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  1. 3 points
    I feel you shouldn't have to defend yourself for preserving the past. This one small part of it is Videogames. Videogame magazines appeal to me for a few reasons. After I finished Graphic Design I gained a new set of eyes for how magazines are built and printed. A preserved magazine that is 20 years old is a piece of history that I can reflect on for inspiration and ideas. I like to look at what size and type of fonts they used. I love the illustrations as well as the screenshots which took more work to get 20 years ago than it does today. Computers are amazing how they grew from nothing to what I would value as highly as indoor plumbing. Videogames are the reason technology has been driven to what it is today. If you follow how technology in computers has grown, you can see how game consoles were built as a direct result of it.
  2. 2 points
    Very nice writeup. I realized I was never much of a "gamer" in the sense of playing every evening. I never got into any big multiplayer scene. I am interested in the history of gaming the same way a historian is interested in the middle ages. But as for games themselves, oh do I have some nice memories with them. And it's not about what's trandy, or was at a certain point of time. I think games have immense possibilites to create experiences and that's what I value them for.
  3. 2 points
    Speaking as a fellow introvert, don't forget that your strongest ally is also yourself. Everyone else might have to seek their safety in numbers, but we've got that turtle shell to protect us. There's certainly no shame in using it - it's a natural asset.
  4. 2 points
    You are so right! I remember the first issue of Nintendo-Magasinet (1990) (Swedish version of Nintendo Power), the feeling was incredible. Now I have several of them scanned. I love the nostalgic feeling then reading through them. And as you said, back then we did not have the web, only the mags to rely on. That was good times.
  5. 2 points
    That's a really good question, why do we care about old magazine's anyway? Like KiwiArcader say's many people will have their own reasons. I care about these old magazine's because they played such a huge part in my love of video game's. Back in the day (pre internet) these magazine's really were the only way that I could find out about up comming game's and whether or not I should spend my hard earned money on them. These magazine's contributed a lot to the whole video game scene and complimented many of the game's which I played. I felt I came to know many of the reviewer's in my favourite magazine's and trusted their opinion's on the game's they reviewed. I guess I care about these old magazine's because when I think about video game culture I don't see these magazine's as something completely seperate from the game's themselves but as a substantial and very important part of that culture. Of course another reason why I care about these old magzine's is because of the cool nostalgia hit which they provide. In many cases I can remember which country I was living in, or which apartment/ flat I was staying in or even which girlfriend I was with at the time just by seeing the cover of a much read old magazine.
  6. 2 points
    There will be a different reason from every single person who gets onto the preservation path, be it preserving magazines of any kind, or games for old computers like Atari's & Amiga's etc. Even old school comics of yesteryear. However, when you step back and look at it objectively there tends to be one all-encompassing reason for doing it. That is so future generations ... our children & their children can see where it all started & how the people of the past like us viewed viewed the events of the day. I am not talking about the people blatantly pirating current materials and causing no end of financial hardship for those trying to make a living releasing current products, but those of us who look at a 20 year old object and realise that the publishers may have long disappeared and that it would be a tragedy & an insult to the people who created those wonderful works if they disappeared forever. Interestingly, as time goes on it is not only becoming increasingly easier to preserve old works due to technology, but there is more awareness of the fact that people ARE interested in seeing or using them. Emulation of consoles and PC's of yesteryear through increases in todays PC processor power have seen emulation become as mainstream as the Xbox 360 or PS3 gaming of today, to the point where the manufacturers are sitting up and taking notice. Your example of the Wii's virtual console is a prime example where a company has seen the fact that emulation is pervasive & where old products can once again become a revenue stream from a new generation of users. Playboy is another example where the underground preservation of their older magazines has made them realise they are still highly popular and they are now releasing DVD compilations of decades old products for the digital age. And more power to them for doing it. So I'll end this with the reason I scan old gaming magazines. It would an abomination if in a hundred years time someone can read a Playboy of today, or play an emulated game of Space Invaders or Gauntlet on thier Xbox 9500 but when asked who made the game or how the Amiga came to be no-one can say because the old literature of the day hasn't been preserved. THAT's why people like myself do this.
