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  1. 2 points
    I got a PC in early 1987, and didn't get an NES till Xmas '88, so I was playing games on a PC for almost 2 years before getting an NES. That said, I enjoyed both as a kid, but it's mostly the PC games that I find myself still returning to as an adult (actually, just today I was playing Police Quest 2, coincidentally another 1988 game). But anyone who didn't grow up playing DOS games might find them hard to enjoy now. They aren't nearly as pick-up-and play as a console game, and usually required you to study a manual of some sort before you have any hope of knowing how to play, since it wasn't uncommon for every key on the keyboard to be used for something. Genres were being created and evolved left and right in those days, so almost every new game had a new and untested UI, some of which worked better than others. When a game was designed and programmed by a single person, they sometimes didn't realize that not everyone would think the same way they did, so you might end up with overly complicated/obtuse controls or gameplay. But figuring that stuff out was part of the fun back then. Heck, even figuring out how to get a game working properly in DOS was sometimes an adventure in itself.
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    Retromags Presents! Tips & Tricks Video Game Codebook Volume 17 Issue 7 (October 2010) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: E-Day    Uploaded By: E-Day    Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
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    Retromags Presents! Tips & Tricks Video Game Codebook Volume 17 Issue 4 (June 2010) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: E-Day    Uploaded By: E-Day    Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
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    In retrospect, it seems blatantly obvious that a magazine titled "GamePro En Espanol" would just be plain old GamePro...in Spanish. A-duh. I'm unfamiliar with GamePro...are the Spanish edition covers exclusive to that version, or do they use the same art as the English ones? Regardless, if the contents are nothing but translations, that renders something that was already of niche interest into something almost entirely lacking of importance as well. Unless of course you only speak Spanish.
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    Retromags Presents! Tips & Tricks Video Game Codebook Volume 17 Issue 1 (February 2010) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: Crimsonfox    Uploaded By: E-Day    Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
  6. 1 point
    BWA-HAHAHA!!! OK, just so everyone is clear...just about every file I've ever uploaded to the Internet Archive is a CBR file (maybe ALL of them...?). So if you download any of my uploads there, you MUST DOWNLOAD THE CBR...NOT THE PDF!!!!! The Internet Archive automatically generates a PDF file any time a CBR is uploaded, but the PDF is for OCR purposes ONLY. A 100 MB CBR will become a 5 MB PDF because the only thing it's preserving is the text - the images are all compressed to the point that they're just blobs of color. These files should NOT be downloaded. The CBR is what you need. I bring this up because I just noticed that someone recently swiped all 170+ of my IA uploads and uploaded them to one of those other sites that likes to mirror files...except they copied the PDFs by mistake So now they have 170+ files that look like dog$#!+ cluttering up their site! Sigh... Well, that's their problem, I guess. But I'd hate to think that any of you guys might also make such a dumb mistake, so again: for any and all files you see linked to in this thread, leave the PDFs alone and DOWNLOAD THE CBR, BIATCHES!!!
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    Retromags Presents! PlayAction Strategies - Super Nintendo (1992) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: E-Day    Uploaded By: E-Day    Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
  8. 1 point
    i never got too into PC games, and the NES was/is my first love. if we're talking late '80s/early '90s, my list is going to be practically all NES. definitely some fun lists here already. i like that we've all used slightly different criteria, but all are accurate.
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    Nice list. Mine only allowed for games first released in 1988, regardless of region. Thus, Mario 3 was allowed, since it was first released in Japan in 1988, despite not being available in the USA till 1990. If I had allowed for games released in 1988 in any region, I might have included some of yours as well. I absolutely would have had Bubble Bobble very high on my list, and I may have included Double Dragon, Simon's Quest, or Zelda II as well, except all of those games were released in Japan in 1987. They all definitely would have made my list if it was NES-only, but I'd be hard-pressed to bump the PC games off my list in their favor (though as I said, I would have definitely made room for Bubble Bobble somehow).
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    Retromags Presents! Updated Releases of GamePro Issues 143 (August 2000) and 145 (October 2000) Issue 143 Issue 145 Database Record Database Record Download Directly! Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day Edited By: Melki Uploaded By: E-Day Donated By: CIVICMINDED
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    here's my list. i tried to only include games that were released in North America in 1988. Apologies if a date is off here or there. LOTS of good stuff came out this year! #10- RC Pro-Am! didn't really like this when i was a kid but i can appreciate it more now #9- Bionic Commando the inability to jump didn't bother me too much, because that robotic arm was awesome! #8- Milon's Secret Castle had this game as a kid. never really understood it, never got very far, but i always enjoyed it. some day, this game will get its due respect. #7- Castlevania 2 played this a lot. actually had this but not CV1, so this was really my introduction to the series. #6- Bubble Bobble my wife's favorite game. good, clean fun. #5- Contra THE epitome of "run 'n' gun". plus it popularized the konami code, which i have tattoo'd on my leg. #4- Adventure Island another series that i love that never really gets the praise i feel it should. also likely led to my lifetime dislike of eggplants. #3- Double Dragon i have always loved this game. the sequel is apparently closer to the arcade and therefore more beloved, but give me this version any day of the week! #2- Super Mario Bros 2 still love this game. the ability to pick Luigi was aces. #1- Zelda 2: The Adventures of Link. Zelda is one of my all-time favorite series, so this of course tops the list. I still have this giant overworld map i made back in the '90s. I know it gets a bad rep, but i always enjoyed it.
