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Merry Christmas
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 25 December 2003 at 10:20

I just want to wish everyone visiting today a Merry Christmas, along with what you wished for. For those who don't celebrate Christmas, well, have a nice day!

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Mega Man Mania announced
Original Series, by Dr. Cossack on 12 December 2003 at 19:19

Many people were excited at the previous announcement of Mega Man Collection, the set with Mega Man 1 to 8 and the two arcade titles. Not to leave any games forgotten, Capcom of America recently announced Mega Man Mania, a single GameBoy Advance cart holding all five original GameBoy titles, Mega Man I to V! The information page on Capcom's site is light on details, but from the screenshots, it appears that color has been added to all games. They used to be black & white only, due to the limitations of the first generation GameBoy. This cart is scheduled for a release on the March 23, 2003 in North America.

Thanks to the Mega Man Network for the news!

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Christmas design
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 7 December 2003 at 19:45

As you should have noticed by now, I've switched to a special website look for the holidays. This will stay up for the length of the holidays, to go back to the regular blue look soon after. Happy holidays!

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Links section fixed
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 4 December 2003 at 20:47

Somehow, the links section hasn't been working for a while. I don't know for how long it was broken, but it probably was for several days, if not weeks. No wonder why no one was submitting any links to add to the directory... As I said a while back, if you want to see a site added to the directory, simply sumbit it yourself! It's fast and easy to do so. You can also send several links if you want to. Help create an helpful list of Mega Man websites available!

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Fanart update once again!
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 4 December 2003 at 20:34

The latest FanArt update is made of 10 pictures coming from four different submitters. As usual, the latest pictures can be seen right here.

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Holiday bundles available
Gaming, by Dr. Cossack on 19 November 2003 at 21:03

Capcom recently added on their website this page, offering several bundles available for this Christmas only. Three of these bundles are about the Blue Bomber, each being a great way to get into a series you haven't tried before:

  • Mega Man X Holiday Bundle: contains Mega Man X4, X5 and X6 for the PSX, X7 for the PS2, and a t-shirt small format.
  • Mega Man Zero Holiday Bundle: contains Mega Man Zero, Zero 2 and Mega Man & Bass for the GBA, as well as a t-shirt small format.
  • Mega Man Battle Network Holiday Bundle: contains Mega Man Battle Network 1, 2 and 3 White for the GBA, with a t-shirt small format.

As far as I know, these packs will only be available through Capcom's online store. The prices are lower than it would cost for each item bought separately, and you get the t-shirt as a bonus. Also, shipping to the US is free for all of these! Act now to be sure it's delivered in time for the holidays.

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Links section: back online!
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 11 November 2003 at 21:50

One of the last few missing sections has finally made a comback: the links section is now available for your browsing pleasure! This new version of the section has been automated, so maintaining it will be much easier than before. Right now, only a few links are available: that's before I'm counting on YOUR help to complete this listing! It's now possible for you to submit your own links, so we can have a complete directory of Mega Man websites available. You can submit either your own site or any other one you know of, so feel free to help! I might add new categories over time if needed. Updates to the links page will be done gradually whenever I receive links, and won't be announced in news posts.

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New FanArt update
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 6 November 2003 at 22:03

The FanArt archive has been updated once again, this time with 10 new pictures from various artists. Be sure to drop by if you're interested! Link to the new pictures.

UPDATE November 10, 2003: Another picture by NiteCrawlr2 has been added. You can find it under the name "Chemical Man".

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Message board fixed
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 30 October 2003 at 21:50

The message board has been fixed, and shouldn't have any more issues for the time being. That was the last of the problems caused by the downtime experienced earlier this week. Expect more updates soon!

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Boo! Halloween design!
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 20 October 2003 at 19:20

As you should have noticed by now, the site took an orange glow. That temporary design is up only for the days before Halloween, and the normal blue tones will return on November 1st. Until then... don't be too scared, the ghosts are lurking! >:-)

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New chatroom available!
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 10 October 2003 at 23:21

The older Bravenet chatroom was easy of use perhaps, but full of problems (more and more ads, can't copy & paste, etc.) In order to get rid of these, I just made a new chatroom available, replacing the old one which will be deleted. This new chat is now available through both a Java applet (similar to the former room), and through an IRC channel. That way, you can join using your favorite mean of communication! You can find all the details to connect on the chat information page.

I would like to give a special thanks to ProtoStar who helped me in finding an alternative to the Bravenet Chat.

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FanArt attack!
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 29 September 2003 at 21:39

In what could be the largest update to the FanArt section yet, there are 32 new pictures available tonight! 13 are by newcomer ACE_Spark; 18 by anitalon, another newcomer; and one new picture by PhungDinhDzung. If you enjoy FanArt, be sure to look at all the new pictures!

