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Title: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: TrekMD on October 24, 2014, 03:24:21 AM
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I learned of a new retro magazine that will be released, called Classic Console Magazine. I've invited them to join RVG so they can answer questions about the magazine and add any more information. Here is an excerpt of what their site says:

Do you remember magazines such as GamePro and Nintendo Power? How about the Official Dreamcast Magazine or Electronic Gaming Monthly?

Well don't worry, we are here to help you!
Classic Console Magazine is written with the retro video game community in mind. There are a few classic and retro video game magazines out there, and a couple of them are fantastic publications! (We particularly like RETRO, check them out!)

However, not everyone can afford to subscribe to a magazine, and many of these are bi-monthly. The old model of pay subscriptions for print publications, whether it is a magazine or a newspaper is dying. Every month publication after publication closes up shop. Classic Console Magazine strives to be different!

Classic Console Magazine is a monthly publication, and will always be FREE to our Subscribers.

How can we offer our content for free you ask? By providing the magazine through an all-digital format.

The magazine will be available embedded on this site for view, as well as downloadable as a PDF. Read it on your iPad, Kindle or Nook.

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Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: zapiy on October 24, 2014, 07:51:29 AM
Great stuff, look forward to hearing more about this.
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: Greyfox on October 24, 2014, 09:51:09 AM
Subscribed, always here to support new fanzines, looks good so far. :113:
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: TrekMD on October 24, 2014, 13:08:14 PM
Yep, also subscribed.  Eager to see the first issue.  :)
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: zapiy on October 24, 2014, 13:32:08 PM
Yep subscribed now. :113:
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: zapiy on October 24, 2014, 20:41:27 PM
Issue one is out now and wow.. I am stunned by the quality... :113:
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: classicconsolemag on October 24, 2014, 20:46:12 PM
Hey guys! Thanks for the kind words. We are excited for the first issue, but also know that we have alot of work to do in building this thing up.

We have a dedicated group of writers and that number is growing, as we look to expand the number of pages in the magazine in future issues. We are always looking for more content, so if anyone is so inclined to write something, we would be happy to have you! I know that one thing we are sorely lacking right now is perspective from across the pond, as most of our writers including myself live in the United States.

I hope you guys enjoy, you should have your first issue in your inbox right now.

I plan on lurking around the site here and being active the best that I can, I am quite busy between the magazine, an IT business and working a day job!  :115:
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: zapiy on October 24, 2014, 20:51:12 PM
Much appreciated fella, and i am gobsmacked at how good the issue looks, considering its issue 1 and all that comes with doing something thats FREE.. Bravo from me. :113:
Title: Re: Review of the Week - Splatterhouse 2
Post by: Greyfox on October 24, 2014, 22:04:54 PM
Speaking as a graphic designer, the first issue is fantastically presented and all aspects and very polished too boot, and delighted to have signed up, I'm sure you guys will find snippets of information that may help in future issues. So I want to personally wish you guys the best of luck Classic Console Magazine :113:

Have a good one.
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: Shadowrunner on October 24, 2014, 22:08:15 PM
Got the first issue and will be reading it this weekend. Thanks :)
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: TrekMD on October 24, 2014, 23:02:58 PM
I just downloaded issue 1 and glanced through.  It looks amazing!  Can't wait to take the time to read through it.  From glancing through, I can tell Iike the content within.  :)
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: JoeMusashi on October 24, 2014, 23:12:29 PM
Just had a flick through myself also.
The layout is actually really neat and I love the old game ads, I'd like to see more of those.

Nice one!
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: classicconsolemag on October 26, 2014, 04:00:45 AM
Thanks guys! It really means a lot to myself and the whole team. We will keep working hard to make the magazine better each and every month.

