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    Retromags Presents! GamePro's Handheld Video Games Issue 1 (Spring 1991) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: E-Day    Uploaded By: E-Day    Donated By: CIVICMINDED Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
  2. 3 points
    Two more Dungeon Master Guides. Both pretty dry, but one of these is slightly more interesting than the other. Don't judge a book by its cover! (except in this case, you'd be right.) https://archive.org/details/dungeonmasterzensho https://archive.org/details/dungeonmasterguidebook
  3. 2 points
    Thanks! The second issue will be coming at some point. It's been scanned, and just waiting for me to edit it.
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    I have personally scanned over a thousand magazines and I still have a couple of thousand more in my basement waiting for their day on the scanner. I have bought magazines since I was a teen when computers first appeared so my collection ranges from early issues of CVG onward. Additionally, since I created OGM I have purchased hundreds of mags on the local auction sites specifically because they have not been scanned at all (PC Gamer (UK), PC World (NZ) etc). Physical donations are negligible due to shipping costs to send content to NZ or Australia where we have active scanning members. As stated above, OGM does have a small contingent of scanning members who contribute, some regularly and others randomly. Some scans are great, some not, but all are either not scanned previously or are currently available in better quality on the site than those released previously in the past. Having turned 57 today my desire is to get unreleased content available while I am able to, and if that means a little less editing to get more magazines released then so be it. I simply do not have the time or inclination to spends dozens of hours editing a single title like Meppi does as my collection is far too big to work on that basis if I want to get them all scanned before I no longer able to. As far as members signing up goes, I get a LOT of registrations and maybe one person out of fifty donates to gain access while the other forty nine don't and subsequently get deleted. You are correct, sod all people understand and contribute. Most everyone wants everything for nothing. It's sad times we live in. Of the 140 members of the site probably only a handful came from Retromags so the 15000 you have here are pretty much all leechers too if you were to look at the donations vs members ratio. You have so many simply because no membership donation is required although in truth people from the USA are clouded by GamePro, EGM and Nintendo Power and have little interest in non-USA content so it's likely you have a higher hit rate of donators here anyway.
  5. 2 points
    Retromags Presents! Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue 183 (October 2004) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: E-Day    Uploaded By: E-Day    Donated By: Cryomancer Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
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    Newest upload [10/23/2019] https://archive.org/details/msxsoftwarecatalog1989 I saw catalogs for some of the other years, but not for 1989. So here you go.
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    Updated Release of Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo Games Vol.1 No.3 (September 1988) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day Edited By: E-Day Uploaded By: E-Day Donated By: CIVICMINDED Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!
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    Thank you Ethereal Dragonz. It will be great if anybody have some The Super Famicom issues, I have about 6, I will try to scan and clean it when I have time, because some are dirty. I can help to scan some issues, but I take time because I only have a flat scan, and always need crop and give the right shape page by page. I already scan The Super Famicom 1992 No. 22 if anybody are interested, you can take it from my archive. https://archive.org/details/@sneslegacy
  9. 2 points
    Sorry, I wasn't clear. By default, ScanSnap paper size is set to "automatic detection." This is actually autocrop. By manually selecting a paper size, you are turning autocrop off. If you select a size larger than the page you're scanning, it will ensure that you're scanning every part of the page. Unless my calculations are incorrect, if you scan two issues of Famitsu per week, you could be caught up in around 22 years. And then you could die with a tombstone engraved with "He wasted his life. What was he thinking???"
  10. 1 point
    That's the one. Phillyman sent it to me this summer with a bunch of Swatpro issues and some other odds and ends.
  11. 1 point
    E-Day, I have been waiting since 1991 to finally read this issue !!thank you from the bottom of my heart for filling my childhood request !! I can die now .lol .I love this website !! I will always donate to keep it going
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    Retromags Presents! Updated Release of GamePro Issue 102 (March 1997) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day Edited By: Melki Uploaded By: E-Day Donated By: CIVICMINDED
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    Retromags Presents! GamePro Issue 239 (August 2008) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: Melki    Uploaded By: E-Day    Donated By: CIVICMINDED Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
  14. 1 point
    I was not playing console games in the 1990s -- I essentially skipped from the 2600 to the PlayStation -- so I never paid any attention to the NES and SNES magazines. That said, does anyone have a sense of how well titles like this sold BITD? Personally, I would only have purchased an occasional issue if there was in-depth coverage of a game that I had (or that I planned to get). I simply could not justify buying it on a regular basis, much less subscribing. There would be many issues with no relevant content. Obviously, today with generally much larger collections, and emulation, the situation is much different.
