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A new Spin-Off appears.

 

 

Todayzine will show you each of the surprisingly high number of paper magazines on gaming you can still buy in the UK.  In episode 1 we cover off the ones everyone knows with the 4 titles still published by giant megacorp Future.

 

Features @strider of this parish giving us his thoughts on paper magazines and his personal favourites from the golden age.

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Still great content, Dudley. 
 

Keep up the good work. 

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This series is going to be quite fun, I've got 2 more interviews back already.

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Love this show - will you ever be looking at Zero magazine?

One of my all-time favourites, particularly in during my transition period from Speccy to Amiga. 

I've been collecting them recently and re-reading them, only got about 6 issues to go before I have a full set. 

One thing, though - it does fall seriously into the "dodgy review scores" trap that most late 80s/ early 90s UK mags did. 

 

A particular theme in Zero seems to be giving very high scores to games with mediocre reviews, some examples from the final issue (which I got hold of recently):

 

"I wouldn't recommend anyone shelling out 40 sovs for a game you'll finish in a day (at the most). It's hardly value for money, is it?" (Xenon 2, 80%)

 

"It will only really appeal to Countach-owning nostalgia freaks. Personally I'd get Legend of Darkmoon instead" (Dungeon Master, 85%). 

 

Another issue I was reading has a review of The Untouchables , which got 93% and the comment "If one game every six months were this good, then we should consider ourselves lucky, lucky, lucky". A bit strange seeing as the game was one of the more mediocre examples of Ocean's torrent of movie adaptions done as multi-stage platformer/shooting mini-games. I know a couple of these were good - Robocop on the Speccy and Batman on the Amiga - but Untouchables wasn't one of the better ones. Some shady shenanigans there I think. 

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Ta :)

 

No reason I shouldn't do a Zero, if only to talk about their weird scoring system as much as anything else.  I joined magazines after it largely disappeared so the only time it's appeared was some Rod Lawton review... I think of Chase HQ that was mentioned in passing.

 

A check of my scan stash suggests I have 1-26, which I would guess is probably the Dennis era, how far did it go beyond that?

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10 hours ago, Dudley said:

Ta :)

 

No reason I shouldn't do a Zero, if only to talk about their weird scoring system as much as anything else.  I joined magazines after it largely disappeared so the only time it's appeared was some Rod Lawton review... I think of Chase HQ that was mentioned in passing.

 

A check of my scan stash suggests I have 1-26, which I would guess is probably the Dennis era, how far did it go beyond that?

 It finished on issue 36 - although it's better to consider issue 32 as the last proper issue, because (as you will probably remember) it then re-launched and became shit (certainly from a design point of view - having re-read some of the final issues recently I don't think the content actually changed as much as I remember). 

I'm missing 9, 18, 19, 22 and 23 of the old-style issues, if you have any doubles you're wanting to get rid of ;) 

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6 hours ago, Dudley said:

Mine are all digital I'm afraid. :)

Oh yes, I see you said "scan stash" now!

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And so episode 2

 

There are 4 magazines still aimed at children, they range from the slightly cynical to the really very cynical.  But are any of them worth reading?  Please watch since I had to buy one of these in an actual store, which might be the creepiest thing I've done in some time.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j37QE-5sd1A

 

EDIT : Thanks to a hilarious copyright claim for a sodding Fortnite trailer it won't embed.

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And Episode 3

 

Indie mags have to fund themselves any way they can.  Of the 4 in this issue, one is sold in shops, one you can't buy at all, one takes subs via patreon and one is currently running a kickstarter.

 

Featuring interviews with both @ianinthefuture and Paul Murphy, the best of the independent magazines are put under the microscope.

 

 

 

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I made Mike go walk a dog in a field to get in character :)

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On 19/06/2020 at 17:26, Dudley said:

And Episode 3

 

Indie mags have to fund themselves any way they can.  Of the 4 in this issue, one is sold in shops, one you can't buy at all, one takes subs via patreon and one is currently running a kickstarter.

