On Friday came my Old file!gamer. Master System! Before speaking it, a little bit of (mine) history: the Master System It was my second game, just after Atari 2600. I confess that I defended him hard on those children Sega versus Nintendo discussion. 🙂
I did not have the Master System for a long time, unfortunately. Soon came the Mega Drive, the Super Nintendo, the PCs and all the history that those who follow the blog already know Skooter, and the Master System was dropped. But, this game was certainly striking to me, It was part of my childhood and my story. Yes, I played ball and bucked barrels during the week, but on Friday it was day to rent one or two cartridges to play on weekend. And if the games were good, several hours of fun in front of the TV were guaranteed. On Monday games were returned and the routine back to normal.
With the arrival of the Internet and the discovery of emulators, in 1998 I created Master Land. Among many consoles, The Master System was chosen to have a website dedicated to it. Not only by my history, but also be just the “Japanese console naturalized Brazilian”, so that as a Brazilian I could contribute more to the international community, showing more about our exclusives, and also bringing the information out there that were inaccessible for those who did not master English. This also appears to be one of the motivations for the existence of Old file!gamer. Master System. No Japanese note or any other country could speak with such property on the Master System. So when I saw that Old file!gamer. Master System would be released I knew I needed to have a, especially after learning about the involvement of Orakio Rob (Gaga Games), I always made excellent analysis of games.
On arrival of the Old file!gamer. Master System, the first surprise was with the book size. From the pictures I had impression that he would be the size of a magazine (do something next A4?), but in fact it is little one. Given the number of pages (224), I think that size has fallen well. The colorful print all too pleased me. after all, see photos and screenshots black-and-white would not have much grace. The look of the cover reminding the console box and cover of the game is also excellent.
The cover is flexible and the binding is of those who do not let the book stay open without us to be holding, except for the centerfold. Unfortunately this is quite common in Brazil with almost all publishers. In US books it is more common to find hard cover and bindings that allow the book to stop open on any page. Even those American books, when translated into Portuguese and printed by some national editor, end up losing these characteristics. Of course hardcover and good binding generate costs, and Editora Europa probably preferred to leave them aside to have a book with affordable cost: R$ 29,90 pre-sales and R $ 39,90 after launch. But Amazon is costing only $ 26,85 this time of writing, and only have 4 in stock. Runs there!
The book is divided into two parts. The first tells the story of the island, speak hardware, accessories, etc. A lot of it who is Master System fan already knows very well, but for those who will know now is an excellent overview. Even for those who already knows the story, models, accessories, worth buying the book just for the interview with Stefano Arnhold, chairman of the board Tec Toy, who gave a lot of information that are new to me. Are details of the conversations Tec Toy with Sega, the creation of commercial, the development of the Compact model with built-in source, do Super Compact, how they showed the Street Fighter II for Capcom staff. It's very interesting information.
The second, larger part is a guide to all console games. Each year of release has its sub-section, starting with a beautiful image in double page of a major games that year. Each game has its fact sheet, screenshots, and a brief description. Are 3 matches per page, but the best and most important take up twice the space and sometimes the whole page. A small flag next to the title indicates the games that were released in Brazil. Alternative titles, Brazilian versions, none of that was forgotten. It's a great guide to discover or re-discover games that were already forgotten in memory. As much as the Mega Everdrive or Master Everdrive allow to see the list and choose any game to play time, nothing like seeing complete profile, the screenshots and mini review to make the choice.
A single item missed on datasheet: the amount of the game megabytes. As much as this is irrelevant today, Sega has always emphasized the size of their ROM cartridges on the cover of the game. And at the time it was common that information included in conversations about the games. The amount of megas sometimes helped decide which game to choose the rental company, because in general the more complex games had more megs, although many of the best games had only 1 or 2 megas. Comments like “Our, Psychic World is great and has only 2 megas” or “Wow, Teddy Boy this is very simple, I should have known, after all it has only 256 K” were common. Then, I consider that this is important information for inclusion in the technical file, so much that I already put in fichas técnicas da Master Land in 1998. It is suggested for a second edition.
In short, I was quite pleased with the Old file!gamer. Master System and recommend it to all who are fans of the Master System or video games in general.
Number of pages: 224
Publishing house: Europe (29 September 2015)
Format: 15 x 21,5 cm
Collection: Biblioteca OLD!Gamer
Check out some photos of some random pages: