orthicviper

what if the 1990s had VHS tapes instead of game magazines?

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Do you think it would have been a successful product? The screenshots in magazines were oftentimes sucky, plus seeing a game in motion would have been very helpful and a lot more content could have been covered! I think it would have been a huge success for magazines to sell supplemental tapes showing actual gameplay on dozens of games. I really wish I could have bought sometihng like that. Actually, it could have been freely given away by Sega and Nintendo. Like, you give them enough UPC codes to prove you're a frequent game buyer, and they send you free of charge a video catalog of games for their system.

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I remember receiving a video from Nintendo or Nintendo Power that was all about Star Fox, I believe.  Pure promotion, but I DID buy Star Fox, so maybe it worked? (EDIT: an internet search suggests that it was probably a video for Star Fox 64, which I DID buy at some point, but never actually took out of the box and played, so maybe the video wasn't so enticing after all?)

Nowadays, that sort of thing would be easy to do with a DVD that costs pennies.  But VHS tapes would have been MUCH more expensive to produce (let alone ship), so including them with magazines would have been cost-prohibitive.  It wasn't just game magazines, nobody was sending out free promotional VHS tapes.  Then ridiculously cheap CD-based media became a thing and suddenly you had an AOL disc in your mailbox every week.🤣

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23 hours ago, kitsunebi77 said:

Nowadays, that sort of thing would be easy to do with a DVD that costs pennies.  But VHS tapes would have been MUCH more expensive to produce (let alone ship), so including them with magazines would have been cost-prohibitive.  It wasn't just game magazines, nobody was sending out free promotional VHS tapes.  Then ridiculously cheap CD-based media became a thing and suddenly you had an AOL disc in your mailbox every week.🤣

I didn't think they should include tapes with magazines, but offer them as a separate service one could pay for.

Nintendo also sent out a VHS tape (at least in the U.S.) to many SNES owners that was a promotional video for Donkey Kong Country explaining the technology of the game and at the end it showed about 5 seconds of Killer Instinct. I'm not aware of any other time they did that or of any company doing a similar thing.   😞

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2 minutes ago, orthicviper said:

I didn't think they should include tapes with magazines, but offer them as a separate service one could pay for.

Nintendo also sent out a VHS tape (at least in the U.S.) to many SNES owners that was a promotional video for Donkey Kong Country explaining the technology of the game and at the end it showed about 5 seconds of Killer Instinct. I'm not aware of any other time they did that or of any company doing a similar thing.   😞

That would be interesting.  Charging people to watch a commercial! 😀  If anyone had the cajones to pull off something like that, it would have been Nintendo.

I don't think I would have had the money to buy advertising videos as a kid, but if there had been a free way of watching (like on TV), I'm positive I would have done so.  Dunno if kids these days even realize that without youtube and whatnot, we had no real way of knowing what a game we'd never played actually looked like (outside of screenshots) except in our imaginations.

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my subscription to Nintendo Power netted a handful of VHS tapes. i watched them all numerous times and dreamed about the day when i could play these games. Besides Star Fox 64, my favorite one was "Change the System". i loved these tapes, but the magazines let me read and reread at school, where a VHS would not have been possible. for that reason, i was happy to have the magazines.  Along with my saved magazine files, i also keep downloaded video files of these videos (from youtube or whatever). they worked well together and i'm happy for both.

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I remember getting a VHS tape for Diddy Kong Racing with Nintendo Power, was a funny watch.  If I remember right, Sega kidnaps a Nintendo dev in it.

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Game Player's sold VHS tapes for a while.  I remember the ads in their magazines, although I can't say I ever saw the videos for sale anywhere.  They may have been direct order only.

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17 hours ago, kitsunebi77 said:

Game Player's sold VHS tapes for a while.  I remember the ads in their magazines, although I can't say I ever saw the videos for sale anywhere.  They may have been direct order only.

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They were never offered for sale in-stores, they were mail-order only. My brother and I had the one in the upper row, far right, but I don't remember how we got it...I think he may have traded a friend at school for it.

I, on the other hand, totally sent away for this from GameSpot (back when they were VideoGameSpot):

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If you want to watch 45 minutes of VHS-quality Tomb Raiding glory though, some other enterprising soul posted it to YouTube! Rejoice and be glad, ye fellow Lara-holics! :)
 

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6 hours ago, Areala said:

 My brother and I had the one in the upper row, far right, but I don't remember how we got it...I think he may have traded a friend at school for it.

That's the only one in the picture that isn't a Game Player's video.  I just grabbed the pic off of an eBay listing since it had all 6 of the GP vids in one place.

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