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Re: Favourite gaming magazines

Post by SpeedBreaker » Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:36 am

I think I used to spend more on the mags than the games themselves:

Zzap! 64
CU
C+VG
EGM
Diehard Gamefan
Mean Machines
Megatech

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Re: Favourite gaming magazines

Post by Nemesis » Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:38 am

Crash
Early C&VG (up to mid-nineties)
Maximum (7 issues of pure class covering everything from PSOne to Neo Geo)
Edge
Retro Gamer of course :wink:
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Re: Favourite gaming magazines

Post by TwoHeadedBoy » Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:56 am

Game Zone
CVG (1996-1999)
Sega Power (1995-1996, the "weird" years)
Arcade
Sega Pro (they gave EVERY game at least 80%!)
Sega XS (big mapped out levels, lovely)
Official Sega Magazine (the Showcase bits were great)
GamesTM (it was amazing the first time I saw it, with Prince of Persia on the cover and a big thing about the Saturn - don't get it so much nowadays)
GamesMaster (the way they put speech bubbles on all the screenshots, funny stuff)
Mega

My, what a lot of paper.
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Re: Favourite gaming magazines

Post by nakamura » Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:42 am

Shinobi wrote:
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Shinobi wrote:I have a near complete run of Super Plays up to issue 43 with the woman off Final Fight Tough on the Cover..
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If you ever get rid of that let me know.... god I wish I never binned all my magazines. :(
I have a few double issues of Super Play in mint condition if your interested..

issue 2 spilt Ribena light over the cover Naked Link with Zelda cover
Issue 3 Christmas issue
issue 13 Football girl cover
Issue 39 Evermore cover
possibly a few more such as issue 9 and issue 33

here's a pic of the spare issue 3
I missed this sorry. :oops:
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Re: Favourite gaming magazines

Post by theantmeister » Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:44 am

I only really read Game Zone in the 90's. Although I did read NGC for a while until it became impossible for them to continue producing a decent monthly mag due to a dearth of Gamecube releases.

I still have my Game Zones somewhere,but they're not in great shape. Although, considering they spent a lot of time shoved into a school bag, they aren't that bad. Some of the early ones are missing covers though. I should probably scan them sometime. I loved those mags. They were hilariously funny and really informative. To this day, I could bore you with the technical details of Mode 7 or the Super FX chip.

Game Zone died off when Future bought it. It was kind of a shock to open the latest issue to find all the writers had changed, most having defected to PC Zone. And now Future have managed to run PC Zone into the ground as well. *sigh*

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Re: Favourite gaming magazines

Post by Luke » Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:15 am

I'll add my vote to the "Super Play" pile - great stuff, and I regret ever wasting time with the terrible "N-Force" before switching to Super Play on a friend's advice. And I don't mean "decades later I look back with wisdom," I mean even as a child I could instantly tell that this was a far better mag.

I never read Amiga Power (I never had an Amiga), but some people asked if I'd ever read it based on my articles - apparently it was pretty funny stuff. Can anyone confirm that?

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Re: Favourite gaming magazines

Post by batman877 » Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:32 am

Through the ages...

C&VG (mainly through the 80's and early 90's)
Amstrad Action (every issue!)
CU Amiga (and the odd copy of Amiga Format, Amiga Power and Amiga Action)
CD32 Gamer
Mean Machines
Super Play
N64 Magazine
Playstation Magazine (the original - not the crappy PS2 and PS3 versions!)
NGC

I currently subscribe to:
Games TM
Retro Gamer
NGamer

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Re: Favourite gaming magazines

Post by Mootown » Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:03 am

Any Christmas issue of either ZZap 64, Crash!, Commodore user etc. The Christmas issues had about a million pages and were always awesome. I spent weeks reading them cover to cover. I used to love how they christmassed up the pages and the reviewer pics etc.

Aside from that Maximum and it's Panzer Zwei feature pretty much was the best magazine ever published.

