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thorn_1983 (OP)

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Reliving those memories we may have forgot
« on: May 05, 2012, 02:20:18 am »
There might be a few people who think this post belongs in the misc off topic board, but please hear out my story....

I am a 29 year old Australian that grew up either in front of the TV playing my Master System and Mega Drive/Genesis and Saturn or trying to get down to my local arcade to line up and throw down my $1 to have a crack at Mortal Kombat, Samurai Showdown, X-Men, TMNT and in later years Virtua Fighter, Dungeons and Dragons and Daytona.  To me, these are the golden years of gaming.  It was when arcades and home consoles shared the same purpose.  To give us that feeling that only those who were there at the time could understand.  I do not believe words can describe the feeling you got when put that $1 (or quarter) or when you had your mates around and you managed to win 4 or 5 fights in a row at Street Fighter II.

Fast forward 15 - 20 years and arcades are now full of ticket machines where you can win some out of date mp3 player with only the occasional Time Crisis or Tekken machine in the corner and games at home mean nothing more than running with your finger on the trigger.  Don't get me wrong I love my modern consoles and the feeling of exterminating those terrorist with a shotgun blast to the head, but it's no longer the golden era of my gaming experience.

So...... I would like to share with you my latest discovery (although I am sure many of you are already aware) of reliving my child hood years.  I have recently come across a few sites that offer retro gaming magazines and let me tell you it was a flood of great memories that came rushing back.  As I started scrolling through the pages I also realised how much the gaming magazine industry has changed as well. Today's magazines although still offer reviews, previews top 10's etc just feel too computerized compared the magazines of yester year.  For example when or if you can, grab yourself a copy of one of the late 80's - early 90's Nintendo Power Magazines.  Although there are screen shots of games (a necessity) there is also so much hand drawn art and comic strips and and so much more of a personal feel to them.  I remember you would get your monthly magazines and treat it like a bible.  I have nephews that are mad little gamer grommets but they don't care about magazines, they just go online and watch someone on YouTube do a walk through.  So.... I highly recommend to all of you if you have not already done so, get on Google and do a search for some of those great gaming magazines of your child hood.  I must admit there has been no greater feeling in my recent video game life when I read through one of the Sega magazines and saw a review for Vectorman.  I read the review and after that had the biggest urge to go play it and conquer it....  And I did.  Those few hours I spent playing Vectorman were heightened 300% all because of that  review from all those years ago....  It was that feeling you got when you first read a review on a great game and you made it your mission and you would not stop until you had that game cartridge in your system ready to be played for hours and hours either by yourself or with all your friends around cheering you on.

PLEASE don't get the impression I am putting the gaming industry of today down, I just feel as though we have lost something very special and although we may not get it back, there is a way we can take a trip down memory lane and remember all the good times.
« Last Edit: May 05, 2012, 11:14:47 am by thorn_1983 »
So far....
NES, Master System, Lynx, Mega Drive, Mega CD, SNES, 3DO, Playstation, Saturn, N64, PS2, Dreamcast, XBOX, X360, PS3, Wii.....  And best of all... A320.

lemmywinks

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Re: Reliving those memories we may have forgot
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2012, 10:13:22 am »
Totally get that, every time I see screenshots of old master System games I get all mushy thinking of the hours I spent playing Golden Axe, Rastan and Golvellius before school. I used to get really excited when the latest issue of Sega Power would drop through my letterbox.

I used to have quite a modest collection of MS games but used to play them all the time, totally the opposite nowadays when I can't be bothered to trawl through another derivative shooter on the XBox.

Here in the UK we have Retrogamer magazine (http://www.retrogamer.net/) which is a great read, loads of retrospectives on old console and arcade games.
Handhelds:
GPD Win, GPD XD 64gb, PlayGo, RS-90, 3DS XL, DSi XL, GBA SP, GBBC Clone, Gameboy Pocket c/w screen mod, PSP Go
PC:
Medion Erazer, Toshiba Z20t, Dell Mini 9, Psion 5MX
Tons of other old laptops and tablets.....

K-77

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Re: Reliving those memories we may have forgot
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2012, 01:19:03 pm »
OMG, i'm so jelaous about that magazine! Why this isn't distributed here in Poland? :|

lemmywinks

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Re: Reliving those memories we may have forgot
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2012, 06:55:36 pm »
Haha, yeah I think there must be a big market for that stuff in the UK, it's a pretty big magazine too in terms of content. Lots of reminiscing and not too many adverts!

The website is ace for discovering new games though, in fact it's pretty good in general. Make sure you have a bit of time spare before you go on it, you'll probably end up without 20 tabs open in your browser!
Handhelds:
GPD Win, GPD XD 64gb, PlayGo, RS-90, 3DS XL, DSi XL, GBA SP, GBBC Clone, Gameboy Pocket c/w screen mod, PSP Go
PC:
Medion Erazer, Toshiba Z20t, Dell Mini 9, Psion 5MX
Tons of other old laptops and tablets.....

K-77

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Re: Reliving those memories we may have forgot
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2012, 07:33:46 pm »
Always is the way to download them in pdf. or cbr. format but it will be never the same as the paper one...

thorn_1983 (OP)

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Re: Reliving those memories we may have forgot
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2012, 02:11:10 am »
Always is the way to download them in pdf. or cbr. format but it will be never the same as the paper one...

I totally agree.  I am so annoyed at myself that I threw all my gaming mags away.  I search high and low for people selling the original mags on eBay, but I must admit, it feels like a lost cause....  So I am very thankful that I have been able to get 100's of .cbr mags to at least live as close to the real thing as I can.
So far....
NES, Master System, Lynx, Mega Drive, Mega CD, SNES, 3DO, Playstation, Saturn, N64, PS2, Dreamcast, XBOX, X360, PS3, Wii.....  And best of all... A320.

lemmywinks

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Re: Reliving those memories we may have forgot
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2012, 07:11:54 pm »
Yeah I had loads of Sega Power and Amiga Power mags along with quite a few NOM, Amiga Format and CU Amiga. All went in the bin when I had a clearout and all my old Amiga and PC games went to the charity shop - I wasn't aware that they were collectable at all and had some pretty rare and valuable big box games that I just gave away.
Handhelds:
GPD Win, GPD XD 64gb, PlayGo, RS-90, 3DS XL, DSi XL, GBA SP, GBBC Clone, Gameboy Pocket c/w screen mod, PSP Go
PC:
Medion Erazer, Toshiba Z20t, Dell Mini 9, Psion 5MX
Tons of other old laptops and tablets.....

 

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