Old School Gamer Magazine Review

Last week, I pulled into the drive way from work and upon reaching into the mail box I found myself holding a very pleasant surprise: A printed copy of the very first issue of Old School Gamer Magazine! I stood under the dim street light that stands over my mail box and smiled as Mega Man, Mario, Ryu, Alucard and other characters from my gaming past on the cover welcomed me home. This was a nostalgic feeling I hadn’t felt since 1992, a year where monthly Nintendo Power issues would arrive at the house and make any bad day instantly better.

Of course, any magazine can have an amazing cover and layout; but if the content is not worth reading, it won’t last very long. In today’s age of a printed magazine being a rare thing, those  rags with less then stellar content have come and gone all while trying to cover classic video gaming. Thankfully, Old School Gamer’s debut issue does not have this problem. It has the great, diverse content that matches its spectacular cover and layout. From the beginning of the magazine, you’ll take a trip to a game expo, video game museum, hear tales of gaming preservation from Walter Day and even take a trip to one of America’s greatest arcades: Galloping Ghost. Sound interesting? That’s only half of the magazine!

The ever present feeling of Old School Gamer Magazine is that its intent is to spread the word of video game history, not just by simply reviewing old games; but by exploring the industry’s creators and the mark that video gaming has created since its inception. In order to keep the magazine’s primary objective in place, Ryan Burger; the publisher behind the magazine has assembled an advisory board that will help keep the ship on course for its journey. Ryan didn’t assemble this board by pulling random names out of a hat, instead he’s put together an all star team. If names like Doc Mack, Dan Loosen, Billy Mitchell and Walter Day don’t mean anything to you, I suggest googling their names after reading this article to see just what they have done to preserve and maintain classic gaming overall.

So does Old School Gamer have a future? In terms on content and design, absolutely! That’s only half the battle though. In order for the magazine to develop and grow; it has to have a fan base. I’m certainly interested enough to place an order for the physical magazine each time its released on a 6 issue a year basis. I hope others who received a physical issue feel the same way. If you’d like to check out a digital issue to see if its something you’d like to subscribe to, you can do so by going to: https://www.oldschoolgamermagazine.com/. Most importantly though, take the quick 60 seconds and spread the word about the magazine. I’m certainly going to.

Other info:

Old School Gamer Magazine Patreon Page.

Sunset Riders Vinyl Soundtrack

I decided to pick up the Sunset Riders soundtrack, despite not having much of a background with the game because the samples I heard instantly reminded me of those days playing 80s/90s Konami arcade classics. Konami really had a distinct sound with their arcade game releases and that is evident in this soundtrack. Check out the video above to hear it!

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A1 Men Of The Wilderness
A2 Now The Time To Depart Has Come
A3 Wanted!
A4 Shoot-Out At The Sunset Ranch
A5 I Will Run And Face Tomorrow
A6 Fight Bravely
A7 The Beautiful Setting Sun
A8 Amae Mo Kore Made Dai
A9 Take The Sun From The Traveller!
B1 Sui Ttobashite Yarui
B2 Kata O Tsukeyou Zei
B3 Farewell From A Friend
B4 Kill!
B5 Kono Zako Yaroui
B6 Splendid Flower Petal
B7 Quick Draw
B8 Save My Partner
B9 I Dance To The Morning
B10 Escape
B11 Yuppie!
B12 Sorrowful Continue
B13 You Will Die Here
B14 Gazin At A Star
B15 Great Victory

DATA013: Metal Slug! Metal Slug Music comes to vinyl!

DATA013: METAL SLUG

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with SNK Corporation. Over the past year, we have been working closely with the SNK team in Japan to develop an exclusive release for what is perhaps their most iconic franchise: METAL SLUG.

The vinyl release features the complete music from the first entry in the series (Metal Slug: Super Vehicle-001), composed by Takushi Hiyamuta in 1996. Working in collaboration with the SNK Sound Team, the audio was sourced from a NEOGEO development kit in Japan and then mastered at our in-house studio in London. The release is packaged in a gatefold sleeve with accompanying double-sided lithographic insert, featuring rare artwork from the Japanese archives and a special translucent OBI strip with fluorescent Pantone print. A download code for the digital album in both lossy and lossless formats will also be included.

This release is available in the following editions:

  • 180g Tri-Colour Stripe with White Splatter (Limited Edition) – £20.99
  • 180g Opaque Yellow – £19.99
  • 180g Classic Black – £19.99
Available from SATURDAY 7th OCTOBER at data-discs.com

Note: this is a pre-order item. All copies will ship by the end of November.

Audio samples can be found HERE