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Play Online covered computer games, with a particular focus on those that featured an online component.  Unlike other Japanese magazines about computer games, Play Online primarily covered Western releases, and regularly included such things as coverage of overseas net games, developer interviews and hardware reviews, also uncommon in Japanese computer gaming mags.

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  1. Play Online No.003 (August 1998)

    *demo CD not included

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  2. Play Online No.004 (September 1998)

    demo CD not included

    94 downloads

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  3. Play Online No.005 (October 1998)

    Again, it's interesting to me how hardcore this magazine is.  Admittedly it can seem a bit dry if you just want to look at pictures, but it's also refreshing that it isn't full of promotional fluff like most game mags - this mag focuses on information meant for hardcore PC game enthusiasts.  When you consider that many of the games being discussed aren't even available in Japanese (the coverage of the PC release of Final Fantasy VII laments the fact that it's only available in English), you've just gotta respect the beleaguered Japanese PC gamer who has no choice but to study the monthly column teaching English phrases to use when forced to play games against international opponents, since most Japanese gamers only ever fired up their PCs to play visual novels and porn games.

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  4. Play Online No.006 (November 1998)

    To coincide with the release of Ultima Online: the Second Age, this issue features a lengthy interview with Richard Garriot in additional to a feature covering the game itself.
    There is also a 21-page feature on flight sims.
    Always a pleasure, this month's "English Conversation For Network Games" article teaches Japanese players how to speak in the faux Shakespearean English used in Ultima games.  As someone who teaches English in Japan, it amuses me to think of Japanese players barely competent in English trying to greet foreign players using some of the phrases covered:
    "Hail, honored knight of Chaos!"
    "Well met, sir!"
    "Fortune guard thy steps, m'lord!"

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  5. Play Online No.007 (December 1998)

    Cover feature: Baldur's Gate
    In-depth strategies: Rainbow Six, Shogo: Mobile Armor Division, Ultima Online the Second Age, Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome
    Developer Interview: Roberta Williams

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  6. Play Online No.008 (January 1999)

    Here's another issue of a rare niche mag that was made for the hardest of the hardcore - Japanese PC gamers who want to play real games, not just click-fests full of anime girls.  As such, almost all of the coverage centers on Western games, including interviews with Western developers (this issue has a 4-page interview with Sid Meier.)
    In addition to the usual previews and reviews, this issue features extensive strategy sections for Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator, Half-Life, Baldur's Gate, and F-22 Total Air War.

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  7. Play Online No.009 (February 1999)

    So what do you do if you're Japanese but you don't want to play yet another game as a spiky haired androgynous orphan on a quest to fulfill your destiny to save the world?  You play some non-Japanese PC games, that's what.

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