Leathco

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  1. I remember when this came out, I was so excited, and had hoped it would result in a reboot of PCXL, which I greatly preferred over PC Gamer. Sadly, it was not to be.
  2. 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.
  3. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one excited for this release. The last batch of games is the weakest, but they at least made it stronger by adding two games to it and having a couple of them be previously unreleased (Tetris and Darius, plus Wily Wars in the previous batch). I've already bought a Retro-Bit 6 button controller back when Street Fighter 2 was announced, and it will also come in very handy for Eternal Champions, which for me was the biggest headline of the last batch. Still hoping for a hack after release to add games. And did you guys see what looks like to be a Japanese exclusive "Tower of Plastic" which adds a -nonfunctional- Sega CD, 32X, Sonic and Knuckles lock on with Sonic the hedgehog on top? Even if its a hunk of plastic, it looks pretty neat and I'd prolly snag it, especially once the console is hacked and we can add Sega CD and 32X games to it via USB.
  4. It was announced that the RetroBit 6 Button Genesis controller will be compatible with the Genesis Mini. So even though it ships with a 3 button, a 6 button will be available, at 20 bucks per controller. I have a Genesis Mini on preorder and also plan on getting at least one of the 6 button pads. Honestly, I'm just glad the game selection is good and has some gems on each of the announcements, like Bloodlines, Hard Corps, and Wily Wars. Just hoping a miracle happens and we get Sonic 3 along with Sonic and Knuckles in the final games announcement, maybe even with lock-on tech available digitally for it. Seems unlikely with the Sonic 3 licensing issues but we will see.
  5. I had this as a kid. Used it mostly for the Golden Chocobo methods, but also the monster stats came in handy.
  6. They have obviously made mistakes, but I am holding out some hope they got a new crew in there that can make some changes for the better. If not, I'll keep doing what little I can blogging and such. I really enjoy Retro mag from the UK, and wish I could get hardcopies here in the US without the expensive shipping. I had high hopes for the US version of Retro that Mike Kennedy did but that quickly turned into a disaster. The best US gaming alternative I have found has been the HardcoreGaming101 digests. I actually have a few of those Fusion books. I have the Ocean one on Kindle, and I won a hardcopy of the Commodore 64 in Pixels book from the RGR Podcast news section a couple months back.
  7. Best I can tell, yes, it is purely digital. However, one of the ideas I had in my pitch was to bring back print EGM as a bi-yearly or even yearly special done in the style of the Hardcore Gaming 101 Digests, but with the EGM magazine styling. The idea was to choose a game series to cover as a main feature (Super Mario Brothers franchise as an example) that would fill half the book. The other half would be news, a combination of game reviews of both old and new, a Letters to the Editor section, and finally a few reprints of classic EGM reviews and articles from the past. I didn't get this far, but I was also thinking funding could even be done via Kickstarter if necessary, with a free mini-mag being part of the Kickstarter pitch and backers would get a special edition with an alternate cover and a few extra pages of articles. No ads would be ran if this were the case. Just a pipe dream of mine.
  8. I remember getting a VHS tape for Diddy Kong Racing with Nintendo Power, was a funny watch. If I remember right, Sega kidnaps a Nintendo dev in it.
  9. My wife is wanting to see it in the theater. I usually wait for home releases as I have a projector in the game room we use for movies, plus I can no longer eat popcorn due to me having diverticulosis but I love popcorn and the smell drives me nuts, but this will be one we go out and see. My predictions? We see Captain America and Iron Man sacrifice themselves to save the others (possibly Thor and Hulk as well). The sacrifice doesn't need to be life ending, but the end of their time as a hero until they are desperately needed again (think Halo 3 "Wake me when you need me"). Thinking we will get a new Avenger team though. I could see Spider-Man joining up, along with Ant-Man and Doctor Strange, to form the nucleus of the new Avengers. All 3 were Avengers in the comics, so it may happen. I don't think Disney got the rights from Fox in time, but it would be awesome to also see Wolverine join up.