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New game announced
X Series, by Dr. Cossack on 25 September 2003 at 20:42

It looks like Capcom will keep announcing new Mega Man games for a while: today, GameSpot reports that a new X game is on it's way. Mega Man X Command Mission appears to be an RPG, with separate interfaces for moving/talking and battle, like so many other games of this type. The graphics appear to be very similar to X7, and this time arounnd, the game is going to come out for both the Sony Playstation 2 and the Nintendo GameCube. There's not a lot known about that new title yet, and we'll see over time how it will play exactly.

Thanks to RockmanRotties from the message board for the news!

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Release dates now accurate
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 13 September 2003 at 18:36

After leaving the release dates unattended for several months, I've entered the latest information today. Now, everything should be accurate, but since those dates can change quickly, keep in mind that delays are possible. I've made it easier for me to update the information, so I'll be keeping a close look on future announcements from Capcom to keep the information accurate.

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Mega Man Anniversary Collection
Original Series, by Dr. Cossack on 12 September 2003 at 21:11

I haven't done much news reports about the game releases lately, but this one is worth your attention: Capcom announced today the Mega Man Anniversary Collection. It looks like the wishes of many fans toward the 15th Anniversary of the blue bomber have been answered. This compilation, which will be available for both Nintendo GameCube and Sony Playstation 2, will feature Mega Man 1 to 8 (from the NES, SNES and PSX) and both Mega Man: Power Battles and Power Fighters (the two rare arcade games)!! There will be unlockable bonuses as well, such as anime sequences, interviews, history and more. You can read the original press release here.

Here's the best point of this big story: this upcoming release has been announced by Capcom of USA, and will be available in North America in February 2004! Rejoice people!

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FanArt update and extra info
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 7 September 2003 at 14:44

The FanArt archive has been updated with one new picture by Chicoboltsi. Take a look, it's an interesting composition.

Other site updates should be done in the next following days. With the bandwidth problems stabilised, I'll be able concentrate on doing actual work on the site.

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Sections back online
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 1 September 2003 at 14:59

Now that August is over, I've reopened the sections that were on hold. That means that the message board, oekaki board and music section are all available once again.

To prevent further bandwidth problems, I'll be blocking bandwidth leechers from linking directly to key directories. Regular visitors shouldn't notice anything, as this will only affect those who link directly to files located on this site.

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Bandwidth issues... they're back.
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 14 August 2003 at 20:18

Due to some technical difficulties, the message board and oekaki board will both be down until the beginning of next month. Unfortunately, this website is almost out of bandwidth already, even though half the month isn't even done. I don't know exactly yet what used so much bandwidth, and I'll run tests next month to find the source and get fix this issue.

The website itself will probably fall in a few days. I took both boards down to give it a chance to last a bit longer. This time around, I'll NOT pay for extra bandwidth, so everything will be down until September 1st. During that time, my e-mail account should still work as usual, so I'll still be reachable.

See you next month.

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"Link to me" errors fixed
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 29 July 2003 at 22:30

The Link to me section has a banner and button available to link to this site, along with code to copy & paste to make the job easier. However, as a kind visitor pointed out to me, the code wasn't correct, thus causing the link pictures not to show up. I fixed the issue, so if you tried to use the page information and it didn't work, feel free to try again!

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FanArt update
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 26 July 2003 at 14:32

The FanArt archive has been updated once again! This time, we have 2 pictures by newcomer Caliweed, and 1 new picture from established submitter SpringMan. As usual, there's a link available to view the new pictures only.

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MMNT maps updated
Battle Network Series, by Dr. Cossack on 7 July 2003 at 20:11

The Mega Man Network Transmission maps have been updated to have the latest information of the North American release. Note that all filenames changed, so if you had a link directly to a map, it was changed. The maps still aren't ordered by categories, since I haven't played the game yet.

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FanArt update
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 2 July 2003 at 20:42

The FanArt archive has been updated with 5 new pictures, submitted by 4 artists. As it is the case now, to quickly find which pictures were added, you can use the Recent pictures only link available on the FanArt archive section.

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MMNT maps available!
Battle Network Series, by Dr. Cossack on 19 June 2003 at 19:27

I almost forgot about these! Mega Man Network Transmission, for the Nintendo GameCube, was released yesterday in North America. While this game is a platformer (unlike the previous RPG titles), I've heard it was quite challenging, with many hidden spots everywhere. But fear not! MegaBoy has created a set of maps for this game, just like the ones he did for the first three MMBN titles. Those were popular enough to deserve a set for the GameCube spin-off title, so here they are! These maps were created according to the Japanese release of the game, and will be updated when MegaBoy gets through the English version. See the maps here!

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FanArt archive: back online!
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 9 June 2003 at 21:33

After much coding, I'm happy to reopen the FanArt archive! It has been totally recoded, and should be much nicer to view and use from now on. I still have to fix some minor details in the next few days, but hopefully you shouldn't notice anything.