We have been blown away with the reception and the response. Just a cool side note, I was looking at the list today and we already have subscribers from USA, UK, Canada, Turkey, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Poland and Belgium. This is beyond our wildest dreams and makes us very excited and will continue to drive us to become better!
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: TrekMD on October 26, 2014, 20:05:11 PM
That is awesome!  You now have an international fanbase for your magazine!  :)
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: zapiy on October 26, 2014, 20:21:34 PM
Great to hear fella. Like you say, knowing something like that must spur your on no end.
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: Simon_G on October 26, 2014, 21:10:40 PM
I've subscribed, but have no idea where to download it from....
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: TrekMD on October 26, 2014, 21:23:45 PM
Quote from: "Simon_G"
I've subscribed, but have no idea where to download it from....

You'll be getting an email with the download link.  :)
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: Simon_G on October 26, 2014, 21:31:51 PM
Awesome :)
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: classicconsolemag on October 27, 2014, 04:08:53 AM
Simon_G, you should have it in your inbox, if you don't just let me know. A couple have told me it ended up in their SPAM folder for some reason, so make sure to check there as well.
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: Simon_G on October 27, 2014, 21:33:16 PM
Got it, thanks.

Was just giggling to myself at the GraphicRiver template both you, Retro and my own mag is using lol
Title: Re: Review of the Week - Splatterhouse 2
Post by: Greyfox on October 27, 2014, 23:22:28 PM
I didn't want to mention that :113:. So I'm up for what's coming from you all, so I may release my legion of darkness to hunt you all down like the Jedi lol. Keep up the amazing work everybody.
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: classicconsolemag on October 28, 2014, 00:26:43 AM
Haha, that is awesome!  :21:

I had no idea that Retro is using that template. I knew that a few of the stylistic things looked similar. The funny part is I looked at over 40 different templates at multiple websites as well as consulted a local design firm and ultimately chose the one I did without comparing to anything else out there, just went with gut feel on it.

The choice of using a template didn't result from a lack of ability, more a lack of funds and time. We wanted to do a soft launch of the magazine and spread the word, and then we will continue to evolve. Without going the RETRO route and trying to raise funds we felt the easiest way to get off the ground was by the use of a template for now. We want to always keep it free, it is part of the model for what we are doing. That means we must keep costs to us as low as possible. Hopefully at some point we will pick up some advertising revenue once it is grown to a sufficient size to help offset our costs, at which point I can hire a graphic designer to work up some new ideas for the layout.

I simply don't have the time editing, writing, researching and advertising the magazine to worry about designing the template as well. Perhaps if we went with an every two month schedule I could do it but it was important to us to have it once a month. I think that is the best way to build a loyal audience.

Speaking of templates, Greyfox are you the one who has that gorgeous, colorful Atari magazine? Much impressed!

What kind of magazine do you have Simon_G?

Cheers guys, have a good night!
Title: Classic Console Magazine
Post by: Greyfox on October 28, 2014, 01:17:06 AM
Yes, I'm the sole designer behind the Atari Gamer Magazine, and many others, Atari ST Gamer magazine, Homebrew Heroes Magazine, Nes-Bit magazine issue 1, and all created from scratch by your truly :)

Here's a sneak peek at the cover for issue 2 of ST Gamer. Whack!!

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t34.0-12/10716215_10203406580179837_660274007_n.jpg?oh=ca0ef52537c2cf64ceeddf7abd349be0&oe=5453E88B&__gda__=1414791423_f8ca520297311888c0dbf15f2c383f9c)


Hopefully Simon will share something soon, the suspense is killing me :)

Edit: was working on my iPad here, but I have directly linked it above. Hopefully it will work now.
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: classicconsolemag on October 28, 2014, 01:19:30 AM
Am I doing something wrong? I can't see the cover.
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: TrekMD on October 28, 2014, 01:27:34 AM
Quote from: "classicconsolemag"
Am I doing something wrong? I can't see the cover.

