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I've been reading Computer and Video Game magazine since about 1987 and back then, when they covered ALL formats including the Amstrad CPC, Spectrum, Commodore 64, Master System and NES, it was the only quality multi-format gaming publication around. But what of the recent changes? The new style, the website? I decided to check it ou myself and bought this month's issue (November 2001, which comes with a free calendar that displays a history of C&VG Magazine). Well, on the plus side, the magazine still covers as many formats as possible, has information on hundereds of games each month and the cover stories are usually well written. That, my friends, was the plus side. Now for the downers. The magazine has undergone a complete transformation from it's "hardcore" image of the late 80's/early 90's and is now more akin to "Smash Hits" than "Edge". I couldn't believe that at 20 years old, I couldn't relate to the magazine at all. Everything is aimed towards the 8 year old gameplayer. Pokemon coverage galore, the chance to win tons of sweets, promotions for 5p off a pack of Hubba Bubba etc.... Unfortunately, youth=stupidity in the writer's eyes, with reviews of uncfinished games, reviews that talk down to the reader and reviews that are made up of just plain lies. This month, we have a review of Headhunter on the Dreamcast. A game that, as far as I was aware, was canned on DC months ago. We also take a look at Smackdown 3: Just Bring It! on the Playstation 2. This preview is almost insulting. Plenty of screenshots of the title, quite a bit (a page worth) of text and a big headline across the page "Misses out on the biggest wrestling storyline of all time". The storyline they refer to is the "WWF vs The Alliance (WCW/ECW)" which has been played out in recent weeks on WWF TV. Of course, any rational person would
say that Acclaim hold the ECW licence, so THQ cannot include the ECW characters. Not C&VG. This is pretty much they only point they make in their preview, stating that because of THQ's failure to add the ECW characters, the game "already looks dated and it hasn't even been released." Crazy. In another section, C&VG invites readers to send them their useless peripherals. In this month's magazine, a reader bought a "PSX AMP" which allows him to play MP3's from a CD on his Playstation. Despite the lack of any sort of Phone Cable, LAN connection or aerial, the user assumed that this device would enable him to download MP3's from the internet. D'OH! Any normal user would take it back, but this one sent the PSX Amp to C&VG, so that they could run a circular saw through it. The fact that C&VG humoured this goon is bad enough, but running a saw through a perfectly good peripheral that does exactly what it claims it does, what's the point? Hardly gripping reading, is it? On a final note, if the "Most complete gaming coverage ever" consists of squeezing four fifty word reviews on one page, each with a single screenshot, I don't want to be a part of it, thanks.
Back in the early days of 32-bit, I used to buy Computer & Video Games. It was easily THE multiformat magazine. The magazine had been around for ages, had a semi-serious 16+ feel to it, at a bargain price of £1.50, making it available to even the poorest of gamers. But sometime in 1998... something horrible happened... a new design... a new idea... a new format. Basically what they did was change who they were writing their magazine for. They removed the brilliant Retro Ranch and highly amusing Art Gallery and started to turn "kiddie". They also raised the price. Now the magazine isn't recognisable as its former self. Unless they get their act in gear, they'll forever be on the same rank as Games Master magazine. My thoughts are - if you're a kid, great! Go buy C&VG and then run off to buy FIFA games for the rest of your life. If you're an old C&VG fan, move on. It can't be helped. Just try to remember the good times.
I have been a longtime reader of CVG, since 1995 (when I was about 9), and its one of the best multiformat gaming mags around. The quality of the reviews has improved over the years but some of the great features are missing, such as the yellow pages of CVG, Freeplay. Freeplay was an amazing part of CVG. BRING IT BACK CVG. Anyway, CVG has always brought you the best and most important news FIRST, but in recent months has began to slip. This is because developers/companies have decided not to divulge(spelling!!) as much information as they used to as the competition is now more sly and cunning. If you just want a easy-to-read, relaxed games mag, get CVG. Perfect for the young and the slightly insane older generation.... Matt Cox http://www.geocities.com/msxbox_uk/
Computer and video games is a very well laid out multi format magazine, which has just about everything you would ever want to know about the gaming world today. The main reason I bought this magazine was the layout of the front cover, which attracted me towards it. So, I took a closer look at it. After looking at it some more, I saw that it had some really good headers on it which really made me want to buy it to read some more about the subject. So, I did. The magazine was only £2.50, which is pretty cheap compared to all of the other magazines a saw, which were all around £4 and over. When I got home I sat down and made myself comfortable. I then opened the first page to see the team who put this great magazine together. In all, there were ten people including the editor. This shocked me because I looked at the magazine and thought that at least twenty people had done it, not ten. Their names were Nick, Les, Lee, Pat, Pete, Dean, Steve, Dan, Paul and Matt. I read a little about each of these people to find out what games the liked, and a bit about them selves. I learnt that they all reviewed one game and then swapped ideas to get an average percentage of the mark they was going to give a game when they reviewed it. I thought this was very fair because you get all different kinds of opinions wrapped up into one. Next there was a contents page, which was spread over two pages. It was laid out very well and I was able to find what I was looking for in a jiffy. In the contents page there are four main sections, which are, up the front, maximum fun, the cover story and reviews. Each of these sections has other sections coning off of it. They all have heaps of news and information for you to read and enjoy. After the contents page there was a section, which gives you a sneak preview of some of the brand new games that are going to be released in about a year’s time. This is great because it gives you something to look
