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  1. kitsunebi77's random stuff

    In France, we use the word "franponais" ("français" + "japonais") to make fun of the use of the French words in signs and shop names in Japan. It looks like some French words have been assembled randomly - with typos, usually - to look "chic". http://lefranponais.fr http://www.topito.com/top-10-des-exemples-de-franponais-petit-francais-revisite-par-nos-amis-nippons
  2. Foreign press reviews in Tilt magazine

    I did a search with "Topscore dutch" or "Topscore dutch magazine" with Duckduckgo, and the results (with or without pics) were quite explicit. After a small research, I discovered that topscore.nl (yes, the extension for Netherlands) was a long-running pr0n online store, thus the confusion. The problem was that I forgot/didn't know that in Netherlands the sale of pr0n stuff with animals was legal, and the cache of search engines stored these images pretty well. Damn, I love animals, but not THAT much.
  3. kitsunebi77's random stuff

    I understood the coverage of "adult" (a very misleading word) games was marginal, I was just troubled by the contrast between the quite explicit game pics and the innocent-looking-yet-completely-irrelevant covers. But after all, French mags were saucy more than once when it came to erotic games. I'm perfectly aware of the difference of the computer markets between USA and Europe. However, I don't have a clue about the demographics of this computer market in Japan. I know some of the computers out there (PC-88, PC-98, FM Towns), but don't know how many units they sold, how it evolved, how it was perceived, what kind of games were common or popular on each platform... With so few vintage Japanese gaming magazines on the web and my brain struggling to memorize hiragana/katakana, I guess it will take time to learn.
  4. Having read lots of vintage game magazines from several countries, I noticed that sometimes they quote foreign magazines, but rarely do full press reviews to help their readers discover the gaming press around the world. The exception was Tilt, in its time the best French computer game magazine. They run this kind of press review twice in their history (I made links to the scans at Abandonware Magazines, the images were too big). The first time, it was in their issue 22 (6/1985). They have a look at the major magazines of this era - but nothing from Japan. One of the few magazines I didn't know was Topscore, from the Netherlands. I tried to search info about this magazine (or some scans with the image search), and what I found was, er, not what I expected. Take a chance if you want, but for %*µ's sake, activate SafeSearch beforehand. I warned you. Presse sans frontières (part 1/2) Presse sans frontières (part 2/2) The second time, it was in their issue 87 (2/1991). It's a whole eight-page article, giving lots of info, places where these magazines can be found, their price, how to subscribe, the specificities of each country... And this time, Japan is not forgotten. Presse mondiale (part 1/4) Presse mondiale (part 2/4) Presse mondiale (part 3/4) Presse mondiale (part 4/4) Too bad other magazines didn't run this kind of article, there's valuable info inside.
  5. kitsunebi77's random stuff

    I saw the cheesy covers on the Twitter account, and the "Comp" in the title suggested it was a computer game magazine, but I wouldn't have guessed it covered adult games. It looks like it's impossible to guess if a Japanese game magazine is for adults or not just with the cover. Unless there is Mario or Pikachu on it. Well, I suppose. Hopefully. Comptiq still exists today, but its Wikipedia page does not mention any penchant for adult games. Maybe it's so common it's not worth mentioning.
  6. Hard Drive I Found At Work Today...

    With the label suggesting to boot from Windows and use a DiscWizard CD-ROM, it's certainly not a 10 Mb disk !
  7. kitsunebi77's random stuff

    I don't know if you noticed, but there are three more PC Strategy Guide scanned by marktrade at Internet Archive : https://archive.org/details/GPGMSDOSCGVol1No2 https://archive.org/details/GPPCSGVol2No2 https://archive.org/details/GPPCSGVol3No2 As well as more obscure magazines like PC Ace, PC Simulations...
  8. I may be wrong, but to me PC Entertainment was rebranded as PC Gamer because they had been bought by Future/Imagine, with almost the same logo but a different editorial line (same thing for the British and US versions of CD-Rom Today, I think). However, when the British journalist Gary Whitta became editor in chief of PC Gamer USA later, it certainly had an impact on the content. BTW, have you heard that William R. Trotter, the strategy/wargame expert of PC Entertainment/PC Gamer, passed away two months ago ?
  9. New Release: Ultimate Gamer Issue 1 (July 1995)

    Another magazine published by Larry Flynt. Much, much more about video games than computer games, however.Thanks ! Hope the PC Entertainment are coming next, I'm looking forward to browse them.
  10. Thank again ! It won't just about covers, however. I try to gather lots of info of any kind. For instance, you can already browse our database of more than 19000 personalities and filter them by function, country and gender. Here is the link for people who worked in magazines : https://www.abandonware-france.org/personnalites/recherche/?pays=&genre=&fct=200&letter=&motscle=
  11. Great, thaks a lot. I don't know how you plan to fill the database (country by country ?), but if you want to find info and scans of French magazines, Abandonware Magazines is the reference. There is also some useful info in Press-O-Tech.
  12. Hello, I'm currently working on a project of old magazines sub-website that is similar to Retromags in some ways and different in others : It's in French. We won't archive any PDF or full scans of magazines, just covers. For now, it's only about magazines featuring computer games. Maybe we'll add later the console mags, but it's really not a priority. The page of each magazine will contain up to three links to websites hosting some or all of the issues : Abandonware Magazines, Retromags, Kiwi's World, Kultmags, CGW Museum, Old Games Italia, Internet Archive... It will also contain a description of the magazine and its history, the awards they gave, a list of people who worked there (with roles and dates), and of course a list of issues. Each issue may have a cover and a part of its summary (interviews, reports, previews, reviews, strategies...). A feature will show the covers of the issues published during a month in history in a country. Want to see what the German mags published in March of 1991 looked like ? It's possible ! So far, this database features 128 magazines from France, UK, USA, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, Poland, Australia and Argentina, and it's not over. Now, the question : is it authorized to use some of the covers available on Retromags for our database ? Of course, they will be credited, the credits will clearly appear under each cover. This database is designed to be both a source of information about old magazines and a portal to the other magazine websites, to find easily where some of these mags can be found (with the status : complete or incomplete collection, downloable, readable on line). I'm waiting for your comments and questions. If I can help Retromags to complete its database, feel free to ask - I'm a huge fan of old computer mags.
  13. KiwiArcader's Work In Progress

    Thanks for the cover of PC Games Plus ! Have you checked the blog Pix's Origin Adventures ? Its owner scanned a whole lot of PC Zone and a few PC Review issues as well. Most of these issues were "uploaded" (cough) on Internet Archive, but he has a few more PC Zone PDFs, and he must own many more issues of PC Zone, PC Format and PC Review, because he posts some pages here and there on his blog. Maybe he could help Retromags and Kiwis World. It would be great, because PC Review is currently one of the least preserved British PC magazines. http://www.pixsoriginadventures.co.uk/pc-zone-scans/ http://www.pixsoriginadventures.co.uk/pc-review-scans/
  14. KiwiArcader's Work In Progress

    I noticed a new issue of PC Format was uploaded. Thanks a lot ! By the way, have you ever heard about the Australian magazine PC Games Plus ? I saw their name several times in Point of Origin (the internal newsletter of Origin) but can't find anything about them. http://www.wcnews.com/news/update/8236 http://www.wcnews.com/news/update/8432 As a computer games magazines addict, I'm curious to see that. What do you mean by MORE ? Magazines from other countries ?
  15. Printing the number on the back cover is hellish. For the multiple-numbered issue, it's not a total surprise for me, the French weekly newspaper Hebdogiciel did that during summer : 41 on July 20th, on July 27th, 46 on August 31th...