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JHD last won the day on December 20 2019

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    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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    Architecture, Canadian History, Classic Video Games
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    Playstation 2

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  1. I am interested in locating Canadian content in unusual places. A website mainly devoted to television/radio has scanned a large number of vintage electronics magazines. What is relevant to this audience is that a few of these titles are Canadian. Electronics Today (ETI) Canada, for example, includes both advertisements from Canadian firms and hardware reviews for (vintage) computer equipment. This is a great source to determine what was actually available for purchase (and at what price) here in Canada. https://worldradiohistory.com/ETI_Magazine_Canada.htm I am unaware of any Canadian computer magazines for this time period, though I would be happy to learn of any.
  2. I am a big fan of strategy games. I am currently on my Nth play through of the freeware game FreeCol (a modern remake of the Sid Meier classic Colonization). There are many different options and different strategies to try. I will play this game for several months, move onto something else -- probably an RPG -- and then cycle back to it. I have never replayed an RPG, though I still keep the games I have beaten (or tired of) in case i change my mind.
  3. Wow! I had no idea that prices were so high! I have not purchased anything video game related in several years, mainly because I have not seen anything for sale at retail that I want. I do have a fairly large collection of PS 2 RPGs (and a solid handful of PS 1 RPGs). I have no plans on selling anything (I don't need the money and I enjoy having the games), but I should get a value estimate of my collection for insurance purposes.
  4. JHD

    Black Widow

    I never read comic books growing-up, so there is no nostalgia there for me; I am also rather older than the target audience. I abandoned the MCU with Iron Man 3. It just became far too much of a soap-opera with too many characters and plot-lines to follow. I enjoy both mindless action movies and really complex dramas, but please do not attempt to blend these two genres.
  5. What a horrible environment! I assume that nobody ever makes (or receives) telephone calls or discusses topics that they do not wish to share with everyone else. I have always had my own office (albeit sometimes very small). I can have my own pictures on the wall, I can talk on the phone as required, and I can even listen to music if I so choose. I can only imagine the uproar that would occur if management tried to abolish personal offices.
  6. I have no nostalgia for these old magazines simply because I did not read any BITD. I sold my Atari 2600 in 1983 to acquire a computer, and I did not revisit console gaming until I bought a used PlayStation in about 2003. To this day, the most recent console that I own is a PS 2. I have since discovered emulation, and I am now able to play all of the amazing console games that I had missed in the intervening 20 years. In terms of vintage magazine content, I am mainly interested in reviews and (especially) strategy guides and walkthroughs. As for why I visit Retromags, obviously for the magazines (though there are not too many issues/titles that I want that I have not yet acquired from here or elsewhere), but I do also enjoy participating in the forums. I wish that there was more activity and discussion, but I am doing my part.
  7. I like to maintain a sharp distinction between work and not-work, so I refuse to "work from home" on general principles. I even stopped taking vacation days after January 2020. (HR has since forced me to take days off as I have too much accumulated vacation time.) That said, I am a librarian with a strong emphasis on doing research for our clients. Given that I do not have a comprehensive reference collection in my apartment*, I cannot easily do my job from elsewhere. *Actually, I do have a very large personal library, but the subject matter does not relate to my job.
  8. It is always great to see more Canadian content online, even in unexpected places! Was this a one-off special issue, or was there an actual Canadian edition of Sports Illustrated? I have never seen this title before -- though admittedly I am not much of a sports fan.
  9. Well, a Blue Cross is the name/trademark of a major Canadian insurance company so that would not really solve the underlying problem.
  10. This is yet another good reason to maintain personal copies of everything that looks interesting. I have no idea how many of the game magazines that I have downloaded are no longer available online (once I have them, there is no further need to look for them), but I do know that I have copies of other material that is no longer available. In some cases, content creators have chosen to monetize previously freely available content. I have no interest in sharing or redistributing any of this material, of course, but my own local, offline copy is utterly immune to anything short of a major catastrophe. I do not even trust cloud storage as I do not have full control over it.
  11. That is so great that the incomplete/unreleased issue was preserved. I have seen a few other examples -- In the early-1990s I worked at what is now the Nova Scotia Archives. We received the records of a recently defunct local magazine, which included the very last issue that had not been published. It too was in some odd Mac format, but my colleagues were able to recover and print it.
  12. This was the only issue between #1 and #138 that was not available somewhere online -- only the front and back covers and one internal page had previously been publicly available. The fact that it was an RPG-centric issue made its absence even more annoying. Thank-you for filling this gap!
  13. Do you happen to have any earlier issues? In about 1982 or so, my Parents took an evening cake decorating class at the local community college. My Father really got into it, and he produced some impressive stuff. (Mother rather less so.) Thanks for inadvertently triggering a memory that I had long forgotten.
  14. I just love the idea of grabbing the page images from the eBay auction and using that to recreate the guide! Making the content available in some fashion is better than waiting for the "perfect" copy.
  15. What a specialized title! I recently watched some videos about the CD32, and my impression was that it was a system in search of a market niche. I had no idea that it supported its own magazine.
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