Double post in one day, but this one’s more upbeat and more surprising to me.
I was reding RetroGames message boards, and someone asked “Does anybody have scans of old video game magazines?”. Someone provided a link to Joystick magazine scans. I cruised over and found… these scans.
The year is ’83, and it’s probably november. I’m six years old. My parents and I are at Lakeforest Mall, and we’re possibly snowed in; there was a nasty amount of snow that year. We’re sitting at a mexican restaurant waiting for our order, while I try to squint and read in the dim light… studying strategy details of games I’ve never even seen before.
The magazine was an old issue but it was the first (and pretty much one of the only) gaming mags I had ever bought. Since I was usually too short to play video games and they were hard to find, beyond the rarely visited Chuck E Cheeses, browsing this mag was like getting a nice detailed report about heaven. The weird abstract pictures they tossed in to add some art content aside from screenshots were fascinating; details on how Joust worked stunning; and in general I loved reading that thing.
When I first got into MAME, I thought back to that magazine, and really wished I still had it. I remember it had tons of strategy guides and score charts and maze patterns and things which would be damn helpful for someone trying to re-master games like Joust, Donkey Kong Jr, Tempest, etc.
Heck, you know that Q-Bert high score I got recently? This magazine issue is responsible for that, since I remembered somewhere in my 20 year old archived memory that the best tactic is to skim down the left hand side, then go //// on the bottom two rows of boxes! Same goes for my Dig-Dug skills; I wouldn’t have known that you can rapidly tap Pump to blow up monsters faster, or that you can let one deflate while blasting THROUGH it to get to a second.
Well, now I can read the same issue again. It’s come full circle. My inner child is doing cartwheels. ^_^!