 

Featuring interviews with both @ianinthefuture and Paul Murphy, the best of the independent magazines are put under the microscope.

 

 

 

What sort of age range would you think the Switch Player magazine is suitable/aimed for? Thinking of making it my son's first videogame magazine - he's 8 and a confident reader - but I didn't want it to be overly dry or a bit sweary! 

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As a not with a kid person I'm not sure I can 100% answer that question, my guess is it would be fine, unless it makes him want Saint's Row!

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On 08/06/2020 at 10:43, Anne Summers said:

Love this show - will you ever be looking at Zero magazine?

One of my all-time favourites, particularly in during my transition period from Speccy to Amiga. 

I've been collecting them recently and re-reading them, only got about 6 issues to go before I have a full set. 

One thing, though - it does fall seriously into the "dodgy review scores" trap that most late 80s/ early 90s UK mags did. 

 

A particular theme in Zero seems to be giving very high scores to games with mediocre reviews, some examples from the final issue (which I got hold of recently):

 

"I wouldn't recommend anyone shelling out 40 sovs for a game you'll finish in a day (at the most). It's hardly value for money, is it?" (Xenon 2, 80%)

 

"It will only really appeal to Countach-owning nostalgia freaks. Personally I'd get Legend of Darkmoon instead" (Dungeon Master, 85%). 

 

Another issue I was reading has a review of The Untouchables , which got 93% and the comment "If one game every six months were this good, then we should consider ourselves lucky, lucky, lucky". A bit strange seeing as the game was one of the more mediocre examples of Ocean's torrent of movie adaptions done as multi-stage platformer/shooting mini-games. I know a couple of these were good - Robocop on the Speccy and Batman on the Amiga - but Untouchables wasn't one of the better ones. Some shady shenanigans there I think. 


I loved Zero back in the day and I’m sure I had a Zero Hero enamel badge; Was that a covermount or did I win it somehow? I actually work at Dennis now although it’s culturally very different.

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18 hours ago, Rex Grossman said:


I loved Zero back in the day and I’m sure I had a Zero Hero enamel badge; Was that a covermount or did I win it somehow? I actually work at Dennis now although it’s culturally very different.

 

I met someone from Dennis Publishing at a press event in Cannes a couple of years back  - he worked for a PC magazine (can't remember which one). I told him I had no idea they were still going and all I knew them for was Your Sinclair, and he said he'd never heard of it! Some of your colleagues need to brush up on their heritage knowledge. 

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4 minutes ago, Anne Summers said:

 

I met someone from Dennis Publishing at a press event in Cannes a couple of years back  - he worked for a PC magazine (can't remember which one). I told him I had no idea they were still going and all I knew them for was Your Sinclair, and he said he'd never heard of it! Some of your colleagues need to brush up on their heritage knowledge. 

 

Shameful!

I think I need to conduct a history lesson via Slack now.

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17 hours ago, Anne Summers said:

 

I met someone from Dennis Publishing at a press event in Cannes a couple of years back  - he worked for a PC magazine (can't remember which one). I told him I had no idea they were still going and all I knew them for was Your Sinclair, and he said he'd never heard of it! Some of your colleagues need to brush up on their heritage knowledge. 

 

PC Pro? Computer Active?

 

If it was Barry Collins from PC Pro he gets namechecked in episode 2 :)

 

Dennis is also one of the several that published CVG, as well as PC Zone.

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50 minutes ago, Dudley said:

 

PC Pro? Computer Active?

 

If it was Barry Collins from PC Pro he gets namechecked in episode 2 :)

 

Dennis is also one of the several that published CVG, as well as PC Zone.

Hmm just had a quick Google and don't think that was him - but this was three or so years ago and my memory isn't the greatest. 

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And season finale time.

 

In the final episode, 1 magazine that's been around forever, one that's just starting out.  Plus a round up of every other UK games print publication as of 2020.

 

Includes an interview with Andrew McMaster, editor of Pixel Bison.

 

 

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