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    This was a beautiful, mint-condition issue. It was a shame to slice it up, but thems the breaks when scanning a magazine. Hopefully somebody out there appreciates the sacrifice.
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    Prior to this issue, this magazine was called Game Player's PC Strategy Guide. This is the first issue under the Game Players PC Entertainment title. In 1994, it would change its name a final time to PC Gamer.
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    As someone who has scanned magazines, I feel I am qualified to answer this with sober honesty. The reason someone decides to scan magazines is probably analogous to the reasons someone decides to write fanfiction. It starts because they have a passion for a particular subject, like the love lives of the crew of the Starship Enterprise (or in our case, games, or more specifically, game magazines) and they want to contribute something to the fandom of that subject. Secretly they hope that their efforts will be applauded, but just like fanfiction, their efforts go mostly unappreciated, unless it's a really good Kirk/Spock slashfic or a scan of one of those mags everyone on Earth owned when they were 12, like Nintendo Power. Also, much like fanfiction, regardless of whether their efforts are appreciated or not, and no matter how esteemed a reputation they might manage to build for themselves amongst the online fandom they're a part of, it will always be their secret shame, one they will almost definitely keep hidden from their flesh-and-blood acquaintances. Because no matter how you look at it, spending countless hours slaving away at a scanner/computer just to create a copy of something you already own (and ironically, destroying it in the process), is a complete waste of time at best, and an indefensible act of insanity at worst. Water cooler chat: "So how was everyone's weekend?" "Awesome. Went out drinking with my friends." "Took in a play with the wife." "Went fishing and camping with the kids down by the lake." "I hit it off with this girl at the club." "....And what about you, Bob?" "Ah, you know. Sat around all day Photoshopping pages of GamePro. Same as last weekend."
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    Retromags Presents Game Players PC Entertainment Vol.5 No.1 January/February 1992 Thanks to Whiskcat for donating this issue! Database Entry Download Here!
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    Compute! Issue 047 (April 1984)
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    Welcome to Retromags! I wasn't aware that EGM wasn't already in the 10-year cut-off bracket. Try not to be too concerned if you see red "not allowed" flags on issues that should be allowed in the database. What with our cut-offs changing every year and the fact that each mag has to be individually adjusted, things slip through the cracks and a lot of mags that are allowed are still marked as if they aren't. But that doesn't mean that we won't be able to fix it and upload a scan if anyone is willing to provide one. The only thing holding back scans of EGM or any other magazine is the fact that despite having over 12,000 members, less than a handful of them are willing to commit to contributing anything. If we had 30 people scanning one magazine per month, we could have daily releases. Unfortunately, we usually only have 2 or 3 people scanning a mag a month, so those other 12,000 members are just going to have to be patient while they wait for someone else to scan their favorite mags. At any rate, I wouldn't worry too much about EGM. Like yourself, I prefer PC games, but the vast majority of people who visit this site are only interested in video games. As such, EGM is one of the "most likely to be scanned" mags in our database. We just have to wait on one of those 2 or 3 people to get around to it, or else wait for one of the other 12,000 to step up to the plate.
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    Retromags Presents Game Player's PC Strategy Guide Vol.3 No.4 July/August 1990 Thanks to marktrade for scanning and editing this issue! Database Entry Download Here
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    This one of Marktrade's scans that is available at archive.org in 600dpi. It has been resized to 2500px high, but if you want the full sized 700MB version, you can find it HERE.
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    Featuring a two page preview each of Panzer Dragoon Zwei, and Resident Evil, Cheech Marin breathing fire, and an ad where a man shaves his head in front of a CD. I miss the 90s.
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    Retromags Presents Computer Gaming World Issue 75 October 1990 Thanks to Whiskcat for donating this issue to be scanned! Database Entry Download Here!
