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Retro Gamer

Retro Gamer No. 199

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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in this issue

2 min.
the retrobates

DARRAN JONES Playing the PlayStation version with my brother and marvelling at how atmospheric the soundtrack was. Expertise: Juggling a gorgeous wife, two beautiful girls and an award-winning magazine Currently playing: Astral Chain Favourite game of all time: Strider DREW SLEEP I used to be in awe at how Doomguy’s portrait would accumulate wounds as you took damage from the demons. I was easily amused as a child. Expertise: Teaching Darran millennial [I am so ‘woke’ right now - Ed] Currently playing: Astral Chain Favourite game of all time: Final Fantasy VIII NICK THORPE My favourite bit of Doom is the sweet relief that hits once I’ve stopped playing it for a while, the vomit bucket has been cleaned and the motion sickness has subsided. Just me? Expertise: Owning five Master Systems (I sold two) Currently playing: Tetris 99 Favourite game of all time:…

1 min.

If you’re a long-term reader of Retro Gamer then you may well remember from issue 44 that my first experience of id Software’s game was seeing it running on a friend’s 486. It left an instant impression on me, which was soured somewhat when I later picked up the Sega Saturn version and realised it wasn’t a patch on the PlayStation port that was also available (or the PC original, for that matter). Doom’s impact on the industry has been huge, both in terms of how it has helped shape the first-person shooter genre and the industry in general. It was one of the many games that bridged generations and bought gaming to the attention of everyone (even my non-gaming friends know what Doom is) and it remains as fun to…

5 min.
tripping the light fantastic

Jeff Minter remains one of the most interesting developers still working in the industry today. Despite his prolific career, he remains on the outskirts of the industry, happy to do his own thing and make the games he wants to play. He’s now the subject of a fascinating new documentary called Heart Of Neon. We caught up with its director, Paul Docherty, to find out how the project came to be. You started off as a game artist, why did you move into TV/film? It was the product of coinciding circumstances. In the early Nineties I moved to the US at the same time that the videogames industry was consolidating talent into large teams in bullpen offices, and I was faced with the prospect of moving my family away from our home…

3 min.
the vault

Neo-Geo Mini Samurai Shodown Haohmaru Edition SNK latest mini console comes in four distinct translucent styles: a black Kuroko, a blue Ukyo Tachibana, a red Nakoruru and the white Haohmaru shown here. It’s essentially the exact same mini system that was first released last year, but it now includes two controllers, a HDMI cable and a USB power lead to explain the higher price point. Additionally, the 40 available games have been suitably mixed up, and the big draw here is that all six Samurai Shodown games that were released for the Neo-Geo have been included. Price: £140 From: amazon.co.uk Return Of The Borders The third volume of Marco A Breddin’s series is business as usual. As a result, you get some interesting insight into the Atari demo scene, plenty of information about some of the…

3 min.
i wanted to make millions!

I may have told you this before, but I wanted to be a computer programmer. I would have been nine years old and I decided I was going to get rich by writing some games and then selling them. That was the plan. Write games. Sell them. Get rich. The problem was I couldn’t really program computers at that point and there wasn’t a huge market for Dragon 32 software: the machine I was rocking at that point. In fact, I never really got good at writing software. My highlight was something that converted Centigrade into Fahrenheit. I was really proud of that. “I would stand back and watch as people played my humble little game” Oh, and I was the idiot that would stand in Boots or WHSmith or John Menzies and…

2 min.
backlog blues

I had this dream once. No, hang on – I’m not going all Martin Luther King on you. It was a dream in which one of the Kardashians – specifically Koko Kardashian, who I have only since discovered isn’t actually a ‘real’ Kardashian – got stuck going down a slide at the park. Not one of those open slides, but one of the ones that are enclosed, like a tube. The solution? Feed more Kardashians down the slide in an attempt to dislodge her. This dream has stuck with me for years, because a) it’s so bizarre (and my subconscious clearly ripped it off an episode of The Simpsons), and b) because, well, it made me laugh. Nonetheless, if you take it as a metaphor, it’s a good one for lots…