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Old 06-06-2009, 04:22 PM   #51
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Well, I was sold on this mag just with the CONSOLITIS article! Never had that explained so clearly 'in print' before!

I really hop this ends up in retail stores at $3.99, so people can understand more clearly the history of PC gaming. Also,I am old enough that I worked in the PC games business back in the early-mid nineties and therefore saw the original reviews of many of the titles we look back on so fondly now!

I will most definitely be offering articles and reviews for this mag, as I have many of the classic games you carry on this site sitting on my shelves in their original packaging (see my comment on what went in the 5th Fleet box!), haven't yet seen how and where you want articles, etc sent, but I haven't looked hard yet as I just wanted to get this posted saying you are on to a great thing here and I am really hoping it goes from strength to strength!

I would make one recommendation, and that's to not call it anything to do with Abandonware. Un Dos Tries (The No.1 magazine for DOS that's free!) is a stupid title, but it takes us away from abandonware, which is not what this magazine is going to be about strictly, it's just going to be about playing older games on today's PC's and what was good or bad about them, both in themselves and compared with modern games. As long as it's title is Abandonwarish, it will only ever be a very small magazine on this site. With a more generic title, I don't see why it would not be carried by all the other abandonware and PC gaming history sites.

Search 'retro gaming' in google and you get a load on console gaming sites. The only thing on the web with regard the old DOS games, outside of abandonware sites like this, is where there are fan pages to individual games, series of games or publishers.

So despite how small and insignificant this mag is at the moment (no slight intended), it is the only magazine talking about PC gaming of the eighties and nineties!

With over 10 million DOSBox's downloaded (as of the end of 2008), there is huge potential for this magazine, and I would look at it's potential in a much more holistic way!

All I would say in closing, is with the publication of this magazine, maybe you can tweak these threads, so when reading from top to bottom of a page, and going to the next page in the thread, you do not have to manually scroll to the top of the next page to carry on reading!!!
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Old 15-06-2009, 03:42 PM   #52
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I'd even wager to say far more than just 10 million considering many people get it from other sources (including pre-packaged games) - DOSBox definitely boosted Abandonware sites. Before, there was only VDMS that was tricky to get working and had plenty of drawbacks. DOSBox did need a few years before the majority of PCs had CPUs powerful enough to run most games.

And yes, PCs and Amigas are often forgotten when it comes to retro gaming. In fact, there was a retro gaming exposition last year in Belgium. When I visited their forums and offered to bring my rare PC games to them, I got laughed at. "The PC hasn't got any worthwhile games" was the ignorant reply. Very sad but even while the organisers of the expo said I was welcome to come, I said thank you but no. If the other participants were going to be so arrogant and ignorant, I preferred to save the effort for an expo that had some real gamers instead of fanboys.
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Old 16-06-2009, 12:15 AM   #53
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Just a quick thought, I couldn't find a link anywhere on the main page to the magazine. I only came across it after going to the Help Wanted section.
I'm on the site close to everyday and haven't really noticed anything mentioning the magazine, maybe some more promotion for it would be helpfull.
Aside from that, I really enjoyed the first issue.
Looking foward to more of it.
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Old 16-06-2009, 09:47 AM   #54
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..I couldn't find a link anywhere on the main page to the magazine....

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Old 16-06-2009, 12:55 PM   #55
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Well, it's not really that visible, you expect people to give a fuck about those tabs. Wouldn't it be better with some banner or something? I think the visibility would be a lot better that way...
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Wouldn't it be better with some banner or something? I think the visibility would be a lot better that way...
That's a good point, of course there should be a banner for ABtimes.
And a banner for the search function, seems also hard to find that one.
And a banner pointing to the tutorial section, seems also hard to find that one.
And a banner to ' My settings', seems also hard to find that one.
And a banner to the FAQ section, really hard to find that one.
And a banner to .... know what, lets banner every function, sub, news, anything and everything that's on the site and forum.

BANNERS! FTW!

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Old 16-06-2009, 02:34 PM   #57
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Well, you are taking the banners thing a little too far. I mean, all those thing could be hard to find, or not, but if you need them, you better learn to find them (although the user control panel is hidden well ). But the magazine is something we want to even the casual visitor to know. Because if the magazine is only read by the same people that writes it (or by the people who read the articles on the AT forum) then why bother? We could post whatever we want in the forums and it would be the same. The magazine was meant, AFAIK, to be read by anybody, and having it in a place that the casual visitor would not see it seems to defeat that purpose...

And if you don't like banners, fine. But then propose an alternative. Or, at least, don't mock what others say. You could have said that without the mockery.
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Honestly, there is a full sub dedicated to ABtimes on the forum, not really hard to see, isn't it?

Better so?
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Well not that many people visit the forum compared to site visits so I do want some sign on the front page when the second issue comes along. Newsposts get pushed down far too quickly with all the updates.
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Ask to add an extra tab, somewhere between 'featured games' and 'my account/forum' ... ?

Listen, I don't want to say that ABtimes isn't a good initiative, it is good, really.

But you can't add banners for every important function/sub on the site/forum.
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