Last week I came home for lunch and found a Retro Gamer sized envelope in my mailbox, which I found kind of odd because I had yet to order the latest issue.
Sure enough, the envelope contained the latest issue of Retro Gamer. Still puzzled, I began to flip through the issue. On the first page there was probably the greatest sticky note I have ever seen:
A 3.5″ diskette styled-sticky note?! That is awesome. With my excitement piqued, I followed the advice of the sticky note’s mysterious author and turned to page 24, where I was greeted with this:
A profile of the Famicom game Akira that I submitted to Retro Gamer over a year ago, beautifully rendered with a glorious selection of screen shots from the game’s phenomenal intro and my profile picture, write-up and personal details.
Retro Gamer is without a doubt my favourite magazine, and definitely the only magazine I buy religiously. Every issue is a beautifully designed and extremely well-written love letter to retro videos games. Seriously, if you are a fan of old video games pick this magazine up… you will not be sorry.
As you an imagine, appearing within the sacred pages of my favourite magazine has left me buzzing with excitement. Appearing in GamesTM (a sister magazine to Retro Gamer) was pretty amazing, but this… this will be hard to top.
What’s kind of funny about this article is that I go on about how Akira is the greatest Famicom game I’ve never played, due to the fact that it is a point and click adventure game completely in Japanese. Low and behold, just last month a patch that translates the entire game into English was finally released. Trust me, I have already ordered my reproduction cart and will give a full report here once I get through the game.
I highly suggest you start picking Retro Gamer up, because it is written for people like us; the hardcore appreciator of old video games. There isn’t much in print out there dedicated to retro games, and certainly not crafted with the love, passion, and respect that seeps from the pages of each issue of RG. Retro Gamer is published in the UK, but in the US you should be able to find it at Barnes and Noble and in Canada you can get it from Chapters. Or go online and buy direct from the publisher. Just get it. You’ll thank me the first time you flip through an issue.
I would also like to give a special thanks to Stuart Hunt, Features Editor at Retro Gamer, for sending me out a copy. Thanks!