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Next Generation Issue 19

ISSUE: 19Content

PRIMARY SYSTEMS COVERAGE THIS ISSUE

Sega Saturn

Sega Genesis

Super Nintendo Entertainment System

Nintendo Atlantis (Game Boy successor R&D project codename)

PC - PC CD-ROM

Nintendo Virtual Boy

Neo Geo

Sony Playstation

Virtuality VR HMD (the eventual Takara HMD Dynovisor; never released stateside?)

arcade

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(The following is loosely based on this issue's table of contents, with select issue excerpts included. Magazine accurate text formatting (lower case headers, etc) purposefully retained. (Notes) and bullet lists are added for clarity.)

(This issue, Next Generation's "breaking" news section receives an overhaul. Along with some (minor) aesthetic changes, a number of new, small, recurring features are introduced, including 'Crib Sheet,' 'Stop press,' 'Gadget,' and 'In the studio.' News column 'movers & shakers' is now helmed by Christian Svensson.)

talking

What's the future of online gaming?

Brian Moriarty has deigned (sic?) everything from ground-breaking text adventures to FMV rail shooters. Now at MPath, he's set his sites on the future of online gaming. His vision is a complete virtual world without 3D graphics. How will it work? See page 6. (five page interview)

breaking

News

(Original news articles along with regular, recurring news features; one page each unless noted. While original news stories regularly included related sidebars, unrelated sidebars would often be used to fill space as well - these are noted.)

Sega to publish games on PlayStation

Yes, it's true. So are these panic measures? Or simply Sega's extended family covering all the gaming bases? (two pages; includes 'Divorce for Sony and Psygnosis' sidebar)

Nintendo's Atlantis emerges

The 32-bit successor to the Game Boy is set to feature a StrongARM CPU. (1/2 page)

Sega's low-cost Saturn unveiled

Sega's retooled Saturn sports a vastly more efficient design and lower price. (1/2 page)

Takara and Virtuality head homeward

A home version of Virtuality's VR HMD will be released later this year. (1/2 page)

(Recurring news features; one page each unless noted:)

Crib sheet (sidebar; 'everything gamers should know, but probably forgot;' 'No. 1 Trip Hawkins')

Gadget (1/2 page; 'cool new gizmos and thingies;' featured:)

  • 10Xtreme (PC; 10X CD-ROM drive)
  • Game Shark (Sat/PS; cheat device)
  • Virtual i.Glasses (PS/PC; VR headset)

Stop press (sidebar; 'late-breaking news;' headlines:)

  • Is Sony playing fair? (Sony investigated for unfair business practices)
  • Ashes to ashes... (death of the Jaguar)
  • The name game (all future Spectrum Holobyte software to be released under MicroProse brand)
  • Id Software gets nasty (Id to offer cut-down Quake CD-ROM for $10, allow activation by phone to full version for $40, hurting retailers)

Joyriding

Gaming on the Internet: Past, Present, and Future. (online gaming news by Bernard Yee)

Arcadia

All the latest coin-op and arcade news. (arcade news by Marcus Webb)

In the studio (1/2 page; games in development; Interplay, Acclaim, Electronic Arts, CodeMasters)

movers & shakers

The business news that affects the games you play. (business news by Christian Svensson)

Generator

The issues affecting the way games are made. (behind-the-scenes by George Zachary)

Datebook (1/2 page; calendar of events)

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Getting connected

There's nothing better than a one-player game - except a multiplayer game. And if eight players over a LAN sounds good, how about 1,000 players over the Internet? A Next Generation report on the past, present, and future of online gaming. (eight pages, including 'Traditional online services,' 'Dedicated game services,' and 'Game console options' sections)

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Alphas (game previews, one page each unless noted:)

(Next Generation's game previews often varied in scope and size. Smaller previews were usually traditional in presentation, while larger previews often incorporated developer commentary. The largest previews were typically presented as a themed article (focusing on a development studio, accessory, etc) previewing one or more titles and were often accompanied by an interview (noted).)

  • Nights (Sat; six pages, including one-page Yuji Naka interview)
  • Crash Bandicoot (PS; two pages)
  • E.O. (Sat)
  • Kowloon's Gate (PS)
  • Rave Racer (PC; two pages)
  • Star Gladiator (arcade)
  • Quake (PCCD; two pages)
  • Bubsy 3D (Sat/PS)
  • Sirens (PS)
  • Sonic X-Treme (Sat; two pages; never released; also includes Sonic Blast (Gen) coverage)
  • Konami (four pages; brief company overview with general manager Nagata Akihiki, Technical Research Department manager Tanaka Fumihaki, and Konami Computer Entertainment president Kitaue Kazumi interviews; transitioning from 16 to 32 bit)

rating

Finals

(While all video game magazines make the occasional slip, NEXT Generation's game review section was especially notorious and/or exceptional for reviewing games never formally released in North America, or were instead eventually released under a different title. In some cases an import title would be reviewed with the domestic release also reviewed in a later issue. Japanese import reviews are noted when known. Reviews were usually 1/8th to 1/4th page in length, though this varied wildly and length was never pre-determined - one page reviews would see print on rare occasions. Higher rated and/or spotlighted games would usually receive more page real estate than lower rated.)

PlayStation

  • Hardball 5
  • NBA Live '96
  • Bottom of the Ninth
  • Shellshock
  • NBA Shoot Out
  • PO'ed
  • Return Fire
  • Slam 'N' Jam
  • Worms

Saturn

  • Congo The Movie - The Lost City of Zinj
  • Ghen War
  • Wipeout
  • Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
  • Panzer Dragoon II Zwei

Virtual Boy

  • Golf
  • Nester's Funky Bowling
  • Tetris 3-D
  • Wario Land

Neo-Geo

  • Magical Drop II
  • Art of Fighting 3

PC

  • Advanced Tactical Fighters
  • Civilization II
  • Big Red Racing
  • Terra Nova
  • Deep Space Nine: Harbinger
  • Renegade II: Return of Jacob's Star
  • Zork Nemesis
  • Spycraft: The Great Game
  • The Dame was Loaded

SNES

  • Grand Slam! Ken Griffey Jr.'s Winning Run
  • Mohawk And Headphone Jack

Arcade

  • Batman Forever
  • Battle Arena Toshinden 2
  • Tokyo Wars
  • NBA Jam Extreme
  • Super Major League

32-bit gamer's guide (review score reference guide; two pages)

corresponding

Letters

Lets get ready to rumble! Sony's VP responds to our PlayStation coverage, plus the usual haranguing. (reader mail; two pages)



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    Title: Next Generation Issue 19
    Month: July
    Year: 1996
    Publisher: Imagine Media
    Editor: Neil West
    Pages: 108
    Price: $4.99 USA, $5.99 Canada
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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