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This one doesn't have a volume number stated, but yep I've got a couple of their reference volumes and the Atari computer coverage isn't exactly great.

These publications are generally compilations of articles that have been in previous magazines.

 

I haven't bought the magazine in a few years... the problem is that "Retro" is a sliding window and really, I'm not too interested in stuff after 1995 in that context.

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Retro Gamer is a very interesting magazine, if you like all machines and not only A8.

 

I like especially interviews.

 

For example, in the current issue you can read Ed Fries interview: he talks about A8 too!

 

Programmers of Atari VCS Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back are interviewed too.

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I love reading RG because every issue teaches me about something I've never seen before. Its EU centric point of view also means it isn't a giant Nintendo circlejerk, like a US based magazine would likely be. I love reading about the Spectrum, CPC, C64, ST, etc.

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To be fair to RG Magazine, it's a UK based publication an speaking as an ex-800XL and 600XL owner, the machines were always niche at best and the crippling lack of software support was what made many of us at the time jump ship to the C64 or ZX Spectrum, etc as these had the software support.

 

Since RG is a commercial magazine, it has to cater to widest possible market and if there is not the demmand for A8 coverage, it's not going to be written.

 

Having said that..there have been some very nice articles over the years....

 

A Retroinspection on the 800XL way back in Feb 2008, a Minority Report by Rory Milne in issue 116, features on software houses like English Software, Red Rat (and i seem to recal Tynesoft, but i cannot confirm this as all my old magazines have gone into recycling)....

 

Plus you have had A8 games reviewed in the Homebrew section.

 

Regarding the interviews..the issue here any commercial magazine faces here these days, is you can simply type in the name of an industry person your after into any search engine along with word interview and odds are your spoilt for choice from interviews conducted over a period of years, all avaiable for free, rather than being locked behind paid for content.

 

 

There's nothing like having a physical magazine to hold and enjoy, but if your only looking for specific content, online is likely to be the 1st choice of many these days.

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Tell you what though, that bloke who does the homebrew section is a bit weird...

 

Tell me about it, looks like some drop out from Game of Thrones and his knowledge is rubbish.....Care in the community I think...

 

Seriously, RG is a good fun read but there are times when items are stated as fact when they were hearsay or simply not true and the only proper coverage the Atari gets is via TMR but only in the Retro section. DO I still want to read it, yes but they need to right the old wrong of ignoring the Atari as a viable machine in this country at the time.

 

In those days I wasn't shifting Scotch mist it was real Atari's and in good numbers with a very healthy following from our shop alone and this was the case across Maplin and all the other outlets, the machines sold but the home grown titles just were not classed as worth the risk in many cases so you were left with rebranded US stuff that came too late or import stuff that was quite expensive.

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Sometimes it's not always the fault of the writer..

 

Looking at something like The Making Of Myth..that was (originally) submitted as a Making Of..The ZX Spectrum version, as that was the version the writer owned.The article was rejected, asked to be turned into a cross-platform feature which of course covered formats the writer wasn't so familar with and things like the C64GS version of Myth etc were over looked as writer was simply unaware of them.

 

You also had incorrect information supplied to the writer by System 3..in this case the 'fact' the ST version was finished and released alongside the Amiga version, it of course never was, but if your told that by your contact at System 3, your unlikely to double check i'd wager.

 

I'm not defending the magazine as it's far from a going concern for me personally, i long since stopped subscribing, only bought the odd few issues after that, these now all been consigned to the pulping machine no doubt :-), but i am aware of why some claims have been made over the years.

 

The consoles always had the lions share (and to a lesser extent, the ST), of the RG Atari coverage from my time as a reader and even then with mixed results, depending on who'd written what, but when material was researched fully, it made for a nice read, as i mentioned in the post above.

 

 

I do think the magazine is moving slowly away from 8 bit micro coverage though, i know an article on Lost C64 game Daffy Duck was pitched, but don't think it's been green lit :-(

 

Recent customer survey by I.Publishing seemed far more focused on what adverts to include, rather than content...

 

But it's a commercial publication, needs must etc if it's to continue in existance, we've seen so many UK magazines go under as it is.

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Tell me about it, looks like some drop out from Game of Thrones and his knowledge is rubbish.....Care in the community I think...

Ouch, that's a little harsh... most care in the community cases are normal in comparison!

 

Seriously, RG is a good fun read but there are times when items are stated as fact when they were hearsay or simply not true and the only proper coverage the Atari gets is via TMR but only in the Retro section.

[Curtsey] i can only take a little credit for the coverage though, if nobody had written new homebrew i'd have nothing to write about. =-)

 

 

 

 

DO I still want to read it, yes but they need to right the old wrong of ignoring the Atari as a viable machine in this country at the time.

It was viable, but not supported at least not consistently. Like i've noted elsewhere, if you lived near an Atari dealer it was great but elsewhere there was almost nothing; we had three shops locally which specialised in computers and at best they held a handful of cassettes, perhaps a couple of disks and i can't remember ever seeing a cartridge! My personal "collection" was Elektra Glide, Asteroids on cartridge from a car boot and at most half a dozen budget releases... i had twice that much within six months of buying a C64 and an assembler i could use on a cassette-based machine as well!

 

Not everybody pitching for RG would have even the exposure to the system i had, so sometimes it gets overlooked in favour of the "big three"...

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Ouch, that's a little harsh... most care in the community cases are normal in comparison!

 

 

[Curtsey] i can only take a little credit for the coverage though, if nobody had written new homebrew i'd have nothing to write about. =-)

 

 

 

 

 

I do apologise to the care in the community folk for stereotyping you with TMR, it is almost unforgivable..

 

:)

 

Re the homebrew, too true...Keeps us happy and you in employment...(and happy)..Gord bless those people...

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