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I recently managed to complete my Edge to digital collection quest, one of the happy accidents in doing this was having to sometimes download vast swathes of magazines, mostly stuff I had no interest in. There was one mag that had a slight twinge of nostalgia for me though and I'd acquired it in the hundreds to get just two issues of Edge. C&VG. I wasn't big on games until the lead up to Playstation, actually one of the first if not the first Video game magazines I bought was Edge No1 due to trying to find info on how to play something as good as Virtua Racing at home. My sister had an Amiga and I'd be lying if I said I never had the odd game of something on it and I'd had the obligatory VCS for Christmas around 81 but it was more of a curio and I'd flogged it when I'd gotten into RC a couple of years later. I remember my dad going fully Amiga mad after using some program to guess the outcome of Horse racing and winning several times on the trot. So he had a tendency to buy lots of different computer magazines, he brought some home one time and one in particular caught my eye, C&VG with Pit-Fighter on the cover from August 91. I can remember reading it and being blown away by the price of Neo-Geo carts in the adverts at the back. I've just read the issue after nearly 30 years and it must have made an impression (not enough to go out and buy an MD though lol) because lots of things are familiar.

 

Anyway all this rambling is leading to what I've just been up to all afternoon, which is reading old issues of C&VG on my Ipad but with an even more modern twist, searching up games from the mag on Youtube. What a fun and complementary way to reminisce and even see how the scene shaped up back then. I mean I knew about Sonic, even how it looked but I had no idea about there being things like a Battletech centre in Chicago or how it operated, now I can read the article then watch an in depth video, would have blown minds that back in the day, what with TV being so linear etc. I can read about stuff on the page then instantly see it in action on Youtube. Crazy times.

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I was recently doing the CVG thing except I was trying to play the games they reviewed.

 

I don't recommend that way of doing things. I love retro games but when you look at the scene as a whole the only games worth going back to for playing are stone cold classics or games you used to play.

 

If they aren't great and you don't have that personal connection then it's a bit rough.

 

Although I love looking at how 8 bit ports compare.

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i have been doing this with Zzap from issue 1 it is fascinating but not that entertaining for alot of the games :D

 

I did consider writing a blog about the games as I played them - I was literally trying to play every game the mag reviewed in the order they reviewed them. But realised it would get repetitive very quickly

 

I still do it sometimes when I fire up the C64

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I might do that but only playing the highest rated game in each issue to make it less frustrating and more streamlined.

 

Perhaps we should get something together, take a magazine each and do a series.

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1 hour ago, deKay said:

 

Yep. Link to my site in the first post.

 

Brilliant. I did scan your site the other day, but I missed it. Was looking under "S" rather than "O" for Official Sega Saturn Mag.

 

Randomly opened the one with the free Panzer Dragoodn Disc, incredible games in that issue,

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On 26/06/2018 at 15:15, Dudley said:

I might do that but only playing the highest rated game in each issue to make it less frustrating and more streamlined.

 

Perhaps we should get something together, take a magazine each and do a series.

 

Considering this further, we should of course do both the highest and lowest from any given issue :)

 

Actually there's totally a podcast in this.  Hmm....

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On 28/06/2018 at 20:04, Dudley said:

 

Considering this further, we should of course do both the highest and lowest from any given issue :)

 

Actually there's totally a podcast in this.  Hmm....

 

In the vein of the Top of the Pops one?

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On 30/06/2018 at 04:17, Unofficial Who said:

 

In the vein of the Top of the Pops one?

 

I don't know that one but maybe :P

 

I'll try and crystalise this to a specific idea and a format (Podcast/forum thread etc).

 

Incidentally, the top and bottom in Amiga Power Episode 1.

 

Exile : 89%

 

 

Moonshine Racers : 40%

 

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Is there anywhere that hosts Games TM scans? I want to get rid of the first 100 issues currently taking up room, but still would like scans of those to access in the future. Tried Old Games Mags which does have the issues, but you can't download them as pdf's, only view each individual page as a jpg. Archive.org only has the first 50 (probably gotten from the disc GamesTM sold).

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7 hours ago, Dudley said:

You can convert a bunch of Jpegs into a PDF pretty easily if that's the hold up. You'd need to be able to download them in bulk mind.

 

Thats the issue, 180 images per magazine times about 20 issues I can see. I did find a program to do it automatically so did that today in the background whilst doing other things on the computer. But it only covers up to issue 80 and can't find anywhere else hosting further issues that aren't the latest.

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Anyone have a copy of Edge issue 50? I had it here for ages but Onedrive has made it disappear somehow. A link or something. Kiwi's world has gone members only.  

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5 minutes ago, amc said:

Anyone have a copy of Edge issue 50? I had it here for ages but Onedrive has made it disappear somehow. A link or something. Kiwi's world has gone members only.  

I am pretty sure I have but have no way of scanning it in.  What is it you need - the whole magazine?

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On 06/01/2018 at 16:15, Dudley said:

 

I have Dave Kelsall's autograph on Paul Davies business card, having won the competition in issue 4 of that.

 

Well that's my celebrity story.

 

I can tell you that this has amused Dave no end.

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15 hours ago, Dudley said:

The internet is fucking marvellous sometimes isn't it?

 

So is Dave himself. An absolute joy. I've ended up working with him and Radion Automatic in two seperate jobs and it means I feel a childhood of reading videogames magazines wasn't wasted.

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On 20/10/2018 at 08:31, Stoppy2000 said:

@deKay your archive appears to be down? Was looking for some GamesMaster mags...?

 

Back up now. Don’t have any GM though, sorry

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DeKay's been kind enough to wang my 18 issues of GM up there now.

 

They are issues

 

1

5

71

77

81

84

123

238

239

243

244

246

247

248

249

250

268

 

(268 is Oct 2013)

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