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Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)06:43 UTC+1 No.1791548 Report

In general, which of the gaming magazines published in the 80s and 90s are worth going back and re-reading?

Are there any to avoid?
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Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)06:47 UTC+1 No.1791560 Report

As long as your interested in vidya, they are ALL interesting.
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Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)06:47 UTC+1 No.1791562 Report

>>1791548
I think that Nintendo Power is fun, but probably because I was a full-blown nintendo fanboy back in the day, and it brings some nostalgia to me. Plus I like reading old stuff just for that 'I'm from the future' sensation.

Realistically, going back to it is probably like reading a big catalog for Nintendo games.
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Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)06:59 UTC+1 No.1791593 Report

>>1791548
Next Gen had some kind of boner for 3D games.
They'd shit on anything that was in 2D.
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Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)07:01 UTC+1 No.1791596 Report

>>1791593
Hence the name >Next gen
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Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)07:16 UTC+1 No.1791630 Report

>>1791548
Gameplayers was great. Staff was insane and it spilled over into their reviews.
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Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)07:21 UTC+1 No.1791646 Report

>>1791560
This. A couple of the gaming rags were pure shill/paid "journalism" from cover-to-cover, but they are ALL fun to read. The aderts were hilarious. The pices were insane as well.
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Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)07:23 UTC+1 No.1791648 Report

>>1791646
I'd be interested in magazines that covered games which I've probably have never seen before. Aside from the obvious ones that already are real popular.
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Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)07:28 UTC+1 No.1791658 Report

I really like EGM2, ton of focus on imports and the arcade scene
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Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)07:36 UTC+1 No.1791672 Report

>>1791548
Recently dug up my old collection of Gameplayers, NextGen, GameFan and Tips & Tricks.

Next Generation was always try-hard pretentious garbage and it's quite hilarious to read in retrospect. Their coverage was proto-new-games-journalism in the sense they never talked about games at face value, it was always about inflating/deflating someone's ego. Usually theirs.

Game Players' humor is not nearly as funny as when I was 15, and their reviews were kind of mainstream parroting and easily swayed by the flavor of the month. Hit and miss. Still a lot of fun to read.

Gamefan is a really weird mixed bag of awesome and shit. Their coverage and production values were tremendous but they took themselves way too seriously. They'd be called aspies if they posted on the internet today. Actually all the editors were hardcore forum users back in the day and always had a flame war going with somebody. With that kind of mentality comes the good and the bad.

Tips & Tricks. Betty Hallock, nuff said.

If you're planning on buying any mags though, good luck. The prices are as high as retro games. I've yet to find a good digital source for my missing issues.
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Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)08:58 UTC+1 No.1791903 Report

>>1791672
>Betty Hallock
I keep thinking you're talking about the LA Times food lady...
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Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)20:21 UTC+1 No.1793270 Report

>>1791672
>Tips & Tricks. Betty Hallock

Who is Betty Hallock and what exactly was so terrible about her contributions to that publication?
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Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)20:32 UTC+1 No.1793308 Report

>>1791672
>Game Players' humor is not nearly as funny as when I was 15, and their reviews were kind of mainstream parroting and easily swayed by the flavor of the month. Hit and miss. Still a lot of fun to read.
I remember when they gave fucking Toshinden a 98% (the only other games to receive this score were Final Fantasy VI and Super Street Fighter II). Nobody likes Toshiden nowadays.
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Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)23:35 UTC+1 No.1793821 Report

>>1791548
>In general, which of the gaming magazines published in the 80s and 90s are worth going back and re-reading?
Ace, Early Edge magazine, Super Play, Mean Machines, Zzap, Maximum.
>Are there any to avoid?
American mags.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)01:57 UTC+1 No.1794290 Report

>>1791548
>In general, which of the gaming magazines published in the 80s and 90s are worth going back and re-reading?
Nintendo Power was, is and always will be the best reading material for when you are in the bathroom.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)02:49 UTC+1 No.1794468 Report

I love early Nintendo Powers.

Fucking Howard and Nester:
http://hn.iodized.net/main.htm
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)03:49 UTC+1 No.1794690 Report

I always loved Gamepro
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)04:32 UTC+1 No.1794798 Report

>>1791548

Super Play/Total!
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)05:23 UTC+1 No.1795013 Report

>>1791548

Ultra Game Players and PSM god damn that was some great shit. Also Next Generation
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)05:25 UTC+1 No.1795025 Report

>>1795013

I used to subscribe to PSM for years,

it cost 12 goddamn dollars for a year's worth of issues. You can't beat that

I loved how much they loved Dino Crisis
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)07:26 UTC+1 No.1795392 Report

