I'd like to express my sincere thanks for whoever made this EA Sports In The Game magazine (ad?) available.
I remember having a physical copy of this when I was in middle school. I snagged a copy of it while leaving an Electronics Boutique store at my local mall. They had a display with a stack of them as you entered the store.
I was saving up to purchase my very own 32-bit console, but was undecided whether it was going to be a Sony PlayStation or Sega Saturn. I poured over this magazine on a daily basis. I snuck it into school with me in my Trapper Keeper, studied it on the bus to and from school and during lunch hour. It came with me on every car ride with the family. I looked at it so much that every page was practically memorized. Eventually made my purchase of a Sony PlayStation in fall of 1995.
I saved this magazine for many years after my purchase as a keepsake, but made the mistake of throwing it out while downsizing my things out of storage 15 years later. A couple of years after I was looking over my library of PlayStation games and reminiscing about the memories I had with them, and immediately started thinking about this magazine. I regretted throwing it out immensely, and began searching the web for it in hopes I'd find a digital version.
I didn't have a clue where to begin searching for it or what it was called, and eventually gave up after an entire month of searching. I was convinced it was gone forever and assumed the only way I'd ever see it again was in my memories.
Today I decided to randomly peruse Retromags and saw that iconic cover of Joe Smith taking a shot over a white background. It took me only a couple of seconds to realize a lost relic of my younger years that I thought was gone forever has been found again. My heart jumped out of my chest. I was elated. As I poured through each page, I was instantly transported to being a teenager again reviewing system comparisons and console profiles before taking the plunge into 32-bit gaming.
From the bottom of my rediscovered teenage heart, thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this. I am sincerely grateful.