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  1. 8 points

    68 downloads

    Tips & Tricks Issue 074 (April 2001)
  2. 8 points

    111 downloads

    GamePro Issue 166 (July 2002)
  3. 8 points

    112 downloads

    Official U.S. Playstation Magazine Issue 32 (May 2000)
  4. 7 points

    63 downloads

    Tips & Tricks Issue 073 (March 2001)
  5. 7 points

    73 downloads

    Tips & Tricks Issue 071 (January 2001)
  6. 7 points

    99 downloads

    Tips & Tricks Issue 069 (November 2000)
  7. 7 points

    59 downloads

    Featuring lots of games for the PlayStation, Dreamcast, Saturn, and PC that you've probably never heard of since not a single one of them made it out of Japan. Every single one of them containing a cast of anime girls that squeal "KYAAAA!!!" when your character accidentally trips and falls against them, grabbing two handfuls of breasts as he catches himself.
  8. 6 points

    45 downloads

    Tips & Tricks Issue 078 (August 2001)
  9. 6 points

    42 downloads

    Tips & Tricks Issue 077 (July 2001)
  10. 6 points

    81 downloads

    Tips & Tricks Issue 052 (June 1999)
  11. 6 points

    74 downloads

    Tips & Tricks Issue 047 (January 1999)
  12. 6 points

    83 downloads

    Tips & Tricks Issue 049 (March 1999)
  13. 6 points

    87 downloads

    Tips & Tricks Issue 043 (September 1998)
  14. 6 points

    89 downloads

    PSM Issue 15 (November 1998)
  15. 6 points

    64 downloads

    PSExtreme Issue 33 (August 1998)
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    72 downloads

    PSExtreme Issue 32 (July 1998)
  17. 6 points

    76 downloads

    PSExtreme Issue 15 (February 1997)
  18. 6 points

    104 downloads

    Official U.S. Playstation Magazine Issue 33 (June 2000)
  19. 6 points

    Version 1.0.0

    78 downloads

    Computer Gaming World Issue 163 (February 1998)
  20. 6 points
    After months of behind-the-scenes deliberation, infused with a ridiculous amount of name-calling, indian leg wrestling, and wedgies, the administrators have reached their conclusion and are now ready to share it with the rest of the community. Presenting: RETRO MAGS! Ruminate with us for a bit. You'll notice that nowhere on the site does it specifically state we are set up to only scan and host old magazines about computers and video games, and every so often we'll receive a request from a user inquiring about whether or not we handle this or that sort of publication, or help finding out-of-print periodicals of various sorts. Fishing magazines. Car magazines. Science magazines. There's a magazine for everything, and if there isn't now, then there probably was in decades past. It's true! Literally starting today, Retromags is going to become your one-stop shop for everything related to old school magazines. Hobbyist publications, consumer reference, news and entertainment...it's all coming both soon and now. Just think: your dad may finally track down that issue of Organic Gardner he read as a lad! Your grandmother may thrill to a digital version of the doll collector's monthly she subscribed to twenty years ago! Those classic 80's knitting patterns? They're going to be here too! Vintage Wrestling quarterlies, 1960's era Hot Rod publications, celebrity gossip rags from back when the hair, the shoulder pads, and the feuds were larger than life? Forget download limits. These files are big, beautiful, and cleaned up to current-year specs as best that we (and Photoshop) can accomplish. To prove we aren't kidding, we've got a handful of brand new releases we've been holding back on for this very announcement. Only you guys could make it possible, with your contributions of time, energy, and cold, hard cash. Especially that last part. Thank you, anonymous donor who wishes to remain anonymous for that sudden infusion back in February. Obviously this is going to require a bit of a site overhaul. Expect to see some serious changes to the way things like the databases are structured as we get things in line with the new, expanded concept. We're aiming to add roughly a dozen different categories per week, then new sub-categories within them similar to the way the gaming magazines are currently broken down by area of release, then name of publication. It's a lot of work, and not something which can be done all at once, but we're going to push on as best we can. Limited site downtime and outages may occur infrequently as we make these changes. The forum software is robust, but we're going to be subjecting it to an awful lot of stretching in directions we aren't sure Invision means for it to stretch. Errors may crop up here and there, and if so, we hope you'll be patient with us. If it all goes as planned, these relics of yester-year will be hosted, preserved forever for future generations to marvel and laugh at. We spared no expense scouring the seedy underbellies of auction sites, hunting for the weirdest, tackiest, most off-beat examples we could find to show we mean business when we say, "At Retromags, we scan it all!" Sincerely - Phillyman, E-Day, Areala, and the rest of the Retromags staff!
  21. 5 points

    47 downloads

    Q64 2000 Volume 2 (Winter)
  22. 5 points

    144 downloads

    Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue 068 (March 1995)
  23. 5 points

    74 downloads

    PSExtreme Issue 56 (July 2000)
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    64 downloads

    PSExtreme Issue 28 (March 1998)
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    98 downloads

