rockdjuk wrote:I wasnt looking forward to this months issue as I feared it was going to be a Nintendo fest . However I was pleasantly surprised .
Mastertronic article was the first I read and enjoyed it though i agree with the poster who said it could have been more in depth .
Actually enjoyed the NES article as well , though i do much prefer the hardware based articles anyway .
Chequered flag making of was a very pleasant surprise as I was only thinking a piece on this game was overdue . Shame that so much of it consisted of " I cant really remember " though .
Defender of the crown piece was good too , though i never played this game i can remember the screenshots almost monthly in the magazines of the day .
Just flicked through the 25 best sega games , but then you know my feelings on lazy list pieces .
No real interest in flashback or dino crisis .
But overall a vast improvement on last months issue .
Also do have to agree with the guy that said the mag has seemed a bit like retro console gamer of recent months . The poor old Atari ST barely gets a look in nowadays .
As for the ongoing debate about xbox/ps2/gamecube coverage , i would love to see these machines retro inspected . Surely an overall lookback at their entire lifetime would fit the retrogamer remit ? I miss the retro inspections too .
Glad you enjoyed the issue more this month.
As for lists, yes you could argue that they're certainly lighter than our other articles, but I think it's wrong to call them lazy. They still require work to create, just not as much work ;P. Some people hate lists, some love them. Me, I can take or leave them, but they can play an important role in a magazine, as they break the flow of denser articles and give you something to dip in and out one. Personally I like to go that extra mile with a list and at least get some developer input, because I always find that far more interesting, particularly if you're doing a list that features on the cover (like the power-up one we did).
The other reason we do these list is so the readers feel like they're having some say in the magazine. They're not our Mega Drive choices, they're yours and some people are genuinely interested to see if they have the same tastes and interests as their peers. I can totally appreciate if they leave you cold. I can't stand hardware features for example. I find them crushingly dull and boring, but I know a lot of readers love them, so they go in the magazine. If Retro Gamer was made to my tastes it would have crashed and burned a long time ago.But then, who's going to buy a magazine called Bullet Hell?