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    An Open Letter to Ellie and Joel

    By Softballchic10

    There are certain games that come along from time to time that really get your attention. It could be for the action, the graphics or game play. However, it is a rare occasion that a game grabs you for all of these, plus the amazing experience of becoming emotionally attached and involved in the actions of characters. It is to this that I write this open letter to Ellie and Joel. I met them in the “The Last of Us.” *(Please note that I've tried to write this to contain no spoilers.
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Game Difficulty - What Makes You Play Again?

Retromags member Softballchic and I spend a lot of time talking most nights, and it's often about video games: what we like, what we dislike, and what we're really good at. Last night the topic of achievements/trophies came up. On the PS3/Vita/PS4 model, acquiring every other trophy in a game rewards you with a final achievement, a Platinum trophy, which showcases that you've not just finished the game, but COMPLETED the game. By the time you acquire a Platinum in most games, there should be lit

Areala

Areala

Five Horror Films That Were Ahead of Their Times

The recent death of "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, who starred in such memorable films as "They Live" and such immemorable ones as "Hell Comes to Frog Town" and "Sci-Fighter", really got me thinking about movies that were ahead of their time in one way or another. So I'm not boring my readers to death, I'm restricting myself to the five best examples that I believe fit this mold and I'm only allowing one John Carpenter flick on the list. That said, here are my picks: 5) John Carpenter's The Thing (1982)

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Areala

Going (PS) Home One Last Time

There are a couple of Retromags members on my PS3 friends list, but I'm not sure if you all knew that outside of blasting Necromorphs in Dead Space, or ruling the city streets in Saint's Row, I spent an awful lot of time in Sony's online avatar-based virtual world called PlayStation Home. If any of my readers ever ran across me on there, feel free to chime in and say hello in the comments--I was "Areala" on there, just as I am here. I know, how original, right? Anyway, I got involved with Home

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Areala

The magazine from WarGames

I just saw WarGames again for the first time in 20 or 25 years and I love how a magazine ad for computer games is basically what starts everything. The power of a magazine, huh? I tried to identify the magazine used in the film and it turns out that not only was it a real magazine but it's been scanned and put online. It was an issue of Creative Computing from September 1982. https://archive.org/details/creativecomputing-1982-09

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Another Year Passes

Holy crap, it's been well over a year since my last blog post. How on earth does that happen? I guess 2014 just got away from me, that's all. There's really nothing else I can say beyond that. I haven't abandoned the blog or anything, I just don't have all that much to say about gaming at the moment. Most of my work here on Retromags as of late involves the Magazine Database. Just as few minutes ago, I put the finishing touches on the index for issue #50 of Computer Gaming World, and befo

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Areala

Dear #gamergate

<p>Dear #gamergate,</p> <p>I don’t know if you’ll read this letter. I have not written to you before. We have not really spoken.</p> <p>While your message to us has, more often than not, taken either the form (and I do not mean to belittle you for it; the matter at hand is far more complex than any single person can handle alone) of the shouting of a rhetorical exercise, copy-pasted from a database of talking points, full of debate gymnastics, smoke and mirrors, r

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Harassment Is Not Okay

<p>Over the past two months, many video game developers and journalists have had to wake up and go to sleep bothered, pestered, insulted, and threatened – or worse: Phil Fish, and especially women like Brianna Wu, Zoe Quinn, and Anita Sarkeesian have had great reason to be fearful of their privacy, safety, and well-being, after being targeted with threats of death.</p> <p>This is <strong>wrong</strong> and needs to stop. Period.</p> <p>No matter what y

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On the Rise of Youtube

<p>Giggle!</p> <ol> <li>You watch Long Plays to experience a game without playing it</li> <li>You watch Let’s Plays to be entertained</li> <li>You watch video reviews to be spoiled</li> </ol> <p>Thesis: None of these three things are particularly conducive to actually selling a product.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/slowdays/slowdown?a=P25Tgk43VPQ:MYdVoITMTXQ:D7DqB2pKEx

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On the Rise of Youtube

Giggle! You watch Long Plays to experience a game without playing it You watch Let’s Plays to be entertained You watch video reviews to be spoiled Thesis: None of these three things are particularly conducive to actually selling a product.