You're not. I can't see the image either.  GF, can you check your link? 
Title: Classic console magazine
Post by: Greyfox on October 28, 2014, 01:34:34 AM
Image link was working on my iPad , but doesn't want to work here, I'll upload it properly tomorrow when I'm on the desktop. Sorry bout that :9:
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: TrekMD on October 28, 2014, 01:38:10 AM
Quote from: "Greyfox"
Image link was working on my iPad , but doesn't want to work here, I'll upload it properly tomorrow when I'm on the desktop. Sorry bout that :9:
Sometimes the mobile browsers change links.  That may be what happened.
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: Simon_G on October 28, 2014, 11:21:27 AM
Quote
Hopefully Simon will share something soon, the suspense is killing me :)
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: Greyfox on October 29, 2014, 17:22:06 PM
Image working now for that issue 2 preview  :16:
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: classicconsolemag on October 30, 2014, 00:43:12 AM
Fantastic! I love your eye for design, great artwork and layout.
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: Greyfox on October 30, 2014, 11:47:21 AM
Cheers Fella :)
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: classicconsolemag on November 10, 2014, 03:43:05 AM
Wanted to show you guys a sneak preview of Issue 2, also posted the cover on AtariAge for the guys over there. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3QJjQ ... sp=sharing (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3QJjQvQVHuDWGhRRHY4bUxMbTA/view?usp=sharing)
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: TrekMD on November 10, 2014, 03:55:26 AM
Very nice.  Looking forward to the next issue! 
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: zapiy on November 10, 2014, 10:06:48 AM
Thanks for sharing and I look forward to reading it.
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: Greyfox on November 10, 2014, 10:13:37 AM
Looking good fella :)
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: classicconsolemag on November 15, 2014, 21:58:29 PM
Thanks Greyfox, always appreciate the input from a graphic designer who has made some beautiful looking publications! I will try a couple of the suggestions you mentioned.. I am sure it will change a little in the last couple of days before the next issue is released next week. Cheers!
Title: Classic Console Magazine
Post by: Greyfox on November 16, 2014, 11:16:10 AM
No problems fella, just giving an honest opinion and suggestion to help make it the best it can be :)
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: classicconsolemag on November 24, 2014, 05:23:08 AM
Hello everyone. Just wanted to let people know that issue 2 is out and should be in your inbox if you have subscribed. For those who have not subscribed do so today and you can still get issue 2 in your inbox.

In Issue 2:
- Spotlight on Adventure Games
- Top 10 Dreamcast Games
- Gamer Memories
- Mario vs. Sonic vs. Crash Bandicoot
- A look back at the Vectrex
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: Greyfox on November 24, 2014, 11:30:47 AM
Got mine this morning, had a quick browse, looks brilliant so far and delighted you took the advice to raise the Adventure lookin away from the cover :)

Kudos for the superb work on the magazine.
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: TrekMD on November 24, 2014, 11:41:08 AM
I downloaded it last night and have it ready to be read on my tablet.  :)
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: zapiy on November 24, 2014, 12:56:57 PM
Will grab mine tonight guys and comment later.
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: Simon_G on November 25, 2014, 17:05:27 PM
Ok this is merely a critique, nothing personal, just commenting on what I see (I say see because I have not read it yet, just given it a cursory glance)...

Anyway...

Page 2 - Shift the team over by one so that Josh is in line with the editorial text.  This leaves the main image of Josh (the editor) as the only thing in that column, and will give the page a better balance while promoting Josh as the big boss.

Page 2 - Your masthead doesn't work with the grey box.  In fact, for me anyway, the masthead doesn't work at all.  I'd be looking into that for the next issue.

Page 2 - Remove the black background away from the Generation X Podcast advert and put a stroke on the bottom white text.  The contrast of the black background on the Gen X advert and the white background of the Mr Techie advert make it look much worse than it is.  You have a white background, therefore you cannot put swathes of dark colours on it, it looks, well rubbish really.

Page 4 - The CC license.  Can you not make this less red and more in tune with the rest of the mags design?  It looks totally out of place as it is.