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    Thanks to the kitsunebi insights and some gimp trial and error (too cheap for photoshop and their creative cloud subscription nonsense) I managed to get a readable and nice looking of the 2 pages spread I had to cut I probably could have scanned a couple of Gamest issues instead of this whole editing madness luckily the Famitsu issue I scanned has only few of these fold out
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    Retromags Presents! GamePro Issue 238 (July 2008) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: Melki    Uploaded By: E-Day    Donated By: CIVICMINDED Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
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    This guy popped up in my recommended feed the other day. Nice to see this series isn't dead.
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    Retromags Presents! Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo Games Volume 4 Number 6 (June 1991) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: E-Day    Uploaded By: E-Day    Donated By: CIVICMINDED Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
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    Retromags Presents! Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue 187 (January 2005) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: E-Day    Uploaded By: E-Day    Donated By: Cryomancer Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
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    Retromags Presents! GamePro Issue 237 (June 2008) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: Melki    Uploaded By: E-Day    Donated By: CIVICMINDED Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
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    I brought this post directly to his attention because I 100% agree on this. Anyone who had a hand in getting a magazine released should be thanked.
  23. 1 point
    Retromags Presents! GamePro Issue 235 (April 2008) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: Melki    Uploaded By: E-Day    Donated By: CIVICMINDED Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
  24. 1 point
    Retromags Presents! Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo Games Volume 4 Number 5 (May 1991) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: E-Day    Uploaded By: E-Day    Donated By: CIVICMINDED Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
  25. 1 point
    Retromags Presents! GamePro Issue 234 (March 2008) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: Melki    Uploaded By: E-Day    Donated By: CIVICMINDED Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
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    Retromags Presents! Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo Games Volume 4 Number 4 (April 1991) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: E-Day    Uploaded By: E-Day    Donated By: CIVICMINDED Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
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    Retromags Presents! GamePro Issue 233 (February 2008) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: Melki    Uploaded By: E-Day    Donated By: CIVICMINDED Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
  28. 1 point
    Newest upload [10/18/2019] https://archive.org/details/supersoftavgrpg31987
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    Retromags Presents! GamePro Issue 232 (January 2008) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: Melki    Uploaded By: E-Day    Donated By: CIVICMINDED Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
  30. 1 point
    Retromags Presents! Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo Games Volume 4 Number 3 (March 1991) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: E-Day    Uploaded By: E-Day    Donated By: CIVICMINDED Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
  31. 1 point
    Newest upload [10/16/2019] https://archive.org/details/supersoftavgrpg21987
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    Retromags Presents! GamePro Issue 231 (December 2007) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: Melki    Uploaded By: E-Day    Donated By: CIVICMINDED Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
  33. 1 point
    Retromags Presents! GamePro Championship Sports Guide Part 2 of 2 (May 1993) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: E-Day    Uploaded By: E-Day    Donated By: CIVICMINDED Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
  34. 1 point
    Any UK gamers here? If so, you probably love this game (unless you're one of those console-only people, in which case...er...I guess you were probably playing the Master System instead.) Dungeon Master seems to be one of the most beloved and respected of all RPGs in Europe, while remaining significantly less revered in the USA. I think the obvious reason has to do with the platform it was developed for - the Atari ST - which had very little presence in the USA. Released for the ST in 1987, it looked amazing, but by the time it was finally ported to DOS in 1992 (and thus received widespread attention in the US), 5 years had passed (a lifetime in computer tech in the 80s/90s), and both the graphics and gameplay were no longer ahead of their time - indeed, they likely seemed outdated. https://archive.org/details/dungeonmasterperfectguide
  35. 1 point
    Yeah, I remember seeing pictures in EGM or some such. At the time, I assumed it must be some weird sexual thing. Now, having lived in Japan for over a decade, I realize it's all about the two-handed kancho, which, having experienced it myself, I can confirm is anything BUT sexual in nature. It's still plenty weird, though. And talk about weird cultural exchanges - trying to explain to kids that in America, we actually DON'T consider ramming our index fingers up someone's asshole to be hilarious hijinks... Even odder still, this bizarre cultural phenomenon isn't limited to Japan. I hear it's popular in Korea as well (and indeed, Boonga Boonga is a Korean game).
