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    Genesis Help Preserving SEGA MegaZone Magazine Project

    Hey everyone!

    Obviously this place is filled with retro gaming fans of the 8bit & 16bit console era otherwise many of these great fan games and preservation projects here wouldn't be happening haha! However if some of you are Australian, you have a good retro gaming mate whoís an Aussie, or you know a retro gaming influencer with Aus fans then maybe you can help with this preservation project.

    Iíve been working with others to try and digitally preserve copies of a great old late 80s early 90s Australian video game electronics magazine called MegaZone that covered PC & Amiga (with a particular focus on point & click adventures), Atari, Nintendo and a lots of SEGA stuff (it eventually became SEGA only in its final years).

    At this point in time 46 of the 56 issues have been found and scanned by various collectors and myself leaving 10 issues still missing, all from the magazines earliest years. Many of the magazines found are missing their posters and some occasionally had supplement mini books that may be missing too. Weíre also trying to digitize any MegaZone TV commercials out there on old VHS video cassettes as we have rescued 2 but know there are more (I remember seeing more as a kid).

    More info about what MegaZone is and how people can help here:
    https://blakessanctum.wordpress.com/...eds-your-help/


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    Since starting this there's been 2 updates. To get things caught up here's the first one from late last year...

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    Small update guys.. finally my efforts have netted a new find. A fellow named Colin contacted me over email and informed me that he has two MegaComp issues (pre-MegaZone Issue 2 and 4) and the first MegaZone along with several more early issues from 1990 (Issue 5 and what we believe is Issue 7 and 9). He's sent me pictures of all the covers however so far he's only scanned one mag for me and I haven't heard from him for a while since sadly so fingers crossed he does the others eventually. That one mag was MegaComp Issue 2 and sure enough it mentions the name change from MegaCom (Issue 1) which confirms the NLA records. The scan is not of the best quality but beggars can't be choosers so I've added it to The MegaZone Archive !



    Another fellow recently posted a comment in one of my other threads about this search claiming that Issue 56 was not really the last one and that a few months later another issue appeared and that a letter he wrote to them was in it. I find that hard to believe as Issue 56 clearly states that it's the last plus I was a subscriber and the only thing I got sent to me from them after Issue 56 was a cheque in the mail refunding me the rest of my subscription lol!

    On and yet another fellow sent me pictures of some sort of Sega bucket (called Mega Booster Pak) promotion that was associated with MegaZone. I can't see the word MegaZone written on them anywhere so I'm not sure about adding them to the archive at this stage. Maybe they were more of a Sega Club thing?

    And finally I also saw some more little supplementary 'Mini Megazone' fold out booklets (similar to my one pictured below) on ebay recently. However the seller wanted 80 bucks EACH for them though so no one bought them. :/ In the end I just took his pictures from the sale, maybe I'll fashion them into something for the archives.

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    And here's the latest one from a few months ago.

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    Hi guys! Time for another update as weíve had some great new developments on the SEGA MegaZone Preservation Archive Project! Unfortunately Colin is having some problems with his scanner so I still donít have all the issues he offered however others have come forward and Iíve been able to score some big additions to the The MegaZone Archive!

    First Iíve gotta start with the best one. Big thanks to Minuous over at the English Amiga Boards for letting me know plus David & his friends over at DLHís Commodore Archive for uploading the file and giving me permission to copy, because I HAVE OBTAINED ISSUE 1! Yes really, the first issue from the late 1980s that started it all! And sure enough as suspected issue 1 was called MegaCom without the P on the end (before it was changed to MegaComp and then MegaZone).


    Iíve also been contacted by Mick Elliot who had the super rare Issue 4 of MegaComp (the final issue before the name change to MegaZone) and kindly offered to scan it for me. This means we now have every issue before the name change to MegaZone except Issue 3. Fingers crossed we score that one one day too!


    Then I got lucky on ebay when I saw someone was selling a massive collection of MegaZones and I noticed 2 of them I didnít have in my physical collection, Issue 9 and Issue 22. So I contacted the seller and negotiated them taking those 2 out and selling separately to me! Issue 22 is already in the online archive however Issue 9 is not! So Iíve scanned it in high quality and added it to the collection! Love that Arnie Total Recall cover!


    And finally, as mentioned in my last update Iíve also managed to bag some more super rare MegaZone subscription & game catalogue foldout booklets. They were being sold on ebay or an utterly ridiculous price I was unwilling to pay. The seller had no interest in dropping the price however thankfully they did complete scans of ever page for the sale pictures. This allowed me to download them, rotate them (they were all wonky), and clean them up a bit to make them readable. Theyíre far from perfect but theyíre readable which is the important thing. Iíve labeled them as Issue 5 and 20 supplements however Iím only guessing which issues they came with due to their similar content (Issue 5 the first MegaZone is still missing from the archive but Colin has sent me itís cover).


    There are now only 10 issues missing from the MegaZone preservation collection (issues 3, 5-8, and 11-15)! Well most likely 10 lol as there may be a mythical Issue 57 out there! A fellow on this forum claims the summer issue 56 was not really the last despite the issue saying it was and all subscriptions (including my own) being canceled and refunded. He says a final issue 57 showed up at news agencies however heís sadly lost his copy. Can anyone else confirm this mystery issue exists? Anyway, big thank you to everyone for their help!
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    I'm surprised this is an issue. There're entire web sites dedicated to scanning as many gaming magazines as exist. That said, most of us here are probably not from Australia, let alone have any issues of it to scan in the first place. Hell, when I did have a magazine subscription here, I can't imagine what ultimately happened to them...

    Still, it's nice to see progress is being made here. Not only can it be a nostalgia trip, but it's interesting to see stuff from a perspective of not knowing what's coming/this is the latest in tech.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midnightrider View Post
    I'm surprised this is an issue. There're entire web sites dedicated to scanning as many gaming magazines as exist. That said, most of us here are probably not from Australia, let alone have any issues of it to scan in the first place.
    Well yup you've pretty much hit the nail on the head there with why. I'm sure missing magazines is much less of an issue in US and Europe as magazines went out to millions. Whereas in Australia they only went out in thousands so you've got a much smaller amount of people reducing the odds of them giving a damn about preserving them haha. My blog post about the project which I link to above has links to a handful of Australian magazine preservation sites so there's a few of us. Without them I wouldn't even have half the collection I have so I've naturally returned the favour and given them everything I had, so that if something happens to my collection I'm building on archive.og then at least others have it too.

    To be only 10 away from the complete collection is something I didn't think would happen. Fingers crossed more Aussies come forward over the next few years. Sadly I don't think the mag made it overseas at all! I did get contacted by one guy in Europe who had some (which I already had) but that was only because he had an Australian buddy who sent him some haha!

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