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    I'm logged in and working on Retromags for a significantly longer time per day than anyone else, and one of the things I've noticed by periodically checking the list of who is online (as well as the list of who was online during times I'm away from the site) is that aside from the randomly infrequent visitors and the people who only log in to head straight to the download section, there are a great many of our members who log in on a daily or near daily basis, yet never once contribute so much as a single post in the forums, a "thanks" on a download, or even a "ssup?" in the shoutbox. That's fine, I'm not suggesting there's anything wrong with being a lurker, I just want to know what keeps you guys coming back on such a regular basis? I figure most people are set to receive an email notification of new releases, so I doubt you're logging in every day just to check for new mags, especially as they're released so infrequently. Forum activity has been pretty slow lately as well, so I have doubts that most of you are checking in every day in the hopes of finding new posts in the forums (and yet not ever being tempted to reply or post something yourselves). And much as I would enjoy thinking someone out there was enjoying seeing my daily contributions of images to the site, I sincerely doubt that that's the case, either. So what is it? What keeps you guys coming back to the site on a regular basis? *I realize the irony of my question is that most of the people I'm addressing probably don't read the forums, and even if they do, as I've just discussed, they never post, so a reply to my question is probably not forthcoming.
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    This post is sponsored by Hitachino Nest's Ancient Nipponia beer. Well, it was written under its influence, anyway. Two thumbs up! Parental guidance is suggested! https://www.ratebeer.com/beer/hitachino-nest-ancient-nipponia-bottom-fermented/154550/ So I've realized the reason why I use this thread instead of posting a new topic is that I don't really expect anyone to pay attention to a personal thread with my name attached to it, so it's neither a surprise nor a disappointment when no one replies. But it's so dead around here most of the time that I feel like posting a new thread that gets zero replies would be a little bit depressing...so instead I post here. And besides, this thread's title is "random stuff," so maybe I'm posting in the right place after all... I had thought there was a previous thread about game songs that I had posted in (not just game music, but rather songs with actual singing), but after doing a search, it turns out that I had simply hi-jacked a post about underappreciated game music to post some game songs I wanted to give a shout-out to. (There I go again, posting random things that should have been posted here instead.) Rather than resurrect a thread that didn't really have anything to do with game songs in the first place, I'll just leave this here, this time. This isn't a good song. Oh god no. But it's a song that you only have to listen to once or twice, and then days later, you'll catch yourself singing it to yourself, accent and all, and cursing the day you ever heard it in the first place. Such was the case with me when I first heard it some 25 years ago or so. Thankfully, at some point, it eventually faded from memory. And then as luck would have it, I recently came across it again. So now I share my pain with you. (Interestingly enough, I was surprised to find that the part of the song that would constantly cycle through my head against my will was only the first line, which is never actually repeated in the song itself. Weird! "I wanna marry an archaeologist and keep his artifact warm.") RANDOM STUFF PART II: As long as I'm just posting random bits of nonsense for no one to read in my random thread, I thought I'd comment on the latest mag I'm adding to the database: Comptiq. Launched in 1983 and continuing to this day, it's a magazine that covers PC games in Japan. What this means is that it used to cover PC games with some of its coverage focusing on adult titles, and over time, that focus has shifted almost exclusively to adult titles as a reflection of the Japanese PC game market itself. I think it's a bit sad that Japan is pretty much the only game-producing country in the world that doesn't have a thriving PC game development market outside of an army of virtually identical visual novels, and I believe that this has hurt their vitality as a innovative force on the console side of things as well, but that's a rant for another day. For now, I just want to say: The 80s were awesome! Seriously. Porno game mags are a dime a dozen in Japan these days - I think they release about 200 adult PC games per week in this fucked up country. But what are they really? Anime girls. Nothing but anime girls, as far as the eye can see. On the magazine covers as well, anything published in the past 25 years covering adult games has anime girls on the cover. But not in the 80s. Hell no. Nothing but obnoxiously dated clothes and embarrassing hairstyles on real live walking and talking human beings of the female persuasion. Because believe it or not, there was a time in this country when putting an ACTUAL girl on the cover of a magazine was a better way to attract male readers than putting a drawing of a girl in its place. The fact that this is no longer true can no doubt help explain Japan's current population crisis due to the declining birth rate. But forget all that for now. Just look at those covers. SO CHEESY. SO 80s!! It's glorious. As I said, at this point in its history, the mag was covering mostly normal PC games, although every issue also covered some adult material. I don't really get into modern eroge (adult