Friday, July 24, 2009

Retro Gamer Magazine - One of the Finest

While there has been a lot of discussion recently regarding the rise in value of print materials. Understanding that we may have written them off way too soon and, I would imagine, many people don't want to take their $400 Kindles or $500 iPhones into the john with them just to have an invisible layer of ABFM (Airborne Fecal Matter...eeewww) on their digital conduits, there are several efforts to resurrect some magazines that have gone under in recent times.

There have been other mags that had a rocky road but finally established itself and is, in my opinion, one of the finest print publications on the market in regard to the video games industry. Retro Gamer magazine, published by Imagine Publishing Ltd. in the UK, is an extraordinary piece of monthly video gaming material. Check out the look!

Retro Gamer is, quite obviously, focused on retro video games and is packed with interviews with some of the top people that created this industry. As usual with UK published mags, the publication is oversized, printed on heavy glossy stock, and is meant for collecting, not reading and discarding.

Aside from the focus on casual games, there is a tons on info on independent gaming, classic remakes, system purchasing guides, etc. Being a UK publication, it is rather pricey at $11.99 on store shelves from Barnes and Nobel and Borders. But you can find a shit-ton of wedding and home magazines for the same price in the same racks and who the hell wants those? For $12 a month, it is well worth the price of admission.

Right now, Imagine Shop is also selling the Retro Gamer DVD (2nd disk) that contains 25 digital versions of the magazine. Snap it up.

And, for the record, Retro Gamer never enters my bathroom. Leave that for US Magazine.

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