Be sure to give it a look! If you want to see only the newly added or updated pictures, simply follow this link. If you wish to contribute a picture to the archive, be sure to read the guidelines, then send it to me and I'll add it. A few pictures were lost in the recent crash, and you can also resubmit those if you wish to.

Updates will be done on a regular basis, whenever I have a few pictures to update. The new system makes it really easy for me to update the archive, so it shouldn't go unattended for months anymore. ;-)

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MegaCards: fixed
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 24 May 2003 at 11:52

The MegaCards section had been broken ever since the site crash. I've now fixed it, so feel free to start sending cards to your friends once again!

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News system online
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 21 May 2003 at 19:35

*checks* As I announced 4 days ago, I've just recoded a new system allowing me to post news. This one will be a lot less server intensive than the previous one, and won't cause any server instability. This system will have some tweaking and additions in the following days, but it's now stable enough to be live.

From now on, I'll be able to report more information since I can post from anywhere. More is coming!

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Finally... back to work.
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 16 May 2003 at 23:00

Yes, I know it's been over a month and a half since last update. Yes, I know I was supposed to report back sooner than that. Yes, I've got a nice e-mail backlog. Let's skip all of this, because:

College is over! Not over as in: "going back in August", but over as "over and done with". I've completed my College studies this week, so I'm now out of school. That means that I'll finally be able to spend my evenings and weekends on doing whatever I want instead of working on a paper, or something like that. Woohoo! ^_^

Now, time to get on business. What does this means for the site? Well, there are quite a few things I need to get done:

  • Recode a news system: I removed the older one, and manual updating is sooo annoying.
  • Check that everything works: I didn't had time to check that all sections were uploaded after the Second Crash, so I'll give it a look.
  • Rebuilt the FanArt archive: The whole structure blew up in the crash, so I'll have to rebuild the archive. The older system had some flaws in the coding, so I'll remake it from scratch.
  • Resume Rockboard translation: *gasps are heard* Nope, the project isn't dead! I had to put it on hold due to school, but I'll resume work this summer
  • A lot of other stuff: there's so much I want to do ;-)

As soon as I get the news system up and running, updates should be more frequent. I'll also go though my e-mails in the next following days to clear the backlog. I won't say to everyone "sorry for the delay", so there ;-) Stay tuned!

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April's Fools
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 1 April 2003 at 4:45

I would like to remind everyone that today is April's Fools Day. As such, everyone should be very careful about what "announcements" are made today. No, Capcom won't announce Mega Man Battle Network 3 Grey, Pink and Rainbow to be released tomorrow. Nintendo isn't going to leave the video gaming business to sell chewing gum, and Capcom won't release a new 1024 bits console next week.

My advice is to overlook any news item from today, and check tomorrow instead, to see if the news are still up. Even news titled as "true and confirmed" should be looked at twice if posted today (April 1st). Don't start e-mailing me news item today, as I won't believe any of it.

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Oekaki board back online
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 27 March 2003 at 20:40

Now that the server has proven itself to be stable, and that I'm done with some other stuff, the oekaki board has been brought back online. More information about that is available in the announcements of the board.

Also, most sections of the site are now back online. Some more minor stuff left and right is still broken, but the hardest part is done. Within a week or two, all should be fine.

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The explanations
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 11 March 2003 at 15:45

*pokes server* Seems to hold itself together... This site has been up and down for the last two weeks, and you might wonder what the heck happened. If that's the case, then keep on reading. If not, then you can just move on. However, don't start e-mailing me if you haven't read this post.

Here's a recap of everything that happened since last month. This should help you understand what went wrong.

February 21: My host runs a regular check on their servers. A SMART check for the hard drive says that it is in imminent failure (an estimated life of 33 days is given). They begin to prepare a server move before everything crashes.
February 23: The MySQL issues begin here, to last for about a week. This causes the message board, the oekaki and the news system (among others) to go down with either a "cannot connect" or "too many connections" error message.
March 2: After some failed attemps to lower MySQL usage (like removing the news script), my host decides to suspend my site due to overusage.
March 4: After two days of discussion, I manage to have them bring back online.
March 5: In order to avoid a crash, the server goes down to get it's hard drive change. In the process, my host restores a previous data backup. Since my site was suspended during that time, it gets suspended again (since it was restored from backup).
March 8: After some e-mail exchanges, I get my host to understand the above issue due to backup restoration. My site gets unsuspended.
March 9: It appears that the hardware problems weren't limited to the hard drive: they affect the whole server. My host then starts an emergency plan to move all sites to a different server. The server stats crashing every few hours due to those problems.
March 10: During the night, my host proceeds to move all sites (including this one, of course). However, the server fails completely, thus resulting in a DATA CRASH. 95% of the files on this site are lost.
March 11: I begin to restore the content of It will take several days, if not a few weeks to get everything back on. Unlike last year though, I have near-complete backups (yes, I have all of the oekaki pictures), so the global downtime should be minimal.

