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Did I miss the Winter isssue or...?

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:46 am
by NightShadowPT
Hi,

I'm a subscriber of Retro Gamer from the early days (issue 10 I believe), and if my memory serves me right we always had 13 issues per year:

1 per month (12 total) + 1 Winter issue

For example, last year we had:

Issue 175 - Dec 2017 - Sonic 2
Issue 176 - Winter 2017 - Contra
Issue 177 - January 2018 - Greatest Game Systems

But this year the Winter issue is nowhere to be seen:

Issue 188 - Dec 2018 - Playstation
Issue 189 - Jan 2019 - Sonic Adventure

Does anyone know what happened?

Cheers,

Re: Did I miss the Winter isssue or...?

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:34 am
by psj3809
2 issues came out in November I think. One 1st Nov and the other 29th Nov

Then we had the December one on the 27th.

Re: Did I miss the Winter isssue or...?

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:03 pm
by Crusty Starfish
Winter issue! Don’t say that... it’ll be like ‘Christmas issue’ and won’t sell because subscribers in foreign lands don’t get their subs for 4 months and winter will be spring, this will then put people off reading it.
😄

Re: Did I miss the Winter isssue or...?

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:38 pm
by RetroBob
Why are there 13 issues? I see this for other mags that one would assume are monthly.

Re: Did I miss the Winter isssue or...?

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:19 pm
by NorthWay
13 is easy enough as 52 is a multiple of it. Which meant that Back In The Day (i.e. like when you still called it C&VG) the 13th issue was called Christmas. For those that gave month names to their issues.
Wasn't the Christmas issue typically the biggest and bestest of the year? (I'd expect many had time to read those over the period, and many of the biggest games of the year were probably reviewed then too. Plus all who got new machines would buy a copy to get up to speed on their new hw.)

Re: Did I miss the Winter isssue or...?

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:31 pm
by RetroBob
Understood, thank you.

Re: Did I miss the Winter isssue or...?

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:14 am
by antsbull
Crusty Starfish wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:03 pm
Winter issue! Don’t say that... it’ll be like ‘Christmas issue’ and won’t sell because subscribers in foreign lands don’t get their subs for 4 months and winter will be spring, this will then put people off reading it.
😄
I realise your jesting, but all they said was the Xmas themed issues sold incredibly badly, I don't think they were making stuff up about it

Re: Did I miss the Winter isssue or...?

Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:44 am
by NightShadowPT
So... there was no Christmas issue this year, right?

I even went through Retro Gamer's iOS app to count the issues last year, and there were only 12...

This is positively weird, and I'm finding it strange no one else complained about it (?)

Re: Did I miss the Winter isssue or...?

Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:55 pm
by NickThorpe
We'd definitely have noticed if we'd only done 12! As normal, there were 13 issues published in 2018 - one every four weeks, so one per month with two in November:

177 - Greatest Games Systems (25th January)
178 - Goldeneye (22nd February)
179 - Pac-Man (22nd March)
180 - The Chaos Engine (19th April)
181 - Street Fighter (17th May)
182 - Mega Drive (14th June)
183 - Tetris (12th July)
184 - Daytona USA (9th August)
185 - Space Invaders (6th September)
186 - Fallout (4th October)
187 - SNK (1st November)
188 - PlayStation (29th November)
189 - Sonic Adventure (27th December)

Re: Did I miss the Winter isssue or...?

Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:03 pm
by jdanddiet
So That's why no one else complained about it! 😂

Re: Did I miss the Winter isssue or...?

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:52 am
by NightShadowPT
Thanks for clarifying it Nick!

I just got thrown off because the Sonic issue is being sold in the iOS app as the January issue, not the December issue.