>>1791548
>Next Generation

I clearly remember this Nintendoom issue. You can find scans of it online now. It's funny to see how the complaints about a now-beloved console like the N64 are exactly the same as they are with modern Nintendo consoles.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)07:28 UTC+1 No.1795397 Report

>>1795392
The problems with the N64 were obvious to everyone at the time, and the console's sales did suffer (the NES and SNES were huge, N64 was only passable). It had a library of like 2 games for 6 months and releases were always slow to come out.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)07:30 UTC+1 No.1795405 Report

>>1795397
Oh yes, I'll be turning 30 soon and I remember that era pretty clearly. It's just funny how much nostalgia has changed people's views of the N64 but it had way worse droughts between good games than the Wii U does.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)07:31 UTC+1 No.1795407 Report

>>1795392
>now-beloved console like the N64
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)07:32 UTC+1 No.1795409 Report

>>1795407
Well, in the US anyway.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)07:38 UTC+1 No.1795425 Report

>>1795409

the only ones who LOVE the 64 are the same nintendo purists who would love miyamoto if he took a dump on their dog

everyone else jumped ship to the playsation
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)07:41 UTC+1 No.1795432 Report

>>1795425
Nah, I'd say the N64 has more nostalgia value to people now. Granted, I can only really base this on circles of friends and people that I occasionally talk to about video games, but people look back on it very fondly here in the US. I had a Playstation myself.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)07:42 UTC+1 No.1795435 Report

>>1791903
Not sure if sarcasm. That's her new gig.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)07:43 UTC+1 No.1795437 Report

>>1793270
Not terrible, awesome. If you can find any issues in PDF check out her column on the back page, Betty's Index.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)07:46 UTC+1 No.1795445 Report

Pretty sure any magazine from the mid to late 90s will be interesting just for the weird as fuck ads. I swear they were more focused on grossing you out than actually making you remember the game.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)07:46 UTC+1 No.1795446 Report

>>1795437
o-oh. okay.

Sorry, I interpreted ''nuff said'' as dismissive of her work.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)07:48 UTC+1 No.1795452 Report

>>1791658
Shit was great. There was a period where EGM and Gamefan were like 400+ pages each month. It's kind of hard to fathom how awesome that was. I can't even imagine what kids could get that excited about nowadays.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)07:49 UTC+1 No.1795454 Report

>>1795452
Game Pro, rather. Gamefan was lucky to print an issue every three months.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)07:50 UTC+1 No.1795458 Report

>>1795452
One thing I loved about EGM was instead of just reading one reviewer's opinion you got to read three, even more if it was a highly anticipated game.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)08:09 UTC+1 No.1795503 Report

>>1791548
I just realized...that cover is the epitome of a 4chan image reaction.

>> emulationwoes.jpg
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)08:29 UTC+1 No.1795540 Report

>CTRL+F
>No Super Play

Sort it out fellas.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)20:53 UTC+1 No.1796831 Report

Gamest if you can read Japanese. THE arcade gaming magazine of the day, written by gamers for gamers.
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Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)11:31 UTC+1 No.1799240 Report

It's tragic how hard it is to find arcives of these old mags.
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Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)11:35 UTC+1 No.1799250 Report

>>1795445
>that hand
Wouldn't have been surprised if it was a Mario Party ad.
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Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)11:40 UTC+1 No.1799254 Report

>>1799240
Any decent sites for it?
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Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)11:43 UTC+1 No.1799261 Report

>>1795445

>old school gameplay
>1998 game

YO DAWG, I HEARD U LIKE OLD SCHOOL GAMEPLAY, SO I PUT A OLD SCHOOL GAMEPLAY GAME IN YO OLD SCHOOL GAMEPLAY GAME, SO YOU CAN BE OLD WHILE YOU ARE OLD. We're getting old. PS1 was so fucking modern in 1994/5 and it is already 20 yo. ;_;
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Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)11:59 UTC+1 No.1799276 Report

N64 Magazine was fun. They were harsher to games that deserved it and gave less popular games more of a chance (like Body Harvest).

Although they had a major hard-on for Rare and often overlooked some of their games' shortcomings as a result.
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Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)12:27 UTC+1 No.1799332 Report

>>1799254
Haven't found a single good archive, so I don't think so.
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Savage Detective 07/24/14(Thu)17:32 UTC+1 No.1799995 Report

>>1799332
Let's make our own, then. Thread here: >>1799989
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Anonymous 07/24/14(Thu)17:38 UTC+1 No.1800012 Report

>>1796038
some useful stuff here
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Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)15:28 UTC+1 No.1803415 Report

>>1795452
The thing I didn't like about EGM was about half those pages were ads. It was like reading Vogue or some shit. GamePro, NP, most other mags had a better magazine-to-ad ratio from what I remember.
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