Well there was an invitation in the mag to post to make things better and so here's my opinions... I've been reading since issue 3 and a subscriber since issue 4 and went with the ups and downs. Overall I have to say I'm pretty pleased with my subscriptions and I think it's good to see Darren changing things, keeping them fresh.
Over the last few issues I have seen a marked rise in subject matter I am interested in because in each issue there has been at least one piece on Adventure Games. Melbourne House, Dungeon Master, Monkey Island and at last a feature on adventure games that made me want to go and get some I had never played before (Balrog).
I'm not totally against other genres... I loved Cannon Fodder, JSW, have had some great pointers on games from RG through the issues but really... retro for me is The Balrog in Amstrad Action... it's Infocom and Delta 4 and the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy on the Amiga (that game alone has been redone by the BBC website and is begging for a feature not to mention a 2 part Infocom special soon I hope) Firebird adventures, Level 9, anything... introduce me to new ones.
When was the last time the two page features or why you should play featured a text adventure game? Never? But I'm not limited to them... Beneath a Steel Sky, Another World, Monkey Island series, SCUMM games, just not more and more arcade stuff.... I always preferred these sorts of games to the R Types of this world (not to say I didn't play them, just didn't like them as much).
In short (too late!) I just think that RG should tip the balance. Don't stop featuring what's in right now... just add more adventure games, graphical, text, suggest new (old) ones, review, expand - the Public Domain scene on the Amstrad alone produce some classics - another feature... horror games, 18 certificates, PAW, GAC.... ask me and I'll come up with 20 more ideas.
Just not more arcade stuff. And stop banging on about the bloody Wii and Xbox arcade. It was interesting at first but there are now 5 Sam and Max games out there and only the first one got a mention... what happened? This is a classic retro franchise reinvented and (almost) ignored while re-issues get all the column space. There's been a steady increase in this genre over the last few months... increase the flow and you'll have me hooked.
hope I don't have to duck and cover after that