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Post by Bub&Bob » Mon May 21, 2007 9:32 am

SirClive wrote:
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darthy wrote:another great mag, love the making of's.
and the poll just makes me laugh, the spectrum is well behind yet somehow won. brilliant stuff
At the time of print it was actually ahead.
It would be better to put an end date on the polls, it might stop the C64 fanoys signing up just to bump up their score :wink:
Fanoys? Is that a typo? I assume you mean't to type another n in place of that o :wink:
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Post by SirClive » Mon May 21, 2007 9:39 am

Take your pick :wink:
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Post by The Universal » Mon May 21, 2007 11:28 am

Man I am so sick of that poll and thread, Darran, you should have your HD DVD player confiscated for bad behaviour and starting it in the first place.

Could we just discuss the archaic 8 bits in the black and white thread that was created for just that please, leave this one for magazine feedback.

I mean Mr Campbell has just acknowledged the great article that is Dragons Lair, for content this is the best mag for eons, there is so much stuff in there that gamers just dont know about, myths have been put to bed, and some great stuff has been uncovered and youre all reminssing about the battle of the playground circa 83. What next the Harrold Lloyd vs Laurrel and Hardy Sci Fi mag Special edition?
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Post by forestville » Mon May 21, 2007 11:55 am

got my mag through the post this morning and another great mag it is

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Post by CraigGrannell » Mon May 21, 2007 12:28 pm

The Universal wrote:What next the Harrold Lloyd vs Laurrel and Hardy Sci Fi mag Special edition?
Right, who leaked the plans for issue 40? Own up!

Seriously, though, point taken—any more comments about the poll should be directed at that thread and not posted here.

Onwards!
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Post by paranoid marvin » Mon May 21, 2007 2:23 pm

Probably the worst cover , but the content is nice - and I love the Dragons Lair and Pirates articles
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Post by LeeT » Mon May 21, 2007 3:15 pm

Radar - Bit quiet really. Interesting news about the possible resurrection of the Amiga, as for when we will see it...

Archer - Excellent anecdotes about Jimmy White. Laughed out loud about where he bashed the table with the mic!

Home Brew - Would have preferred this to stay at the back of the mag. Don't have any objections to the extra space given to this though.

Back to the Eighties - Would it be possible for the list of reviews that appeared in the main mags to be incoroprated into the 'What the Mags were Saying' sidebar? Otherwise fine.

Revival - Bit NES heavy this month. Probably to do with the Retroinspection though or coincidental?

Making Of....Goldeneye - Only played this a few times via emulation, but some good facts gleamed from the team.

Developer Lookback - Quite heavy going but an excellent read.

Making Of...Barbarian I and II - Some nice quotes about Maria Whittaker! Though I'm a bit disappointed that this follows on so quickly from the Cauldron article with the same people interviewed. Its fine writing but I would prefer to see a gap when using the same sources. It starts to feel a bit samey.

Definitive Frogger - An exhaustive history but I do think that ten pages is probably too much for one issue and that is should have been split into two parts.

Making Of....Pirates! Some nice quotes from Sid Meier on a popular C64 game.

Retroinspection - Excellent. In fact it makes me want to go and emulate some of the games right now!

Rise and Fall of Virtuality - A different type of article to what normally appears in RG and one that works. Fascinating!

Making Of...Superfrog - Always a great Amiga game. Interesting to read about the aborted Newkie Brown Ale tie-in!

Classic Game - It could be argued that Captain Blood wasn't a classic game...

Conversion Capers - Always good to read these (far too occasional) articles. Would have liked to see some more details about the revolutionary loading system for the C64 version.

Overall - Some good features in this issue though it does feel a bit, well, light. My major niggles were the length of the Frogger piece (though it is, as ever, excellent writing from the Rev) and the Palace Software games. I'm also a bit concerned about intention to include more home brew and latest releases, as I would hope this doesn't dilute the rest of the mag and make it so that only scene and retro heads buy it. Apart from those gripes, some great writing.

