New "special" issue of CRASH (with tribute to Jonathan Smith)

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richl wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:36 am
@Einar Saukas - if there isn't already a category for DIGITAL would it not be a good idea to make one rather than having it categorised as PAPER? Even if there was a printed copy of this (which I'm sure XTM would be able to confirm) then I'm sure there have been (and will be) other mags and similar that are only available as PDF etc.... right?
Actually I have nothing to do with this. ZXDB doesn't even have categories for magazines. It's the SpectrumComputing site that inferred it's PAPER because it's stored as PDF.

Although I personally think this is an accurate classification. This magazine is produced as PDF but it's designed to mimic a real paper magazine. If you print it on paper yourself, you will get the same result as old magazines that were originally produced in a computer, then printed on paper for distribution.

Perhaps someone can suggest a better category than PAPER for magazines that look this way? As opposed to electronic magazines (DISK, TAPE, etc).
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Sorry, I never really know who does what and tend to just see anything on SC as part of ZXDB directly and vice versa. I only tagged you because you'd mentioned it was now official earlier in the thread.

It should be a magazine but PAPER really is misleading as presumably that implies that it was printed when it wasn't. A scanned copy of CRASH magazine would be PAPER because that's the medium it was produced and distributed on but a digital-only title can't be classed in the same way. I know you could print it out but you could also easily convert it to a video format and watch it on a TV but that wouldn't make it a DVD or Blu-ray etc... ;)

Likwise, I wouldn't expect a database such as MobyGames to classify a digital-only game as DISC when no physical version was released even if it could be released on that format a later date.

Anyway, without me banging on too much, I just thought I'd mention it because it seemed (to me) to be an inaccurate way of describing it.
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richl wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:54 pm
Sorry, I never really know who does what and tend to just see anything on SC as part of ZXDB directly and vice versa.
There's no need to apologize! I was merely pointing out that ZXDB doesn't have information to distinguish if a certain magazine currently available as JPG or PDF was scanned, or originally produced this way.

But I see your point. The term PAPER is misleading. It would be better to adopt a broader term instead.

I know that SC currently classifies magazines in 4 categories:
  • DISK: Electronic magazine in disk format.
  • TAPE: Electronic magazine in tape format.
  • TEXT: Text only magazine in plain text (TXT) format.
  • PAPER: Non-electronic magazine in JPG, PNG (an image per page) or PDF (multiple pages) format, without distinguishing if scanned or produced digitally.
Is there a more generic term for a non-electronic magazine? Perhaps it could be simply called "MAG"?
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Alright, replying to various people in order of posting:

@Vampyre
'sup master gamer! That was just another joke of course simply because you kept mentioning the Dark/Demon Soul's Games. On the other hand, by now you should have learned how to down that 'alf a lager without problems, even zx1 could do it!
Sorry, no print version from me, if you want one you have to make it yourself. Or ask Mark R Jones how he did his. I'd assume he cut the each of the double-page files into two halves in some proggy like Photoshop, then rearranged them to the typical (for 12 pages) format "1 2 11 12", "3 4 9 10", "5 6 7 8" on 3 sheets printed on both sides, then stuck the whole thing together.

@MarkRJones1979
Cheers, hope you liked the text in the Joffa tribute too (as I was kinda unsure how people would react to this weird idea of talking to a ghost). My secret regarding the colours and texture on every page looking so real is simple - I scanned original pages from various of my own Crash issues, then used Photoshop to make clean space for my own text. The Clone Stamp, layer masks and the "adding noise" filter are extremely useful! Of course there was still tons of fiddling around with pixels here and there as I didn't always keep the original page layout ...

@Einar Saukas
A sequel with the next issue being "Crap Your Sinclair"? I'm afraid someone else will have to take up that task, as I don't hold much nostalgy for that mag, I grew up with Crash from age 13 (which helped my English loads) but only saw issues of the other 2 major mags every once in a while ... just couldn't get used to their style, Crash all the way for me.

@Morkin
Read the very first post of this topic again and you'll know who he is! Couldn't really have a cover for the only Crap Smash in this issue as that's the only game that actually exists, albeit not on the Speccy.

@richl
Thanks for the praise! I spent way too much time trying to get it look like that but at least it got noticed. Mister Lie F. (as well as a few other of the World of Chit Chat members I picked as reviewers/letter authors) hasn't yet responded to this thing at all so I doubt he read it (or ever will for that matter). I'm looking forward to Pavero's reaction on here as he had the whole section of Playing Tips to himself, and his tips on ACS (from Code Basterds) helped me a lot.
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Great work!! Thanks for making this available.
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XTM wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:21 pm
Cheers, hope you liked the text in the Joffa tribute too (as I was kinda unsure how people would react to this weird idea of talking to a ghost).
i can't talk for others, of course, but i really liked it. but i love Monty Pythons, so of course i liked the interview. ;-)
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@Morkin
Read the very first post of this topic again and you'll know who he is! Couldn't really have a cover for the only Crap Smash in this issue as that's the only game that actually exists, albeit not on the Speccy.
Oh...Joffa..? Didn't recognise him... :lol:

Guess it's probably a pic I haven't seen before...
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Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:27 am
Oh...Joffa..? Didn't recognise him... :lol:

Guess it's probably a pic I haven't seen before...
Umm, no ... I'll say it again then: read the full first post of this topic.
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Gah..! OK, maybe I hadn't woken up when I read that post - I get it now..! :lol:
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I think there is wonderful. There is for the first time in my life when I have two separate pages in some magazine. :-D
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