Spacepatrol wrote:I'm really sorry and ready for all of the down votes and negative karma I'm anout to get (Oops it's not reddit), but this is really the worst issue in a long time and (along with my waning interest) has me made me seriously consider cancelling my sub.
1. The cover: How did anyone think this was a good idea, is the art director on holiday this month, it truly is awful and sets the tone for the rest of the issue
Harsh. The Shadowrun logo art is superb, as is the cool hacking background. It would have been better if the background went all the way up but it's not awful. A bit jarring.
2. The Sims: The grandfather of pointless casual gaming
13 years old and the biggest selling PC game of all time. It's extremely important social gaming, like it or not. Did you actually read the feature? I often find when I read something I have no interest in, I find interesting anecdotes or facts linked to games I love.
3. Screen shots: Double page Atari 2600 screenshots that look like abstract modern art gone wrong and then other screenshots so small that they make me worry about my failing eyesite
Hadly the end of the world.
4. 2 pointless list articles
I like these. It is easy reading when you want to pick the magazine, or any magazine up for a thumb. It's a welcome change of pace. Should they be removed because you don't like them? What about readers that do?
5. Has there ever been an issue without mention of Street Fighter, Mario and Zelda
I have been recently reading through old Nintendo magaziens Total! and Super Play. Every single fighting game reviewed or previewed was compared to Street Fighter 2. Every platformer compared to Mario. I think you get what I am saying. It's almost impossible to not mention them. Imagine a new reader thumbs through the magazine and reads the feature and doesn't see the game mention. They would think the writers are crazy, stupid and hardly worth the money. Popularity does this to media.
6. Your Video Game icons: This is not smash hits magazine
7. Hall of Brawlers: See above
Again for me it's nice, light reading. Pity you aren't keen.
8. The Reviews/Homebrew sections: Why can't you stick to a review/score format across these sections. The last page doesn't make sense, are the games all for XBLIG or are some for PC, or homebrew. The flashboredom bit is written in an unreadable tiny font, and a coloured background, nut this could be my fading eyesite again.
Certainly a valid comment.
9. Repetition: The same games -with particular bias for Nintendo appear again, and again when there are thousands of games that have never (or on briefly) had any column inches at all. I would love to see California Games, Stuntcar Racer, Faery Tale Adventure, Delta, Star Force, Rollerball,The Chaos Engone, Dreamweb, FOFT, Piball Dreams; and this is without getting into the obscure 8/16-bit stuff. I would also not have an issue with more PS1. Xbox, even PS2.
Sorry to be so negative, but it is only because I want the magazine to improve.
Nintendo will appear, they are the largest company in the history of gaming. No other company has produced hardware as long as they have. Yes there are plenty of games to be covered and no doubt will get covered. The problem is that these articles to not write themselves. Also, unless you want lightweight content bases on common knowledge, you need to track down developers, publishers etc which at times is much easier said than done. It's incredibly difficult trying to balance articles that will sell the magazine to the general public, appeal to 30+ gamers, appeal to 20+ gamers, appeal to fans of home computer games and appeal to console gamers.
1. Ian Leigh's article was so true
So many people seem to dislike his page.
2. Odd World: Love these games
Good games. Always helps when there is an article on something you love.
3. Shadowrun: Never played and looks like a great article -despite the cover
Kudos to you for reading it. I know many do not read what they are not nostalgic about. Cracking game.
4. Famicon Disk System Hidden Gems
5. The Beach Head article
I really don't want to cancel my sub, but I have gone from excitement when a new issue arrives, to still reading most articles, and now I read only 30% of an issue. Maybe it is my love or gaming that is dying?
I'm off to play Pschonaughts!
It's a pity you feel this way, the same with many others. Based on what I have said, what would you say is the answer for the magazine? Now remember I really enjoy some of the things you hate and I know other members would be mortified to see more PS2 era content. If you get your way, other members would surely cancel their subscriptions? How can the magazine please everyone? Or should it be renamed Space Patrol Gamer?
The word I would suggest though is objectivity
. This is something so many here seem to have no grasp of. If something is of no personal value, it doesn't mean there is no merit in it at all. Like you, The Sims is of little personal interest to me as a game. However the article was interesting and full of information I had no idea about. When reading the magazine, I go into each article with an open mind. I don't want to gush over my favourite games, I can start a forum topic to do that. It's a pity others seem to be unable to do this.
Finally have a look at general magazine ABC figures. It shows in some areas a 25% decline is sales. Retro Gamer is a magazine that is battling well against these trends. It would be a pity if we lost it, even if it's not always perfect.
http://www.theguardian.com/media/media- ... om-digital