Official Feedback Issue 85

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Official Feedback Issue 85

Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:05 am

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The Secrets of Mana
An in-depth look at all the games in the franchise

Cheap as Cheaps: Deflektor
The Unconverted
From the Archives: Virgin Games Part 2
The Making of the Pit
Obscura Machina: Tatung Einstein
Import Only: Portopia Renzoku Satsujin Jiken
The Making of Jr Pac-Man
Classic Game: Fiendish Freddy's Big Top o Fun
The Making of Where Time Stood Still
A Moment with John Wilson
In the Chair with Tim Wright
Future Classic: God Hand
The Ultimate Guide: Flashback
The History of Lemmings
The Making of Sonic Spinball

and much, much more
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Re: Official Feedback Issue 85

Post by kelp7 » Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:31 am

pah! SPOILT!

i hope it's waiting for me on my doormat when I get home from work tonight...... i shouldn't have clicked this thread!!!!
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Re: Official Feedback Issue 85

Post by MikeFishcake » Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:42 am

Really looking forward to the Lemmings feature. Plus, Fiendish Freddy's Big Top o' Fun was the first game I ever played when I got my Speccy +3.

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Re: Official Feedback Issue 85

Post by nakamura » Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:44 am

Front cover is amaze...... 8)
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Re: Official Feedback Issue 85

Post by the_hawk » Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:09 am

Brilliant, looks like a fantastic spread of features. Without wanting to be too much of an arsekiss RG really seems to be hitting it's stride at the moment.

As for the cover, brilliant & I've never even played that game.

I'm really looking forward to the Jr Pac Man feature, especially if it's anywhere near as good as the excellent features the original & Ms Pac Man got. :D
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Re: Official Feedback Issue 85

Post by Mayhem » Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:40 am

If you were able to speak to anyone at Square about the franchise then... icing on the cake ;)
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Re: Official Feedback Issue 85

Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:52 am

Mayhem wrote:If you were able to speak to anyone at Square about the franchise then... icing on the cake ;)
Sadly not, it all fell through at the very last moment :(
It's still good though, Ashley wrote it.
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Re: Official Feedback Issue 85

Post by JackBurton-Me » Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:02 pm

Superb, really looking forward to the Flashback and Lemmings pieces. Both much loved by me on the Amiga.

And thanks again for the the festive December issue, it was world class.

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Re: Official Feedback Issue 85

Post by Jeremiah Jones » Wed Jan 05, 2011 1:56 am

Love the cover. Glad I didn't get the Mana cover of Games TM's 100th issue. :D

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Re: Official Feedback Issue 85

Post by Jet Pilot » Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:57 am

Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:
Mayhem wrote:If you were able to speak to anyone at Square about the franchise then... icing on the cake ;)
Sadly not, it all fell through at the very last moment :(
It's still good though, Ashley wrote it.
What the heck is with Japanese developers and their absolute refusal to talk to Retro Gamer about any of their past works?

Capcom? No. Nintendo? No. Square? No.
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Re: Official Feedback Issue 85

Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:50 am

The problem here was one of timing. The answers arrived far too late (the day after the magazine went to print) and were too heavily focused on the new iPhone game. It's not that these developers don't want to talk to us, it's more to do with the fact that you're 'supposed' to go through official channels and official channels don't usually want to waste time promoting old games. Luckily, when you are able to approach an individual directly, they're more than usually happy to discuss their past careers with you. The trick is getting them to talk to you in the first place... This is one reason why we tend to cover newer games, as it makes it more likely to get the interviews on the old stuff.

Luckily though, the amount of fresh, exclusive content remains amazingly high for a magazine, and I'd argue that we're definitely a throwback to the old days of investigative journalism (as opposed to everything being given to you) which also makes me rather proud.
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Re: Official Feedback Issue 85

Post by CraigGrannell » Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:25 pm

the_hawk wrote:I'm really looking forward to the Jr Pac Man feature, especially if it's anywhere near as good as the excellent features the original & Ms Pac Man got. :D
It's shorter (four pages) but by the same writer (i.e. me), and so I hope you'll enjoy it just as much. The focus is slightly different, since it was a different interviewee for the most part, but I think there's still a decent story in there (and quite a few interesting techie bits and bobs).
Jet Pilot wrote:What the heck is with Japanese developers and their absolute refusal to talk to Retro Gamer about any of their past works?
Along with what Darran mentioned (only really interested in talking about new stuff, and conforming to what the PR people say), there's also the question of translation. Some Japanese people won't or cannot deal with English and so that causes quite a few opportunities to pass. (And sometimes even if you're lucky enough to get someone to translate, responses are often quite curt, as I discovered when doing the original Pac-Man piece for the mag.)
Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:I'd argue that we're definitely a throwback to the old days of investigative journalism
Also known as: journalism. And I agree: the sheer amount of first-hand info in Retro Gamer (rather than regurgitating stuff from Wikipedia) is something the mag should be hugely proud of. (Personally, I'm waiting for someone at Imagine to think "OK, we've got enough now" and release a bookazine of classic arcade game making-ofs: the Pac-Man series, Space Invaders, Joust, et al, all with bespoke content and first-hand interviews. Lovely.)
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Re: Official Feedback Issue 85

Post by Mayhem » Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:33 pm

Yeah... sadly... my comment was in the hope that this trend may have been bucked, but sadly not.
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Re: Official Feedback Issue 85

Post by Jet Pilot » Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:21 pm

Thanks Darran & Craig.
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Re: Official Feedback Issue 85

Post by kelp7 » Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:29 am

No sign of this issue yet, isn't it out in the shops today?
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