  7. 1 point
    Took you long enough. We're about the same age and I haven't bought a new game since 2005. I'd like to think I've outgrown gaming (nobody wants to be outgrown by something). I still play something from time to time, but it's almost always an older game that I never got to play back in the day, and it's mostly that leftover sense of nostalgia that drives me to do so. But that's fine. So long as you have other things to fill your life with, you're golden. I could lament the fact that I no longer enjoy sitting in front of a screen clutching a piece of plastic for hours on end, but at the end of the day I think I'm much happier spending my life the way I do currently. You're right that back when we were young, games had a sort of magical ability to leave strong impressions and memories that we still carry with us. Now when I play a game, even if I "enjoy" it at the time, it doesn't really create a lasting memory, and ultimately amounts to wasted time, sort of like watching television. I'd much rather spend that time engaging in professional endeavors, spending time with friends, or seeing the world, all of which create much stronger and longer lasting memories I can cherish. But hey...gaming. Let's just be grateful for the good times, yeah?
  8. 1 point
    I'm hopefully optimistic that it will prove more difficult than it's worth to sign into law anything that takes away rights that have already been given. Getting those rights in the first place has been a long battle for many people, and once gained, taking them away again would be indefensibly cruel and hateful. While some people out there are quite comfortable basing their lives on an agenda of hate, I like to think that any attempt to sign such an agenda into law would rally so much sympathy and support as to make it untenable. But I could be being naive. I, too, hope that Trump dispenses a different kind of leadership than the one he promised in his campaign. Hell, so do some of the people who voted for him. "He didn't mean it, it was just to get votes." Well, we can hope so, at least. I think we take all politicians' promises with something of a grain of salt. But it's interesting how we usually respond to politicians' grandiose promises by saying "Yeah, that would be nice, but it'll probably never happen/never make it past Congress," whereas now some people are saying "Don't worry - he didn't mean anything he promised, he's gonna do all kinds of awesome stuff, he just never talked about it." As if every time he opened his mouth during the campaign, people just tuned it out and imagined what they wished he was saying instead (and wished so hard they actually believed it.) Still, however he handles the actual presidency, it won't mollify the damage his rhetoric has caused and is continuing to cause as his impending ascendancy to power foments those baser feelings of hatred and fear amongst the extreme left of his constituency who are emboldened to be more open with projecting their fears and prejudices in harmful ways upon innocent people. However, I think you'll find that your friends are going to be there for you in stronger force than ever before. It's sometimes all too easy for those of us living lives relatively free from discrimination to overlook the plight of others less privileged. But if Trump's rhetoric has fanned the flames of prejudice, it has also elevated our awareness of it, and there will be a stronger outpouring of support for those hurt or disenfranchised by that prejudice than we would have seen "pre-Trump." So no matter how things turn out, never let them take your hope, and those of us at your back will do what we can to alleviate the fear.
  9. 1 point
    Donald Trump wants conditions on the First Amendment Defense Act. It is not reported on by mainstream media which I think is in many ways responsible for all this chaos and panic. I read about this first at The Washington Blade. He said, “Protection of the nation and its citizens must come first. Getting the economy back on track must be near the top of the list. Preserving and protecting the rights of our citizens must also be in the mix.” He also said, “that he would not veto the legislation, but he would not commit to passing it,” http://www.washingtonblade.com/2015/12/23/trump-gives-conditional-support-for-religious-freedom-bill/ This may not be the most satisfactory answer at the moment but the man has been unjustly demonized by a multi billion dollar smear campaign from the Clinton's, their special interest donors, every media firm and even by the hands of Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trump won the primaries against all the Conservative Republicans because he is fiscally Conservative as well as an Americanist. He was born Christian, he has faith of a higher power but he obviously lived a most liberal lifestyle and this is a well known fact. From what I have gathered about Trump, he is going to be a law and order President. The types of hate crimes you and you're family have experienced will not be tolerated under a Trump Administration. Any and all hate groups will not be tolerated in America. Any religious freedoms will not infringe on any person's decency or civil liberties. I hope that Trump can bring America together again to be peaceful, productive and equal for those wiling to work for it.
  10. 1 point
    Lot of familiar feelings written in here... I've found that my stubbornness and refusal to give up have made me into a much stronger person than I was when I was young. I've always prayed that God take me where He wanted me, and while there have been a couple rough patches, some close calls along the way, that has served me well. As for general well being, I find that crafting (metal work seems to be something I rather enjoy) has given me a healthy distraction. I would suspect that learning a new skill or education would have a similar effect.