  10. I got an e-mail today saying they were gonna go in another direction. Totally fine, as I am an amateur at writing anyway, and my largest accomplishments are 2 self published books and a blog for a fairly popular podcast. Should be interesting to see what changes they make! I made a pitch for a "Retro Corner" feature that would cover older games from the Atari 2600 to PS1 era, and a "Paper Days" segment that would showcase some of the highlights of EGM such as the April Fools jokes, standout reviews, and writers who portrayed Sushi-X, among other things from the magazines history. It looks like they would prefer a focus on newer games, which is likely more profitable, but also outside my writing specialty minus certain areas like the Switch and the Mini Console fad, which I am a huge fan of. It should be interesting to see how things go!
  11. Wow, I actually remember Rip magazine from the late 90s, it competed with Hit Parader here in the US for metal and rock magazines, which died when the Rock and Metal music genre went underground. Myself, I'm still a metal fan (mostly listen to Iron Maiden, Iced Earth, Blaze, Judas Priest, Gamma Ray, Helloween, Blind Guardian, stuff like that) while the rest of the world has moved on to preferring country, rap, or pop. I do some modern rock, like Disturbed, but mostly stick with the older bands, especially if they are still active (and honestly Maiden still puts out great new material). The fact that you guys actually got copies of all these and scanned them for April 1st is great, and actually brought back some childhood memories, as I had forgotten all about Rip and Hit Parader until today.
  12. StarTropics, an original Nintendo IP that hasn't seen any love since the NES. Insanity as the two NES games were quite good.
  13. I got a reply back fairly quickly, and responded with some examples of my work. I am hoping I get lucky enough to get chosen to put some work in with EGM. It should be quite interesting to see what develops!
  14. I went ahead and sent them an e-mail. Sure, my only literary works of note is being a blogger for Retro Gaming Roundup and a couple of self-titled books, but I figured I would give it a shot. I made a pitch for a Retro corner feature, since that is the era of gaming I specialize in. We will see if they get back ahold of me, but if they do, I would like to push for some sort of return to print feature. Perhaps not a monthly magazine (which in 2019 seems a horrible idea), but a quarterly, annually, or yearly publication featuring articles on both retro and modern gaming. Going in-depth would be the game changer, doing something like the Hardcore Gaming 101 books. They could even be Kickstarted to gauge interest, with higher levels of funding going towards being a longer publication, higher quality paper, or even a hardcover book version! It wouldn't have to be specifically about the games and systems either, it could be a celebration of what EGM used to be, including interviews with key members of the staff over the past, and features of the magazine itself, such as a look at all the Aprils Fools moments and so forth. They have made mistakes in the past, but if done right this could be a decent revival. I'm willing to throw my name in the hat for a new generation of EGM, for as little weight as my name carries.
  15. One of my holy grails has already been preserved here: the entire run of PCXL, which I still think was the best PC gaming mag ever made. The other holy grail for me I would love to see preserved is the PS1 era of the Official US Playstation Magazine. More or less issues 1 through 54, cause 54 was the final issue to come with a PS1 demo disc. Loved this era in gaming. A lot of other faves of mine have already been preserved here. Early issues of EGM, the entire early run of Nintendo Power, lots of Next Generation, which were the big 3 I read before OPM and OXM (which I figure OXM is too recent to really be preserved here yet due to copyright issues). Really thankful for all the work that has already been done.
  16. Looks insane! EGM 100 is awesome, but also looking forward to more Nintendo Power, bringing us closer to the end of the magazines run. OPM is cool as well, I read it a lot during the PS1 era.
  17. Just a reminder the free books giveaway started today, and ends on the 5th. I remember hearing the suicide rumor true, and was glad it was false. The original Game Boy was an awesome system, and the Virtual Boy had potential if done right at a budget price.
