psj3809 wrote:Think a lot of people were very happy to get hold of issue 1, some people actually liked the 'fanzine' type look/feel of Retro Gamer Mk I so its one of those situations where its hard to please everyone.
I've already got issue 1 from years back so this wasnt really any good for me BUT as i subscribe and it didnt cost me anything more/plus i wasnt expecting a free gift with issue 100 anyway theres not really any loss from my point of view.
This. I really like the early issues of RG. Its so clearly a labour of love, a fanzine gone commercial. Its rather reflective of retro gaming itself where the commercial support is long gone for new titles but the homebrewers and emulator coders keep it going, along with the commercial side keeping us topped up with rereleased old faves for the new systems.
New RG is still a great read, but it does lack that charm from the earlier ones. Its not a bad thing, its just different, its become more professional and the writing style and layout have changed. Old issues have a lot of the authors in the articles where current RG is very factual and led by the interviewees. Almost different mags. Initially we felt the love, now we get more info.
On the topic of facts, lets not forget that the old RG didn't fold. It was brought down by a publishing house that extended into other magazines too far, too quickly. The company folded but if what we've been told is correct, RG was one of its flagship titles that continually profited and supported the other mags that weren't doing so well. The demise of RG was not due to the mag itself, far from it. Probably just as well or we may not have seen it reborn.
Started reading issue 100, there's loads of top content this month. Hubbard is in it, Braybrook is in it, I'm loving the 'top moments'... great issue overall I'd say (though I agree the cover doesn't quite work. I think its the variance in the character resolutions, they just seem off. Might have been better with them in rows by resolution, old ones at the back and newer ones to the front. I love a big pixel but the cover doesn't quite gel for me. But who cares about the cover? Its the content I'm paying for).