers are the real MFN deal - our Gaijin schweinhunds and scheissevogels wouldn't know a clear if it bit them on their fat lazy asses. Respect. Image
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 Post subject: Re: Looking for info about old japanese cyberscifi game MARI
PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 8:39 am 


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I can tell you the images are showing up for me.

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Yeah those images don't work even if I go to them directly, because they're from some forum.


Thanks, reuploaded.

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From some brief looking, Graffiti Japan appears to be an AV label, so I'm pretty sure this is literally just porn and not something much more interesting.


Oh, who knows... My friend just has theory that this "Marina" could somehow influence Lain's authors :lol:
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 5:11 pm 


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Spent some time on this because this is my sorta fun mystery. Definitely checks out as just being an interactive porn game. Can't find any screenshots, but I've played stuff like this and am a huge JAV nut. The plot, while it sounds rad like a lost sci-fi game or such, screams JAV, lol. Hitomi Nikaido was also an AV actress from around the time, and as trap mentioned, Graffiti Japan is an AV company, so it only makes sense, and why none of this is documented outside of that magazine review and Kunio Hikita's wikipedia credits. I'm not sealing away the mystery since I don't have proof, but it definitely seems that way.
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I recently came across a strange game that is similar in description to (game) Serial Experiments Lain.
It is called "MARINA".
The bottom line is something like this: one fine day, the main character meets a girl on the Internet named Marina, who exists only on the Internet. The fact is that due to some incident with the experimental equipment, Marina's consciousness separated from her body - and was locked inside the network.
As far as I understand, during the game we read Marina's diaries and try to help her by hacking different levels of protection in some system on the computer.

Quote:
 Suddenly someone accesses your computer network as a player. For some reason, a girl appears on the monitor. Her name is MARINA. It seems that only your voice has reached her, but she enjoys talking with MARINA, who talks over the monitor, whether she was bored by herself in a white, empty room. However, her appearance is strange. The condition of the computer. Mostly why are you there?
 MARINA says that when she was playing with a medical system built by her brother to connect and operate brain waves and a computer, only the conscious body was accidentally trapped inside the computer. .. Is the occasional noise mixed in because the system is malfunctioning? And "my brother was killed," says MARINA.
 MARINA longs for you like an "older brother". And you promise to "get it out of there" without knowing why.

It's been a while since I watched Lain, but that... doesn't sound all that similar to the anime. Lain was the POV character who gets into hacking and starts losing her grip on reality after everyone in her class gets an email from a student who had committed suicide (which wouldn't actually be all mysterious now, in modern clients you can schedule emails to auto-send ahead of time). "There's a girl in your computer who adores you and only YOU can help her get a flesh & blood body!" sounds a lot more porn-y.

I guess the Lain PS1 game did things differently. In any case, searches for it need a literal trigger warning:

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Graffiti Japan appears to be an AV label

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Graffiti Japan is an AV company


Are we sure, though?

I was told this supposition:

- Marina was released by "GraFITI Japan" in 1994-1995 and it could be their only release, or at least first (cause marked as FCD-001)
- Known JAV label is "GraPHiTY Japan" and has hundreds of realeses between 2005 and 2021.

Looks like two different companies, one of which made a game and disappeared and other is alive but has different though similar branding name.
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I guess the Lain PS1 game did things differently. In any case, searches for it need a literal trigger warning:

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qmish wrote:
Looks like two different companies, one of which made a game and disappeared and other is alive but has different though similar branding name.


Japanese companies that use English frequently mess stuff like this up it seems. Look at the pics you posted even. They go by both Grafiti Japan on the CD AND Grafity Japan on the insert, haha.

The fact that it has an actual AV star as the actress in the game just sorta implies it to me. And they don't mention voicing a character or anything, simply that this person is the character.
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Yeah, but they never spelled "PH"

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