forward to. Then there is a scoop section where the team have a small debate on a certain subject. In the issue I bought, the debate was about pirated games. The debate was very interesting and I learnt allot from it because they all explained exactly what pirated games were and what would happen to you if you were caught doing it. After the debate there was the news section, which I found very interesting to read. It tells you about all of the latest things that are happening in the gamer’s world like when the new games are coming out and most of all, when the newest console is coming out. This got me exited because I thought that I knew before anyone else. I really enjoyed the next section. It was called ‘In the shops soon’. It reviewed all of the games that are going to be out within the next couple of months. All of the reviews are spot on and are very detailed. I really like this in a magazine. Then my most favourite section of all time, the cheat’s section! It has cheats for all of the latest games on all of the consoles. This is great because some games are really hard so cheats help you to complete the. Also, once you have completed a game, it gets very boring to play again because you know what’s going to happen. So, all you have to do is use some cheats to spice up the game a little. It works trust me. After trying out some of the cheats with my old games, I moved on. The next section is where people write in for help with their games. This is good because if the cheat you want is not in the cheat section, all you have to do is send them an e-mail or a letter and they will tell you the answer in this section the following month. Then comes the master class section where every month the team walk you through a game. It is very detailed and spot on. There are also pictures so you know exactly where you are. I have used this a couple of times and it is one of the best bits in
the entire magazine. All of my friends love this section as well. Next, it is where people write in and ask various questions to the computer and video games team. The most frequent questions are about the release date of games and so on. The team do extremely well with this section. Give them a clap! Then there are the reviews. This is where the team tell you what they think about a game or games. They go into great detail and explain all of the good points in a game and all of the bad points in it as well. Things they explain are the graphics and the sound, also the game play. This is a great section and I totally trust their judgement. We are near the end of the magazine now and so far I think it’s great! On the very last page it tells you what they are going to review next month. This has made me want to buy the next issue straight away. Throughout the magazine there are lots of adverts for games and companies, which sell them. They are very good places to buy games from because I have bought some from them and they are very cheap and come very quickly in peak condition. Also there are quite a few hotlines where you can ring to get any cheats you want! But, the downside is that these numbers costs about 50p a minute. So I would not recommend them. I have done this and the phone bill went sky high. This magazine has changed over the years with new designs and I think that the one it has one is a good one for the year 2001. There is also a new part in it where you can advertise any thing you want to sell (has to be something to do with a console) which is great because some people sell really good thing at a fair prise, cheaper than the shops! I do buy other magazines but by far this has to be the best and I will never miss an issue from this day on. If you take my advice and buy it you will not be disappointed, really I mean it. thankyou for reading my opinion and i hope you e
njoyed reading it!
I first subscribed to this magazine a year ago. It was great, the reviews were about right and it was there to cover all the current platforms out there. However, all was lost when they decided to raise the prices. Month by month, the prices increased from the ridiculously low price of £1.50 to a high £2.50. I wasn't willing to pay this price anymore so I decided to quit the subscription. The free stuff you occasionally get with the magazine isn't exactly brilliant - window stickers, cheap calenders, inflatable pac-men.. and such like. Aside from all the negative points, CVG does have its positive side. The reviews are all interesting to read with great screenshots to cover them and sometimes, you get the odd piece of gaming news and facts. They even recommend what's good to get if you like a particular game. There are loads of competitions scattered throughout each issue (which probably explains the increase of the price) and there are cheap posters in each issue too. Just don't buy this magazine if you only own one games console. - it won't be worth it, unless you want to read about other platforms too.
...but only if you take into consideration what it really is. It's for kids, and it's abundantly clear throughout. Most people over 14 will probably find it condescending and mundane, or even puerile, but who cares, kids love that kind of thing. The reviews are easy to understand, clearly presented and illustrated nicely. I’m sure most of the articles would be enjoyable to the target audience, and usually there are 1 or 2 that I can appreciate. Loads of jokes, fairly up to date reviews, and not too drawn in by hype. The free gifts are fairly frequent, and brilliantly tacky, and it's got a good price (although it does seem to rise fairly often...). Note: I would only recommend it to a YOUNG friend..
Computer and video games is currently the cheapest game magazine at £2.50 and isn’t bumped up in price by a shody “Free demo CD” but contains the most and best quality content. This magazine has probably been around the longest, it was formally known as CVG. It covers all the formats and so provides coverage of the best and upcoming games. This magazine provides raw gaming information contains very accurate reviews, previews to get exited about and gaming information across the industry. This high quality publication is good if you are interested in general gaming across all formats and provides a very good read.