Retro Gamer - Issue 188

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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 188

Post by PostieDoc » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:27 pm

The June pin-up in the calendar is one sexy lady!

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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 188

Post by knight_beat » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:38 pm

RetroBob wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:01 pm
I do like the calendar! If you want to hang it, use a hole punch to put holes wherever you want.
It's not even a holy calendar? Tssk. I guess I'll have to look at the Nightmare of Santa Claus and Chillout games ad for some festive cheer :lol:

I've only just started reading the issue but it looks fantastic this month. I'll be reading it cover to cover.

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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 188

Post by the_hawk » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:42 pm

Love seeing the coverage for Arcade Club & Play Blackpool, the North West of England is the home of retro! ;-) Now all we need is an article about Fab Cafe & Prinny's fun Nights of Gaming.

Really appreciate getting the calendar, it's a really nice bonus.

On the subject of Xmas covers, probably a bit late for this year, but if you're doing separate covers for subscribers anyway, how about doing the subs cover as an Xmas one & the non-subs as the generic one.
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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 188

Post by psj3809 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:06 pm

greenberet79 wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:24 pm
Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:43 pm
I personally feel the 29th of November is far too soon for a Christmas themed cover.

Darran
I agree with all the other points but not this - I have most of my Christmas shopping done, I've been on a Christmas night out, all the Christmas lights are on around town and the shops having been pushing Christmas since October!
Haven’t done any yet. Still weeks to go. Crazy these people getting everything done by end of November !

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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 188

Post by jdanddiet » Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:55 pm

psj3809 wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:06 pm
greenberet79 wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:24 pm
Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:43 pm
I personally feel the 29th of November is far too soon for a Christmas themed cover.

Darran
I agree with all the other points but not this - I have most of my Christmas shopping done, I've been on a Christmas night out, all the Christmas lights are on around town and the shops having been pushing Christmas since October!
Haven’t done any yet. Still weeks to go. Crazy these people getting everything done by end of November !
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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 188

Post by psj3809 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:03 pm

Just been flicking through the issue. Some great stuff this month. VERY happy to see the feature on Arcade Club, its an amazing place. History of Baldurs Gate is my favourite so far. Was never a huge RPG fan but that game changed it all for me in the late 90's. Had the original 5 CD version (later the 1 DVD was much easier !). Amazing game. Still play this on my ipad now, absolute classic.

Other articles didnt grab me instantly but sure they will when i go back over it

Bit gutted theres no Xmas cover but if it was the lowest selling issue back then i totally understand the reason then for not doing it

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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 188

Post by rinzwind » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:12 pm

A very boring subscribers cover. Could use some jingle bells... anyway useles to mention sales when taling about xmas covers because subscribers already paid. And theres also a choice of delicate december dressing.

Anyway way too basic cover. This sub cover would not do well in the stores. I dont want line art in my covers. Already had this before too...

Oke enough cover wining for me.

Contents looks interesting.

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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 188

Post by Mire Mare » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:27 am

Really good to see Arcade Club in the mag. It's all I've had chance to read so far.

Sorry, but I also want to raise the lack of Christmas cover. That old chestnut. Pun intended :lol: :roll: I think further discussion is needed because this does indeed crop up most (every?) year.

I totally agree with Antiriad's post about the Christmas cover. The argument against having one, now there's a separate cover for subscribers, seems long in the tooth and is unsatisfactory. The point about the last Christmas cover being the worst seller isn't compelling. Maybe that cover was generally just a not liked and/or not very good? Or perhaps the main article 'Cover Tape Wars' wasn't what the readership wanted? Or the reviews section didn't cover the right games? What was the next worst selling cover? And the next one? Comparing sales figures with the magazines cover doesn't imply causation. There are many other variables to consider.

I'd like to see RG run a subscribers poll to see 'Who'd like a Christmas cover 2019?'. More than 50% for then we should see a Christmas cover. RG staffers? Darran?

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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 188

Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:30 am

Mire Mare wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:27 am
The point about the last Christmas cover being the worst seller isn't compelling.
I'm sorry, but we've no current plans to run Christmas covers. If we do change this stance you'll see a Christmas cover next November :)
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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 188

Post by Solegor » Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:41 pm

Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:30 am
Mire Mare wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:27 am
The point about the last Christmas cover being the worst seller isn't compelling.
I'm sorry, but we've no current plans to run Christmas covers. If we do change this stance you'll see a Christmas cover next November :)
Makes sense since then it raises the question why there is no Diwali cover or Eid al-Adha

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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 188

Post by rinzwind » Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:06 pm

Missed opportunity to deliver that december vibe to subscribers-only with a warm cosy cover.

The current sub cover is just boring and cold frankly. No more line art plz.

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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 188

Post by RichL » Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:32 pm

Just looking through the calendar, is issue 202 really on sale on Boxing Day?

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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 188

Post by Antiriad2097 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:33 am

Darran's cunning plan to avoid complaints about Chrjstmas covers, get ot out the day after.
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Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 188

Post by jdanddiet » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:52 pm

It's funny, I was doing a bit of research over Christmas and dug out a load of old gaming magazines from a variety of eras.
With a few notable exceptions (mainly Zzap and Crash) Xmas covers have been very rare over the years, at least on gaming
mags, and in the few years I looked at
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