Due to all of this, most sections are dead, and need fixing. Please don't start sending me e-mails asking "when is this section gonna be back online?", because I don't know! Also, there has been a period last week where e-mails couldn't get on the server. If you sent me an e-mail AND it bounced back, please send it again.

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Account suspended take 2
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 8 March 2003 at 20:30

It appears that some more problems happened... The site has been down for about the whole week. After I posted the previous news item, my host ran into some problems on a server upgrade. Therefore, they reverted to a previous backup. However, said backup was done while my site was suspended. Therefore, I got suspended once again! It took me a few days of communications to make them understand that, but we're now back online! The harddrive has been changed too, so that shouldn't be an issue anymore. Hopefully, this will be the end of all those problems.

Some minor problems are still showing up left and right since we've resumed from that older backup. I'll fix those issues over the rest of the weekend. Thank you for your patience!

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Account suspended
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 3 March 2003 at 19:00

You most probably noticed the "account suspended" message which plagued this website for over 24 hours. This wasn't caused by me not paying bills: I pay those as soon as I recieve them. That error was a follow-up of the several MySQL error messages (like the "Too many connections" one) which showed up for the last week: some script on my site went crazy, and kept crashing the database server. As a result, after a while, my host suspended my account. I had to contact them in order to gain back access. I still don't know for sure which script went crazy, but at least the main site is back online.

To prevent further MySQL problems, I've removed the news script powering up this page (I'm back on manual updating), and the oekaki board is down (it WILL come back). The message board is still running, though. I'll post more information as I get it.

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Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 26 February 2003 at 21:38

Thanks to the contribution from MegaBoy, I now have the maps for Mega Man Battle Network 2 and 3 available! The maps for MMBN2 are late, I admit, but I'm sure they'll still be useful to some people. As for the MMBN3 ones, they are currently based on the Japanese version of the game (of course, since the English version isn't out yet). These will be updated when the local names are available. To find those, simply click on the logo for the MMBN section above. This will lead you to a page to choose the game you're interested in.

Of course, keep in mind that those maps are full of spoilers. You might want to be careful about what you look for... Happy gaming!

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Possible site downtime
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 21 February 2003 at 11:42

I swear I'm not responsible for that one! My host ran a regular check on the server, and they noticed that the hard drive *might* be on the verge of crashing. To prevent that, they are going to put the server offline for several hours so they can do a full check, and possibly replace the hard drive. During that time, the site won't be accessible at all. This is supposed to happen this night (between Friday and Saturday).

Yes, I have backups of pretty much everything done here. Don't worry about a possible crash, as it wouldn't affect this site much.

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Nothing much new
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 10 February 2003 at 8:33

Lately, I haven't had much free time, therefore updates have been limited. In the upcoming week, I'm going to update the Release Dates with the latest available dates, as well as doing some other tasks around the site.

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Link to me: back online!
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 14 January 2003 at 0:00

I'm keeping up the speed until school restarts! I've put back online the link to me section, where you can find link buttons and banners if you wish to link to this site. So far, only 1 banner and 1 button are available, but I'll be adding more in the future.

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MegaCards: back online!
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 10 January 2003 at 15:38

I bet you didn't saw that one coming, eh? ;-) I'm proud to say that the MegaCards mini-site is back online! I spent a while recoding the whole thing, to remove any possible bugs and add some minor features.

Now, if you weren't here last March, you might be asking yourself: "What is a MegaCard?". Here is the description from the mini-site: "The MegaCards central is a system allowing you to send an electronic greeting card to someone of your choice. You choose a picture, some colors, enter a text, and send it. The receipent receives an e-mail telling him/her to get his card, by giving him/her a card ID to claim the card.". Feel free to take a look!

Also, if you weren't coming to this site before March 2002, you might be asking yourself why it wasn't available until now. The problem is that the computer hosting my host crashed 10 months ago, so I have to rebuild parts of the site one by one. Thank you for your patience!

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Site status
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 9 January 2003 at 1:17

While the updates might seem rather slow right now, I'm in fact doing quite some work in the background. Stay tuned, you'll soon see a proof of that! It might even be closer than you think...

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Some MP3s to go down
Site news, by Dr. Cossack on 3 January 2003 at 0:18

In an attempt to save some precious webspace and bandwidth, I'll remove in 48 hours the Japanese files from the MP3 archive. That means that, from now on, you have two days to go and download the musics you want. The full Rockman 6 PSX soundtrack, as well as the other files will stay online, and I've no plans to remove them soon.

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