Monday, May 11, 2009

My first magazine

I've talked occasionally about my first "professional" video games writing gig, which was for an Atari themed magazines called Page 6 (no, that's no me in the bios, that's my dad - also called John) starting back in 1987. This past weekend however, I got an email from my parents with the following "magazine" scanned in from old printouts they'd found filed away in the attic. This "Atari Micro Mag" dates back to (based on the "news" items within) just prior to the release of the ill-fated Atari 260 ST, which puts it probably around 1985. So I was (counts on fingers, toes) um...maybe 13 at the time of "publication." Judging from the bylines, it was a school project or something, as they were all guys I hung out with when I was 11, 12, 13 years old.

Anyway...here are the scans. From printouts on a "Star SG10 printer" apparently. All designed in Broderbund's Print Shop. Remember that? Fantastic program.










11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dude, that was amazing. That age is simply much more creative than I think anyone wants to recognize. I know I had written a school newspaper (there was none at the time) of at least 5 (text and images) pages for at least 6 issues using Print Shop (or perhaps Aldus Pagemaker? I don't remember, as this would have been around 1988 or so for me, when I was about 11, or 12 or so...) Anyway, yeah, awesome, and for the age, pretty decent reviews, especially considering there wasn't much reference for game reviews back then!

Thanks for posting this bit of nostalgia for old publishing as well as for old-school game enthusiasm. :)

TreyTable said...

Wow, that was a great piece of work there. Back when I was that age I would have been doing the same thing, but to a smaller audience (just me), but no computer was a problem. I now do own "BC's Quest For Tires", and that was as great review for the age of the writer.

The Beadle Machine said...

terrific stuff thanks John!

Love the simplicity of the reviews and how they just focus on gameplay elements and the last sentence or two just gives a quick opinion on graphics and sound which get so much attention these days!

I'm tempted to try and right some reviews in such a manner and see how they turn out :-)

Makes me want to go and find my old issues of CVG, Mean Machines and C64 :-)

Cheers

Jonny Beadle

Paul R said...

Hey John I haven't hassled you for quite a while but as you mentioned it first (!) is there any chance of adding your profile piece to the Page 6 site ... please? It would be really good to add something at last and you get to put some plugs in for your business sites too :) Paul

Peter G said...

Nice one... I did something like this in 1991 when i was 9... although we did ours in hand and it had pencil drawn "screen shots"... :)

Found it again a couple of years ago... hmm... wonder where I put it!?

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