games). It's just more (you guessed it) anime girl nonsense. But even though the 80s porn games were anime girls as well (you quickly realize after living in Japan that there really isn't any other art style in the entire country), there's something charming about the crude graphics that simply doesn't exist anymore in more modern hi-res affairs. Plus, out of necessity due to the need to be able to depict complicated chinese text characters on screen, early Japanese computers had much higher screen resolutions than western counterparts. So while 9-year-old me was playing THIS on a computer in 1986: Some kid in Japan was playing THIS (from Comptiq, 1986): Well, OK, hopefully it wasn't being played by a 9-year-old. But you get my point. Despite being much more high-res than western games at the time, these graphics are way too primitive to be erotic, even if cartoon girls ARE your thing, but I think that's why I find them more appealing than more modern stuff. There can't possibly be anyone out there getting off on it, so that makes it automatically less disturbing/creepy. Anyway, here's a test: You get to choose one girl to be with. Do you pick the one from the 80s, or the one from the '10s? 80s: '10s: If you picked the girl from the 80s, we'll assume for the sake of this test that you can time travel in order to hook up with her in the 80s, since otherwise she's probably pushing 50 now. Remember to be respectful and stop talking about yourself long enough to take a genuine interest in what she has to say once in a while, you egomaniac. Fingers crossed you'll find true love. If you picked the girl from the '10s, congratulations. You are a modern Japanese man. Your... drawing...erm, has very large breasts. You can...I don't know. Stare at it, I guess. Caress the smoothness of its...paper. Talk to it and pretend it can hear you. Or something. I don't know. (What the fuck is WRONG with you?)
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    Hey there! I have about 45 full magazine scans (~250MB-350MB), all Japanese, OCRed, that I want to give to you guys (if only because my hosting setup can't handle the OCRed versions and someone should have them.) I've tried to use your "Create+" function, but the titles don't even exist in your Publication DB and it seems there's no real recourse to getting them. What would you all like me to do to get these to you?
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    He could do that too. Unlike archive.org, we want all the stuff we host to be of great quality.
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    First, I am a new member and I have to say I am impressed with the passion of this site, and the efforts put towards archiving an important part of history. There is a great degree of professionalism put on display by the scanners and curators, and I know that no one gets paid to do this. Myself, I subscribed to Electronic Gaming Monthly from the Dreamcast launch (Sept 1999) on to about 2005. I stopped following shortly after I went to college and stopped following console gaming (more of a PC gamer now). My magazine collection was lost over the years (like 99% of people) otherwise I would think to contribute to this site. I remember reading the news when EGM was cancelled in early 2009; a great shame but it was inevitable. I wasn't aware it was re-launched by the magazine's founder, Steve Harris, and that it eventually tapered off in 2015. Reading articles and listening to podcasts, it almost makes me want to do a mini-documentary about the rise and fall of EGM. I purchased a few other video game magazines in the 90s but I only ever subscribed to EGM. Tips & Tricks was one of them. I'm surprised that those are so hard to track down. I distinctly remember reading SNES-era content and I haven't been able to find anything at all from that era. Which brings me to the topic title. I think we can all agree that Electronic Gaming Monthly is now defunct, according to RetroMags very own thread tracking the last few issues. The last publication was Special Issue #05 published in September 2015. I've done some research and I don't see any cite-able source from EGM saying that the magazine operations has been shut down. The Wikipedia article acts as though EGM is still in publication. This must be a deliberate act by the publisher, for it to not be officially cancelled and can come back at any time? Barring this, is it acceptable to move the scanning window to the 10-year timeline that RetroMags has for defunct magazines? That would put us through to the end of 2008, almost to the very end of the first run. I think the community would be in favor of catching up EGM, based on the topic where EGM is in the lead. Again, I appreciate the site and the efforts of the community. I've been out of the loop on gaming for a long time, and I don't often sign up for any site, so that should say something. I admire the archivist mentality that a lot of you folks have. I've lost so many magazines, games (probably purchased the PSX Final Fantasy's 3 times each), and all of my various Game Boys somehow, that I don't live up to this mentality at all.
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    Sadly at the moment I don't think there is a way to auto change the cutoff date for all the mags each January 1st. Phillyman was going to look into writing some sort of script that he could run every January for that, but that hasn't happened yet. There is a long list of things to do on this site at all times. Right now it's trying to find a new web host because of recent issues with the current one. If more people were willing to edit scans, it would be great. But I understand why we don't. Editing is basically bitch work; it's very time consuming. Speaking of that, there is another issue of Compute I should start editing...