Page 5 - I think, if you are going to do adverts from old mags, 1) They have to be relevant to the content, and 2) They have to fill the page up.  The white borders combined with the fact that the page used here is not straight, doesn't work.

Page 6 - You have an image of Bucky which fills the width of the column but the 2600 and the Classic Console image underneath it don't.  Why?  The Sonic and Mario pics are not aligned and not the same size as the supercade pic above.

Page 9 - The gap under the "Fantastic Read" and "Great Job".  Why it is there?  If you have to, flesh it out so that the white space is used.  Also the "from the forums" comments are too spaced out.

Page 10 - Saturday Supercade image.  Again blocks of colour are not working for me.  If it was me I would have removed the background, imposed the "Saturday Supercade" words onto the TV screen and then made the item 3 columns of text instead.  Also the text does not hit the bottom of the column either. 

Page 11 - Image sizes and justification.  Captions seem to be floating on the page, text is all over the place.

I'm going to stop now, I don't mean to tear it to pieces, but these are basics that need to be overcome.  Formatting this mag should be easy as the template you are using is pretty straight forward to use.

There are things you need to learn about Photoshop and InDesign if you have long term plans for this mag.  Things like basic design premise, never adding a picture if is is out of proportion (page 15!) and not using the guides within the template to align and format your content (page 26 springs to mind).  Check out current gaming mags, any mags for that matter.  Take inspiration from them and replicate the formatting in your mag. 

From what I have seen (and again I have only looked at it from a design point of view), you don't seem to have enough content to fill the pages.  I know it is a white based template, but you seem to have too much white space showing in the articles.  Either that of the formatting of the page is all wrong which may be why it looks to me the way it does.

Again, please don't see this as a personal attack.  It's most definitely a critique, but one in which I hope I have provided a few ideas you can look into for future issues.

If you want to chat about anything, or if I can give you more pointers / help in any way, please let me know.
Title: Classic Console magazine
Post by: Greyfox on November 25, 2014, 18:08:23 PM
Basing on the observations of Simon hawk eye across the magazine, as a designer I have to agree, the magazine is lacking hypernating throughout the text of the magazine Indesign actually has a feature for correcting this, images are not portioned with the text, everything in design must work in Tatum with text. Alignment issues must have to do with personal adjustments and not locked or snapped to the guides.

Like Simon, we are not here to slather the magazine, I actually really enjoy the content and believe this deserves the chance to seen both a quality read and a quality magazine. Allot of the mistakes are based on observation of what's expected in a digital publication, Simon and myself are reflecting on. So all little mistakes that can be very early ironed out. Match your images to your columns , and also use some text wrapping around objects , spacing and adjustments with require more text with hyphenate or you can manual space the text that is it all uniform like a block etc.

Regarding the photoshop skillet, I recommend if possible to have all images remastered in some form , even video screenshots, simple level corrections and colour treatments etc can go along way, all my publication that I've produced from Atari Gamer, ST Gamer and Homebrew Heroes all received remastering of the imagery inside to serperate it all previous mentions or efforts on others. If you are an adept user of photoshop this should be a breeze, if not than its open for vast improvements over time.

I also suggest that article submission should be based on a strict word count or if is the case that its too much, as an editor its your gig to make it fit not the designers, colour schemes need I believe changing throughout the magazine to serperate them from difference formats of the magazine which then can be used in the contents page to add both a nice colour scheme and create section rather than getting lost in the content.

I hope you understand the advice both Simon and myself have presented to you, this will and could really elevate the quality of the magazine.

If you need any advice yourself, all you need is but ask, you can PM me and I'll join you on Skype to give break downs on this type of thing.

All the best and already looking forward to issue 3

Grey ;)
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: Simon_G on November 25, 2014, 18:26:00 PM
Thank Grey,

I am glad that you saw my post as being constructive as opposed to being pure critism. :)
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: zapiy on November 25, 2014, 19:25:47 PM
Sorry guys but i can not disagree more with you both lol... :21: Now this depends on how your looking at things, it really does.

