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  • Retro Gamer – Issue Number 50

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    Source: Retro Gamer – Issue Number 50

    Retro Gamer is a magazine published in the U.K. that covers “retro” video and computer games. It has been published for many years and the oldest issues could themselves be considered retro at this point. Even this issue was published more than 11 years ago. Issue number 50 of Retro Gamer includes:

    • The Dream Machine – Find out why Sega’s most innovative console didn’t stop the Japanese giant from crashing out of the hardware race.
    • Reader Special: Your Best Gaming Moments – To celebrate our special 50th issue, 50 of our readers share their all-time favorite gaming moments.
    • Zombie Nation: The House of the Dead – Sega’s popular undead blaster has been terrorizing us for 12 long years. Discover why it’s remained so popular.
    • Desert Island Disk: Celebrity Special – In a change from our usual feature, Lemmy, Gaz Top and Simon Munnery discuss the game they can’t live without.
    • The History of…Grand Theft Auto – As the world patiently waits for the imminent arrival of GTA IV, Retro Gamer charts the history of one of videogaming’s coolest franchises.
    • The Making of… – We’ve reached 50 issues, which is pretty monumental for such a niche mag. Original editor Martyn Carroll reveals how your favorite magazine came into being.
    • The Making Of: Gunstar Heroes – In an excellent new interview, Retro Gamer talks to Treasure about one of its most influential 16-bit blasters.
    • The Big Interview: Roger Dean – His striking images have graced some of Psygnosis’s most popular games. Roger Dean explains how it all began.
    • The Making Of: The Great Giana Sisters – It’s seen as one of the C64’s best platformers, but Nintendo wasn’t a fan. Manfred Trenz explains why.
    • News – Help save the wonderful Museum of Computing.
    • Letters – Your chance to give a little something back to the mag.
    • Collector’s Corner – Benjamin Robinson has a magazine collection to die for.
    • Back to the Nineties – Richard Burton charts the arrival of the Game Boy.
    • Retro Revival – Holy smokes Batman, you’re in an 8-bit videogame.
    • The Classic Game – Rediscover Howard Scott Warshaw’s Yar’s Revenge.
    • Retro Revival – Which 8-bit version of Elite’s Thundercats was the best?
    • Perfect Ten – Ten Dreamcast titles to make your life that little bit better.
    • The Gallery – A lovely collection of Sega arcade games to drool over.
    • Retro Rated – Your latest guide to the very best downloadable classics.
    • Classifieds

    …and more!



  • Monaco Grand Prix (1999)

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    Monaco Grand Prix is a formula one racing game that was released for Windows, Nintendo 64, PlayStation and Dreamcast. It is based on the Formula One World Championship but licensing can be an awkward thing in the sports game world and this is a good example. Ubi Soft licensed the name of the Monaco track and named the game after it. However, they did not license the names of the other track so while they are also featured in the game they have different names. Also, none of the driver names nor official cars were licensed but the sponsors were.

    At any rate, the licensing doesn’t matter all that much as long as the game is good. While not spectacular, this game did received average to above average reviews. If you are a fan of the genre then you would have probably derived some fun out of this game. Improvements in technology mean that the more realistic games like this one don’t hold up as well over time though so there are better choices if you want a realistic formula one racing game.

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    However, if you do want to give this one a try, you’ll have to track down an original copy as there are no re-releases as far as I know. The PlayStation is probably the best combination of cheap and easy to find and play (at least if you have a PlayStation). The Nintendo 64 version is ok as well but you’ll probably pay more for it. The Dreamcast version got poorer reviews but admittedly I haven’t tried it.

    The above ad is from the July 1999 issue of the Official PlayStation Magazine.

    Source: Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine – Volume 2, Issue 10 – July 1999


  • Jet Set Radio (Sega Dreamcast)

    Selecting Mew, from ‘Jet Set Radio’ on the Dreamcast.

    Despite the relatively short life of the Sega Dreamcast, it had a number of unique and high quality games. Jet Set Radio, originally retitled Jet Grind Radio in North America for licensing reasons, is one of those games. While it did not sell in big numbers upon its release, it has since become a cult classic.

    Jet Set Radio had some unique features for the time. It was among the first games to use cel shading which gives the game a unique comic book or cartoon-like appearance. It was also one of the first games to feature an open world setting which was relatively difficult to do on hardware of that era. The gameplay was unique also. As the player you control one of several inline skaters/graffiti artists. Your goal is to tag all the graffiti spots in a given area before time runs out. There are obstacles of course, including police who will pursue you on foot and in tanks and helicopters (seems kind of extreme for graffiti if you ask me).

    This is very much an arcade style game with relatively simplistic controls. In theme it reminds me a bit of California Games. Though Jet Set Radio was not hugely successful initially and it isn’t really my type of game, it was certainly unique, innovative and of solid quality.

    Jet Set Radio was initially released for the Dreamcast in 2000. A Game Boy Advance version followed in 2003. High definition versions were eventually released for the PS3, Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation Vita and iOS and Android devices in 2012. This game is one that is at least worth trying. These days its probably easiest to play one of the high-def ports but the original Dreamcast version is excellent as well.