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    I hope nobody minds, but I've decided to draw the line at adding arcade card game magazines to the database. They're big business in Japanese arcades (they'd have to be to support multiple magazines devoted to them), but since we've never had anything similar in the West (to my knowledge), and they can't be played by anyone not actually standing inside of an arcade in Japan, I just don't know who would possibly want to read about them here. Especially since they seem to mostly focus on soccer games, and from what I've gathered in forum posts through the years, most Retromags readers are adamantly opposed to the existence of sports and would like to see all athletic activities and games based upon them banished from the universe. (I kid but...no, no I don't. You all really seem to despise sports.) So none of these: Of course not ALL arcade card games are soccer-themed, even if those are (obviously) the most popular. And although I'm not interested in arcade games myself (the only game I ever play in arcades is Taiko no Tatsujin), it's still worth investigating, if only to realize that there is an entire subcategory of games in Japan that Westerners are never exposed to. https://gamecola.net/2017/05/playing-scannable-card-games-in-japan/ https://www.beastsofwar.com/video-games/tabletop-otaku-arcade-card-games/ http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2018/05/feature_diving_down_the_rabbit_hole_with_japans_arcade-based_trading_card_games
  37. 1 point
    Newest upload [10/11/2019] https://archive.org/details/supersoftavgrpg11987 Okay let's try this again, I didn't see this one hidden behind anything on Archive.org :-).
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    EDIT A bunch of them are here, including that one. (Not gonna count. Some of the files aren't PDFs. A lot, though.) https://archive.org/details/MSXMagazine-Japan
  39. 1 point
    Retromags Presents! Updated Release of Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo Games Vol.1 No.2 (August 1988) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day Edited By: E-Day Uploaded By: E-Day Donated By: CIVICMINDED Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!
  40. 1 point
    Here's another Sega Game Gear guide - this time a double guide for Shining Force Gaiden and Shining Force Gaiden II. https://archive.org/details/shiningforcegaidengaideniihisshoukouryakuhou
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    Sega's Shining Soul for the Game Boy Advance. Sega and Nintendo fanboys existing in harmony. World peace, rose petals and fairy dust. Enjoy. https://archive.org/details/shiningsoulcompletestrategyguide
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    PC Gamers from 2005 are new to be allowed here but who am I kidding, no one around here scans PC Gamer anyway. I actually stopped gaming for the most part prior to 2005, so I'm not gonna be much help, but maybe some of you youngsters out there who are familiar with these new-fangled MMO thingamajiggers (like, those of you who didn't have to google what a "raid" is) can help.
  43. 1 point
    Finding general interest magazines is hard. Since scanning a magazine is such a pain in the ass, typically only people with a passion for a specific hobby or subject are going to be willing to make the effort to do so. To that end it's probably simpler to find scans of model railroad magazines than of something like what you're looking for. Good luck!
  44. 1 point
    That's an interesting point of view. If you prefer the still-bound flatbed scanner look, you could take our releases and open them in Photoshop or some other editing software. Select about an inch-worth of space along the gutter side of the page. Then apply a strong blur filter to that section as well as a darkened gradient. Finally, use the warp command to distort it. Voila! Seriously, though, even though we would never allow that sort of thing here, there are plenty of people who can recognize that a low-quality scan is better than no scan at all, so uploading it to a file repository like archive.org isn't b-team at all (that would suggest that they are a team to begin with.) It's just a place where anyone can upload files without needing to worry about if the quality meets any kind of standards or if they have permission top upload the files in the first place. Like torrents. Without the torrents. It's where I upload things that I didn't scan myself. So by all means, scan your stuff in whatever way you're comfortable with and upload it there. I guarantee there will be people who appreciate it.
  45. 1 point
    You meant to say GameFan, but yeah. As for Retro Gamer, at this point, the way I see it, the majority of people still reading gaming mags are old timers who grew up reading them and still like holding something made of paper in their hands. Younger generations aren't buying gaming mags, and as people get older, some of them (like myself) stop caring about new systems and games - and thus stop being interested in reading new gaming mags as well - which is why their circulation numbers continue to dwindle. By that same logic, however, a print mag focused on retro gaming should have the most lasting appeal with older gamers who still read print mags, so who knows? Retro Gamer may well be the Last Mag Standing when all is said and done.
  46. 1 point
    Won the first issue of PSX Magazine!
