Sometime earlier this year I came across a few old issues of Game Player's magazine. Maybe it was at a garage sale, maybe a thrift store, I don't remember any more. I figured I'd scan and post the interesting parts. After doing their Nintendo Strategy Guides I remembered how tedious scanning a magazine is. The actual scanning is monotonous, but the real killer is trying to come up with comments for each page. Sure I don't have to, but then what would people send me hate mail about?
I decided to leaf through the magazines and scan anything that appeared interesting. Along the way I found that one of them was the premiere issue of the publication. That's kinda interesting so I decided to scan the whole thing... until monotony set in again. So I resigned to only scan the good parts. I'm sorry, that means you'll have to miss out on the Super Mario Bros. walkthrough. I know that finding Super Mario Bros. walkthroughs on the internet is nearly impossible and I apologize if you were counting on this page to finally defeat Bowser after 20+ years of trying.
The cover is in pretty rough shape but the rest of the magazine is fine. For some reason the previous owner felt it important to highlight that this was dedicated to "Video and Computer Entertainment"."Hey, this thing says it's the 'Leading Magazine', what bunch of BS.. oh wait, 'of Video and Computer Entertainment', OK I'll believe that"
I spent too much time internally debating whether to blur the swastika image on the side of the rocket. I'm a libertarian and strongly believe in supporting free speech, even highly offensive free speech. In this case, the image isn't even there to offend or intimidate anyone. It's an old DOS game where the storyline involves nazis in some capacity (the review is further down). At worst it's tasteless. However, there are a couple European countries where the symbol is banned. It would be so stupid to have my site blacklisted over something like this. You win this round censorship.
A very ambitious welcome letter from the editor. Looking at his resume, he sounds overqualified to run a video game magazine. Then again, what the hell am I doing writing about him writing for a game magazine? I should be doing technology whitepapers or another AI thesis. How screwed-up are my priorities? Let's just move on..
So if this was the premiere issue, where did they get these letters? They either stole a sack of mail from GamePro or had some contact information in their previously published Nintendo Strategy Guides.
I don't care what anyone says, I prefer the US release of Super Mario Bros. 2 over the Japanese version. If I ever make a list of "Top 10 most annoying classic gamers" the "SMB2 purist" will be right up there with the guy lecuturing about how "Final Fantasy III for the SNES isn't the real Final Fantasy III".
No reference to these commercials in his IMDB page.
Preview of Bionic Commando. I said all I had to last time.
"Big news: The Atari 7800 Pro System is making a comeback!" I think for it to be a "comeback" you have to have been on top at some point. George Foreman made a comeback, Peter McNeeley can't. See how that works? Don't get me wrong, the Atari 7800 is a fun system but it never stood a chance against the NES. From a play control standpoint, the 7800 version of Double Dragon was debatably better than the NES or SMS versions making it a bright spot in the otherwise mediocre library. Graphically, it's pretty obvious why it tanked though.
I used to have an Amiga 500 and Dragon's Lair but I ebayed it all last year. It's not that I didn't like the Amiga, I hadn't played it in close to 10 years and it took up a lot of space. Having room for video games took priority over keeping an old dusty computer around. This was a really good version of Dragon's Lair though, the Amiga looked so much better than the rival computing platforms at the time.
I had no idea Sega had an office in Minnesota. It now houses and agricultural risk management firm. I wonder if there was a time when one of the new occupants stumbled across a rare prototype cartridge while going through an old file cabinet. Hmmm, this sounds like an ideal plot for a terrible web comic.
I played Ultima III and liked it quite a bit, never managed to try the other ones though except part IV on NES & SMS. The old Ultima games would be perfect for a mobile device.. which means we'll never see it happen.