Retro Gamer - Issue 160

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Retro Gamer - Issue 160

Post by The Laird » Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:00 am

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Retro Gamer Issue 160 is now here!

Featured in this issue:

Nintendo 3D Game Changer: Story of Mario 64
The Making Of: Tex Murphy Series
A Moment With: Gary Vincent
From The Archives: Beyond Games
The Making Of: Frostbite
Celebrating The Game Cube
Ultimate Guide: Story Of Thor
In the Chair: Glenn Corpes
The Making Of: Marauder
Minority Report: Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus
Ultimate Guide: House Of The Dead
Peripheral Vision: Eye Toy
Mr. Biffo
The Hit Squad

& Much Much More!

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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 160

Post by Fawltykog » Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:29 am

God awful cover but yep i'll still buy it :roll:

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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 160

Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:32 am

Fawltykog wrote:God awful cover but yep i'll still buy it :roll:
Why is it an awful cover? It's a fun represatation of one of the most influential games of all time.
Would be interesting to hear what you think is awful about it.
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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 160

Post by Fawltykog » Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:53 am

Just don't like Mario or his games and yes i have tried them, would rather not see his ugly mug staring out at me with those dead eyes but like i said i will buy it and suffer the torments of hell :shock:

A purely personal opinion. 'Nuff said.

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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 160

Post by Eric » Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:59 am

Great cover for me. Very clean and crisp with the contents in the snazzy blue background with the Hit Squad logo adding a nice 8-bit touch too. My only change would ahve been to remove the hand/glove icon otherwise Mario's 3D head grabs your attention by popping off the page set against the dark blue shinny background. Your gonna see Mario looking at you the minute you step inside WH SMITH!

Not a huge Mario fan myself as every game after Mario 64 is a bit samey(Not Retro! ;)) to me but to sell the mag Mario is your best bet but put anything Playstation on the cover and it instantly puts me off so I see how Mario would have the same effect.

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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 160

Post by Antiriad2097 » Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:51 am

Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:
Fawltykog wrote:God awful cover but yep i'll still buy it :roll:
Why is it an awful cover? It's a fun represatation of one of the most influential games of all time.
Would be interesting to hear what you think is awful about it.
It's a bit obvious. The image of Mario from the start of Mario 64 has been overused somewhat, so it lacks the punch it used to have.

As a cover, from your perspective, I'm sure it's great, since it has that instant recognisability for new readers to catch their eye.

As a long time reader, it's something we've seen before, if not on the cover, then in the mag and on countless other websites etc.

On the upside, The Story of Thor and a feature on The Hit Squad should be good.
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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 160

Post by greenberet79 » Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:34 am

Ah, thought the Gamecube would be front cover, disappointed!

Although I realise after having the N64 cover 2(?) issues ago maybe it wasn't feasible. It's a shame though, as the N64 has dated badly IMO and the Gamecube is still strong all these years later.
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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 160

Post by martin8777 » Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:53 am

Is it in stores yet? or just out to subscribers right now?

I have a friend flying over to visit me on Thursday and I'm hoping she'll be able to grab a copy before she leaves the UK.

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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 160

Post by The Laird » Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:14 am

martin8777 wrote:Is it in stores yet? or just out to subscribers right now?

I have a friend flying over to visit me on Thursday and I'm hoping she'll be able to grab a copy before she leaves the UK.
With subs now and in shops on Thursday I believe :)

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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 160

Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:26 am

Antiriad2097 wrote: As a cover, from your perspective, I'm sure it's great, since it has that instant recognisability for new readers to catch their eye.

As a long time reader, it's something we've seen before, if not on the cover, then in the mag and on countless other websites etc.
It's great for you too as it ensures the longevity of the mag :)
You're right that it's perhaps obvious, but out of all the other Mario 64 ideas we tried, this was the one that ticked all the right boxes for us. I've had this in my head ever since we first started considering putting N64 stuff on the cover, so it's nice to see it a reality.
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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 160

Post by RodimusPrime » Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:08 am

Been dropping hints for an article on the Hit squad label for ages.

That packaging is part of my childhood, I had so many hitsquad re-releases for my Amstrad.

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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 160

Post by necronom » Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:40 am

I can't believe the guy in collector's corner got the PET for nothing! I've had a saved search on eBay for close to a decade, but any that are local (I wouldn't risk one being posted, and it would cost too much) are hundreds of pounds. I'd love a 4032 if anyone wants to get rid of one near Middlesbrough :D

Most of it looks interesting. There's only the Mario and Gamecube bit's that I'm not interested in, though I always read the lot.

New columnist, too.
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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 160

Post by RodimusPrime » Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:54 am

I still remember when me and my mates realized you could manipulate Marios face. Spent ages messing about with it.

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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 160

Post by Antiriad2097 » Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:57 am

RodimusPrime wrote:I still remember when me and my mates realized you could manipulate Marios face. Spent ages messing about with it.
And that's why it's a good cover to catch the eye of new readers. It's a memorable image. Just not very exciting if you've been overexposed to retro stuff for over a decade.

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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 160

Post by merman » Mon Oct 03, 2016 12:34 pm

Antiriad2097 wrote:
RodimusPrime wrote:I still remember when me and my mates realized you could manipulate Marios face. Spent ages messing about with it.
And that's why it's a good cover to catch the eye of new readers. It's a memorable image. Just not very exciting if you've been overexposed to retro stuff for over a decade.

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