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Why do you hate your readers?

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:48 pm
by jacklboy
Through the years I have seen a number of comments about the small font size you use, the poor color schemes, and the insanely tiny image captions. You always seem to suggest that something will be done... but nothing changes. When will you design your magazine so that it is comfortable to read?

Also, the idea of "Back to the Noughties" is great, but it would be cooler if it jumped around. It would be nice to see what was going on during a month in 1984 one month and 1992 another rather than a constant progression during a relatively boring era where little changes.

Re: Why do you hate your readers?

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:35 pm
by Crusty Starfish
Wow! Retro Gamer staff hate their readers!

I find that very hard to believe jacklboy - the few minor things you bring up are niggles rather than the staff punishing its readers because they hate them :shock:

There are parts of the mag I'd like to see changed but I don't think the staff hate me because of it :lol:

Relax, have a cigar and write a little letter to the letters page.

Re: Why do you hate your readers?

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:46 pm
by kiwimike
Some interesting points, some valid ones that are bought up frequently...Lol not sure if they sit around the meeting table laughing about which font and colour scheme the punters will struggle with the most though! :lol:

Re: Why do you hate your readers?

Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:33 am
by merman
jacklboy wrote:
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:48 pm
Through the years I have seen a number of comments about the small font size you use, the poor color schemes, and the insanely tiny image captions. You always seem to suggest that something will be done... but nothing changes. When will you design your magazine so that it is comfortable to read?

Also, the idea of "Back to the Noughties" is great, but it would be cooler if it jumped around. It would be nice to see what was going on during a month in 1984 one month and 1992 another rather than a constant progression during a relatively boring era where little changes.
The magazine has already done Back to the Eighties and Back to the Nineties.
Some complained when it jumped around, so it became a chronological feature.

Re: Why do you hate your readers?

Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:21 pm
by psj3809
Totally agree with Merman. Would have been a pain if it jumped all over the place, having it in order is great. As he says its caught up doing the 80's and 90's so you cant go back to do a month again (as people would complain). Back to the 70's (mid-late 70s starting) would be good

As for 'do you hate your readers' - come on ! Theres been the odd bad colour contrast but nothing major

Re: Why do you hate your readers?

Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:06 am
by mrmessy
merman wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:33 am
The magazine has already done Back to the Eighties and Back to the Nineties.
Some complained when it jumped around, so it became a chronological feature.
Personally, I don't bother reading Back to the Noughties. I am of that age where that partucular period is of little interest to me. I would MUCH rather they did the "Back to the 80's Again" - from the beginning - perhaps just reviewing and adding to what was printed previously. Most stuff past '94 / '95 just seems like the 'modern gaming' side of things to me.

Re: Why do you hate your readers?

Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:12 am
by mrmessy
psj3809 wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:21 pm
Back to the 70's (mid-late 70s starting) would be good
Yes! That would be better than the 00's (and inevitably the 10's 😫). Stick with the Classic Gaming period!

Re: Why do you hate your readers?

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:14 pm
by icemann
I'd love to see to see a "Back to the 00's". 80s has been done and the 90s will be done eventually so it makes sense. I have no interest in the 70s or earlier.

Re: Why do you hate your readers?

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:53 am
by The Laird
icemann wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:14 pm
I'd love to see to see a "Back to the 00's". 80s has been done and the 90s will be done eventually so it makes sense. I have no interest in the 70s or earlier.
Eh? They are already doing "Back to the 00's" and have been for several issues at least.

Re: Why do you hate your readers?

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:23 am
by Crusty Starfish
The Laird wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:53 am
icemann wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:14 pm
I'd love to see to see a "Back to the 00's". 80s has been done and the 90s will be done eventually so it makes sense. I have no interest in the 70s or earlier.
Eh? They are already doing "Back to the 00's" and have been for several issues at least.
Yeah! Maybe he doesn't read that bit of the mag? I don't! 00's are rubbish and not retro enough for me :lol:

Re: Why do you hate your readers?

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:01 pm
by icemann
Well, where I'm up to issues wise (up to issue 148 currently), that is not in the mag. So if it's in now then awesome.

That said, the 80s-90s will forever be the golden age of gaming for me, as you had the best of both worlds across all systems, as there was a clear games difference between every console. Nowadays it's very same same across the board.

Re: Why do you hate your readers?

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:43 pm
by antsbull
icemann wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:01 pm
Well, where I'm up to issues wise (up to issue 148 currently), that is not in the mag. So if it's in now then awesome.

That said, the 80s-90s will forever be the golden age of gaming for me, as you had the best of both worlds across all systems, as there was a clear games difference between every console. Nowadays it's very same same across the board.
Yep, the 80s and 90s will never be outdone - a lot of the game developers focused on innovation and pushing boundaries.

Re: Why do you hate your readers?

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:57 am
by bounty bob
When are we getting back to the 80s and 90s bookazines? Nearly everything else from the mag has been reprinted in some sort of special over the years so why not?

Re: Why do you hate your readers?

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:18 am
by kiwimike
bounty bob wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:57 am
When are we getting back to the 80s and 90s bookazines? Nearly everything else from the mag has been reprinted in some sort of special over the years so why not?
Why not indeed. Sounds a good idea :)