RETRO Magazine: New Classic Gaming Publication In The Works

RETRO-Magazine-KickstarterShould you feel the need for another regular publication on our gaming past, you're in luck! RETRO magazine has just landed on Kickstarter with the aim of providing classic gamers an all new angle on gaming in print. Although yet to be funded, this future read is already proving to be quite the asset to the community with countless iconic writers and gaming personalities joining the cause.

This ambitious project is from the brains behind the independent video game auction site GameGavel, Mike Kennedy. Aiming to raise $50,000 with a few weeks left, Kennedy is promising gamers an awful lot very early on.

Retronaut's Jeremy Parish and Wired's Chris Kohler are set to make prominent appearances within the publication's pages, along with the likes of Kat Bailey, Seanbaby and many other gaming celebrities. Furthermore, if the pitch is anything to go by, RETRO looks set to feature stunning design to compliment the content within.

About RETRO Magazine

WELCOME TO RETRO: Do you long for the great video gaming magazines from back in the day? Magazines with some heart and soul, and not all the big media fluff? We thought so and that is why video game auction site and the podcast are teaming up with some of the most popular and influential gaming journalists and personalities from the past three decades and introducing a new high quality, feature rich, video gaming magazine that will harken back to the amazing magazines from the 80's, 90's and early 2000's.

RETRO will be a magazine you will want to own and keep forever as part of your gaming collections. RETRO will be offered in BOTH digital and print editions and published bi-monthly starting January 2014. Backers will receive the Premier Issue this December! Each issue will be a minimum of 52-pages, utilize a maximum of 4-pages of ads and will feature high quality gloss print and thick stock cover. And ALL PRINT subscriptions will include the digital enhanced versions free!

WHY "RETRO"? Don't let the name RETRO fool you. It was meant to be a double entendre meaning we are bringing back a Retro style magazine with the heart and soul of past magazines AND will feature both Retro and current generation gaming content, news, exclusive interviews, reviews, top tens, guides, PC and a whole bunch more! RETRO will be feature driven with less emphasis on game previews and reviews.

RETRO Magazine Kickstarter

Link: RETRO Magazine on Kickstarter

Last Updated ( 18 October 2013 )  


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(Link to this comment) misterbiglee 2013-10-19 15:21
I take it this is going to be a U.S based publication ? so retro gamer hasn't got no competition on this
(Link to this comment) NES4Life 2013-10-19 16:25
They will do international postage to the UK but it's probably not 'viable' for most of us. Retro gamer is good enough for me - always enjoy it.
(Link to this comment) kinogomes 2013-10-19 18:35
If appears a new retro magazine for me its good, as long as retro gamer doesnt close doors!!
(Link to this comment) tcdev 2013-10-20 12:39
I've got every issue of Retro Gamer from #2 now, and read it from cover-to-cover every month, but lately I've considered cancelling my subscription. As an Aussie, I've always found it way too UK-centric and to be honest, I'm pretty sick of reading references to the same machines, same software and (especially) same authors over and over again. I also don't consider iPhone games 'retro', regardless of whether they "play like" an 80's game. And a magazine that rarely even mentions Apples and TRS-80's is hardly a well-rounded magazine...
(Link to this comment) GMass 2013-10-20 15:37
It is a UK based magazine. That's the trouble with a limited topic area - you do end up running over the same ground. I think Strider even said it himself that they got complaints regarding similar material - that the topics concerned were in magazines five years apart meant little.
(Link to this comment) tcdev 2013-10-21 11:58
I think you just convinced me to cancel my subscription. In truth I'm still reading Issue #73 atm, so I'm quite a ways behind anyway. I do get that it's a UK-based magazine, but in this day and age why should that matter at all? Even here in Australia with practically no history of retro game development to speak of, I'm sure someone could do better to include foreign content.

I can't help but thinking that every UK game of note written before 2000 has been covered. Twice.

And if I ever hear mention of the Pickford brothers or the Oliver twins again, it'll be too soon!
(Link to this comment) tcdev 2013-10-21 12:10
Something else that I'd like to get off my chest... and wondering about other opinions.

Having never owned a Spectrum (or C64) back in the day, curiosity finally got the better of me one night and I decided to see why the authors continuously wet themselves over and over again over the likes of Manic Miner, Jet Set Willy, Head Over Heels etc. So with great expectations I fired up a few emulators... (to give you my perspective, I grew up with TRS-80's and loved them!)

Now I get that there's the whole 'rose-tinted glasses' factor when looking back at games from our youth, but I couldn't get over how absolutely, undeniably, terrible these games were! I'm well aware that more 'romantic' language is used to describe shit gameplay, such as 'unforgiving' and 'pixel-perfect' but really, these games sucked hairy dogs balls IMHO.

And you could be forgiven for thinking that Matthew Smith had cured cancer...
(Link to this comment) Wheezy1892 2013-10-21 17:49
I think its healthy to have competition, retro gamer is a great publication and I am a subscriber, but tcdev raises a good point. My only gripe is there should be more focus on the games and less about the developers.

Perhaps there is window to collate articles fans on this site have written and produce something written by fans for fans from a diverse group and Australians can have there perspective with other countries as well.

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