  11. 1 point
    I must have crossed a wire. This song is a flashback of the writers perception of his hometown growing up and like how many people feel alone. In the final verse he talks about his escape being the telephone wire he can be whoever he wants. To me the telephone wire in 1997 would have meant dial up internet and 100's of hours I spent staring at crt monitor late into the night.
  12. 1 point
    I like it when games force a paradigm shift on me, this happens almost exclusively with Japanese games, for some reason. Ninja Gaiden for the Xbox was punishing, but the game is trying to teach you the "right" way to play it, and once you discover the nuances and subtlety of the gameplay, you're hooked. Resident Evil did that too in the late 90s; I hated it at first, then realized it was kind of a point-and-click adventure gone 3D, with added action. Super Mario 3 seemed impossible at first, finding out the secret items, and gaining extra lives makes the game seem manageable; you learn to go with the flow, letting the game teach you. I've always been amazed at such great game design. I still consider 2004 Ninja Gaiden a very underrated work of art. It's amazing. The quirky Tomonobu Itagaki deserves a lot more respect.
  13. 1 point
    Dead Space is without a doubt the best third person shooter since RE4: perfect mix of gameplay and horror. Lately I've been trying to platinum my games recently. I already platinum Transformers FoC, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle, Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection, and I've gotten every trophy for a VF2, Daytona USA, MK Arcade Collection, Marvel vs Capcom Origins, Galaga Legions DX, X-Men Arcade, Simpsons Arcade, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, Super Hang On, Marvel Puzzle Quest, Gunstar Heroes, Doom Classic Complete Collection, Sonic the Fighters, and LOL even Playstation Home.
  14. 1 point
    Points for mentioning the masterpiece that is Silent Hill 2. I'm a pretty casual gamer... ....actually wait, that doesn't describe me at all. I've been playing video games for 33 years and they're my favorite hobby ever, so I guess I can be considered more of a hardcore gamer. ...Actually, forget these stupid labels altogether. Let's start over. I love playing video games, but I love playing them for the sense of comfort, excitement, immersion and fun that they provide. I generally don't go in for challenge. That's not to say that I don't like to be challenged (I refuse to lower the difficulty of Alien: Isolation to anything below expert and will probably never pass the first encounter with the Xenomorph as a result), but so many people look at challenge in different ways. Some gamers view multiplayer competition as the only true challenge. Others look at a game like Dark Souls, with its legendarily merciless difficulty, as the best kind of challenge. Others like to have their brains massacred by puzzlers. Me? Idunno. I just like to have fun. What makes me come back to a game usually isn't the sense of challenge, but rather the sense of atmosphere, exploration, and the sheer joy of gameplay. While I definitely felt a rewarding sense of accomplishment when I completed the %&^#% water temple in Ocarina of Time, what I take most from my experience of playing the game was the joy of my first 3D open world, the satisfaction of technical advances like the lock-on camera, and the fun of navigating creepy dungeons. While I felt undeniable excitement upon figuring out what to do next in my beloved Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island, what thrilled me most about both games was the sense of location and the degree of interaction that I was allowed to have with them. The puzzles of Silent Hill 2 make it a more interesting and challenging game, but it would still be a landmark of atmosphere and storytelling without them. I've played all of these games many times over, well past the point at which I'd become familiar with what to do and how to do it, because the experiences are just that entertaining. Toejam and Earl has hardly any challenge at all. Mega Man 2 can be beaten in an hour. The Sims is.... ...I don't think there IS such a thing as challenge in The Sims. But what all three games have in common is the sheer presence of "it", that intangible quality that makes a game just plain fun to dive into. And at the end of the day that's what will keep me coming back to a game, even if my membership in the red-blooded American male club would prefer that I attribute it to the rugged victory of dudely conquest instead. Challenge can be a really good thing - it's nice to feel like you've accomplished something or overcome an obstacle, after all - but for me, challenge is just one of the many building blocks that can be used to make a great game. If it's there then great. Some people want as much as they can handle, and more power to them. But at the end of the day none of it will amount to anything if the game isn't fun.
