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#91
New Releases / Re: New Releases 01/24
Last post by zaraned - Jan 17, 2024, 05:02 AM
I love this. You know how some adults make a song and dance about how computer games/video games are for children, (some of them don't make a distinction between the two), but secretly they were the OG gamers all this time, spending all those weekend nights deep in some of that sweet, sweet Jack Nicklaus/Links/Civilization/Minesweeper/Poker action.

And now their secrecy/hypocrisy continues to this day with smartphones. They need to just own up already.
#92
New Releases / Re: New Releases 01/24
Last post by Kiwi - Jan 16, 2024, 05:25 PM
Jason submits another three issues of Australian PC Authority ...

   

#93
New Releases / Re: New Releases 01/24
Last post by kitsunebi - Jan 16, 2024, 02:36 AM
Quote from: Jason on Jan 15, 2024, 07:40 PM
Quote from: slider1983 on Jan 15, 2024, 11:19 AMI ask because the computer gaming magazines I grew up with in the 80's and 90's targeted teens. The computer magazines my dad bought targeted adults but the gaming sections meant teens were catered to.

Maybe it depends where you grew up? In Australia we got both British and American magazines, so we saw both approaches. Its interesting in that some of the Commodore forums I'm on, US readers when discussing childhood magazines talk about fondly about magazines like Compute! and INFO which to me at the time as a teenager were dreary, dull magazines aimed at adults.

The UK never really saw the console crash and most games were on home computers which attracted a slightly older audience, so most gaming magazines were aimed at teenagers rather than younger kids. ZZap and other Newsfield magazines succeeded because they were mostly written by 16-18 year olds, just like their average readers, so were very relateable.

Maybe it's because I work as a teacher, but I think my definition of what a child is may slightly differ from some people's.  Teenagers are included in that range.  Especially anyone 16 or under.  Can a child read a magazine written for adults or vice versa?  Of course.  But that doesn't change the fact that video game mags in the USA throughout the 80s and most of the 90s were aimed at children, since that was BY FAR the biggest demographic of people playing the games.  A mag written for teens (especially one written BY teens) is still a children's mag in my opinion.  There's nothing wrong with that, especially if that's the demographic the games were targeted at, so I'm not being derogatory.  Next Generation was about the only mainstream USA mag primarily about video games aimed at adults that I'm aware of (though there are probably a bunch or more recent "retro" themed mags aimed at nostalgic adults).

And I'm not talking about computer games, nor am I talking about the almost 100% different market that existed in the UK in the 80s.  All computer gaming mags in the USA were written for adults.  It was a very different market from video games. Pick up any issue of Computer Gaming World written in the 80s and tell me you can picture anyone under 40 truly enjoying it. :P 
#94
General Discussion / Re: Magazine Swap/Sell Thread
Last post by Gregorick - Jan 16, 2024, 01:25 AM
#95
New Releases / Re: New Releases 01/24
Last post by Kiwi - Jan 15, 2024, 08:26 PM
Next up from Jason are three issues of PC World (AUS)

   

#96
New Releases / Re: New Releases 01/24
Last post by Jason - Jan 15, 2024, 07:40 PM
Quote from: slider1983 on Jan 15, 2024, 11:19 AM
Quote from: kitsunebi on Jan 08, 2024, 03:48 PMIt's a magazine that reviewed NES games in the 1980s.  ALL video games in the 1980s were for children.  Thus all video game magazines from the 80s were mostly bought by children.  There's nothing to be ashamed of there.  Video games didn't really start trying to appeal to older crowds until the 32-bit era.
Especially in the USA, video games in the 80s were still considered toys.  Grownups had their PCs.  This isn't to say that adults can't enjoy children's entertainment.  But there's a big difference in the intended audience between Civilization and Mario/Sonic.
I ask because the computer gaming magazines I grew up with in the 80's and 90's targeted teens. The computer magazines my dad bought targeted adults but the gaming sections meant teens were catered to.

Maybe it depends where you grew up? In Australia we got both British and American magazines, so we saw both approaches. Its interesting in that some of the Commodore forums I'm on, US readers when discussing childhood magazines talk about fondly about magazines like Compute! and INFO which to me at the time as a teenager were dreary, dull magazines aimed at adults.

The UK never really saw the console crash and most games were on home computers which attracted a slightly older audience, so most gaming magazines were aimed at teenagers rather than younger kids. ZZap and other Newsfield magazines succeeded because they were mostly written by 16-18 year olds, just like their average readers, so were very relateable.
#97
New Releases / Re: New Releases 01/24
Last post by Kiwi - Jan 15, 2024, 06:36 PM
Jason is on fire with four issues of Australian PC Authority added to the site and more are incoming....

 
 

#98
New Releases / Re: New Releases 01/24
Last post by slider1983 - Jan 15, 2024, 11:19 AM
Quote from: kitsunebi on Jan 08, 2024, 03:48 PMIt's a magazine that reviewed NES games in the 1980s.  ALL video games in the 1980s were for children.  Thus all video game magazines from the 80s were mostly bought by children.  There's nothing to be ashamed of there.  Video games didn't really start trying to appeal to older crowds until the 32-bit era.
Especially in the USA, video games in the 80s were still considered toys.  Grownups had their PCs.  This isn't to say that adults can't enjoy children's entertainment.  But there's a big difference in the intended audience between Civilization and Mario/Sonic.
I ask because the computer gaming magazines I grew up with in the 80's and 90's targeted teens. The computer magazines my dad bought targeted adults but the gaming sections meant teens were catered to.
#99
New Releases / Re: New Releases 01/24
Last post by kitsunebi - Jan 14, 2024, 12:25 PM
Nintendo!  Gitcher Nintendo Here!!



#100
New Releases / Re: New Releases 01/24
Last post by Kiwi - Jan 13, 2024, 03:54 PM
Back from holiday and I feel more knackered then before I left  :P

I'll be updating the site with newly received files from kitsunebi tomorrow after I've got a few chores done and had a rest overnight.