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    If you are prepared to risk a second hand unit I'd suggest grabbing a Fujitsu fi-5650c off eBay like this ...... If you get one working unit with no scratches on the glass (from some idiot pushing a document through with a staple still attached) then they will do everything up to A3 no problems at all. I got one off eBay and it has been brilliant. There is likely plenty of places you can get it serviced Stateside and if you do get dust inside the device it is fairly easy to open them up to clean the glass with the top optics being particularly easy. Add to that ISIS drivers and Quickscan software and it's a veritable scanning monster at around sixty pages per minute in duplex. They also scan those fluro/neon colors far better than other units although all the Fujitsu's tend to be good in that regard. The only problem I have had is the greasy tissue thin paper stocks used on American magazines which can cause slipping with older pickup rollers, resulting in a few bad scans. I HATE American mags with a vengeance because of their crappy paper which is why I tend to have predominantly UK magazine scans over at OGM. Much better for my sanity sticking with magazines made of newsprint or better paper stock. In all fairness I think that particular problem affects most ADF style scanners anyway. If you do decide to get one of these make sure you ask the seller what number is displayed on the function display on startup. Devices in working condition cycle from "P" to "1" on boot up. If it sits on "P" or any other letter or number then there is a hardware problem or they had paper in the ADF feed when they turned the unit on. If they say it is in working condition and it isn't you can always send it back anyway.
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    The cheapest is probably the FI-7460, which is what E-Day has. I don't think he's actually ever used it to scan any oversized mags, which is a shame, but it IS A3 capable. Somebody send him some UK mags! https://www.amazon.com/Fujitsu-PA03710-B055-Document-Scanner/dp/B01GY37TBY And on the higher end you've got the FI-7700, which also includes a flatbed so you get the best of both worlds. https://www.amazon.com/Fujitsu-PA03710-B055-Document-Scanner/dp/B01GY37TBY Obviously both of these are out of most people's price ranges, which is why most of us use A4 scanners (which are fine for almost all USA/Japanese mags)
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    What's the A3 equivalent of the scansnap ix500? About the editing process, sorry but all the time that I would dedicate to it would be less time dedicated to the scans. In an ideal world I would have infinite time and scan everything at 1200 dpi with a professional flatbed scanner and accurately edit every single page. But I think that the current "quick and dirty" approach with an ADF scanner is ok enough. Having something not ideal is better than having nothing at all, and that doesn't prevent the possibility to have better edited scans in the future. I like it to compare this to the emulation scene, where people started to develop the first scrappy emulators and ripping games in the 90s, but it took several years before the preservation and accuracy mentality caught on. The early projects while far from ideal where the foundation on which the later contributors provided the better experience. I'm doing what I can, if tomorrow someone will edit/provide a better scan, kudos them, everyone will benefit. I'm just an individual with limited resources at the end of the day and compromises must be made; currently I decided to spend these resources on the scanning process alone since I'm the only one with access to these magazines and willing to scan them.
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    Btw, I just want to thank @Areala for sharing her opinion. I was unsure if it was the right thing to do, starting a new topic that wouldn't attract people looking for download links, since as I said, I'd rather not start new threads of me talking to myself. But now I know that someone actually read this post! And even replied! Thank you! I didn't know such things could even be hoped for in a forum.
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    Thus we've come full circle. Such is life.
  17. 1 point
    It can't be helped. Magazine scanning community is miniscule, with a miniscule audience. For most it's mainly about getting it scanned in the first place and moving on to the next magazine. What the community needs is more volunteer editors.
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    What amuses me is that almost everyone out there scanning mags is a member of our site and discusses it in the forums, but currently only E-Day and myself are following through and editing our scans so they can be shared here. (We do have some members who edit other peoples' scans). It's weird, how it seems everyone wants to be a part of this community while simultaneously keeping all of their work separate from it (though judging by the number of unedited scans circulating out there, I guess it mostly boils down to a lack of interest in taking the time to adhere to quality standards.)
  19. 1 point
    As tedious and brain-numbingly dull as scanning magazines is, I'm pretty sure watching someone else do it would be worse, even if he's only doing cover scans. But I'm sure there will be something in the discussion worth paying attention to. As for me, social isolation means that I was finally able to finish The Witcher (the game, not the show). The Enhanced Director's Cut shipped in 2008, making it one of the most modern games I've ever finished! (That's the year I moved to Japan, though I'd pretty much stopped gaming a couple of years before that).
  20. 1 point
    Taking photographs of magazines is not an alternative to scanning. Any product featuring a mounted camera taking photos of something is flat out lying if they try to suggest that it's acceptable for magazines. Those products have some functionality if you're dealing with text-only books, but for magazines they're totally useless (for the purpose of creating something decent-looking enough to be shared here, that is.)
  21. 0 points
    Ken Shimura, comedian, musician and co-star of Hudson's PC Engine game Kato-chan & Ken-chan (an altered version was released in the USA as J.J. & Jeff) has become the first celebrity in Japan to die from the Corona virus. I've never played the game, but any game that had to be censored for American audiences for containing too much toilet humor is OK in my book.