  15. 1 point
    I'm usually a love-em-and-leave-em game player (too many games in the sea to spend time playing on ALL the difficulty levels), but if a harder difficulty offers something the others don't, I'll play that one. There's nothing worse than finishing a game only to realize that you didn't see the real ending because you weren't playing on the hardest difficulty level. Warn me of that in advance, dammit! The first game that I enjoyed playing at all difficulties was Goldeneye. The different mission objectives made it feel as if I was having a different experience each time rather than just playing the same mission with tougher enemies. On a related note, the original PC version of Monkey Island 2 is the first game that compelled me go back and play the easy mode to see what wasn't included. Described on the box as "normal mode - for game reviewers," the easy mode had different solutions to a lot of the puzzles (or took them out altogether), making it sort of entertaining to breeze through after having finished the more difficult mode (which is actually the real "normal" mode).
  16. 1 point
    Totally agree on all of these films. Even before the page loaded I was thinking "I wonder if The Thing will be on the list". I didn't expect New Nightmare, though I don't know why. That's about the best example of a horror movie that was ahead of its time that I can think of. And The Mist? Another excellent choice. I love it as much as I love The Thing, which is very much. Good choices all around. Oh, and The Blair Witch Project (which I absolutely hated) was preceded by still another sort of "found footage" film, that being The Last Broadcast. It was thematically more similar to Blair Witch (people investigating the Jersey devil disappear into the pine barrens, only for one of them to resurface and face murder charges) but Cannibal Holocaust was the better example for this list.
  17. 1 point
    I like all of these movies. I saw the thing at the drive in when I was a kid and it scared the crap out of me. New Nightmare is maybe the best and smartest Nightmare on Elm Street movie. The Mist was pretty good.mEsoecially the tone the movie had was just creepy.
  18. 1 point
    Ah, WarGames...will there ever be another computer-themed movie like you again? Methinks not...methinks not.
  19. 1 point
    Wow, for some reason a notification for this popped up my email, when I don't think that's ever happened before. Makes me wonder if Philly tweaked some setting heh. Anyway, hi, speaking of old friends, sorry I've been away from here for a while, if you even remember me, heh. Haven't yet read through this all (read the start and the end and skimmed the middle), but I can sympathize, as I've gone through the end of a few communities myself over the years, sometimes with no advance warning. I'm glad you were able to know this was coming in advance and prepare a form of closure for yourself. On an amusing (to me) note, it can't be a coincidence that the last update was version 1.87, given this exists: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/187_(slang)
  20. 1 point
    I loved Willow, and Dragon Warrior.
  21. 1 point
    You know, when even Wyoming (my home state) passes legislation allowing same sex marriages, I'd dare say you guys will be just fine. Our parents' generation is being replaced in both politics, and to an extent, the work place, by our generation. Frankly, the only argument that I've ever even considered to even hold any ground has been the religious side of things, in upholding their rights to not be involved in ceremonies and the like. However, even as a Christian myself, I rather take offense at people who make it their business to interfere with the lives of others simply for lack of anything better to do. A relationship is between two people and their creator, let them sort out the particulars, it is literally NONE of my business. Best of luck to you two, but worrying can only rob you of the peace of today.
  22. 1 point
    Very happy for you and Jessica, Areala! Stay hopeful - I know the road for equality hasn't been easy but the country finally seems to be coming around. Too slowly, I know, but the writing seems to be on the wall. For future generations, I have no doubt all those scenes of anti-gay marriage protesters on court house steps will look just as crass and bigoted as the anti-interracial marriage protests that came before.
  23. 1 point
    Welcome back after a five-year absence, Softballchic. A lovely letter and a great read, conveying a story we can all understand even if we've not played the game just yet. Nice to see your return. *huggles* Areala
  24. 1 point
    Personally, I like the famitsu review format: 4 different kinds of gamers -> one game. Makes the reviews more realistic than hoping ol' Larry even knows anything about fighting games or wasn't told by his boss who was paid by the developer to give it possible reviews or even the fact that Larry might just give EVERYTHING Star Wars a 5/5 on ever catagory regardless if the game is shit or not. With multiple reviewers on a game you can get a sense on whether you'll enjoy it or not and it's a shame only EGM and DieHard adopted multiple reviewer formats.
  25. 1 point
    I´d love to read that "making of SMB3" feature, is it available online anywhere?
  26. 1 point
    Good news to any who want to try and not have to buy, it looks like a virtual boardgame program has emulated the game: http://battlegroundsgames.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3137 And info on Battlegrounds: http://www.battlegroundsgames.com/nutshell.html I haven't tried it(yet) so I can't recommend it. Found a copy of the game for cheap so I'll probably go that route instead of this.
