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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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Video Game (Vlog) Review: Dragon Quest IV – Chapters of the Chosen

This time I’m doing a Vlog-style review of the fourth Dragon Quest game, and the first of the older titles to get re-released on the DS in the US. Please support my Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/countzeroor Member of The Console Xplosion Network: http://www.theconsolexplosion.com/ Watch my Live-Streams on http://twitch.tv/countzeroor/ Filed under: Video games, videos Tagged: Dragon Quest, Nintendo DS, Video games, video review

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Comic Review: The Shadow – Seven Deadly Finns

This time I’m finishing up the run of DC’s The Shadow Comics – at least the ones that I own a copy of, with a story arc that goes back to some of the character’s original pulp roots. The premise of this arc, on paper, should make for a gloriously macabre crime thriller, taking a mix of the pulp genre and combining it into the exploitation genre. This arc pits The Shadow and his agents against the Finn family, a group of brothers involved in organized crime, selling drugs, arms, and smuggling di

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Book Review: The Siren Depths

I’ve previously covered the first two books in Martha Wells’ Books of the Raksura series – The Cloud Roads and The Serpent Sea. I’ve finished reading the third installment of the series, and I want to give my thoughts on that. Well, in short, if the Books of the Raksura series ended here, I’d be okay with that – not because this book is bad, or because I’m not interested in more stories with these characters. It’s because this book really ends with a satisfying feeling, with a sense of closure,

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Photo Coming Soon: My mission: impossible

You may have noticed that I upload a lot of pictures to the Gallery.  There's a simple reason for this: I hate being lied to. An optimist would tell you that "photo coming soon" sounds better than "no one has been arsed to upload a photo and aren't bloody well likely to, either," but optimism has always been a four letter word in my book (as it happens, my book had been tragically shipped to the printers before it could undergo a spel chek.) So when I visited Retromags for the first ti

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Don't call it a blog

This isn't a blog.  There may never be a second entry, and I have no expectations that it will be seen, nor will I be making any effort to write anything of interest to anyone else. What it is is a shout into the darkness by someone who has found that the most scintillating conversation at hand is sadly their own voice echoing back at them in an empty room. And before anyone pities me, I assure you that my personal life is fine and is not what is being discussed. But Retromags dead. Or

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Nintendo Power Retrospectives: Part 68

This time we’re covering issue #51 of Nintendo Power for August of 1993 “Goof Troop” Footage Courtesy of World of Longplays PushingUpRoses’ Review of King’s Quest V for PC Watch out for Fireballs Episode on Zombies Ate My Neighbors Please support my Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/countzeroor Member of The Console Xplosion Network: http://www.theconsolexplosion.com/ Watch my Live-Streams on http://twitch.tv/countzeroor/ Games Reviewed: Street Fighter II Turbo – Capcom Zombies Ate My N

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Book Review: Empire of the Imagination

I don’t know if you know this, but I like tabletop RPGs. I really like tabletop RPGs. So, when I learned of the massive amount of scholarship going around RPGs and the history thereof, I got really excited. Though not the first book on the topic that I picked up (that being Of Dice And Men, which I reviewed in the fourth issue of my fanzine) this is one of the first, and one that warrants some discussion. Empire of the Imagination is a biography of E. Gary Gygax – co-creator of Dungeons and Dra

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Comic Review: Droids – The Kalarba Adventures

Coming a few months after the first installment of Tales of the Jedi, we get an episodic, more comedic Star Wars comic, focusing on the comic relief of the original trilogy – R2-D2 and C3-P0. Writer: Dan Thorsland Art: Bill Hughes and Andy Mushynsky Lettering: Bill Pearson Colors: Pamela Rambo Covers: Cam Kennedy (#1), Kilian Plunkett (#2-6) Publication Dates: April 1st, 1994 to September 1st, 1994 This is available from Amazon.com either on it’s own, or as part of the Droids Omnibus (Kindle/

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Anime Review: Armored Trooper VOTOMS

This time I’m taking a look at another out-print anime, in the wake of Lodoss getting license rescued by Funimation, in Armored Trooper VOTOMS. Oh, and if you want to pre-order Lodoss in the wake of its license rescue, it’s available from Amazon & RightStuf Please support my Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/countzeroor Member of The Console Xplosion Network: http://www.theconsolexplosion.com/ Watch my Live-Streams on http://twitch.tv/countzeroor/ Filed under: Anime Tagged: Anime, ani

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Film Review: Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation

In the original Mission: Impossible television series, one of the recurring antagonists outside of the Not-Soviets was the Syndicate, a mysterious criminal organization that was something of a mix of the Mafia and SPECTRE. In the conclusion of Ghost Protocol (which I previously reviewed), Ethan was sent on new mission, to take on the Syndicate.  In this film, we finally get that confrontation. So, as is par for the course for the Mission Impossible series, with perhaps the sole exception of Mis

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Movie Review: Ninja III – The Domination

Going into this film, it’s important to note that this is a Ninja film released in the early-to-mid 1980s (depending on how you look at it), from Cannon films, and starring Sho Kosugi. That, out of the gate, implies a certain level of camp to the film. That said, Cannon films operates at a couple different levels – fun dumb, and then just dumb. So, the question then becomes which kind of dumb is this film? The premise of Ninja III is that the mysterious “Black Ninja” (played by David Chung) mur

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    • 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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