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Post by Ash » Sat Mar 10, 2007 6:19 am

Free sweets and a cheats book please!

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Post by forestville » Sat Mar 10, 2007 6:59 am

readers reviews - yes I will write one for \"where time stood still >speccy128
vintage ads are a good idea but not to many
a bigger from the forum section with are avertors and screen shots of the games or subject posted
a free a1 size poster every now and then
reissue rg issue one in pdf form to put on a one off covermount dvd
readers art page :D
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Post by CraigGrannell » Sat Mar 10, 2007 7:33 am

Ash wrote:Free sweets and a cheats book please!
And then rename the mag NRetoGamer.
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Post by necronom » Sat Mar 10, 2007 8:15 am

As a general improvement, I'd like it better if there was at least one picture from the main three formats in the features. It's good to have the majority of pictures from what would be regarded as the \"main\" version, but I'd like to see a typical screen from the other ones too.

There have been games covered where the C64 is the main one, but I had to go looking on the internet to see the other versions. Other times a game has only Spectrum screens, and I was disappointed that no C64 shots were shown.

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Post by paranoid marvin » Sat Mar 10, 2007 8:33 am

A tips section would be nice , or even a walkthru guide with maybe some maps

Yeah , I know we can get them off the internet,but we can also get a lot of the other stuff in RG off the internet - it's different in the mag
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Post by NorthWay » Sat Mar 10, 2007 1:10 pm

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More technical. Talk a bit about the programming too. Limit yourself to where it is different or special.
More (early) US focus. The US game shops were professionals when the EU scene were still in their knickers. There should be lots of stories to tell (like the Lode Runner kid's rags-to-riches story).

And a very personal (since no-one else seems to care) wish: Go back to 35mm real film photography for screenshots. The emulator based perfectly square pixels (not even with black scanlines inbetween) look so ugly and lifeless...

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Post by Dimrill » Sat Mar 10, 2007 1:29 pm

NorthWay wrote:The US game shops were professionals when the EU scene were still in their knickers.
I really don't want to visit my local Gamestation now if that fat bloke who works behind the counter has dropped his kex...
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Post by chinnyhill10 » Sat Mar 10, 2007 1:38 pm

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NorthWay wrote:The US game shops were professionals when the EU scene were still in their knickers.
I really don't want to visit my local Gamestation now if that fat bloke who works behind the counter has dropped his kex...
Good point here though. Buying games in the 8 and 16 bit era was a different experience. Today you can buy Playstation and PC games very easily and it's also easy to get hold of the latest titles. In the 80's and 90's you might have to go out of your way to get games and the selection was always limited. I missed on titles such as Rainbow Islands because nobody ever had stock. If you really wanted to be certain of getting a certain title then you'd be best off with mailorder.

It's odd really. When I used to go to Southampton I always got some games for my Amstrad because there was always a good selection. Today when I'm about to visit Southampton I still get that small sense of excitement I used to get even though I know fully well you can get games anywhere these days. It's just odd really but shows how ingrained it all is.

So my point is, a regular thing near the front of the mag to remind people "the way we were", i.e how we used to buy games, how much games cost, the issues that affected us.

Today, quite by chance, I met an 18 year old fan of retro gaming. He'd never heard of Retro Gamer. Seems to me that RG is missing out on a whole audience and if they advertised in places like Gamestation they could pickup some sales. This guy was mad keen on getting hold of a Vector-X (I think he meant Vectrox). Told him to get the latest copy of RG!

But those are the people who (a) need to know about the mag and (b) are interested in the context of the games compared to modern times.

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Post by SirClive » Sat Mar 10, 2007 1:42 pm

chinnyhill10 wrote:So my point is, a regular thing near the front of the mag to remind people "the way we were", i.e how we used to buy games, how much games cost, the issues that affected us.
Would make a good addition to Back to the Eighties.
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Post by CraigGrannell » Sat Mar 10, 2007 2:39 pm

NorthWay wrote:And a very personal (since no-one else seems to care) wish: Go back to 35mm real film photography for screenshots.
I'm sure every contributor would love to be forced to set up a dark room, buy every piece of hardware and do professional photography shots. Not going to happen, though. (And I'll bet if shots started appearing with 'blur' filters, we'd get a lot of complaints.)
Seems to me that RG is missing out on a whole audience and if they advertised in places like Gamestation they could pickup some sales.
Doesn't Gamestation stock the mag anyway, or has that stopped?
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Post by woody.cool » Sat Mar 10, 2007 2:57 pm

CraigGrannell wrote:
NorthWay wrote:And a very personal (since no-one else seems to care) wish: Go back to 35mm real film photography for screenshots.
I'm sure every contributor would love to be forced to set up a dark room, buy every piece of hardware and do professional photography shots. Not going to happen, though. (And I'll bet if shots started appearing with 'blur' filters, we'd get a lot of complaints.)
Seems to me that RG is missing out on a whole audience and if they advertised in places like Gamestation they could pickup some sales.
Doesn't Gamestation stock the mag anyway, or has that stopped?
It's very unpredictable as to wether GS have RG mag in! The only 100% dead cert place to get RG is in WHSmith :?

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Post by djcarlos » Sat Mar 10, 2007 5:01 pm

I've mentioned my opinion of the Buyer's Guide here before, but I do understand the budget implications. I agree that the Auction Watch should be expanded, didn't we used to get a full page article on this topic in the early issues? Pre-Imagine?

I also think the ideas expressed above concerning personal experiences sound great too...more anecdotal stuff; shopping, playing or collecting memories from the man (or woman....get that in quick) in the street....i.e. us lot.
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Post by The Master » Sat Mar 10, 2007 6:29 pm

or the fat smelly bloke in the pub... \"all the latest tapes boys\".... *ahem*

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Post by majik989s » Sat Mar 10, 2007 7:27 pm

I think we should have more pornography ads. Being 12 years old I find this is the best source of porn at my disposal (aside from the internet, but my mom has control of that), I love it. Please add more. Please?
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Post by P-Head » Sat Mar 10, 2007 7:29 pm

You damn kids. When I was your age we didn't have none of this interwebs malarkey- we found our porn the old fashioned way, in bushes by the cycle track. Pshaw.

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