Article by Nick Vlamakis (Email) March 7th 2012, 12:14PM
This week's podcast is well worth the wait. We are joined once again by Jonathan Hurtado and Corey Coleman to discuss great video game magazines and Web sites, past and present. We also talk at length about how different outlets handle reviews and whether scores like 88/100 make sense. Some of the topics we touch on include:
The pre-NES era is a footnote
The Nintendo Fun Club News, starring Howard Phillips and . . . Eric Manch?
Nintendo Power, with free Dragon Warrior cartridge
Articles as ads
The Nintendo Hotline helps Nick impress Athena
Getting the shaft from the game counselors
When gaming information was actually scarce
GamePro, not just for kids, but - yeah - mostly for kids
The biggest fighting game rivalry of the 90s: Scary Larry versus Slasher Quan
GamePro's sweet Street Fighter II strategy guide
There was an Elevator Action 2?
ProTip: Use the controller to move your character
EGM is orange juice to GamePro's apple juice
Real game mags have at least two hundred pages
EGM2 rides the wave
Shen Long as a playable character and other EGM April Fools' pranks
"LamePro" fails to entertain
Seanbaby, however, excels at entertaining - but no cue cards, please
Ultra Game Players - two steps above "LamePro"
Diehard GameFan - the store and the magazine
One of us doesn't really get the GameFan thing
The GameGo supernova (blam!)
Jonathan remembers Hardcore Gamer like some people remember a mugging
Gamers' Republic - all Flash and no go?
Next Generation Magazine - great at industry coverage, bad at predictions
Mzo's sheltered from naughty books
Does anyone read The Escapist?
Banned from the Penny Arcade forums, twice
NeoGAF's version of a gaming forum
GameCritics' version of a review site
What the heck happened to Tom Chick?
The demise of Daily Radar
Other bookmarks - plus, comments so bad, you have to look
Niche versus general sites
Getting around without reviews
The madness of review scores
How much should a reviewer take his audience into account?
Starting out in Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect
The Making of Prince of Persia by Jordan Mechner
The Circle Pad Pro brings improvements to the 3DS
Playing Alan Wake
Identity crisis in The Darkness II
Does PaRappa really recognize a good freestyle rap?