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Post by seabass » Wed May 16, 2007 5:16 pm

As much as I love Pokemon, When Offical Nintendo Magazine stared going overboard with it (for a good reason I'm sure), that was just about it for me and I haven't brought an issue for years
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Post by bonerlaw » Wed May 16, 2007 5:31 pm

seabass wrote:As much as I love Pokemon, When Offical Nintendo Magazine stared going overboard with it (for a good reason I'm sure), that was just about it for me and I haven't brought an issue for years
I guess I must be lucky then! Loved Official Nintendo Mag, but stopped buying it (due to getting a PS1) just before Pokemon hit, so I remember it a s a great mag! Although, I did used to get annoyed when they reviewed a japanese game that I could never have because (a) i lived nowhere near a specialist games shop and (b) ebay didnt exist!
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Post by MikeHive » Wed May 16, 2007 7:47 pm

I used to love it until they started to drop classic stuff like Seal's Mailbag, and who remembers Blagman and Captain Gnatschuff? :lol: The Question-Answering Cravat? Biscuit Boy? Ah I still remember all those great old injokes, I was sorry to see them all disappear when the mag got redesigned and made to look 'more modern'. It had no soul after that, it was just another load of glossy promo pap.
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Post by ZX Beccy » Fri May 18, 2007 7:24 am

Back in the day it was Crash and Your Sinclair without fail, if there were spare pennies left over I'd grab a copy of Big K or C&VG

I also had the run of Input, 1st time round

we also used to get 'Nutty' and 'Doctor Who Weekly' in our home.

That was pretty much it until Retro Gamer came along.

And ZX Shed.

ZX Shed's great. Fantastic covers too...... :lol:
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Post by djcarlos » Fri May 18, 2007 12:00 pm

Titbits.
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Post by Parts_Monkey » Fri May 18, 2007 3:25 pm

I started off on Sega Power with the 1993 Special Issue and bought it all the way to the last but one Saturn Power (I think it was at it's best in the last 10 or so issues before they changed their name.

I also bought loads of Official Sega Saturn Magazines.

The I moved on to the Official Dreamcast Magazine and DC-UK.

I also used to read alot of C+VG when I was at school about 97- 02? when they were about £1.50 - £1.99. It was half the price of gamesmaster and they seemed to give the saturn a fair chance as opposed to gamesmaster who just seemed to not give a damn.

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Post by woody.cool » Fri May 18, 2007 3:31 pm

Elgin_McQueen wrote:RG's the only gaming mag I buy these days ...
Same here !!! I did get a couple of issues of Retro Fusion, but it doesn't come out often enough.

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Post by DanDare » Sun May 20, 2007 9:29 pm

When PC Zone was housed with Dennis Publishing and had people like Charlie Brooker on their staff I used to love it. The interaction they had with PC Gamer was fun in the sense that the two magazines competed against each other.

PC Gamer I loved when Jonathan Davies and then James Flynn were editors. Since then it's gone downhill gradually. They've changed the layout, hired some writers (who, in my opinion, come across as holier than thou) and generally let their standard slip. Personally I see it as no coincidence that the quality slipped when Zone were no longer directly competing (yes, I know they still are to an extent but it's not the same).

PC Format I still like but they've changed the layout too and I'm not keen. I didn't buy it for the games reviews as such but the hardware reviews I'm not sold on anymore. Maybe I am being too harsh but it just seems to walked away from a great formula.

PC Attack is no longer with us, but it was the first PC magazine I bought. I remember the psychedelic colours and the cover disc (which I actually really liked).

C&VG we all know about, classic, classic magazine in its day. I read the Retro Gamer piece on its downfall and it was a shame. I remember Dad buying me some bumper C&VG issue that had like four issues in one. Really re-readable. I wish I still kept my copies.

In terms well there are only two magazines I buy: Retro Gamer and Edge. I like the latter a lot even if at times the writing is lacking the fun that some of the other magazines have. Retro Gamer I am new too but I like it. I'm falling out of love with modern games, and find myself going back in time. This magazine satisfies a need.

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Post by spc » Sun May 20, 2007 10:06 pm

gmintyfresh wrote:An oldie for me: The Games Machine, it wasn't the greatest magazine ever but it was the first games mag I bought - It also loved the PC engine when this was a rare beast and hardly ever seen in the uk!

CVG was also brilliant it's a shame it declined the way it did
Why has nobody else mentioned this classic tome. Granted not as epic as zzap or crash but surely this masterpiece is worth a thread of its own

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Post by Dudley » Sun May 20, 2007 11:26 pm

DanDare wrote: PC Format I still like but they've changed the layout too and I'm not keen. I didn't buy it for the games reviews as such but the hardware reviews I'm not sold on anymore. Maybe I am being too harsh but it just seems to walked away from a great formula.
PC Format I think never grew up. Somewhere around a decade ago they adopted the "woman on the cover" trend and somehow never realised that went out of fashion a long time ago. In addition from being a mature smart mag in the Dan Slingsby and Paula Richards eras it's slipped into being pretty much FHM. It's no surprise it now sells less than a 1/3 of it's 1994 sales despite actually costing less. It's not just the normal trend in the magazine market either, PC Gamer has lost about 15% in that time, not 66%. (And PC Gamer costs a full £1.50 more than a decade ago)
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Post by batman877 » Mon May 21, 2007 6:52 am

Past (in no order of preference):

Amstrad Action
CU Amiga
Amiga Format
Games X
Super Play
Sega Power
Total
CD32 Gamer

Present (in no order of preference):

Retro Gamer
Games TM
N Gamer
Nintendo Official Magazine

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Post by Pengwin » Mon May 21, 2007 7:17 am

Although I read a number of different speccy mags, the one mag I bought religiously was Atari User.

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Post by stvd » Mon May 21, 2007 7:28 am

TV Gamer was probably the first regular mag I bought.


I had one before that even.
It had a female robot on the cover and it was full of Atari VCS reviews and b&w screen shots.
It also had an advert for Kangaroo (arcade?!?) near the back of the mag.
Why my memory recalls this is a mystery :)
Anyone have this or even suggest what the magazine was called?
It would be around 1983 I'm guessing.

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Post by bensonrad » Mon May 21, 2007 8:50 am

My first mag I ever bought was C&VG, I used to love that mag up until the mid 90's. CU Amiga I bought every month. And would occasionally buy Nintendo Magazine, Super Play and Total.

Managed to pick up 50 issues of C&VG ranging from 1995-2002 recently with complete years of 96, 97 & 98 for a bargin 99p!
Still missing a few in my Super Play collection though, if anyone out there wants to part with some!

I love flicking through the old mags checking out the reviews on games I find and pick up.

Unfortunatly I ended up binning about 50 odd mags about 6 years ago, when my parents made me clear my stuff from their loft, I just could not carry all of the mags, so I had to pick out a few I liked and the rest went in the recycling. Oh the shame, there were loads of mean Machine Mags in that lot. :cry:
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Post by stvd » Mon May 21, 2007 9:07 am

bensonrad wrote:Unfortunatly I ended up binning about 50 odd mags about 6 years ago, when my parents made me clear my stuff from their loft
Tell me about it!

All my mags (from @1983 to 1995) were binned by my parents when I bought my own house. They never even gave me the option of lifting them. TV Gamer, Crash, SU, YS, C&VG, Mean Machines, Super Play, PS mags all of them binned along with hundreds of Beano comics and annuals (I had technically outgrown the comics but I'm a hoarder, y'know?) :)

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