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Nintendo Power Retrospectives – Part 32

<p>This episode we get one step closer to the end of Nintendo Power’s 3rd year, featuring the Metal Storm, and the Nominees for the 3rd Annual Nester Awards!<span id="more-2740"></span></p> <p><span class='embed-youtube' style='text-align:center; display: block;'><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='585' height='360' src='href='http://countzeroor.wordpress.com/category/videos/'>videos</a> Tagged: <a href='http://countzeroor.wo

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An Open Letter to Ellie and Joel

There are certain games that come along from time to time that really get your attention. It could be for the action, the graphics or game play. However, it is a rare occasion that a game grabs you for all of these, plus the amazing experience of becoming emotionally attached and involved in the actions of characters. It is to this that I write this open letter to Ellie and Joel. I met them in the “The Last of Us.” *(Please note that I've tried to write this to contain no spoilers.

Softballchic10

Softballchic10

Nintendo Power Retrospectives – Part 31

<p>This episode I’m moving on to Nintendo Power Issue #21, for February of 1991.</p> <p><span id="more-2737"></span></p> <p><span class='embed-youtube' style='text-align:center; display: block;'><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='585' height='360' src='href='http://countzeroor.wordpress.com/category/video-games/'>Video games</a>, <a href='http://countzeroor.wordpress.com/category/videos/'>videos</a> Tag

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Count_Zero

The Samaritan Paradox Review

<p><b>The Samaritan Paradox</b>, a relatively new commercial AGS adventure game by <a href="http://faravidinteractive.wordpress.com/">Faravid Interactive</a>âs Peter Ljunkvist, published by <a href="http://www.screen7.co.uk/">Screen 7</a>, is a story about a story. A refreshingly Swedish one, too. The gameâs protagonist, Ord Salomon – âordâ is Swedish for âwordâ – is a shut-in PhD student of literature, rotting away at a failing thesis, with worried frie

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The Samaritan Paradox Review

The Samaritan Paradox, a relatively new commercial AGS adventure game by Faravid Interactive’s Peter Ljunkvist, published by Screen 7, is a story about a story. A refreshingly Swedish one, too. The game’s protagonist, Ord Salomon – ‘ord’ is Swedish for ‘word’ – is a shut-in PhD student of literature, rotting away at a failing thesis, with worried friends, until he chances upon the daughter of a prominent dead Swedish author. Salomon, a hobbyist cryptographer obsessive-compulsive about signs,

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Book Review – Moon Over Soho

<p>This week I’m continuing to review Ben Aaronovich’s Police Constable Peter Grant series of Urban Fantasy Mysteries with “Moon Over Soho”<span id="more-2735"></span></p> <p><span class='embed-youtube' style='text-align:center; display: block;'><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='585' height='360' src='href='http://countzeroor.wordpress.com/category/books/'>Books</a>, <a href='http://countzeroor.wordpress.com/category/videos

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  • Blog Comments

    • I know it may not seem like it @matrixman, but RetroMags will also host older magazines of other genres. @E-Day and @Phillyman both occasionally upload non-gaming material (see: the current massive influx of Canadian TV Guide). *huggles* Areala
    • Great post and thanks.  I had similar issues, but the basement is going to be finished this year and I just have no where to store my collectibles.  Just too much over the years.  Some game magazines, but mostly computer and movie ones.  Boot and MaximumPC were my cherished ones that I did not want to cut/debind.  But I just gave in and started.  My office is now boxes upon boxes, but I work from home so hoping to get myself to do at least 1-2 magazines a day.  I wish there were more sites like
    • Great post. I recently picked up strategy guide for one of the Resident Evil games from my local pawn shop and the clerk said he loved collected these guides. I didn't have the heart to tell him the purpose of me buying it, was to mail it to someone to completely take it apart (and then scanning it to upload here!)
    • Great blog post! I struggled with the same internal debates over destroying my books to preserve them. I found a happy middle ground for some of the issues I still wanted to keep after digitizing them though. Most bookbinders will rebind the magazines into volumes, even if you have already cut the bindings apart. They can be bound in hardcover as long as the total height of the stack is under 2 inches. I've found that entire year runs often fall under this limit, so they make perfect yearly volu
    • Guest Katherine
      I love the song Agenais too. For me it’s an incredibly soothing song that I use to slow down my mind when I’m having trouble falling asleep, but I can see how it’s a also great theme for fantasy gaming. Thanks for writing this post.
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