Every now and then I like to promote sites and projects that I think are beneficial to classic gamers and that enhance our experiences and old-school gamers. One of my favorite projects has been going on for a while, but I decided I need to have a special feature on here to gather more attention to it and possibly get more people involved in helping out.
What Is Retromags And Why Is It Important?
The primary goal of RetroMags is to scan classic gaming magazines into a digital form and distribute them as CBR or PDF files. So far, most of the scans have been of Nintendo Power magazines, but there are a number of other titles that have been scanned and are in the process of being scanned.
While copying and distributed previously published works may be technically a form of copyright violation, RetroMags has a firm policy of not distributing any publication that has been published within the last seven years. I’m sure if they ever recieved formal complaints from the publisher or the publisher started republishing the material, they would gladly take it down. Like other less-specialized scanning projects like the book initives at Amazon.com and Google, RetroMags is a valuable project to help spread information that was previously unavailible in digital form.
The Internet is a wonderful resource for finding all sorts of information and articles about countless video games. However, most coverage of the gaming hobby and industry on the Internet is limited to games and stories that occured prior to the late 1990’s. This was one of my primary reasons for covering the content I do here at Racketboy, but there is a wealth on information in print form that has never been made availible online.
How You Can Help
On the surface, RetroMags may just look like a place to download a bunch of magazines scans, but unfortunately most people just mooch some files and never return. However, in order for the project to truely flourish, additional help can always be used.
There are actually a number of ways you can help out this project. The most obvious solution may be to scan magazines you might have in your closet, but we realize you might not have any magazines or the time to scan them. Because of this, Phillyman has put together a system that has some flexibility in order to work with what different contributers have to offer.
Your time is the most valuable thing to this website. We are always looking for people to help us out. If you cannot afford to donate your time then we ask that you help out in any way possible. Below is a list of ways to help us out!
- Donate your old magazines (if they are in good condition)
- Help scan magazines
- Help edit the scans (crop, resize, straighten)
- Help distribute the scans
- Help seed the releases (even seeding a torrent helps)
- Help keep the forum alive and interesting (by posting topics)
- Help promote Retromags (on your blog, myspace, facebook, emulation sites)
- Help on the Retromags Wiki (uploading missing covers, listing contents)
Are You Interested or Have Questions?
If you are remotely interested in helping out with the project, I’ll do the best I can to assist you with any questions you might have and I’m sure RetroMags founder, Phillyman will be glad to join in as well. Just post your questions in the comments section below our check out the RetroMags forums for discussions there.