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Gamesradar presents Classic Gaming Vol. 1 bookazine

Posted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:28 pm
by Antiriad2097
This might have been covered before, but it's the first time I've seen it
https://m.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/ga ... ic-gaming/

Future Publishing have a go at an RG style bookazine.

It's quite nice, but covers obvious games on obvious platforms, so there isn't a whole lot to interest regular RG readers.

Still, if you must collect all of these things or have a real affinity with one of the platforms it covers it might be worth a punt.

I was tempted as it covers Speccy, but 10 quid seemed a bit much to just read simple recaps of games that have been done to death.

Re: Gamesradar presents Classic Gaming Vol. 1 bookazine

Posted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:40 pm
by TwoHeadedBoy
Saw this in WH Smith's last week, was sort of tempted by the Mega Drive bits, but on a flick through it was exactly the kind of sterile dullness that seems so prevalent in publishing these days... And as Ant said, yeah - obvious and pointless.

Re: Gamesradar presents Classic Gaming Vol. 1 bookazine

Posted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:55 am
by greenberet79
That artwork makes it look like a RG publication - think IP might want to take a look at that!

Re: Gamesradar presents Classic Gaming Vol. 1 bookazine

Posted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:27 am
by NickThorpe
greenberet79 wrote:That artwork makes it look like a RG publication - think IP might want to take a look at that!
We pointed it out to those who might wish to pursue any action at the time, but within a week this announcement happened. Assuming final approval is granted, the similarity will be of little consequence.

Re: Gamesradar presents Classic Gaming Vol. 1 bookazine

Posted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:42 am
by greenberet79
Ahhh.

''The acquisition will enable us to scale significantly our market position in bookazines''

Makes sense! Although... it seems a bit strange that they released a bookazine against a rival publisher they were about to buy. Why not wait and just badge it up with RG?

Re: Gamesradar presents Classic Gaming Vol. 1 bookazine

Posted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 2:26 pm
by Megamixer
greenberet79 wrote:Makes sense! Although... it seems a bit strange that they released a bookazine against a rival publisher they were about to buy. Why not wait and just badge it up with RG?
Maybe hoping that those who buy RG bookazines will also buy another, 'different' bookazine on the same subject too? A lot of people seem to buy every single one going so perhaps there's some cunning business logic behind it all :wink:

Re: Gamesradar presents Classic Gaming Vol. 1 bookazine

Posted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 6:52 pm
by the_hawk
So is this all stuff that's not been in another magazine before then? If it is I'm interested.

Also, do Future own the rights to Your Sinclair? Definite mileage to be had in producing a 'best of' & sticking a few pages of new content in a 10 quid bookazine. I'd be all over that.

Re: Gamesradar presents Classic Gaming Vol. 1 bookazine

Posted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:06 pm
by kiwimike
Well, I do like bookazines for sure, and the machines it covers are a good range of popular ones. Will need to google for more info as the blurb doesn't really tell you a lot aside from what machines. I guess with most Retro game books, the majority now don't really tell you anything you don't know already as we have a feast now when a few years ago it was a famine, so you look for a point of difference- packaging, quality, angle of writing. But if there's enough difference, I'd be interested for the collection. From an international customer point of view, it is quite a bit cheaper postage wise, by around ten bucks local...give or take what the exchange rate is doing. Bought their Star Wars and Fantasy Film art books a few months ago, and even when not promoting tend to be $26-$28...$20 when they are doing promo offers. By comparison RG Bookazines go around $35-$38. Have really needed to chase that up, as I know freight and post costs- Especially as far as possible on earth to the Pacific- are expensive- I still have felt for a while they are a little overinflated. Australasians tend to know post costs well as being too far away from things have little choice but to pay them, so you get to know who bumps the cost up a little, and who charges actual rate. Packaging and the like need to be factored in as well, of course. :)

Re: Gamesradar presents Classic Gaming Vol. 1 bookazine

Posted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:11 pm
by kiwimike
the_hawk wrote:So is this all stuff that's not been in another magazine before then? If it is I'm interested.

Also, do Future own the rights to Your Sinclair? Definite mileage to be had in producing a 'best of' & sticking a few pages of new content in a 10 quid bookazine. I'd be all over that.
I think there would really be a market for 'best of' historic and classic magazines into bookazines, with a 'then/now' comparison. Nostalgia sells, and mags from the 80s can be hard to find in good condition :)

Re: Gamesradar presents Classic Gaming Vol. 1 bookazine

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:31 pm
by Shinobi
Was going to buy this but on flicking through it seemed quite poor with lots of games that have been covered thousands of times in the past.. Not much 8 or 16 bit for my liking even though it was featured quite heavily on the cover

Re: Gamesradar presents Classic Gaming Vol. 1 bookazine

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:07 pm
by sidney
Future publishing have produced some decent games magazines over the years, almost too many to mention but it was nice to see someone challenging them with magazines that offered something a bit different, Imagine produced some fine competition to Future and Retro Gamer is the jewel in the crown, in short I'm not sure a Future Publishing monopoly of magazines is a particularly great thing although I realise that they are a big fish in a pool that seems to be shrinking dramatically in size.
I hope Retro Gamer continues to be as good as it has been for all these years and that Future treat it with the respect it has earned and deserves in the gaming community. Will the Imagine brand continue as a subsidiary of Future or will it vanish altogether?

Re: Gamesradar presents Classic Gaming Vol. 1 bookazine

Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:14 am
by kiwimike
sidney wrote:Future publishing have produced some decent games magazines over the years, almost too many to mention but it was nice to see someone challenging them with magazines that offered something a bit different, Imagine produced some fine competition to Future and Retro Gamer is the jewel in the crown, in short I'm not sure a Future Publishing monopoly of magazines is a particularly great thing although I realise that they are a big fish in a pool that seems to be shrinking dramatically in size.
I hope Retro Gamer continues to be as good as it has been for all these years and that Future treat it with the respect it has earned and deserves in the gaming community. Will the Imagine brand continue as a subsidiary of Future or will it vanish altogether?
Agreed. Monopolies are never good, nothing wrong with a bit of healthy competition. And let's hope Future take the approach 'If it ain't broke' to the Imagine stable, especially RG. The fear of any takeover is the desire of the new Bosses to put their signature changes on things that don't need it :)

Re: Gamesradar presents Classic Gaming Vol. 1 bookazine

Posted: Sat Aug 13, 2016 3:21 am
by kiwimike
I decided to take a punt on this, and it arrived today in the post. It did take a bit longer than RG bookazines to arrive! :wink:

Anyway, I really like it, it is a nice layout. It basically covers just five systems (Spectrum, Amiga, Megadrive, Playstation, N64), and key titles from those machines, with a little feature on a publisher from each system as well.
It won't tell you anything you don't know already of course, and it is definitely style over substance with nice layout and photos, and certainly nowhere near as in depth as our RG ones, larger brief font on games rather than in depth interviews and histories. Pretty much a nice softcover coffee table book. It is quite lovely though, and it depends on what you like as to whether it's worth it to you or not :)

Re: Gamesradar presents Classic Gaming Vol. 1 bookazine

Posted: Sun Aug 28, 2016 6:36 am
by The Laird
I did a little video review of this for those interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c0B4zcff5Q