So this mag is free,  from fans for fans, on that note all you both have said is not really valid, are any of them designers looking for a design award?

If this was your mag GF (www.atarigamer.co.uk (http://http)) which are mags you pay for and looked like that then you would have very valid points..

What i would say though, if the guys could implament some of your input that does not cost them more time in making the mag.....DO IT, if however they would need to put more hours in i say leave it, because i will still read it lol..

Sorry guys.
Title: Classic console magazine
Post by: Greyfox on November 25, 2014, 19:47:53 PM
That's fair enough, and fully understand that its a free publication, the premise in which my input and I'm sure Simon's is or was is simple improvements that won't require intense over hauling of the magazine, text alignment and wrap around are all standard thing with in this .

The images simple need lite remastering and enhancements and correction of width and height to fit within the confounds of the magazine. I think its a swell little mag and as Zap mentions if these fixes can be implemented then do so, if not, you may consider taking a learning course in digital publications etc. but I think you get the picture none the less.

As I've said, Simon or myself , whomever you feel comfortable chatting with will give you a helping hand :)
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: classicconsolemag on November 28, 2014, 22:43:14 PM
Thanks for the feedback. Although I don't agree 100% with every point being made, there are quite a few things that have now been brought to my attention and we will work on fixing in future issues.

Not a matter of not having the knowledge, more a matter of having not used the software since college/university and becoming reacquainted with it all. Most of our staff are writers, so me, myself and I serve as the editor, graphic designer, marketing team, you name it..

I knew when we launched that some things are works in progress with the mag as I refine the process. Out of the 100's of comments from readers the only people that have brought up design issues are the ones here on this forum. Most were just happy to have a retro magazine with content more in-line with what they are looking for and for free. I have seen some of the other retro mags that exist on the internet and there are quite a few that look far far worse than Classic Console Magazine and those people are charging money!

We will get it right, we ask that folks who think it looks a little rough around the edges bare with us as we keep getting better and better.

Greyfox, I will probably hit you up with a PM at some point before the next issue comes out so I can get some feedback from you.

Thanks again to everyone who has subscribed and continues to read!
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: Simon_G on November 29, 2014, 09:52:24 AM
Can I ask, what points you did not agree with,  purely out of curiosity?

I am very surprised to hear that none of your other readers have mentioned the design issues though, and just because it is free, does not mean that you should not strive for it to be the best you can.  The things I pointed out are glaringly obvious so I am shocked no-one else has mentioned them.

The template you are using is designed to be easy to use, I know this as I have the same template, it's just a shame you are not using it to its full potential at the moment.  Like I said if you need any help with it feel free to tap me up.
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: JoeMusashi on November 29, 2014, 14:52:01 PM
Quote from: "Simon_G"
Can I ask, what points you did not agree with,  purely out of curiosity?

Does it matter? The guys pretty much just said he's taken the points on board.
Sure you're points may be valid but my advice would be to stick them in a PM if you're going to make more than 2-3 points. Nobody really wants criticism heaped on them, no matter how constructive.

I'm sure you're not meaning to come across as so presumptuous that you don't think the editor knows what he's doing, but thats how you appear. To me anyway.
Its difficult to gauge emotional intention from forum posts.

Also, these offers of help sound very condescending.

I'm not trying to bait any arguments, I'm just trying to add an opinion to how this thread is panning out.
Plus I'm a grumpy old sod...
Title: Classic console magazine
Post by: Greyfox on November 29, 2014, 19:24:56 PM
CLassicConsole Magazine has mentioned he is now fully aware of the things that need addressing and we should wait until the next great issue emerges and hopefully it will be even better than the last, at all stages of producing a magazine is a learning curve no matter how much experience you may have, something always takes a turn in some form or another, this is just the way shit goes with these type of things, plus we have the factor of individuality that you can't please everyone all of the time, that's just people, their wrong mine lol, but that's the facts and if some people who have had some sort of experience and have a eagle eye to spot issues, then I agree that they should mention it, its the only real way to improve and make it the best it can be.

