It’s been a long time since I bought a copy of Retro Gamer magazine so kudos to the person who decided to offer a Rob Hubbard CD in a C2N wallet as a covermount this month. Your marketing ploy worked on me! As I browsed through the magazine rack in my local WH Smiths the unmistakable image of the C2N immediately caught my eye and then when I looked closer and saw ‘Rob Hubbard’ it became an instant impulse purchase.
My love of synthwave music can be traced right back to the chip music created using the C64’s SID chip and Rob Hubbard was one of my favourite composers back in the day.
The music on the CD is terrific, a whole bunch of Rob’s tracks that have been given a little bit of a modern make-over. However the magazine is actually a pretty fine read too. Obviously with it covering pretty much every retro system on the planet it’s not wall to wall Commodore content but there is a good amount and lots of non machine specific articles that are still really interesting.
I thought I’d note (just) the Commodore content here for the benefit of anyone wondering if the magazine is worth picking up.
- 4 page article about Rob Hubbard
- 6 page look at the history of Ocean software
- 4 page article looking at the making of Space Taxi
- 4 page article looking at the making Road Runner
- A brief look at Shadow of the Beast
- 4 page spread dedicated to the CD32 covering the likes of Guardian, The Chaos Engine, Pirates! and several other games
To be honest there was a lot of great content, not just for the Commodore but Megadrive, PlayStation original Xbox and so on. I think I’ll be checking this magazine out regularly from now on.