    PSM Presents 100% Unofficial PSP Launch Guide
  26. 5 points

    96 downloads

    Pocket Games Issue 14 (Spring 2004)
  27. 5 points

    75 downloads

    Pocket Games Issue 12 (Summer 2003)
  28. 5 points

    Version 1.0.0

    44 downloads

    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.
  29. 5 points

    Version 1.0.0

    178 downloads

    Electronic Gaming Monthly 071 (June 1995)
  30. 4 points

    57 downloads

    Q64 1999 Volume 3 (Fall)
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    46 downloads

    Q64 1999 Volume 2 (Summer)
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    54 downloads

    Q64 1999 Volume 1 (Winter)
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    54 downloads

    Q64 1998 Volume 3 (Fall)
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    67 downloads

    Q64 1998 Volume 2 (Summer)
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    Happy Birthday! Here's a guide to 1985's Xanadu (Dragon Slayer II) from Nihon Falcom, which to this day is still the best-selling computer RPG of all time in Japan. https://archive.org/details/XanaduDatabookVol.1
  36. 4 points
    So last month members here were extremely generous and donated enough money for me to get a Fujitsu ix1500. Getting that scanner resulted in CivicMinded sending me around 950 magazines and guides to scan at great expense. Now THAT has caused something else. Last week, seeing the insane magazine donation, Hardcorehubz asked if I was open to selling the ix1500 in order to get the Fujitsu FI-7160, with him covering the difference. That's an obvious decision to make. So the Fujitsu has been returned, Hardcorehubz has sent the money to me, and the 7160 is getting ordered tonight. It's a heavier duty scanner that can take more pages and is made for heavier workloads, so it should serve me and this site very well. So with that and a heavy duty paper cutter, getting through the CivicMinded magazines will be pretty easy. Now who wants to help edit?
  37. 4 points
    OH MY GOD! How are you ever going to scan all of these in your lifetime? Edit: Donated
  38. 4 points

    Version 1.0.0

    113 downloads

    Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
  39. 4 points

    Version 1.0.0

    45 downloads

    Edited for your pleasure and convenience. For the raw 600dpi source files, please visit https://archive.org/details/@japanesemagazinesscanproject *PLEASE NOTE: Gamest is printed in right-to-left Japanese reading style. If viewing two pages at a time, you will need to set your CBR reader to Japanese mode so that the pages will display in the correct order. I have moved the survey postcards to the end of the archive, since they interfered with the correct display of the pages when using two-page viewing mode.
  40. 3 points
    THANK YOU!!! My name is Brian Lesyk (a.k.a. CIVICMINDED) and I wanted to sincerely thank each and every one of you who contributed to reimbursing me for the shipping costs incurred when I recently donated my video game collection to Retromags. It was a much-appreciated and heartwarming surprise to see so many of you pitch in to help support this initiative. Quick story... My wife and I bought our first home together three and a half years ago. During that time, I've been steadily converting my basement into a gaming room. My nearly four-decade collection of video game paraphernalia has been stored there since. About two years ago, the home's original hot water heater sprang a small leak and damaged a relatively small portion of my video game magazine collection. Nonetheless, I was heartbroken. That's when I stumbled across Retromags online video game magazine repository. I was delighted to see how comprehensive their library was and how well the site was run. I was able to recuperate some of my collection in digital form and have been a fervent supporter of theirs ever since. In the time since I discovered Retromags, I began to wonder about the status of my remaining physical collection. Despite being in practically mint condition, I was finally faced with some realities. My collection took up far too much space and I wasn't really reading through them much anymore. Basically, the collection became so big that I couldn't find anything I wanted despite being well organized. I was essentially hording. So, three things crept into my head: 1) Getting rid of all of these boxes could free-up some necessary space in my gaming room, 2) digitizing this massive collection would be a benefit to the gaming community (and myself), and 3) I felt that Retromags is THE trusted source and curator for this sort of thing. Though it was bittersweet watching the freight company haul away my life's collection on a pallet jack down my driveway and into a truck, it gave me great solace in knowing that the gaming community would maybe benefit from it just as I did. As I mentioned, my collection began decades ago. It started when I was about eight years old and followed me through college...through multiple cities and apartments...it eventually followed me home...and soon, it will be in your hands. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. Personally, I very much look forward to re-discovering much it in its digital format. It's exciting to know that my collection will join the many collections that all of you have contributed over the years, too. If you receive a fraction of the enjoyment in my collection as I have received from yours, I know my decision was the right one to make. Again, thank you all for your tremendous support! I am genuinely humbled and your generosity will not be forgotten. Sincerely, Brian
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    Donated! This is a really impressive undertaking!
  43. 3 points