My suggestions would that they get a few people to look at the magazine before going to press on their personal feedback and make sure to point out any mistakes or things not fitting right etc. before hand.

@Joe I don't think Simon was or had intention of been presumious, he's like me in that manner, wants to try and explain these simple mistakes can be avoided and ironed out, which can be to others and the people themselves involved in such work, make a serious effort to deliver a great little production to the community spend a lot of there free time doing it only to have it take apart with clerical errors on design and layouts etc, and I apolize to them if this has what it appears to have been seen as, that was never my intention and I'm very sure not to Simons either, we have both attempt to bring it to the attention of them guys behind this wonderful little nudge of retro goodness and we are only here to help, and at no time does anybody need to be sensitive to what we are saying, well me, I've 5 mags under my belt boo.. Lol. No been straight forward is always the be policy in my books, humouring people for something that can exceptional wont flag here, well not by me.

Both Simon and myself have offered an open hand and friendship to help them out, and will do all I can to help them with. And see these god dam templates.. Make sure own you bunch of slackers.. :21:
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: Simon_G on November 29, 2014, 20:46:31 PM
^^^^ This.

Could not have said it better myself Grey :)
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: TrekMD on November 30, 2014, 04:06:17 AM
Well, I finally had the chance to read the first and second issues.  I must say that I love the content of the magazine.  It is a true retro magazine!  The Dreamcast article touches on some of the important aspects of the console.  Given that I just got a Dreamcast, it was a good read for me.  I may be 15 years late to get it, but I now know why it was such a great console.  :)  I also remember many of the ads you included!  That Mario Bros ad for the Atari systems showed up in magazines and comic books.  I also loved the Vectrex article.  That is another favorite system of mine and, to this day, it remains a very unique system.  :)

I have to agree with the constructive feedback regarding layout of the magazine.  I know nothing about how to lay out a magazine but I can see that there is room for improvement in terms of alignment of the text and images.  I'd recommend using full justification for the text also, as that gives it a more professional look. I'd also recommend avoiding doing what you did with page 31 in issue 2 (the Vectrex article).  I skipped to the text in the white area of the page thinking the grey box was for a sideline article on the Vectrex, not part of the main article.  The contrast between the gray and black text also made it hard to read. 

In any case,as far as I'm concerned none of this stuff is an Earth-shattering issue but it is still of importance.  I'm sure this is stuff you'll be able to address as you get more experience as you create future issues.

So, keep up the good work!  I look forward to more issues of Classic Console Magazine!
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: classicconsolemag on December 09, 2014, 01:26:47 AM
Hey guys,

Just wanted to give a preview of what is coming in the soon to be released issue this month!

GreyFox, as soon as I get the rest of the magazine together in the next few days, I will send you a PM and let you take an early look at it. I am interested in your feedback before it gets released to our subscribers list.

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a225/tinkerbell9565/issue3coversmall.jpg)
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: TrekMD on December 09, 2014, 01:34:11 AM
Fantastic!  Looking forward to the next issue! 
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: Shadowrunner on December 09, 2014, 03:42:53 AM
Love that cover! I'm also really looking forward to it :)
Title: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: zapiy on December 09, 2014, 09:13:07 AM
Love that cover also. Can't wait to read this.

Any chance you could feature the Playstation Kickstarter in there as a favour to me. Will owe you one.

Thanks.
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: Greyfox on December 09, 2014, 11:42:20 AM
Quote from: "classicconsolemag"
GreyFox, as soon as I get the rest of the magazine together in the next few days, I will send you a PM and let you take an early look at it. I am interested in your feedback before it gets released to our subscribers list.

