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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...?

I've just done a scan of GamesMaster Issue 3.  https://archive.org/details/GamesMasterIssue3

 

I'm not a prolific scanner and they certainly aren't perfect but there's a few different mags here too - https://archive.org/details/@andynick

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Every issue you scan is another step towards us having everything so many thanks.  I haven't seen an old PCF like that in years.

 

And also Play (which was quietly killed this year as well by Future).

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It's such a shame that Future or anyone else who has access to the pdfs that were sent to the printers doesn't just upload them. I know the legal issues surrounding it but it'd sure make all this a lot easier.

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They might not even have them, or it's too hard to retrieve them.  When I was working at Dennis Publishing, the PDFs were archived on disc and stuck in a cupboard somewhere.  Now I'm sure they've moved on but it wouldn't surprise me that the old stuff are still probably still stuck on disc and sat in a cupboard somewhere. 

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On 18/07/2017 at 23:11, Droo said:

Link no longer works...

 

:(

 

I looked at this one. Seems if you change: 

http://read.oldgamemags.com/

to:
http://www.oldgamemags.com/

it redirects to:
http://kiwis.world/

This seem to have some interesting collections (a lot/all(?) 'Arcade' and lots of Playstation which I'd be interested in if 1995-2000
http://kiwis.world/index.php/content-index

BUT.....There's always a but ain't there. Seem they need a Donation (see below) and not even sure if still monitored - May try contacting
http://kiwis.world/index.php/download-area

 

Anyone know another good source of early 1995-2000 Playstation mags?

 

Thanks, Andy

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Don't know if this will be an interest to anyone but I'm getting rid of a full collection of NGC magazine with booklets. I was going to put them on ebay but if anyone is after them for scanning get in touch.

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I've just discovered the first 12 issues of retro gamer in my attic (I have more but not got round to looking at which ones) along with the first 30ish issues of Games ™.

 

Do you need any of these for the archive or should I just toss them?

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I think both those lots of issues are already available on the official magazine discs that GamesTM and Retro gamer made, but that might need double checking.

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It's a shame they don't sell PDF versions of RG that you can read on a PC rather than on a mobile device. I'm a subscriber to the paper copy but sometimes it'd be so handy to just have something I can flick back to for checking stuff. Yes there's "other" means to get it online but I'd rather show support and pay a few quid for an issue.

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Anyone interested in Sinclair QL magazines? I can't remember seeing them on sale in WH Smith so assume most went subscription only in the late 80s. Most issues seem to consist of type-in listings and the occasional product review, but I was fascinated by the sense of community communicated in the letters page. You see the same names appearing with questions, answers, comments and corrections every few months (many of whom still participate on QL forums). I was also surprised to discover that Sinclair QL World magazine outlived Your Sinclair by several months.

 

http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/mags/index.html

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Just got RG. Does anyone have an idea what issues of SNES or Megadrive magazines have the original reviews of Mortal Kombat 2 in them?

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5 hours ago, Droo said:

Just got RG. Does anyone have an idea what issues of SNES or Megadrive magazines have the original reviews of Mortal Kombat 2 in them?

 

Have a look on Amiga Magazine Rack as it shows other systems with mag names and issue no.

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Long shot but has anyone got Amiga Action 64?

 

If you have I'd love it. If you only have a physical copy, scans or photos of the Rise of the Robots review would really help me out.

 

You'd be immortalised in a youtube series that gets 10s of viewers!

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On 30/04/2019 at 20:39, Dudley said:

Long shot but has anyone got Amiga Action 64?

 

If you have I'd love it. If you only have a physical copy, scans or photos of the Rise of the Robots review would really help me out.

 

You'd be immortalised in a youtube series that gets 10s of viewers!

 

Don't think it's available online as the size of the mag means not many have been scanned. Amiga Power has the most infamous review of it and there's scans here:

 

http://amr.abime.net/review_49062

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10 hours ago, Lorfarius said:

 

Don't think it's available online as the size of the mag means not many have been scanned. Amiga Power has the most infamous review of it and there's scans here:

 

http://amr.abime.net/review_49062

 

Yeah, I’ve used all of those but AA would have been the interesting one.

 

Cd32 gamers one is great, if you actually read the review he slates the thing. AUI’s review is worth reading too. I don’t think he ever played it.

 

Finished the episode last night, until I noticed I said Dropbox and not dosbox. 

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Odd question, and this seemed to be the best place to ask before I go off and try it myself: are the magazines scanned solely in image format? So you can’t just copy and paste review text or whatever? I dimly remember that I could select some text in an old AP scan a while back, but I’m not sure if my failing mind is playing tricks on me.

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On 11/02/2019 at 14:15, Ketchup said:

It's such a shame that Future or anyone else who has access to the pdfs that were sent to the printers doesn't just upload them. I know the legal issues surrounding it but it'd sure make all this a lot easier.

 

I worked at Future when they put out early issues of magazines digitally it wasn't just an issue of dropping the PDFs into Indesign, the original discs were either lost or the formats were unreadable so we got round this by scanning the archive issues and cleaning up the scans in photoshop. It wasn't the best looking way of doing it and it was incredibly time consuming. 

Unfortunately there is no quick and easy way to do it. 

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I've been looking for scans of the guitar magazines I had back in the 90s and the dearth of them makes me appreciate the efforts to preserve these game mags all the more so here's a big sycophantic THANK YOU :wub: to everyone who distributes and hosts this stuff. It's as much fun as the games.

 

(feel free to do the same for Total Guitar and TGM circa 1996-1999 now pls)

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On 28/05/2019 at 08:47, Dudley said:

Although they at least probably have larger scanners, which is what gets in the way of doing some of these issues.

 

Just A3 nothing massive, publishers aren't really investing in scanning tech due to the death of film photography. 

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