Something about the releasenames

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Before some oldschoolers find this blog and start to flame me like mad for the releasenames i am posting here, let me clarify something. All these dirnames for the releases are totally made up by me! The reason for this is simple. Releases weren't uploaded to BBS systems each in his own directory like today, instead you'd just put the files into the appropriate section (e.g. snes/gb/genesis etc). The BBS software then used information stored into the file_id.diz file (so that's what it actually was good for!), that had to be included with every release, to create a list with all releases in each section. These lists had all the filenames and their appropriate description, so you could see what each file was, or find out what file contains the game that you are searching for. I still decide to post those old releases in the way they'd be released in the scene today for (a) better readability and (b) to remind you that i am still posting true scene releases for each day and not just info about some random games (hence the scene-like dirnames instead of just the name of the game).

For those interested, here's how a dirlist looked like back then:
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INC-ROC2.LZH P 732154 Â08-07-94 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â __ Â Â Â Â Â Â __
                 ______  Â/\  Â____| Â|____ Â__ _ | Â|__
                Â/. __ Â\ Â//\\ Â/. __|. | . / |. | \||/. Â\
                // / // / //  \// / Â|| // / Â|| |  // /\/
                \\ \_\\ \// /\\ \\ \__|| \\ \ Â|| |  \\ \__
                Â\____\\  /_____\____|__|\__\ |__|_|\_\___/
                   Â\\ /  Â
                    \/
                ÂF1 Roc 2 From Seta [8MB/SMC/DSP2] USA FiNAL
PDX-BFTD.LHA P1701777 Â08-13-94 Â_\______ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
                 \____ \___ Â_____ Â_________ Â______ Â___ 
                 Â/ Â/ / _ \| __ Â\/ _ \___ Â\/ . \_ \/ _/ 
                Â_/ ___/ Â. Â\ Â/ Â/ Â. Â\ Â\ Â\ | Â\\/ /  
                Â\ Â/ Â\__|__/__\ Â\__|__/_____/____// /\_ Â
                 \/=============\_/=========Presents\/\_/==
                Battefield Tokyo Dome     Â20MB/SMC/SNES
FU-POWER.LHA P1512241 Â09-16-94 Â Â Â ______________/\__________________/\___
                eNf__\ Â______/  /  Â/    Â/   /  Â/
                 Â/  Â____/  Â/  Â/  Â/___/_    __/ 
                 //   / /.  /  Â//  /   /. Â/  Â\_ 
                _/______/ Â\________/\_________/___/\_____/_
                -*----------------------------------------*-
                    ÂPower Instinct from Atlus!     
                -*-( Snes/Swc/20Mbit )--------------------*-
KIRBY.LHA Â ÂP 714403 Â09-22-94 Â Â Â Â Â.__.__.__. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â.__.
                :_._____| Â|__| Â|_____._____.__| Â|_____._:
                | | Â. Â| Â| Â| Â_/ . Â| Â. Â| Â. Â| Â. Â| |
                | | Â| Â| Â| Â| Â| Â| Â| Â| Â| Â| Â| Â| Â| |
                | | Â___| Â|_ | Â| Â___| Â| Â| ¦ Â| ¦ Â| |
                |_l_____l___/_l__l_____l__| Âl_____l_____|_|
                :----» We are back : «----l__|----------aBn:
                 ÂkIRBYS BOWLINg [SNES/SMC/10MB/JAP]
QSEND15.LZH ÂN 175136 Â10-13-94 ÂLION PRESENTS: QUICK SEND 1.5 Â(PC). 
                New in this version : more sort-options  
                added (Name,Extension,Date,Size).      
                Now also supporting more than 1000 files in 
                the file-selection list etc.
QSEND20.LZH ÂN 188573 Â10-17-94 ÂLION PRESENTS: QUICK SEND 2.0 Â(PC). 
                New : - Changing sortorder via popup-menu. Â
                   - Crack for su 2.1 in code included.
                   - More manufactories code added.
                   - Jump to dos added.
PDY-MAGI.LZH P 314062 Â10-19-94 Â________________________ Â/\ Â__________ __.
                \ Â__ Â\ __ Â\ Â_ \___ Â\/ Â\/  _  / Â| Â|
                M\/_/ Â/ _/ Â/ Â| Â| Â\ Â\__/ Â__|__/  | Â|
                b/ \__/ Â\  \_ | Â| _/  \ | Â\_ Â_\___  |
                /____|  |\___/____|_\____/ |___/ Â\_______|
                *--/_____|----PRESENTS--|___|--/____|------*
                  ÂMAGIC BOY FINAL Â(c) by JVC! 
                -( 4 mb/Smc )--------------------( Snes! )--
SNK-MD95.LZH P 748975 Â11-05-94 Â!eNf_______________________ Â________/\_____
                 __\  _______/_   _  Â\__\   /   Â/
                 /_______   Â/   /   /     Â___/
                Â/.   Â/   //  Â/   //   /   \_
                /_____________/____ /_____/______/\______/
                ------------------\/----------------------->
                  ÂJohn Madden '95 by Electronic Arts!
                
