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#1
New Releases / Re: New Releases 04/24
Last post by Kiwi - Apr 12, 2024, 07:35 PM
Thanks to Jason four more issues of Australian PC User are now available. One has a water damaged cover but is better than nothing until such time as we can source a better copy.

  

#2
New Releases / Re: New Releases 04/24
Last post by Kiwi - Apr 10, 2024, 07:23 PM
Jason scanned six PC World (AUS) issues which have now been added to the site.

   
   

#3
General Discussion / Re: Anybody else out there
Last post by kitsunebi - Apr 09, 2024, 09:36 PM
Entertainment mags about movies and the like aren't much different from other disposable mags like Cosmopolitan or GQ or what have you.  They're disposable entertainment, best for reading during long waits at the dentist, on long flights, or on long sits on the toilet NO DON'T DO THAT THE HEMORRHOIDS! THE HEMORRHOIDS!!!

I don't know exactly what it is about gaming mags that makes them seem like something you should keep, but I've got a few theories.  First, a lot of the mags I had as a kid were full of maps and codes and the like.  Maybe you owned those games, so keeping the mags around as a reference was a good idea.  Or maybe you didn't own those games, but hoped that one day you would, so again, keeping the mags was an investment in your future. 

Another useful aspect, particularly pre-Internet, was as their use as a buyer's guide.  Months or even years after the mag was off the shelves, it could still be used as a reference to help decide what games to buy, since games were typically available in stores for much longer than a single month.  So sure, once a game was old news, the different "preview" features wouldn't have much value, but the reviews still would.

And keeping PC gaming mags would often pay off big years later.  Speaking as someone who grew up during the "rapid leaps and bounds" era of PC gaming, any given PC was likely only going to run the latest games for a year or two before becoming completely obsolete, and an upgrade wasn't as simple as buying a new GPU, since back then the entire format of gaming hardware would often change.  Getting games to run was more often than not a matter of what hardware needed replacing.  WHAT?  I need a processor with how many megahertz?  Hold on, you're telling me my recently-upgraded 640k of RAM isn't good enough anymore??  My EGA monitor is useless now?  I just replaced my dual 5.25" drives for 3.5" drives and now you're telling me I need a CD-ROM drive?  AND A HARD DISK, TOO???? AAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

So anyway, whenever you DID upgrade/buy a new PC, you could then look at all of your back issues of PC gaming mags, and suddenly all those games you used to drool over but couldn't run were now within grasp, and better yet, already in the discount bin since they were no longer new.  Your old mags would become new again!
#4
General Discussion / Re: Anybody else out there
Last post by slider1983 - Apr 08, 2024, 09:43 AM
Quote from: Jason on Apr 03, 2024, 09:25 PMI also used to subscribe to mags like SciFi Now and SFX but they never seemed to be something I wanted to hang on to.
I have an SFX Star Trek Special I'm trying to get rid of on Ebay but finding it difficult to shift. Hopefully someone will pick it up eventually.
#5
New Releases / Re: New Releases 04/24
Last post by Kiwi - Apr 07, 2024, 01:23 PM
Jason gives us another eight issues of Australian PC Authority, these being the last of his collection of these (barring any stragglers he happens to find) so we have almost a complete collection (according to him the last issue was #251 by the sound of it)

     
     

#6
New Releases / Re: New Releases 04/24
Last post by Kiwi - Apr 06, 2024, 07:09 PM
Issues 214 - 219 of Australian PC Authority are now available.

   
   

#7
New Releases / Re: New Releases 04/24
Last post by Kiwi - Apr 06, 2024, 11:09 AM
Another half-dozen have been added to the site...

   
   

#8
New Releases / Re: New Releases 04/24
Last post by Kiwi - Apr 06, 2024, 08:41 AM
Jason continues scanning like a banshee to get the remaining issues of Australian PC Authority scanned and into the recycling. Here are another six issues (#202 - 207)

   
   
#9
New Releases / Re: New Releases 04/24
Last post by zaraned - Apr 06, 2024, 02:45 AM
Quote from: Kiwi on Apr 05, 2024, 04:59 PMGregorick adds PSW (UK) issues 17 and 22 to our collection

 



Ah yes Tekken 4. A title which nailed the 'Digital Apocalypse' aesthetic of the early 2000s. Simple user interface, DNB, trance, electronica. Dark edgy storylines. Focus on cool, scary technology. We need to go back people.

See also Metal Gear Solid 2 Ace Combat 4, Ridge Racer 5, Zone Of The Enders, Tomb Raider AOD, Armored Core etc.

#10
New Releases / Re: New Releases 04/24
Last post by Kiwi - Apr 05, 2024, 08:34 PM
Another twelve issues of Australian PC Authority have been added to the site.....