  47. 1 point
    He's right to be scared too; Dave will come after whoever he can find, trust me on that one. Now, as to why he and Game Informer seem to throw fits over distributing old issues of magazines they themselves refuse to sell or make available, I don't know. Game Informer, I can live with out. It has always been, and will always be a magazine they gave away damn-near-free with purchases at FuncoLand. The first few years were alright, but like every other mag they just became a shill rag for Sony later on. Gamefan, on the other hand, was solid all the way through. Granted, we had to put up with Monkey Boy Rox and his blatant bashing of anything non-Sony, but the rest of the staff really seemed to give everyone else a solid shot. It was definitely the only place to find quality Sega coverage. Now, I have almost every issue of Gamefan, the actual mag, as I did EGM and GamePro, but I am tired of lugging around 80lb boxes of mags everywhere I move to, and it's nice to have my entire collection on a portable HDD or bits of it on tablets, phones, etc. Gamefan was the last holdout in terms of finding them digitially. I honestly don't care where Sketch "stole" them from, I am with Marktrade in that it's for the good of the community that they are now available.
  48. 1 point
    Well, listen man, I hate to do it to you..but it goes back to my whole "people have scans of Gamefan and are too scared to post them" thoughts from a while back. This guy wasn't scared to do it, and if he'd of contacted me, I'd of posted them for him. Hell, I am going to convert them to CBZ and add them to my Archive.org collection just to have a backup in case his stuff ever gets pulled. Now, for the other stuff, like Play or Gamers' Republic that you guys do scan and post, that he has managed to gank from this site, I can see and support what you're saying. A lot of them look like the "r"(I'm assuming it stands for "review") versions, which makes me wonder how he got a hold of all these in the first place. At any rate, I didn't mean to bring up a sore subject; I just saw and started downloading before running into issues where I could tell how/where he was acquiring them.
  49. 1 point
    A lot has been made of the internet's role in ending the gaming mag, but it definitely isn't the only factor - as you say, other mags continue to exist despite the internet. The real culprit is that American video game magazines were mostly devoid of any lasting valuable content. For example: My father has an interest in history, and used to subscribe to at least one magazine about the American Civil War. Obviously, there isn't going to be a lot of breaking news about such a topic, so it's true that the immediacy of the internet isn't going to be an advantage over a print mag. Nevertheless, there is plenty of information about the Civil War available online, all of it free. So why buy a magazine? The answer is that it is a collection of original, valuable content. Each issue was a collection of original researched articles, and so long as the information therein wasn't later contradicted or revised due to continuing archaeological or scholarly discovery, those articles remain sources of valuable information even today. Now look at your typical gaming mag. Chosen completely at random, I'll be examining EGM 102 from January 1998 (in other words, before magazine sales could have been adversely affected by the internet.) Out of 203 pages: 53% Advertisements - 109 pages of ads. Old ads can be of some interest to a retro site like this, but certainly no one bought the mag at the time it was published for the ads 12% previews - These have no lasting value, and honestly had very little value even at the time of publication. Most of the information is either heresay, based on unfinished builds, or else simply regurgitating whatever hype was printed on the press release. Even the screenshots printed were often those provided by the publisher and thus not even original to the mag they were printed in 12% feature articles - This is really what should be the main content of a successful mag 6% reviews - has some lasting value 5% strategy - could have lasting value if the strategy was in-depth or detailed maps were provided similar to a strategy guide. But in this case, "strategy" consists of tips and codes, all of which can much more easily be found online, making this the one section that is definitely made redundant by the internet. 3% news - had contemporary value, though the only value it holds now is to be amused by any news that turned out to be false 9% other (editorial, TOC, letters, next issue, etc.) So basically, with reviews and articles making up the only portions of the magazine worth keeping around long-term, there are 38 pages of valuable content to be found, which accounts for 19% of the magazine. The rest is essentially fluff.
  50. 0 points
    So after looking at "the new EGM" I kinda feel lied to. When I stated my specialty was in older games and the history of gaming, I was told that they really weren't looking for anyone or anything in that field. I go look at the revamped site today, and see a detailed analysis on "Sneak King" a game close to a decade old. I would have rather been told my writing needs more work or that there were other candidates in the area I specialized in they would prefer to work with than be told they aren't looking for someone in my field of expertise, than bring in someone working in my field of expertise at launch. Again, I am fine being passed by, as I am an amateur. But an honest reason would be a lot better than them doing the opposite mentioned to me. It left a bad taste in my mouth when I checked the site.