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23 minutes ago, jon_cybernet said:

I cannot believe that cover took the work-experience tea boy more than 4 minutes to put together. It's really horrible. What's the line and the dot at the bottom even supposed to represent? Ugh. 

 

The dot has the price inside it, they're obviously leaving that as a surprise. The random line usually has the

Reviews featured the normal monthly Edge magazine. 

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About ten years ago when I was applying for virtually any job that was advertised, I managed to land myself an interview at a local college.  Part of the personal specification was that you had to be 'proficient in Photoshop'.  For some reason I decided this wasn't necessary and applied anyway.  About five minutes into the interview the team of three assessors rose from their desks and lead me over to a PC to flex my shopping muscle.  What followed was the longest three minutes of my life as I wowed them with my knowledge of a program I have never touched in a field in which I had no expertise or talent.  I think I managed to hastily cut out an image of an astronaut, flip him vertically and then paste him next to the Eiffel Tower. 

 

I guess what I'm saying is that's a completely hideous cover.

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Hah. That's a much better cover than the original. It always used to please me when I'd beat Edge to the punch on certain making ofs (Strider being one I believe).
Amazed it's taken them this long to start doing retro stuff.

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10 hours ago, knightbeat said:

I'm guessing the line and dot are a Pong reference.

 

Yes, I know the ball was squarish in the original. 

 

 

 

Pong racquet, or Tetris long piece?

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What an awful cover. Looks like they just randomly resized and plonked some generic art assets onto the page and called it a day.

 

The bottom row is especially rubbish. Looks like a giant gun is about to shoot 3 tiny men in the face.

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I wonder if they sell many copies of those things at retail, as opposed to mail order and digital editions where the cover doesn't need to attract readers. Not that it should be so bad as to actively discourage them from buying it.

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1 hour ago, sir_shrew said:

Seeing design work like that is genuinely perplexing considering how hard it is to get work doing that sort of thing. And how important a cover is in selling a compilation like this to folks who already own the magazines.

Anyway, back to my soul-crushing data job.

 

And how good Edge covers have been, historically.

 

No longer, it seems. One less reason to pick 'em up, I guess.

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1 hour ago, sir_shrew said:

Seeing design work like that is genuinely perplexing considering how hard it is to get work doing that sort of thing. And how important a cover is in selling a compilation like this to folks who already own the magazines.

Anyway, back to my soul-crushing data job.

 

It's not that hard to get into, it just takes a theoretical knowledge (ie. a degree) and a willingness to be paid really shit wages.

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9 minutes ago, sir_shrew said:

 

Going off topic and making this all about me, I'm currently looking at a lot of 17-20k design jobs. Dunno if that constitutes a shit wage these days. I imagine as they build a portfolio the better designers earn more going freelance. 

 

The theoretical knowledge - I don't have the means to obtain a qualification, sadly. #foreveralone

 

We never hire a designer without a degree in something at least related, we just had someone with an industrial design degree, but they worked up. People here start on £17k, in London. I guess that translates to £14k-ish.

 

Surely there's an evening course or something you can do? It doesn't really need to be a super-impressive qualification, just a way of saying "I know what kerning is and can prove it".

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16 hours ago, strider said:

Hah. That's a much better cover than the original. It always used to please me when I'd beat Edge to the punch on certain making ofs (Strider being one I believe).
Amazed it's taken them this long to start doing retro stuff.

 

They have done retro issues..

 

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3 hours ago, Mr Do 71 said:

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That cover was so eye-catching when the issue was released, back before pixel art was commonplace, and before retro-gaming was as commonplace, indeed, before Retro Gamer existed in its current form. Still one of the most memorable games magazine covers ever.

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  • 6 months later...

I'm not sure if anyone cares now, but the anti-competition issues with Future's purchase of ScifiNow have been resolved. The magazine is now published by Kelsey Media.

 

I picked up the latest issue today. It's shrunk down to A4, but is otherwise the same as ever.

 

Edit: Look at all of the mags in that Guardian article. I'd forgotten about TipStation and Play Gamer!

 

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So they deemed Games TM and Edge to be different enough to not compete with each other. I notice GamesTM now has the Future logo on it but oddly still has the Imagine subscription website pages inside and deals. 

 

I can still see a merge soon. Both Edge and GamesTM haven't been refreshed for years now.

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7 hours ago, Rob Rymond said:

So they deemed Games TM and Edge to be different enough to not compete with each other. I notice GamesTM now has the Future logo on it but oddly still has the Imagine subscription website pages inside and deals. 

 

I can still see a merge soon. Both Edge and GamesTM haven't been refreshed for years now.

 

maybe the new mag could be called

 

mirrors a games(tm) by Edge

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