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Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Mon May 21, 2007 3:32 pm

you're right about the mag being light this month.
It's mainly because i've been going down the live route and commissioning bigger articles (something I once said I'd never do).

Considering how much pressure these huge articles put on my poor art designer, expect to see more smaller pieces from issue 40.
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Post by SirClive » Mon May 21, 2007 3:33 pm

Here's my view....

The Good
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From the forum (I'm in twice :D )
Back to the Eighties (always a good read, but I would like a bit of a re-jig now so it doesn't get stale)
Retrorevivals
Barbarian
Frogger
Pirates
Virtual Reality
Conversion Capers (these should be far more frequent, one of my favourite parts of the mag)
Less (and more toned down) porn ads

The Bad
Frogger - far too long
Goldeneye - too long
Retrorated - I can understand reviewing retro remakes or retro style games, but just a random selection of DS games seems wrong. Are we gonna get a review of FIFA 08 next :?

The Ugly
The Cover - the worst yet, not only because of the ugly NES, but that picture of bond looks all wrong
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Post by paranoid marvin » Mon May 21, 2007 3:46 pm

SirClive wrote:Here's my view....

The Good
Archer
From the forum (I'm in twice :D )
Back to the Eighties (always a good read, but I would like a bit of a re-jig now so it doesn't get stale)
Retrorevivals
Barbarian
Frogger
Pirates
Virtual Reality
Conversion Capers (these should be far more frequent, one of my favourite parts of the mag)
Less (and more toned down) porn ads

The Bad
Frogger - far too long
Goldeneye - too long
Retrorated - I can understand reviewing retro remakes or retro style games, but just a random selection of DS games seems wrong. Are we gonna get a review of FIFA 08 next :?

The Ugly
The Cover - the worst yet, not only because of the ugly NES, but that picture of bond looks all wrong

Do you know , I was going to mention the weird Brosnan 'apparition' , but I thought that was just me
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Post by CraigGrannell » Mon May 21, 2007 4:19 pm

LeeT wrote:Making Of...Barbarian I and II ... Though I'm a bit disappointed that this follows on so quickly from the Cauldron article with the same people interviewed. Its fine writing but I would prefer to see a gap when using the same sources.
Uh, Cauldron was in ish 35, man—there were two issues between that one and this one.
Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:you're right about the mag being light this month.
Bwa? Wha? Huh? Personally, I thought that was so much wrongness. The current issue feels far more meaty than many of the others that have wanged by recently.
Considering how much pressure these huge articles put on my poor art designer, expect to see more smaller pieces from issue 40.
Mm. I was quite shocked when you commissioned me to write 73 40-word articles, but there you go.
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Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Mon May 21, 2007 4:59 pm

SirClive wrote: Retrorated - I can understand reviewing retro remakes or retro style games, but just a random selection of DS games seems wrong. Are we gonna get a review of FIFA 08 next :?
Not at all, mate.
However, just because a game isn't necessarily based on a retro game of old, I have no problem including certain titles if they exhibit the sort of trends that were popular back in the day.
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Post by Ash » Mon May 21, 2007 5:20 pm

I loved the Frogger piece. 'Twas by far the best thing in the mag and quite, quite funny. I would have been happy with 110 pages dedicated to it...plus another 6 for Superfrog. :)

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Post by neuromancer » Mon May 21, 2007 5:51 pm

Excellent issue once again.

Regarding the definitive Frogger, I've only skipped through it but I can't see mention of John Harris's Atari 8 bit version - the story behind this is fascinating (and well covered in Levy's Hackers book)

I really enjoyed the Goldeneye piece; I've never had the chance to play this on a real N64, and my PC's not really up to the demands of emulating it.

Looking good so far - but I did notice one thing:

The 6 month subs has increased in price from £15 to £18 (lucky for me the renewal went through at the old price just a week or so back)

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Post by RocketRanger » Mon May 21, 2007 6:39 pm

Page 60, the screenshot of the "graphically superior port" of Pirates appears to be a picture of Railroad Tycoon on the Amiga :lol:

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