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a225/tinkerbell9565/issue3coversmall.jpg)

Firstly the cover looks great fella :)
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: classicconsolemag on December 10, 2014, 01:35:50 AM
Thanks everyone! Zapiy, which kickstarter are you referring to? The GameChanger documentary? I would be glad to include it in the article!
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: JoeMusashi on December 10, 2014, 08:21:30 AM
Looking forward to the Street Fighter II article.
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: zapiy on December 10, 2014, 08:24:03 AM
Yes mate that's the one. Cheers.
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: Greyfox on January 05, 2015, 12:47:30 PM
Wasn't this due today?! Seems it might of been delayed, hope its out soon, looking forward to it :)
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: classicconsolemag on January 07, 2015, 05:40:58 AM
Hey everyone, you should have the new issue in your inbox by now. We went through a series of delays which ultimately resulted in it being delayed until January. Basically, we outgrew the service we were using for hosting the magazine already and were faced with the prospect of possibly shutting down the whole thing.

I figured out a way to host it using a different service and now all seems to be well (I hope)

There should no longer be any delays going forward and the magazine should now be expected to be out at the beginning of each month.

Also one little note, the Street Fighter II article will actually print in February's issue, I apologize for making those looking forward to that wait another month.

I know we still have room for improvement and we will keep getting better. I had too many issues that I couldn't sort out with the template we were using, it just wasn't giving me the look and feel I was striving for. We went a little simple with this issue and it will get more elaborate as time goes on, but basically we made our own templates for things from scratch, which was also a time intensive process, so we kept it real simple this month.

Greyfox, I apologize that I didn't get it to you sooner to get some feedback from you. With all the delays this really came down to the wire. I would love for you to send me off a PM and we can chat about the layout and stuff.

Thanks guys hope everyone enjoys reading it! We had a couple new contributors this month and already have one more writer lined up for next month, the team is getting bigger and bigger!
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Post by: Greyfox on January 07, 2015, 10:47:02 AM
I will of course send over a PM when I've had a proper look at this months issue, so far it's looking good :)
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Post by: TrekMD on January 07, 2015, 11:41:37 AM
I have the email with the latest issue in my inbox.  Looking forward to reading it!  ;) 
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Post by: Shadowrunner on January 07, 2015, 14:57:50 PM
Just got it this morning :113:
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Post by: classicconsolemag on January 08, 2015, 02:38:50 AM
Haha date is fixed on future copies of the magazine now. Corrected it and uploaded new version to server this morning. We had 4 different people proofread the issue, I can't believe not a single person caught the year was wrong.. oh well.
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Post by: TrekMD on January 08, 2015, 03:41:03 AM
Quote from: "classicconsolemag"
Haha date is fixed on future copies of the magazine now. Corrected it and uploaded new version to server this morning. We had 4 different people proofread the issue, I can't believe not a single person caught the year was wrong.. oh well.
Hey, it's a very common error when the year changes.  Not a biggie.  I have had to correct myself several times already!  :)
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Post by: zapiy on January 27, 2015, 20:31:04 PM
I noticed the Ross Sillifant interview. How did that come about fella lol?


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Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: classicconsolemag on January 27, 2015, 22:52:38 PM
Some fine gent here recommended for him to speak to me. I believe it was Greyfox. I am happy to say that Ross' interviews will be featured in many issues to come!

Check out the new logo!
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Post by: TrekMD on January 27, 2015, 23:17:25 PM
Nice logo!
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Post by: zapiy on January 28, 2015, 07:47:01 AM
I knew it had to be lol. Nice one logo too fella.
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Post by: Greyfox on January 28, 2015, 07:50:23 AM
Quote from: "zapiy"
I noticed the Ross Sillifant interview. How did that come about fella?

That was me Zap, with Ross's interviews going down a storm in the community, I suggested that if possible, would be great in a digital publication and got in contact with Josh and would make for great content in their magazine. So very happy to see it in there, the interviews have been great.

So its great to read our exclusive interviews here on RvG and somebody else's in a digital mag.

[member=5343]classicconsolemag[/member] love the logo guys, very suiting to the magazine. Top work  :113:
Title: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: zapiy on January 28, 2015, 15:43:31 PM
Agent @greyfox lol. It was a great interview.