  27. 1 point
    This sounds awesome! Definitely something my friends and I could get into, as we're all big Alien fans. Interesting that the ship is named Prometheus. Is there any chance it could be an unofficial Alien game? Looking to find it now..
  28. 1 point
    I'm glad my post finally got viewed, I was afraid it was lost. I'm not too sure how active I'll be in this "community" as I don't know how serious my curiosity to retro gaming is. But you guys definitely make me laugh! Areala I was just joking about the retro thing, we all have our interests and I don't judge one bit. This is coming from the guy with a chick name, so you have to take it with a grain of salt. As a person who despises any "social networks" (I have no facebook, myspace, or youporn accounts), due to the fact of acquiring real friends.....despite my female moniker.... this is the first one of these kinds I have joined. I have no idea what or how to post but I will say I downloaded an emulator and basically every Nintendo game ever made and started playing those on my computer. I have to say, Adventures in Magic Kingdom is just as hard as it used to be. Thanks for listening!
  29. 1 point
    Somehow this comment got deleted in the site update, so I'm reposting it from the e-mail notification I received. It was too awesome to let this one fall into the abyss. Thank you so much for writing, Kelly! Hope there was some good money (or at least good booze) riding on that bet, and please give my best to your father not only for putting up with my tomfoolery but for encouraging your love of NES games back in 1987. *huggles* Areala * * * * * Entry: [Let's Read] - Nintendo Power #5 Author: KtotheE Comment: Last night I was trying to prove a point to a friend, telling him I was, in fact, featured in Nintendo Power Magazine, Issue #5. So we went to Google to settle the bet and landed on this blog. I just wanted to thank you for reviewing the magazine and proving me right on your "Video Spotlight" section. I am Kelly, the SON of the man you said was made of epic fail. God, it made me and my friends laugh so hard we were crying! Here I am so proud of my accomplishment in a nationally syndicated magazine and run into nothing but ridicule. I reminded my dad of his persistance in getting me spotlighted and he too thought it was nothing short of comedy gold. He didn't know if it was more pathetic that he named his son Kelly or that someone actually had a blog dedicated to retro gaming magazines, though he assured me it's the latter. It would sadden you to hear me say I no longer consider myself a "gamer" but do like to rock out on Super Smash Brothers Melee on Game Cube (greatest game ever made in my opinion) with my nephews every so often. Thanks again for winning my bet! Cheers!
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  31. 1 point
    Gah, you make me want to dig out these issues and read them cover to cover again, but that would put me even further behind from the scanning I need to do, heh.
  32. 1 point
    You say, 'It wasn't very long ago that comic books weren't considered "art,"' but he probably still doesn't agree that any of those are art either. Hence, I'll take that statement one step further into Ebert's realm of understanding: it wasn't very long ago [less than a century] that movies weren't considered "art" but in fact were thought of as a passing fad... something similar to how video games were seen in their first couple decades.
  33. 1 point
    As soon as I saw the name "Jacob's Well" I knew it sounded familiar. Though I never got to run or play this adventure, after all these years there must have been something about it that kept it in my memory. Thanks for the reminder.
  34. 1 point
    Eberk: 0 Areala: 1 What a beautiful game that was! I don't like his stance here just as much as I didn't like his initial stance on the movie Day of the Dead, which he, years later, revoked and disagreed with. The only difference this time is that he won't live anohter 20 years to revoke this statement after everyone has forgotten the argument. Bravo, Ebert, for once again being a pompous-arthouse-film ass. And to think I tolerated his existence there for a while.
  35. 1 point
    Bravo! Very well said. I have often felt irritated by Ebert and his often asinine views on things, but like so many famous people, it's very hard to ignore someone you disagree with when their voice is heard by so many. I doubt even your well crafted case would sway his opinion in the slightest, more's the pity. Some people get an idea in their heads, and refuse to ever back down, thinking that admitting they were wrong would look foolish. Never do they seem to realize that carrying on like that, well after anyone sensible person can plainly see that they are wrong, is far more foolish.
  36. 1 point
    Well, I for one am excited to hear about this. Scratches is an excellent game and I can't wait to see what Agustín Cordes and his team come up with next.
