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Re: Bookazines / Specials

Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 5:24 pm
by kiwimike
Mauricio wrote:
Mauricio wrote:Is there any content in the bookazines that has not already appeared in the magazine?
To somewhat answer my own question... I compared some articles from past issues to recent bookazines, and indeed the content is almost identical. There are occasionally some cosmetic changes to layout, but that is about it. This was not an exhaustive search, so I would be curious to hear if anyone has seen different content.

Of course, having the articles for a single topic collected together in a bookazine is quite handy... which is why I already have a few myself. :D

- Mauricio
Yeah, it's pretty much that. I have a few myself for the same reasons, good to have all the features within one cover, but content is from past mags. I love the hardware vol 1&2, and Atari books especially... although I will have the majority of the features though back issues it's nice to have them in bookazine form to save digging through.

Re: Bookazines / Specials

Posted: Wed May 04, 2016 9:46 am
by Eric
I would like to suggest a "X-Bit" trilogy of bookazines covering games from the 8, 16 & 32-bit era.

"Retro Gamer Presents: 8-Bit Gamer" for example would feature 8-bit games from ZX to NES. All articles would be game specific like Making Of's, Ultimate Guides etc. (Ordered by year of game released) as opposed to retroinspections or In The Chairs.

Completing the trilogy with "16-Bit Gamer" - Amiga to Snes and "32-Bit Gamer" - Playstation 1, Saturn etc.

Each bookazine would feature a similar cover design to promote the collection of all three. They would give a snapshot of games from each era with the three complimenting each other and showing how games have changed and progressed through the years.

If sales are good the series could continue with 64, 128 bit and if enough content is available a pre 8-bit prequel issue covering earlier games too.

Re: Bookazines / Specials

Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 7:33 pm
by kiwimike
Eric wrote:I would like to suggest a "X-Bit" trilogy of bookazines covering games from the 8, 16 & 32-bit era.

"Retro Gamer Presents: 8-Bit Gamer" for example would feature 8-bit games from ZX to NES. All articles would be game specific like Making Of's, Ultimate Guides etc. (Ordered by year of game released) as opposed to retroinspections or In The Chairs.

Completing the trilogy with "16-Bit Gamer" - Amiga to Snes and "32-Bit Gamer" - Playstation 1, Saturn etc.

Each bookazine would feature a similar cover design to promote the collection of all three. They would give a snapshot of games from each era with the three complimenting each other and showing how games have changed and progressed through the years.

If sales are good the series could continue with 64, 128 bit and if enough content is available a pre 8-bit prequel issue covering earlier games too.
I like that idea, nice companion bookazines for the hardware vol1/2 ones

Re: Bookazines / Specials

Posted: Sun May 08, 2016 2:51 pm
by Eric
kiwimike wrote: I like that idea, nice companion bookazines for the hardware vol1/2 ones
"X-Bit" would feature the software of various hardware of the "Bit" era which would fit nicely with the hardware featured in the volumes 1&2 of the Hardware Handbook.

Any different suggestions for a name which is currently "Retro Gamer Presents: 8-Bit Gamer" or a bit snapper like "The 8-Bit Gamer Book"?
Might mockup a some front covers later and a quick scan of the possible articles for the 3 bookazines...

Quick mockup... needs some background and game related sprites...

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Re: Bookazines / Specials

Posted: Fri May 13, 2016 1:55 pm
by Eric
With the 8-bit cover featuring a tape, the 16-bit cover will be of a cartridge and a CD for 32-bit - makes up a neat trilogy if bookazines.

Re: Bookazines / Specials

Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 6:05 pm
by knight_beat
These sound like great ideas.

If I could make a suggestion for another special, how about one dedicated to Sega platforms? We've had a SMS/NES bookazine and MD/SNES one, but nothing that brings together all of the Sega machines.

Re: Bookazines / Specials

Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 1:10 am
by kiwimike
knight_beat wrote:These sound like great ideas.

If I could make a suggestion for another special, how about one dedicated to Sega platforms? We've had a SMS/NES bookazine and MD/SNES one, but nothing that brings together all of the Sega machines.
Another great idea, along the lines of the Atari book. It could cover early Pre SMS consoles and the Computer version as well :)

Re: Bookazines / Specials

Posted: Tue May 17, 2016 7:41 pm
by Eric
kiwimike wrote:
knight_beat wrote:These sound like great ideas.

If I could make a suggestion for another special, how about one dedicated to Sega platforms? We've had a SMS/NES bookazine and MD/SNES one, but nothing that brings together all of the Sega machines.
Another great idea, along the lines of the Atari book. It could cover early Pre SMS consoles and the Computer version as well :)
I like it. Early machines and computers through to SMS/MD and upto Dreamcast with the top games on each machine. The Complete Guide To Sega.

Re: Bookazines / Specials

Posted: Tue May 24, 2016 3:29 pm
by russty_russ
I bought the third edition of the Commodore 64 / ZX Spectrum bookazine today.

Re: Bookazines / Specials

Posted: Thu May 26, 2016 4:16 pm
by Eric
What articles would you select if RG printed your custom issue? Simply select a previous cover image and your favourite articles from a list.

I would most likely go 8-bit or an all Sega related issue or perhaps a "Best Of" issue with all my favorite articles from RG vault.

Re: Bookazines / Specials

Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:37 pm
by knight_beat
My next purchase: Sega Archives bookazine.

That Strider fella, eh? What a top guy !

Re: Bookazines / Specials

Posted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 3:27 am
by kiwimike
Hell yea, this Sega bookazine is on my list! I may have a hefty car bill this week...but screw it :)

Re: Bookazines / Specials

Posted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 4:25 pm
by bensonrad
My Sega one arrived today, but appears to be a used read copy?!! not happy to say the least.

Re: Bookazines / Specials

Posted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 2:19 am
by kiwimike
bensonrad wrote:My Sega one arrived today, but appears to be a used read copy?!! not happy to say the least.
Really? Perhaps the postie had a read :lol:

Seriously though, you're buying a new bookazine, if you feel it isn't in a mint/new condition, IMO you have grounds to question it and perhaps get a replacement.

I must admit I'm umming over buying the latest Sega one...as I do have the Megadrive book, the SMS issue and so on. The problem is of course being an international customer I pay 9.99 for the bookazine then a further 9.25 for the post, making it about $35-$38 depending on exchange rate at the time. I have quite a few of the bookazines- Hardware 1&2, Playstation, Arcade, MD/SNES, Atari...All excellent, but the post is a killer. I can get hardcover books from book deposit or amazon for less post cost. Actually now I think about it Oli Freys new art book (hardcover), along with the Ocean book and the pocket spectrum from their kickstarter had a 9 quid post charge in total for all of them- So might need to ask some Q's why a single mag or bookazine costs so much to post :?

Re: Bookazines / Specials

Posted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 5:33 am
by greenberet79
Is the Sega one new? Looks good!