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    Wow, THIS issue. Again thank you to everyone that make this happen. I love this site !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    First of all, the picture I paint of myself is 100% accurate. I assure you, these are my real opinions. Scanning magazines is an unrewarding use of time, but I think most scanners are self-aware enough to realize this but also cognizant of the fact that most people waste large portions of their lives in some way or other, so there's nothing particularly worse about spending all day editing a magazine than there is sitting in front of the TV flipping channels. And while it may seem like I'm being overly negative and possibly trying to discourage anyone from contributing around here, I'm really not. I'm just being completely honest. Trust me, if anyone out there ever decides to try their hand at scanning and editing a magazine themselves, they'll realize all of this stuff for themselves after they're an hour or two into the process, regardless of what I tell them beforehand. Most first-time scanners quit before completing a single mag. The ones who come to fully realize what it entails but push on anyway...well, we're the crazy ones. Different scanners have different reasons that compel them to do so, but "enjoyment" is probably not one of them. Scanning and editing isn't a creative endeavor, it's tedious work, and at the end of the day, all you accomplished was to take a physical thing you already possessed, and destroyed it in order to make a duplicate copy. You start with a magazine, and hours later end with...the exact same magazine...except now you can't touch it. You're right in the sense that preserving things can be a respectable profession (although real preservation doesn't usually involve destroying the artifacts), but the key difference is that those people are doing their jobs. Jobs they're being paid to do. You also seem to take umbrage with my tongue-in-cheek cliched examples of better ways to spend your weekend, suggesting that the only reason people would hang out with friends, go to a play, go camping, or hook up with someone at a club are to fit into societal norms. However, while I don't personally partake in all of those things, I believe the reason most people do stuff like that is that they enjoy it. If you only go out with friends because of societal pressure, you're doing it wrong. If you can find me a scanner that enjoys scanning and just can't wait until the weekend so they can spend all day photoshopping magazine pages because that's the thing that makes them happiest, well then that person is excused from my opinion. But for everyone else, including myself, the bottom line is that time spent scanning/editing magazines is time that ultimately has very little meaning and won't create any kind of lasting memory. I can't tell you how many hours I've wasted (yes, that's the correct verb) scanning mags or uploading covers/ads to this site, but it's a significant amount. And yet I don't have a single story to tell, not a single distinct memory worth sharing out of all that time spent. But I still remember countless details from various trips I took, events I participated in, or even something as simple as a BBQ with friends from years ago. It's the things we remember that matter most, and in an ideal world, we'd spend more time focusing on doing those sorts of things. "Hey Bob, do you remember that time you scanned and edited EGM #72?" "Oh yeah! Like it was yesterday! Man, the stories I could tell you about that one!"..........said no one ever. A scanned magazine DOES have value, to anyone who downloads and enjoys it. I'm very grateful to anyone who has ever given up their time to contribute in any way. The end results of their efforts are appreciated. But I stand by my opinion that the time it took the scanner to create the scan has no value. It is time/life wasted, even if it does result in creating something that others can enjoy.
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    Retromags Presents! Compute! Issue 47 April 1984 Database Entry! Download Directly! Thanks to Phillyman for scanning this issue (and to me for editing it!)
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    Yeah, the mag was a totally different beast to the UK edition. I know as I have a truckload of the UK version on my scanning pile, and I actually owned the first 90 or so issues of the USA version back in the day before I dumped some at work and burned the rest thanks to shenanigans around here a while ago. Sometime in 2002 Imagine disappeared and Future took over the magazine and it's really been a pale version of it's old self ever since. I'm only really keen on getting the GP/Imagine versions scanned but as I have a pile of later issues I will scan them, it's just the interest factor isn't really there for those Future branded issues.
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    Hey, just wanted to let you know that I finished the project that I needed this page for. The page is featured at 8:06. Thanks again!
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    Another fine issue of this mag, only a short time before it evolved into PC Gamer Thanks to Areala for donating this issue!
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    Another awesome mag from the golden age of PC gaming when PC games were PC Games, console games were console games, and never the twain did meet. A small blurb mentioning the upcoming release of a little shareware title called Doom signals big things to come just over the horizon... Thanks to Areala for donating this mag for preservation!
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    Special 1992 Buyer's Guide issue Also features an in depth guide to sound cards and MIDI.
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