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Retro Gamer No. 204

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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
R 73,11
R 585,89
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
the retrobates

DARRAN JONES Parasol Stars, as it will remind me of the time I found a PC Engine hooked up to an arcade machine while holidaying on Barry Island. Expertise: Juggling a gorgeous wife, two beautiful girls and an award winning magazine Currently playing: Castlevania (N64) Favourite game of all time: Strider DREW SLEEP I wonder if my Japanese is competent enough to get me through Snatcher… well, only one way to find out! Expertise: Loud music that’ll make Darran cringe Currently Playing: Resident Evil Favourite Game: Final Fantasy VIII NICK THORPE Probably Sapphire, since I’m never going to play it on my own PC Engine. I’ve got the right hardware, but an original copy would cost far too much for me to even consider. Expertise: Owning five Master Systems (I sold two) Now playing: Raw Danger Favourite game of all time: Sonic The Hedgehog ANDY SALTER Not played on a PC Engine… wrong sort of…

1 min.

I’ve mentioned it before, but seeing the original PC Engine for the first time had a very profound effect on me. As a youngster I lived in the arcades, and the thing I craved more than anything else was faithful arcade conversions to play at home. As much as I loved my Amstrad and Master System, they were a little lacking in this area and suggested that arcade-perfect ports were beyond the 8-bit systems of the time. Those early PC Engine shots in (I’m going to say C&VG) changed all that for me, and seeing that shot of R-Type made me desperately want to own one. I’d imagine that those early magazine images were the first experience that many of you had of the PC Engine, too, and I wonder just how…

6 min.
stamp of approval

The games industry received a nice nod of legitimation at the beginning of 2020 with Royal Mail’s release of a new collectible stamp set. There’s a focus on Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft with four stamps – as you’d expect for such a culturally relevant character – and it has delighted Lara’s creator, Toby Gard, who was completely unaware of the honour. “It’s totally awesome,” he told us upon hearing the news. “I’m not sure I can think of what’s better. Maybe going on a £50 note? Thanks for bringing my attention to this, I’ve got to frame me one.” Toby will have to act fast, as presentation packs are currently limited to 2,500 copies, meaning they’re bound to be in demand when you consider how collectible items within the retro games…

3 min.
father of the personal computer remembered

Without the skill and determination of Chuck Peddle – the engineer who designed the ultra-low-cost 6502 microprocessor – who knows where computing would be today. After all, his $25 chip helped bring computers to the masses, powering a host of iconic products made by Apple, Acorn and Commodore among others, making him something of an unsung hero. “He helped enable an industry of software developers and [made] software products affordable”Daniel Fylstra The plan was to take an expensive processor board and boil it down into an affordable integrated circuit. And yet it very nearly didn’t happen. When Chuck’s employer, Motorola, listened to the proposal in 1974, it was promptly rejected amid fears that it would rival the company’s $300 6800 processor. Undeterred, Chuck and seven other Motorola engineers took the development to rival…

3 min.
chasing ghosts

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. Every now and then someone will tell me I should make a TV show about games. While it’s kind of people to think of me in that way, that’s not how telly works. You can’t just phone up the BBC and tell them that you want to make a show. I’ve been involved in two videogames shows in my life. One I am really proud of. The other was a bit of a disappointment for me as it wasn’t exactly what was promised when I signed up for it. Let’s talk about the good one. Thumb Candy was…

3 min.
i’m sticking with you

Who is Paul Rose? Paul is probably better known as Mr Biffo – the creator of legendary teletext games magazine Digitiser. These days, he mostly writes his videogame ramblings over at Digitiser2000.com. If you want more Biffo in your eyes, you can catch him as the host of Digitizer The Show at www.bit.ly/biffo2000. The best and worst thing about growing up is having a disposable income. I mean, a limited disposable income. I’m not loaded by any means, but (at least to a degree) I’m able to spend some of my money on things that I would like to own. Since stumbling accidentally into games journalism I’ve owned most of the major formats – either by blagging review machines, or by forking out for them with my hard-earned cash. In the past 20…