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Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: zapiy on May 19, 2015, 18:42:58 PM
How is the mag coming along?

Still going?
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Post by: classicconsolemag on May 19, 2015, 20:07:22 PM
Indeed the magazine is still going. We hit a rough patch as many independent fan based publications I have discovered do. Personally I was dealing with some health concerns and the beginnings of a new career move which unfortunately took the vast majority of my time.

But, we are proceeding onward and upward. We are literally days away from the next issue being released and as I promised to our friends on social media we will be doing an issue every month from here on out, no delays, no postponements.

Part of what I have realized is that in order to make this happen, I need to outsource some of the work, which I have begun to do. Thanks everybody for hanging in there with us, and I guarantee the best is yet to come!
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Post by: TrekMD on May 19, 2015, 22:55:41 PM
Excellent!  Thanks for the update!
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Post by: zapiy on May 20, 2015, 09:24:01 AM
Great to hear fella. Look forward to the next issue then.
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Post by: TrekMD on June 06, 2015, 02:54:15 AM
The next issue is out, issue 5! I've downloaded it and checking it out. If you're wondering what's on it, check out the cover...

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Post by: zapiy on June 07, 2015, 21:16:35 PM
What a flipping awesome issue..

Bravo guys. :113:
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Post by: TrekMD on June 07, 2015, 21:33:39 PM
I haven't finished reading the issue yet but this certainly is the best issue out so far.  Significant improvements in layout!  The content is very good, as always.  :)
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Post by: zapiy on June 07, 2015, 21:35:35 PM
Agreed fella.
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Post by: Greyfox on June 07, 2015, 22:08:05 PM
Yes the magazine has drastically improved over the last few issues they must of had a chat with an expert of some kind, advising them on the traps and tribulations of presenting a publication and helped them chase away the nasty paper gremlins :3:

Great issue, especially the Simon Butler interview, I love the questions Ross comes up with, when getting these interviews, great stuff, I still have lots more to get stuck into, a great read indeed.
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Post by: TrekMD on August 05, 2015, 23:46:47 PM
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[align=center:3krj06hk][size=120]Just to let you know Issue 6 is now out for subscribers (it's FREE to subscribe, as is the magazine itself in PDF form):

http://classicconsolemag.weebly.com/ (http://classicconsolemag.weebly.com/)

This months issue features the interview provided by Lost Dragon with Ex-Argonaut Coder 'Nic Cusworth' (Croc, Creature Shock, Vortex etc) and we chat about these and Nic's later projects and Lost Games. Plus the fantastic Guide to collecting Retro games from Thomas Spychalski.[/size][/align:3krj06hk]
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: zapiy on August 06, 2015, 07:25:54 AM
Another great issue as far as i am concerned.  :113:
Title: Re: CLASSIC CONSOLE MAGAZINE
Post by: TrekMD on March 27, 2016, 22:13:03 PM
Hey guys, I got this update today.  Just wanted to share it...

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[size=150]A Special Message to Our Loyal Readers.[/size]
Dear Classic Console Magazine Readers,

We are so excited for this upcoming week as it marks a new beginning for the magazine and some exciting changes. We don't want to give away what those all are quite yet, but know that we will still be bringing you amazing retro gaming coverage as we did all of 2015 plus some additional amazing content that will bring back those warm and fuzzy memories from your childhood.

We think that you will all enjoy what is about to happen and look forward to sharing everything with you in the coming days.

As promised, the finishing touches have been put on the first new issue of 2016 and you will be receiving it over the next couple days in your inbox, so keep checking for it!

I want to personally thank everyone for their continued support as we retooled everything and got ready for the big relaunch this year. I guarantee we will be more consistent and have a magazine out on a regular schedule that you will be proud to read and share with your family and friends!

Sincerely,
Josh LaFrance
Editor-In-Chief
Classic Console Magazine