To me, it's more like the much-respected original director (Martyn) is now an associate producer, and the director and production manager are trying to widen the show's appeal by using modern effects. However, the cast is largely the same, with a few additions.Turrican wrote:say you have a TV show like Knight Rider and you're always used to the Hoff being the lead.... then that changes along with the feel of the show and people will stop watching... it's the same here with the magazine, well to me at least.
In terms of material, the only major shift I can see (and one that, frankly, Martyn started anyway during the last few issues of the Live run) is a move towards more gaming coverage, rather than hardware and 'generalised' articles on genre. (In other words, we now get 'The making of Hitchhiker's Guide', rather than an Infocom piece that aims to cover a bunch of games.) Although I've no idea what Martyn's plans for the mag were post-issue 18, I suspect that the balance of features wouldn't be significantly different to how the mag is now, although, clearly, it would have looked very different, what with Markie not being involved.
I guess that's horses for courses, and, ironically, it appears the galleries are back this issue anyway, although as double-page spreads, rather than a dozen pages. I've never really had a problem with the large grabs with commentary, since they get more variety into the mag, and stop people complaining that 'x' platform hasn't been covered enough, but I'm well aware that they're the second most controversial element (the most being the bargain hunt standing copy).I do agree with the fact that both mags (all mags i s'pose) had their filler, but the filler in the older RG was interesting enough to think it was ok to have.
We've done the advertising thing to death on this forum. Most similar titles carry these ads, and so I'm going to delete any further commentary in this thread about them, should it appear.although the 0898 numbers at the back of the mag are inappropriate, especially if these are magazines that some parents may want to give to their kids as examples of what they played when they were younger. I know it's advertising, but come on.
And with that, I can fully agree. Constructive criticism is fine, and while I don't agree with much of what you say, you certainly have the right to say it, and this thread is the place to do so. I'm also happy to see that this discussion is being conducted in a cordial manner, rather than flaring up into a slagging match.What I say in these threads are relevant to their subject matter. If we didn't post in here, like the moderators ask, then Retro Gamer would not get the answer to the question that this post poses in the first place.
*adopts Futurama voice*
Well done, everybody!