  18. Retro Gaming Roundup (a podcast that I am a blogger and news submitter for) is celebrating their 10 year anniversary in March! To help celebrate, I am making the Kindle version of the two short books I have written available for free! Afterglow - This short title goes over my childhood growing up as a gamer. Certain childhood memories and favorite games are covered in this book. The Virtual Boy Game Library - This title reviews the history of the release and downfall of the Virtual Boy, as well as gives short reviews, screenshots, and box art photos of all 14 Virtual Boy games released in the NTSC market. I hope you guys enjoy these quick reads! I'm working on a longer book that covers all officially licensed Star Trek video games, and am considering two more: one that covers Mega Man games and one that covers 32X games. There's also physical versions of these available if you read the free Kindle version and decide you wouldn't mind having it in physical form. The Virtual Boy book in physical form is a little pricey for its length at $7.99, but I wanted to keep all the photos in the book full color for the boxart. At $7.99, I am literally making 9 cents per physical copy sold, but wanted to make sure the book looked good and was available at a reasonable price due to its short length, and I am doing this more for the writing experience than any financial reason. Finally, if you get time, check out the Retro Gaming Roundup podcast, they are a bunch of cool guys making the longest monthly retro gaming podcast around!
  19. So these have been getting a lot of hate over on the KLOV forums, but I love these things! For those who haven't seen them, they are 3/4 scale arcade machines sold in Wal-Mart for 300 each. I've slowly been finding them on discount and decking out my game room with them. They are a bit short, but they sell a riser that boosts them another 13 inches to make them tall enough to play while standing. So far I have grabbed Street Fighter 2 for $190, Pac-Man for $190, and Rampage for $150. I'd like to grab the 12 in 1 Atari one if I can find it cheap, and they are also doing a second wave with new games. Two of the new ones are Mortal Kombat (which has the first 3 arcade games in it) and Final Fight (which also has 1944, Strider, and Ghosts n Goblins) that I will gladly pay full price for when they come out. I'm skipping the others, but other wave 2 machines are Space Invaders, Golden Tee, and Karate Champ. Anyone else decking out their game room with these? I went ahead and attached a photo of my arcade section in my game room for some size comparison. Over on the right is a full size Magic Sword machine. The Pac Man and Street Fighter are on the risers. The Rampage is not on a riser yet, still need to get one for it.
  20. Honestly, I love my PS Classic after modding it with Bleemsync. It takes the packaged Euro games and bumps them back up to 60 hertz through the emulator for full speed gameplay, as well as gives you the option to switch from the internal emulator to Retroarch, and to sideload more games off of USB. Right now I just have a small 32 gig stick but now have over 60 games loaded up on mine, its a blast and fits in great with my NES and SNES classics. Oh, the Bleemsync hack also removes the USB limiter so the PS Classic can be powered from a TV USB port just like the NES and SNES instead of needing a power brick, helps a lot.
  21. Thanks for all the work you guys have done, nice to see such a large chunk of gaming mags preserved! Waiting patiently for the re-scan of EGM 100, I remember buying that issue as a kid and loving their top 100 games article in it. Also hoping the old PS1 era OPM US magazine gets some love and preservation at some point, that was an old favorite of mine.
  22. Not in a torrent as far as I can tell, but a list of direct downloads for the update packs can be found at http://leech.retromags.com/base/
  23. I still sub to PC Gamer. It's the last one left alive from the mags I read as a kid. It's not what it used to be, but still worth a read. I miss Coconut Monkey though.
  24. I used to be a big fan of OXM, mostly for the demo discs though. The thing about their reviews is that they claimed everything was good, and I don't remember a game getting something lower than a 6 until deep in the mags review cycle. My first X-Box games (other than the pack-ins of a Sega racing game and Jet Set) was some horrible Terminator game, that I only bought because I was a fan of the IP and it got a half way decent review. Thankfully the next few I got were Morrowwind, Panzer Dragoon Orta, and Halo, so after the horrible start I got some good stuff.
  25. I thought the movie was great, and did a good job telling the story of the parts of the book it handled. Would love to see a sequel to finish the full story.