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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Thu 29 Dec 2016 - 23:12

Mas if you really want to play them, could always emulate them or buy them on the Wii Virtual Console?

I'm looking at playing through a few "best games ever" candidates next year (such as Final Fantasy 6 that you mentioned elsewhere) and will likely just buy/download a digital version.
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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Fri 30 Dec 2016 - 20:13

I'm not sure if they are on the VC as I posted elsewhere what I could find that I could play with out spending a fortune and on systems I own as I'm not emulating unless a official emulation eg Virtual Console.

I know Master of Darkness is on the Wii VC and the 3DS VC, due the style of the game I think I'd sooner play on a 3DS.
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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Fri 1 Sep 2017 - 17:18

Everything old is new again, with the announcement that a new issue of Super Play is being made, complete with cover art from Wil Overton. Bundled with this month's issue of Retro Gamer; I reckon it'll have unusually high sales figures. I will do everything within my power to get hold of a copy. Can't wait... and yet must. DAMN YOU!
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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Fri 1 Sep 2017 - 23:05

I subscribe to Retro Gamer and was pleasantly surprised to hear this. They covered the SNES Mini games last month so I wonder whether this looks more in depth at the original reviews.
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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Sat 2 Sep 2017 - 14:48

Well up for getting this as it has a great bunch of folk working on it including Greener & Chris Schilling.

https://www.retrogamer.net/blog_post/super-play-returns-with-retro-gamer-172-2/
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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Mon 4 Sep 2017 - 19:41

What's everybody's of Super Play? Online, it seems to be held in even higher esteem than N64 Magazine, which itself was better written than The Holy Bible. I've never actually read a Super Play - I didn't get my first gaming magazine until Summer 1997 and my first issue of N64 Magazine until Christmas that year.

On a side note, that issue of Retro Gamer goes on sale five years to the day that the last Nintendo Gamer came out. Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Tue 5 Sep 2017 - 21:49

I also missed Super Play, having for some reason started off on Total! magazine, even at the point where it became literally almost unreadable. The Japanese aspect seemed a bit "much" for me at the time; N64 of course was a different matter.
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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Tue 5 Sep 2017 - 22:37

I won a subscription to Super Play when I won a competition in Digitiser where you had to say what you wanted to see in the then-upcoming Yoshi's Island.

DIGRESSION ALERT: In a short time I will have been alive for four hundred and fifty months.

I remember saying I wanted to see "a move away from the outdated concept of a time limit". The point is I might be biased. Wink Super Play was a lovely read. There was the sense of it being something different, with its gorgeous covers and anime/manga coverage in addition to really delving into the import scene. Further bias may occur when you consider that it covered the SNES, still my favourite Nintendo console. Add in skilled writers talking about magical games and you have something pretty special.

Big fan. Grin
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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Thu 1 Feb 2018 - 12:41

I tweeted gJones awhile ago about NGC or NGamer and would he be putting more up past the ones already up and he said unlikely and it seems he will be doing something with his mate.

I voted for gJones for contributor of the year due to the retro stuff he been doing, as I like really liked it and I think it's a shame that it hasn't continued. I don't really want to do it myself and I don't know where I'd even look to get stuff on the magazines (I think gJones may have posted once to a site where they had been scanned in) but I do think it would be a shame to see it go or if not the magazines some other sort of monthly retro themed thing, I don't know maybe someone could look to see what came out in Feb 2008 on Wiki then find some reviews on Metacritic or something.

Basically some monthly retro thing would be nice.
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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Thu 1 Feb 2018 - 12:55

We'll look into doing something monthly when the Nintendo Online Service thing comes out, I've no doubt. In the meantime, I'm not sure...
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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Thu 1 Feb 2018 - 14:47

That's a little different and more of the lets all plaything which is something else I'd like to see come back and as it seems to be NES games even if we don't sign up for the online, it is likely we will have them is some form to have chat about them.
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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Yesterday at 17:42

I gutted the cupboard in my old bedroom at my folks' house the other week, and I threw out a lot of old games magazines. I kept all my N64/NGC/NGamer/Nintendo Gamer magazines (natch), but all sorts of others from the last twenty years went into the bin. I had to keep this belter though - Playstation Power from August 1998. 



Playstation Power wasn't one of the great British gaming magazines, but it was cheap, and it had a very different style, tone and energy from the Official magazine did at the time. Anyway, I gave it a quick butchers, and I quite enjoyed it...in a guilty pleasure kind of way! It's very 1990s, and of particular enjoyment was the A-Z Reviews section at the back, and the absolute horsing that they gave a lot of the games. Some of these are pure poetry, somewhat controversial, and blatantly not giving a toss about being completely wrong - let's have a swatch!















You don't get games journalism like this anymore  Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Yesterday at 23:35

"The Shatformer". Incredible. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Today at 9:14

That was a belter but I like the ones that are clearly pandering to the rabid playstation fanboys when they mention a game being SNES-like/16-bit as a negative. Laughing


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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Today at 10:31

I don't know, I think at the time when a game wasn't 3D it was considered old.
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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Today at 12:09

I also enjoy seeing the days before the term "FPS" when they were just "Doom clones" Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Today at 12:38

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I don't know, I think at the time when a game wasn't 3D it was considered old.

That's basically what I'm laughing at though.
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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Today at 13:17

Yeah you can tell that this might not just be aimed at, but could even be written by the ignorant "2D gaming is lame" brigade. Saying that, I remember there being some terrible writing in the Official Nintendo magazine at the time. Remember the Fony Greystation comments?
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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Today at 13:21

Aye, looking back that stuff is equally as bad.
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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Today at 19:58

Laughing Wonderful! Oh that takes me right back. Any game that gets below a 4/10 for me is now officially either 'a goat's arse of a game' or 'mind-bendingly dump'. All those single-figure scores! Brilliant stuff.

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Saying that, I remember there being some terrible writing in the Official Nintendo magazine at the time. Remember the Fony Greystation comments?

And the way they wrote the OoT guide in 'how do you do fellow 80s kids' speak? Yes. Yes I do. Aww!
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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Today at 20:08

Yeah some of this wouldn't fly now as look at IGN making a joke about God of War, which lead to the editor of the Xbox section having to come out and apologise.
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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Today at 20:44

The review for Space Jam just reads "limper than John Inman's wrist - 9%". So, aye, obviously there'd be no getting away with that these days. The review for Nascar Racing is my favourite though - it's masterful!

ONM was mince right enough - everything was 96%, and everything was 'sell yer gran'. N64 Magazine's writing was light years ahead of anything ONM could have hoped to produce. 

Total 64 was similar in tone to Playstation Power here - if I recall correctly, they absolutely savaged Mischief Makers and NBA Hangtime with sub-20% scores, because they were 2D on a console that also hosted gaming powerhouses such as FIFA 64 and Clayfighter 63 1/3.
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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Today at 21:05

The scores bands are belting too. 'Buy it you fool!' 'Rancid dregs'.

If that doesn't win post of the year there's something very wrong... or very right, clearly!
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PostSubject: Re: Old Magazine Chat   Today at 21:22

That's exactly why I liked the unofficial magazines over yer ONMs and OPSMs - outside of the much better quality tat, they lacked those reviews which proper tore a game a new arsehole. And that's worth more than any demo disc to me.
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