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Official feedback for issue 37

Post by knight_beat » Sat Apr 21, 2007 6:13 am

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There are reports of Retro Gamer #37 dropping through mailboxes across the country. A thread already exists on the RLLMUK forum that contains a low quality photograph of the cover. I hope that Strider has no objections to someone starting a feedback thread here in his absence.

Dandy_Sephy of the RLLMUK has kindly written up the contents of the current issue.

Retro Inspection...
Martyn Carroll dons his boxing gloves and defends the honour of the good old Dragon 32

The making of...
After revealing the making of Pitfall, David Crane returns to discuss his superior sequal - Pitfall II: Lost Caverns

The Making of...
Jet Set Willy Online. How do you make one of the greatest platformers of all time even better? Take it online of course

Developer lookback...
In the second part of our exhaustive feature, David Crookes continues his travels in OZ and uncovers more of the story behind Melbourne House

The Making of...
Capcom's Final Fight is widely regarded as one of the most influential scrolling beat em ups of all time. Retro gamer throws on a white t-shirt and finds out why

Top 25 platformers...
Find out what famous developers thought about your favourite platformers of yesteryear

The definitive...
Wonderboy. It's one of the most tangled franchises of all time, but Stuart Capbell is more then up for the challenge.

The history of...
Virtua Fighter. Yes, it's scary 3D but it's also happens to be one of the greatest beat-em-up franchises ever created

The making of...
Thanatos. How do you fire a fire breathing dragon into a tiny ZX spectrum? Mike Richardson has the answers.

(Mods, please edit my message when decent cover scans are available.)
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Post by neuromancer » Sat Apr 21, 2007 6:19 am

[hoping this isn't a breach of forum protocol - I'm copying my post from the 'unofficial feedback fro rg 37' thread I started as this one appeared 4 minutes later...]

Hi,

Just received RG 37 (and the postie didn't manage to mangle it this month)

As the Official thread for RG 37 feedback isn't up yet I'll just post my feedback here for now.

Generally I'd say this is a great issue - the best RG for a while (not that the others are bad, but this has a lot of content that I'm really keen on)

Highlights so far are:

Making of: Jet Set Willy Online - great article, witty and very interesting

The Making of: Pitfall II - I'm doing that sad 'saving it for later' thing as I've really been looking forward to this and don't want to 'use it up' Wink

The History of: Virtua Fighter - I love this game; the 32X version justifies the little mushroom's existence. Saturn VF2 is fantastic on so many fronts. Haven't read the article in full yet, but skimmed the box-outs and it's looking very good.

The Making of Thanatos: again, haven't read it yet, but the great pictures are bringing back memories of this excellent game.

Those Ads - much improved, only 2 pages and far less obvious. Well done to those who managed to get this toned down.

Retroinspection: Dragon 32 - lovelly 8bit goodness. I never owned one of these, but I a guy at primary school did. I couldn't gloat though as I had a zx81 at the time and the '32 had colour. Very informative with glorious nuggets of information.

That's not even the half of it either - top 25 platform games, the definitive Wonderboy, back to the 80s, Archer at a USA arcade machine auction, DID, The Making of Final Fight - and still more!

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Post by knight_beat » Sat Apr 21, 2007 6:33 am

neuromancer wrote:Those Ads - much improved, only 2 pages and far less obvious. Well done to those who managed to get this toned down.
GamesTM is almost completely porn-free, as well. They have only one page of toned down mobile phone ads. Well done Imagine!

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Post by Dudley » Sat Apr 21, 2007 6:36 am

knight_beat wrote:
neuromancer wrote:Those Ads - much improved, only 2 pages and far less obvious. Well done to those who managed to get this toned down.
GamesTM is almost completely porn-free, as well. They have only one page of toned down mobile phone ads. Well done Imagine!
Let's hope it hasn't resulted in a drop in revenue.
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Post by knight_beat » Sat Apr 21, 2007 6:39 am

Thanks Neuromancer. I've re-edited the first message in this thread.

I love the expression on Yoshi's face. His jaw has dropped to the floor in fright.
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Post by neuromancer » Sat Apr 21, 2007 6:45 am

Dudley wrote:
knight_beat wrote:
neuromancer wrote:Those Ads - much improved, only 2 pages and far less obvious. Well done to those who managed to get this toned down.
GamesTM is almost completely porn-free, as well. They have only one page of toned down mobile phone ads. Well done Imagine!
Let's hope it hasn't resulted in a drop in revenue.
Hope not - there are still as many ad pages as normal aren't there (haven't actually counted, but there's a full page ad there for SciFi Now and more retro-gaming quarter page ads than recently.

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Post by Ash » Sat Apr 21, 2007 6:55 am

DID is refreshingly free of the usual suspects (Robotron, Tetris, Solitaire). Kudos to Ste Ruddy for having a bit of imagination.

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Post by neuromancer » Sat Apr 21, 2007 7:21 am

Does anybody know if there's a copy on the Net of the 'Commercial Breaks' BBC 2 documentary covering the implosion of Imagine Software (referenced in Back to the Eighties this month)? Youtube is coming up empty.

I've found a great little documentary on the making of a 2600 game called Atlantis by Imagic. It got pulled from Youtube (part of the backlash now Google owns it I believe) but someone on an Atari forum re-posted it.

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Tracked it down - if anyone's interested you can obtain it here:
http://monkeyfilter.com/link.php/6172
(right-click the hyperlink for 'Commercial Breaks (90MB avi file)' at the top of the page and select 'save as')
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Post by merman » Sat Apr 21, 2007 7:29 am

Really like the Message in a Bottle page, a clever idea.

Will report back with more feedback later...
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Post by Rev. Stuart Campbell » Sat Apr 21, 2007 7:56 am

Commercial Breaks is widely available on torrent sites. I'll post a link later if you can't find one yourself.

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Post by neuromancer » Sat Apr 21, 2007 7:57 am

Rev. Stuart Campbell wrote:Commercial Breaks is widely available on torrent sites. I'll post a link later if you can't find one yourself.
Hi - it's all in the timing! I just found it and edited my original post. Thanks for the response though.

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Post by SirClive » Sat Apr 21, 2007 7:59 am

One of the best DID's yet. Really like the new 'Message in a Bottle' too.
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Post by CraigGrannell » Sat Apr 21, 2007 7:59 am

I'm cutting the 'how do you post a URL' stuff from the thread. Elsewhere, I'm sure Darran will be OK with someone else starting this thread, but it might be a good idea to let him do it in future—unless, of course, he totally contradicts me and goes "nah!".
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Post by The Master » Sat Apr 21, 2007 8:16 am

I think it would be a fun game to have a race every month to see who can be the first ;)

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Post by Mayhem » Sat Apr 21, 2007 8:27 am

DID - Interesting Ste Ruddy piece, always struck as a good chap in the emails I swapped with him. Always suspected many conversions were a question of "play it a lot and copy it" and this was certainly true. Bubble Bobble is THE de facto conversion for the C64 :)

Archer - Really nice article there, especially the pictures. I've been lucky enough to play on the sit-down Night Driver (there was one at one of the CGEs I've been to) though the wrecked Warlords cabs almost made me weep. A proper real functioning one is a 4-player heaven of a gaming experience... I'll have to see if I've got any pics from Eurocon 2001 to scan in where one was present to play.
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