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Retro Gamer

No. 205

Retro Gamer is the only magazine in the UK that’s fully dedicated to the halcyon days of classic gaming. If you’ve ever fondly blasted away at the Bydo Empire in R-Type, swung Bowser by the tail in Super Mario 64, or navigated all 20 levels of Matthew Smith’s Manic Miner, then this is the magazine for you. Created by a dedicated team of experts, Retro Gamer’s mission is to deliver constantly engaging and passionately written articles that cover a wide range of subjects. We offer our readership in-depth looks at classic games and franchises, behind-the-scenes glimpses of the software houses from yesteryear, and one-on-one exclusive interviews with industry veterans such as Archer Maclean and Hideo Kojima. Stylish, entertaining and beautifully presented, Retro Gamer is the ultimate guide to videogaming’s rich and diverse history.

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Language:
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Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

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2 min.
the retrobates

DARRAN JONES I saw myself as a Sega fan growing up, but my large collection of N64, SNES, Wii, GBA and DS games now tells a different story. Expertise: Juggling a gorgeous wife, two beautiful girls and an award-winning magazine Currently playing: Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon Favourite game of all time: Strider ANDY SALTER I had a Mega Drive, Mega-CD and 32X growing up, so no surprise I’m definitely team Sega. The SNES may have had its extra colours and Mode 7, but it didn’t have Shining Force or Lunar. Expertise: Modding games, no ‘vanilla’ versions for me, thanks! Currently playing: Kenshi… again! Favourite game of all time: Rome: Total War PAUL ROSE Nintendo! Because only Nintendo had Nintendo games. Expertise: Winging it Currently playing: Two Point Hospital Favourite game of all time: Half-Life 2 DREW SLEEP Despite starting school at around 1996, the 16-bit wars…

1 min.
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There have been clashes over game systems for as long as I can remember. From the moment I owned an Amstrad I quickly learned that I was inferior to my C64 and Spectrum-owning peers, and would be teased relentlessly because of it. That rivalry seemed to reach a peak with the arrival of the 16-bit systems, and while console one-upmanship continues to this day it seldom feels as vicious as it was while the Mega Drive and SNES were duking it out. You’ve only got to read the magazines of the time on both sides of the pond to see how much disruption there was during this period, whether it was readers gleefully sharing mutilated pictures of Mario and Sonic, or companies like Sega using adverts to declare statements like ‘Genesis…

5 min.
reigniting jetman

If you’re a regular follower of retro projects on Kickstarter you’ll know that Jetman – The Complete Published Works has effortlessly sailed past its £10,000 crowdfunding goal, and is due to be published later this year. Essentially a collection of all the hilarious comic strips by the late John Richardson that appeared in Crash magazine, it looks like it will be a fitting tribute for the once-popular Rare character Jetman. Chris Wilkins and Roger Kean reveal everything you need to know about this new project. Why revisit Jetman now? Roger Kean: In the past couple of years working on the Crash annuals, I was exposed to the lunacy of Jetman, again and it simply occurred to me that a collected version in print would be a good idea. Chris Wilkins: I was minding…

2 min.
the vault

Japansoft: An Oral History This latest lavish tome from Read Only Memory is actually a re-edited digest of Retro Gamer contributor John Szczepaniak’s The Untold History Of Japanese Game Developers series. The 332-page book has been edited by Alex Wiltshire and broken down into sections, which immediately helps make it more accessible than the original dense Q&A format. It’s an interesting read for anyone that loves the games of Japan. Price: £30 From: readonlymemory.vg Xeno Crisis Soundtrack As well as being one of the best top-down shooters on the Mega Drive, Xeno Crisis also sports a rather superb soundtrack which has been recorded at 16-bit, 96kHz for added authenticity. The 19-track CD covers a wide range of musical styles and features all the key music from each stage, including the exhilarating boss tunes. A vinyl…

4 min.
you’re calling it what?

Warren Davis may have left the games industry back in 2010, but he clearly hasn’t forgotten his time working in it. In a brand-new autobiographical book, Warren discusses everything from working on Q*bert, to his spell at Disney. Here he tells us how it all came to be. Why did you decide to write You Can’t Call It @!#?@!? I’d been attending Comic Cons and retro gaming shows for a few years, telling a variety of stories about my career, and I was struck by how many stories there were to tell, and that people seemed genuinely interested in them. At some point, it occurred that there was probably enough material for a book. Has it been challenging to make? Once I decided, I spent a couple of years just thinking about starting it…

3 min.
i’m a loser, baby

Who is Iain Lee? Iain Lee is a freelance broadcaster who loves gaming, particularly retro gaming. He currently hosts The Late Night Alternative show at weekdays from 10pm on www.talkradio.co.uk and runs daily retro streams on www.twitch.tv/iainlee. This column is turning into a monthly confessional, a safe space where I basically tell you I am woefully underqualified to write in the hallowed pages of the mighty Retro Gamer. I’m afraid these 500-odd words are no different. I have never completed a videogame. It dawned on me a few weeks ago. The idea just popped into my head. I thought about it for a while. ‘This couldn’t be true. Surely at some point over the last 40 years I’d got to the end of something?’ I searched my memory banks but could not recall…