  37. 1 point
    You're providing a valuable service here Areala by name checking these sucky Star Wars games and warning the unsuspected gamer not to go within a hundred feet of them. It doesen't bear thinking about all the people voice's suddenly crying out in terror and then being suddenly silenced if they actually got to play these game's. While most Star Wars game's are universally crappy, a few good one's also come to mind. Star Wars Episode 1 Racer for the N64 and X-Wing vs Tie Fighter and Jedi Knight:Jedi Academy for the PC are some that I've enjoyed. You mentioned Masters of Teras Kasai and the thing is even though I know this is a pretty crappy game if I ever come across it I know I will turn to the dark side and buy it. I remember seeing someone playing it in a shop when it first came out. Han Solo was fighting a storm trooper I think (so long ago). Anyway they were fighting on a platform on what looked like the forest moon of Endor and in the background of this stage there was an AT-AT walking past in the background. It just looked so cool. Of course I never bought the game after reading all the magazine review's but I'm still curious to see if the game really is as bad as people say. And of course I want to see that cool AT-AT again. Great blog.
  38. 1 point
    HAH! You should do more blogs like this! I am PROUD to say I didn't give into the temptation to play any of these titles. I took a glance at the screenshots at the time and just had that feeling. Yes, THAT feeling. So about ten minutes later I began to flush the toilet and while eying the ceramic nest-eggs I noticed something. The Phantom Menace for PS1. I took it as a sign and popped it in the grey rectangle to show it what's up. Bad move. The Phantom Menace is actually pretty close to it's movie counterpart: Jar-Jar Binks annoys the shit out of you the whole time and it's a generally badly out-dated, computer-generated experience. However, there was an upside. You could kill virtually anyone you came in contact with. Needless to say, me being me, I played through the whole game just to see whose pitiful life I could take at the end of each level. Some of the unfortunate souls included, but weren't limited to: Qui-Gon Jin, JAR-JAR BINKS(yes, worth playing the game just for this), Jabba the Hutt, and honestly I can't remember the rest. After killing Jar-Jar, it was one big opium haze in my memory. So, at its most, if you're looking to kill various Star Wars characters just for the lonesome loser high it gives you, play the game. But generally just forget it was created.. you're better off that way.
  39. 1 point
    Working for Retromags is rather like working for someone who works for someone who works for a magazine. In the meantime, write letters to your favorite mags and tell them to hire that Areala chick who writes such neat blog posts...maybe something magical will happen.
  40. 1 point
    Girl, you oughta work for a magazine PS/I guess you do in a way RETROMAGS
  41. 1 point
    I'm sorry Jake, but you seem to be missing the point. Whether or not expiring certifications are good or bad, for cert holders is beside the point. Previous cert holders had an agreement with CompTIA, and it is not fair, and should not be legal, for CompTIA to arbitrarily break that agreements. If CompTIA wants to change their agreement with subsequent exam takers, then that is a different matter. Comptia has no right to renege on agreements that they have already been made. A done deal is a done deal. If I pay to get a lifetime certification, then I expect to get a lifetime certification - period.
  42. 1 point
    When I delivered pizzas for a couple of months I was at the depths of low. I was treated like garbage by not only customers but by the pie assemblers as well. They tried to cheat me on my wages every day. When I figured it out I had to ask my boss why I got short changed 40 bucks. Anyway it wasn't worth the wear and tear on my car so I gave that up. At no time did I let up. I gave 110% and worked like I was getting paid twice as much. So all the lazy nobodies who feel sorry for themselves and reflect it on their work get no sympathy from me.
  43. 1 point
    I remember reading a preview of this game in a magazine back in the day and it looked really good. I guess it got my attention because it looked like it was doing something new and interesting in comparison to most of the other release's of the day. And then.....nothing. I don't remember seeing any further coverage of this game in any of the magazine's. So because of this, the game wasn't on my radar at all and I guess I thought that it wasn't released in Europe. After reading your blog I'm going to keep an eye out for it. One thing though, the name or name's of this game. I'm not sure which is worse "Disaster Report" or "S.O.S. : The Final Escape". Surely someone could have come up with something more interesting. And as for the cover art for the game, I can't decide whether it's so bad that it's kind of growing on me or if it's just simply bad but I'm kind of leaning toward's the latter. Great blog Areala.