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Re: Favourite gaming magazines

Post by Roo » Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:40 pm

N64 Magazine by a cosmic mile. Absolutely untouchable in the day. NGC and NGamer, while I still buy them (and have every issue), sadly don't come close. That's more of an indication of how brilliant I found N64 Magazine to be though...
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Re: Favourite gaming magazines

Post by SonicTheHedgehog » Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:52 pm

I loved collecting games magazines growing up and il never forget the day a new issue of a mag that i bought was supposed to be out, i would rush down to the newsagents with my pocket money to get it and very often it would not have arrived on the shelves and i would cycle back home dissapointed. Later on into my teens my collection ended up costing quite a bit every month but i had 4 paper rounds simultaneously so could afford it!!!

CVG Magazine throughout the 90's was great and i bought it on a monthly basis and still have every issue from mid 1996 through to 2001. I loved the freeplay part of the magazine which was introduced sometime in the mid 90's which featured games related drawings that people had done and sent into the magazine aswel as high scores and best times for all the popular games at the time. I also liked the High Five scoring system which i feel is better than the score out of 100 that most magazines went by at the time and alot still do. I will never forget the guys that worked on the mag like Ed Lomas, Tom Guise, Alex Hutala & Paul Davies.

The Official Sega Magazine/Saturn Magazine & Dreamcast Magazine were all great and i bought all three of them every month. I still have every issue of the Official Dreamcast Mag and alot of the Official Saturn Mag but only a few of the Official Sega Mag.

I also loved Edge magazine early on up until they gave Halo a 10/10 and regularly bought the magazine and still have a few issues including Issue 1 & 2 in near mint. It was much more serious in style and tone to CVG mag but just as good only in a diff way and one of the reasons i bought Gran Turismo is because it got a 10 in Edge back when that score was reserved for something out of the ordinary and almost supernatural unlike today.

Then there were 2 new games magazines that started around the same time. Issue 1 of Total Control magazine was launched in November 1998 and although it only ran for 11 issues it was a very good read with a section at the back dedicated to imports. I have all 11 issues in near mint cond.

The other new Games magazine that started a month later was Arcade Magazine which was another enjoyable read that always had good features. I have the first 20 issues in near mint.

And the last gmaes magazine i bought regularly was Games TM. Again loved the magazine and found the retro section great and there reviews fairly accurate and bought the first 60 issues and still have them.

Since i got a laptop with wireless internet access i no longer feel there is a point in buying mags when theres IGN/Gamespot/Kotaku/Joystiq and about a dozen other sites that cover all the latest gaming news but i do intend on keeping all my old mags as its great to look back at old issues and read peoples opinions about what they thought the future was going to be and how the landscape of gaming as changed and how its stayed the same.

I also remember reading and buying to a much lesser extent Sega Power/Megatech/Mean Machines Sega/Gamesmaster/Saturn Power and X Gen.
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Re: Favourite gaming magazines

Post by Freestyler » Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:54 pm

I wonder how much trade the fanny mags are doing now you can get streaming hardcore pr0n off 't interwebs?
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Re: Favourite gaming magazines

Post by TwoHeadedBoy » Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:56 pm

A fair bit - it's only old men who buy them from my shop, so I'm guessing for the technology-disabled, they're a boon!
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Re: Favourite gaming magazines

Post by The Mask Seller » Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:32 pm

I used to get Amstrad Action when I was a nipper, then C+VG, Mean Machines, some Playstation magazine that was quite pornographic (Abigail Toyne was always in it* and Martin Kitts did features), EDGE (found it too pompous, insufferable and 'dry' after 5 years), now Games TM and retroGAMER.

I'd say my most loved was probably Mean Machines, I remember being was so excited about all that 16bit goodness they featured and it was a fun read.

*Every magazine should feature Abigail Toyne, she's filth :D
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Re: Favourite gaming magazines

Post by The Mask Seller » Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:33 pm

Terribly sorry.
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Re: Favourite gaming magazines

Post by The Mask Seller » Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:33 pm

How did this happen? Really, really am sorry.
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