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Magazines from the Past Wiki

Post by andynick » Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:02 am

Hi folks,

I just wondered whether there was any appetite to discuss the latest additions to the wiki (on Wikia) that I run.

I became an avid magazine collector thanks to Mort's Zzap 64 scans. I now have a collection of nearly 6,000 owned and 3,000+ scanned. Even though it's very niche, I decided the world needed a kind of database of them all :). Obviously there are a fair few fan sites for specific magazines, but I thought it would be cool to have data from the magazines in one place.

I randomly pick a magazine to work on and I thought it might be nice to discuss them as I add them as it can be a bit lonely.

The most recent magazine I've added is ST Format Issue 3 (October 1989)
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It had 10 ST reviews with Strider top scoring with 92% and Xenon 2 scoring 90%.

The lowest scorer was Castle Warrior with 43%

I'm happy to scan in the odd page here and there if anyone wanted to read a specific article/review (nothing too new please, don't want to get in trouble...).
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Post by andynick » Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:47 pm

Just done a bit of tidy-up work on C+VG Issue 15 (January 1983)
Editor: Terry Pratt
Publisher: EMAP
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There were reviews of the latest chess programs (Boss Chess beating out Sargon II and VIC Chess) and three Spectrum Asteroids clones (with Meteor Storm top scoring). Airstrike and Choplifter also shared the top Playability score of 8 with Boss Chess and Meteor Storm.

C+VG also launched their Play by Mail game The Seventh Empire which was moderated by Mike Singleton.

E.T., Pengo and BurgerTime were also featured in the magazine.

If it turns out i'm talking to myself, i'll discontinue updates. Just thought they may be interesting to talk about.
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Post by TwoHeadedBoy » Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:55 pm

Why can't magazine covers be that interesting anymore?
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Post by merman » Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:40 am

Love the website, I'm on it :wink:

It can be fun looking back at old magazines, and I have to do it all the time in the name of research.
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Post by andynick » Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:35 am

TwoHeadedBoy wrote:Why can't magazine covers be that interesting anymore?
The magazines certainly had to have a bit of imagination back then especially when there was no official artwork provided like nowadays. That C+VG front cover was an artists impression for a ZX81 type-in game!
merman wrote:Love the website, I'm on it :wink:

It can be fun looking back at old magazines, and I have to do it all the time in the name of research.
Cheers, if you ever need an article or something from one you don't have please let me know. There's a chance I might have it and would be happy to help out.
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Post by andynick » Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:29 am

Xbox 360: The Official Magazine Issue 2 - November 2005
Editor: Steve Brown
Publisher: Future

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This issue had the launch reviews for the Xbox 360 with Perfect Dark Zero, Kameo: Elements of Power and Call of Duty all top scoring with 9/10.

NBA Live 06 low scored with 6/10

It had interviews with Jazzy Jeff and John Terry and a 6 page feature on how to setup your 360.
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Post by TwoHeadedBoy » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:53 pm

Perfect example - I could fall asleep looking at that cover compared to the Aztec-ish one.
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Post by andynick » Sun Nov 24, 2013 10:25 am

Official PlayStation 2 Magazine Issue 2 - Christmas 2000
Editor: Mike Goldsmith
Publisher: Future
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PlayStation 2 Reviews
High Scorers:-
Rayman Revolution - 8/10
Revolution is an engrossing experience, although not exactly original. New elements to the gameplay add longevity and make it well worth a look.
NHL 2001 - 8/10
Certainly the most important ice hockey game for at least five years. So damn hot, you half-expect the ice to steam.

Low scorers:-
Swing Away Golf - 3/10
A potentially decent blend of realism and fun turns sour in the face of poisonous presentation and horrendous loading. Fore! No, three.
RC Revenge Pro - 3/10
A missed opportunity to further improve a franchise that could have used it. There is fun to be had, but it's constantly being smothered by a lack of ambition.

Top scorer for the second OP2M issue in a row was a PlayStation game. This time it was WWF Smackdown 2 with 9/10.
Any sports game where you can give the commentators and the managers a thorough lashing has got to be good.
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Post by RetroBob » Sun Nov 24, 2013 12:27 pm

Impressive Wiki, nicely done :-)
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Re: Magazines from the Past Wiki

Post by andynick » Wed Nov 27, 2013 4:09 pm

RetroBob wrote:Impressive Wiki, nicely done :-)
Many thanks, hopefully it will become a useful reference tool for collectors or just a place to reminisce.


Popular Computing Weekly Vol.1 No.33 - (December 1982)
Editor: Brendon Gore
Publisher: Sunshine
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A double page Dragon review special in this issue with several Dragon Data games reviewed.
Quest top scored with 9 and Cosmic Invaders scored the least with 6.

Elsewhere in the issue there was a behind the scenes report on Thames TV's Database program and news on Atari's latest court date with Commodore, this time over a joystick.
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Post by andynick » Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:11 am

Games-X Issue 0 - (Approx. March 1991)
Editor: Hugh Gollner
Publisher: Interactive Publishing
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This is the preview issue for Games-X which was likely included in Amiga Action and other mags.

There were 11 reviews with Super Cars II (Amiga) and censored Tracy (Mega Drive) scoring 5/5.

Lowest score of 3/5 went to Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge (C64), Quest for Glory II (PC), Gauntlet & Paperboy (Master System).

There was news on Palace being sold to Titus and Hewson going into administration.

And features on 'The Six Ages of Computer Games Players' and "What do Betty Boo, Rhythm King Records and The Bitmap Brothers all have in common?"
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Post by bensonrad » Sat Nov 30, 2013 5:12 pm

Its a great website dude, and you would always be my first point of call with my mag questions! :D
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Post by andynick » Sun Dec 01, 2013 4:58 am

Sinclair User Issue 10 - (January 1983)
Editor: Nigel Clark
Publisher: ECC Publications
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Software scene included mini-reviews of games such as Time-Gate, Meteoroids and Pimania.

There were features on magic tricks on the ZX81 and how to write better programs.
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Post by andynick » Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:19 am

Popular Computing Weekly Vol.1 No.34 - (December 1982)
Editor: Brendon Gore
Publisher: Sunshine
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2 page Atari review special. Preppie and Shamus top score with 9/10. Jumbo Jet Pilot low scored with 3/10.

Otherwise nothing else to do with gaming this issue.
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Post by merman » Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:17 pm

Never bought the weekly mags, although that Games-X preview did look interesting...
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