    Version 1.0.0

    30 downloads

    Compute! Issue 077 Vol. 8 No. 10 (October 1986)
  44. 3 points
    Whew. The wait is finally over and I can come clean. You guys remember when I disappeared for a month a little while back? I tried to cover it up with an explanation of burnout, but the truth was...I was working with Phillyman full-time behind the scenes to make sure the rollout of RETRO MAGS would be truly special. For one entire month, I spent every spare minute scanning and editing a beautiful run of pristine condition issues of Cat Fancy which will be uploaded with the launch of the new site. Hold onto your whiskers, kids! They'll be coming your way soon!
  45. 2 points
    From June 1986, here's another guide to the PC-98 edition of the original Wizardry. https://archive.org/details/WizardryPlayingManual
  46. 2 points
    Here's a second guide to Nihon Falcom's megahit RPG Xanadu. This one's from 1986 and is nice and colorful with lots of artwork and a cool bonus at the end of the guide - a cut-out board game. https://archive.org/details/XanaduFile_201904/page/n11
  47. 2 points
    Sometimes an image in a magazine stretches across two or more pages (with a fold-out poster, it could be up to 9 pages). Editing them back into a seamless image is something of a pain, but here are some tips. Debinding For this example, we're going to use a two-page spread from a glue-bound magazine, since that's more of a challenge than a stapled mag. First of all, this is what a glue-bound page looks like when removed using heat: All of those holes on the right side of the image are where the page is glued to the spine. The page has not been torn - those small pieces of the page simply aren't there to begin with (or rather, were removed during the binding process). This is as perfectly complete as you can possibly get when debinding a glue-bound mag. All of those holes are going to have to be filled in during editing. But this method of debinding is absolutely necessary if you want a seamless join. Suppose you had saved a few minutes and debound this magazine with a paper cutter, slicing away the spine and gutter. This would be the result: Looks fine, right? Yes, it looks perfectly good, and the small loss of image on the far right might be acceptable if this was a single-page image. But if you try to join two pages that have been similarly debound using a paper cutter, you can see that the image is not going to look seamless at all: Fixing the image at this point is pretty much impossible, since there is simply too much information missing (indeed, an actual paper slicer is almost definitely going to crop off even more than I did for this example picture). Because of course, this is actually what the two pages look like side by side after being debound with a slicer: ALL of that space in the center needs to be filled in order for the picture to look good. Suddenly those tiny holes from a heat-debound mag don't look so bad, eh? Editing: When joining images in Photoshop, you will be extremely reliant upon a handy feature called the "content-aware fill tool." First, you'll want to fill in all of those holes on the gutter side of each page. Sometimes this is very easy. If a page has nothing but solid color or very simple shapes with straight lines extending to the edge, you can usually just select the length of the gutter side with a rectangle tool, use the content-aware fill tool, and presto - you're done. This is what you will do with most pages which don't actually have images reaching all the way into the gutter. When joining images across multiple pages however, using the rectangle tool across the length of the page when selecting the area to be filled will make the image harder to match up with the facing page since it will alter all of the space between the holes as well. Look at the following pair of pictures carefully and you'll see that the image on the right isn't quite what it should be after having the selected rectangular area filled in: The answer, of course, is to use the lasso tool to select each hole individually, and using the content-aware fill on those holes only, leaving as much of the original image as possible intact. The next step is to line up the pictures as closely as possible. They will almost never align perfectly, so you will likely end up with some empty space at the top or bottom of one of the pages that will need to be filled, again, using the content-aware fill tool: Next comes detail work, using the fill tool (or sometimes the clone stamp) to more seamlessly blend areas that don't quite match up: Often times, the angle of one page will be slightly different that that of the other. Getting them both to align perfectly is almost impossible, so another trick worth experimenting with, particularly when it comes to straight lines that don't quite line up from one page to the next, is the warp tool: (After warping the image, you'll want to use the fill tool or possibly clone stamp to fix the warped pattern of the color dots in the background). Saving And finally, when you've got your image joined to your satisfaction, simply select one half of it (one page), cut and paste it into a separate window, apply any level adjustments, and save. Then with the remaining half, crop the area where the second page was by zooming way in to make sure you get the crop pixel perfect so that the pages will look seamless when viewed in two-page mode in a CBR reader: (select one page) (cut it away and paste it in a different window) (Zoom in to crop) Be sure to use the exact same level adjustments on both pages. You could do this before splitting the images apart, or course, but it's likely that you'll have already created an action set that will adjust levels, resize and save your image all with a single button press, in which case, you'll want to wait until the images have been split before performing the action. Voilà!! Now you see why editing can take so damn long if done well!
  48. 2 points
    Here's another scan I had nothing to do with that's better than anything I ever spent 5 hours scanning and editing. Or so I hear. This time it's a Japan-exclusive visual novel adaptation of Silent Hill for the Game Boy Advance. https://archive.org/details/SilentHillOfficialGuideBook
  49. 2 points
    So I promised these forever ago before I knew anything about scanning. Here's two issues I've found. I *might* have more and if I come across them I'll scan. Feel free to use them here. https://www.gamingalexandria.com/wp/2019/04/09/foul-videogame-subculture-vol-1-issue-7/ https://www.gamingalexandria.com/wp/2019/04/09/foul-videogame-subculture-vol-1-issue-8/
  50. 2 points

    Version 1.0.0

    38 downloads

    Compute! Issue 084 Vol. 9 No. 5 (May 1987)