Issue 131

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Issue 131

Post by psj3809 » Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:24 am

Just arrived

Rampage cover, looks good...

Rampage article looks good, fond memories of playing this on the Speccy, love the arcade one
Tau Ceti - One Speccy game i never got into, should be an interesting read though
Marathon Men - About gamers who play games for days on end (crazy stuff !), should be interesting and a bit different than the norm
Gang Leaders - About Virgins' gang of five' - should be a good read
Monster Max - This looks great, Monster Max is a totally underated game on the GB, well worth picking up if you havent played it before
Interactive Movies - Not into FMV type games much but i'll give this a go.
Elder Scrolls - Somehow a game i never really played before, looks very good though
Road Blasters - Loved this in the arcade, the Speccy version was dire
Tony Hawks Pro Skater - Not a fan of these games i must admit
Retro Inspired - New feature, new games that wish they were old. Should be interesting
Interview with Mev Dinc - Quite a name ! Never heard of him to be honest
Revival 2014 - Nice to see a one page interview with Boyo

Next month Banjo Kazooie, Zynaps, Atari 7800, First Person shooters

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Re: Issue 131

Post by NickThorpe » Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:58 am

And here's the cover:

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Re: Issue 131

Post by ArchaicKoala » Mon Jul 14, 2014 7:21 am

Great cover as always! Fingers crossed my copy is waiting for me at home.

The Tony Hawk and Monster Max articles sound like they'll be good reads in particular.

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Re: Issue 131

Post by PostieDoc » Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:32 am

I have just finished the issue and generally enjoyed it but I do have a couple of minor gripes.

Why is there no box-out for home conversions of Rampage? I love comparing games on different systems.

The Elder Scrolls article is good but at the sametime hardly scratches the surface of the games and the process that went into making them.
I feel it would of been better to select one of the games for the feature so that you could go into more detail on it.
Morrowind is epic and regarded by many as the best in the series (Oblivion and Skyrim have taken a more bland path). I would love to have learned a lot more about this game.

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Re: Issue 131

Post by Bub&Bob » Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:49 am

PostieDoc wrote:Why is there no box-out for home conversions of Rampage? I love comparing games on different systems
Yeh, that sucks - that should be an essential part of any arcade game article.
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Re: Issue 131

Post by NickThorpe » Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:58 am

Bub&Bob wrote:
PostieDoc wrote:Why is there no box-out for home conversions of Rampage? I love comparing games on different systems
Yeh, that sucks - that should be an essential part of any arcade game article.
We also love comparing conversions - so much so that we did just such a box-out for The Making Of Rampage back in RG 56. To ensure that we covered new ground for this feature, the decision was made to interview the people behind some of the conversions instead.
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Re: Issue 131

Post by mlucifersam » Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:12 pm

Enjoyed the Mev Dinc article but, I'm a stickler for ZX Spectrum facts, on Page 92 it states that 'Gerry the Germ Goes Body Poppin' was published as 'a budget game' on 'Firebird's Silver label'. It was not. These Silver games were sold for £1.99 and 'Gerry the Germ...' was released on their 'HOT' label (of which only 3 other Spectrum games were issued, 'Rasputin, 'Runestone' and 'Costa Capers') and these retailed at £7.95, so this game was never a budget release.
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'Gerry the Germ..' in it's distinctive packaging and 'Thrust', which WAS a Silver Label release!

Anal I know but there you go! :)
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Re: Issue 131

Post by PostieDoc » Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:41 pm

NickThorpe wrote:
Bub&Bob wrote:
PostieDoc wrote:Why is there no box-out for home conversions of Rampage? I love comparing games on different systems
Yeh, that sucks - that should be an essential part of any arcade game article.
We also love comparing conversions - so much so that we did just such a box-out for The Making Of Rampage back in RG 56. To ensure that we covered new ground for this feature, the decision was made to interview the people behind some of the conversions instead.
I personally wasn't a subscriber when issue 56 released (I didn't even know the magazine existed then) as I'm sure a lot of other people weren't either.
I agree with Bub & Bob that the box-out should feature for all Arcade game articles.
It's great reading about which system the game translated to best, especially if it's the system that I owned. :D

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Re: Issue 131

Post by BennyTheGreek » Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:52 pm

pcw games feature is superb...love reading about systems that I wouldn't have even thought could run games....always thought it was just a word processor....

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Re: Issue 131

Post by Negative Creep » Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:57 pm

Got a mention on the Incoming section- yay!
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Re: Issue 131

Post by mikeb » Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:04 pm

mlucifersam wrote:Enjoyed the Mev Dinc article but, I'm a stickler for ZX Spectrum facts, on Page 92 it states that 'Gerry the Germ Goes Body Poppin' was published as 'a budget game' on 'Firebird's Silver label'. It was not. These Silver games were sold for £1.99 and 'Gerry the Germ...' was released on their 'HOT' label (of which only 3 other Spectrum games were issued, 'Rasputin, 'Runestone' and 'Costa Capers') and these retailed at £7.95, so this game was never a budget release.
Ah, yes the C64 version (which I remember buying with my pocket money as a kid) was a budget release, butn both that and the Speccy one were originally on the HOT label at full price, then later rereleased on the Silverbird label for 1.99.... so technically it was both ;]

http://www.birdsanctuary.co.uk/gerryg/d.php

Sorry for the confusion though.

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Re: Issue 131

Post by mlucifersam » Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:08 pm

Ah yes but only on the CBM 64. The Spectrum version was never re-released as a budget game. And the C64 version was never released as a full price title! :)

C64 version (with only the Silver label inlay) http://www.lemon64.com/?game_id=1042
Spectrum version (the only version of the game written by Mev Dinc, with only the HOT label release inlay) http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseek ... id=0002016
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Re: Issue 131

Post by mikeb » Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:10 pm

mlucifersam wrote:Ah yes but only on the CBM 64. The Spectrum version was never re-released as a budget game. And the C64 version was never released as a full price title! :)
According to Richard's Bird Sanctuary page it was also a Silverbird release on the Speccy...
http://www.birdsanctuary.co.uk/gerryg/d.php

Mev said he did the Amstrad version too. But I'm not going to attempt to go into that one!
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Re: Issue 131

Post by mlucifersam » Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:11 pm

If it was a budget release on the Spectrum then WOS would have had an inlay posted by now. I'm 99% certain it wasn't re-released on the Spectrum. :D

I'll stand corrected if you can show me a Sliver Label Spectrum inlay! And I'll eat my sweaty socks if you do! :)
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Re: Issue 131

Post by mikeb » Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:21 pm

mlucifersam wrote: I'll stand corrected if you can show me a Sliver Label Spectrum inlay! And I'll eat my sweaty socks if you do! :)
Rich H might be able to clear it up as he worked for BT/Firebird... you're right though should probably have made it clearer it was on two diff labels at full/budget price.

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