                       ÂSOCCER SHOOT!        Â
                >   Â_|
                 \______________________________________/
                 |                   Â|
                 |       ÂNBA LIVE '96      Â|
                 |                   Â|
                 `---------------------[SNES/FIG/12]----'
                [------------------------------( gaz p )---]
OS-PM_TR.LZH P Â 2335 Â11-03-95 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â :_____fAZ!
                :_____ _____:""|______.|  Â/__ _____ __.
                | Â. ÂY  / . Â| Â____|!  /. ÂY Â. ÂY Â|__
                | Â! Â! Â/\ ! Â|___ / Â. _/ l Â| Âi Â| Âl Â|
                l_____l____\___i|  \__i Â\____|_____!_____|
                ================l____\=|___\================
                ÂSmall PSEUDO trainer for "Packy & Marlon"
                      ( Unlimited Lives! )
                =[SNES]==================[UNSELECTABLE/IPS]=
                [-------------------( (-fAZ! & tERMi-) )---]
OS-CC10.LZH ÂP Â33825 Â11-03-95 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â . Â Â Â :_____
                :_____ _____:""|______.|  Â/__ _____ __.
                | Â. ÂY  / . Â| Â____|!  /. ÂY Â. ÂY Â|__
                | Â! Â! Â/\ ! Â|___ / Â. _/ l Â| Âi Â| Âl Â|
                l_____l____\___i|  \__i Â\____|_____!_____|
                ================l____\=|___\================
                  * ÂCONSOLE CHARTS FOR OCTOBER '95 Â*
                  * BY: CENTURION,ZIGOR AND FAZWONGA *
                 ( INCLUDING A NEW CONCEPT - RETROSCAN! )
                =[SNES/SEGA/HH]=======================[TXT]=
                [----------------( Zigor / aSGARD )--------]
AS-LFAN2.LZH P1573334 Â11-03-95 Â.------------------------------------------.
                |_   ÂSWAT< *>>   Â_|
                 |~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
                 |  Light Fantasy 2 - (c)Tonkin House Â|
                .-+--------------------------------------+-.
                |   -=> SNES/SMC/JAP/16MBITS/RPG!  SPAWN  * 
                Â-> OR KEEP PLAYING THE JAPAN FINAL HAHA!  [ A&S ] Final (?)
                Why release 1.4 megs when 20 kb are enough?!
                eS hERRSCHT bEIM tRETEN,...  ÂdIE GeWALT!
AS-SIROI.LZH P 774842 Â11-04-95 Â.------------------------------------------.
                |_   ÂSWAT< *>>   Â_|
                 |~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
                 | ÂSiroi Rinngu He - (c) Pony Company Â|
                .-+--------------------------------------+-.
                |   -=> SNES/FIG/JAP/12MBITS/RPG! >   Â_|
                 |~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
                 |   Tenti Muyou - (c) Banpresto   Â|
                .-+--------------------------------------+-.
                |   -=> SNES/FIG/JAP/16MBITS/RPG >   Â_|
                 |~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
                 | ÂUltra Baseball J3 (c) Culture Brain |
                .-+--------------------------------------+-.
                | Â-=> SNES/SMC/JAP/12MBITS/BASEBALL
 

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What's interesting (or not) is that PC scene usually had the disk # and release title in the top row of the file_id.diz, so that the dir listing could be collapsed into just showing the filename and top row and still have the majority of info. Even more advanced BBS software would display the entire file_id.diz for the first file and collapse the description for the following files in the same release.

Console scene was never really into multiple files per release, but instead compressed the entire rom inside a single archive as shown here.
 

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you are totally right about that
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you usually had one big .lzh/lha with the rom already split into 1.44mb diskimages already.
 

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