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Title: The Amstrad User - some questions
Post by: Zehphez on 22:58, 14 April 10
I checked the Wiki-Article about the Aussie Mag "The Amstrad User". Sounds like a very interesting mag and I really like some of the covers (espacially no. 62 with the Indycar-Cover and no. 70 with the Nascar-Cover).

However, I am very curios about furhter information:

How would you evaluate the mag?
What kind of type-ins were there mainly published (e.g.: More games or more utilities? Primarly short ones or real "monster-type-ins)?
And how much space was tendencially provided for type-ins?

Cheers
Zehphez 
Title: Re: The Amstrad User - some questions
Post by: Leonie on 23:01, 14 April 10
How would you asses...

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Title: Re: The Amstrad User - some questions
Post by: Gryzor on 09:43, 15 April 10
Heheheh right on time. I guess the original word was "assess". :D
Title: Re: The Amstrad User - some questions
Post by: Zehphez on 19:11, 15 April 10
Heheheh right on time. I guess the original word was "assess". :D
Yes, it was - and @Leonie: I wrote it with a double-s (respectively two double-s) 8)
Title: Re: The Amstrad User - some questions
Post by: Axelay on 08:02, 16 April 10
I was tempted to reply earlier from memory that I only recall buying it for the mail order catalogue, and the occasional programming article, and apart from that it was useless!  But I’ve dug out the issues I have for a quick look and can be a bit more specific, though for my interests my memory was more or less accurate.
 
From the roughly dozen issues, it seems there is only ever a couple of pages of game reviews, and almost all the type-ins are utility or programming examples.  These are generally short, one large one appears to be spread over multiple issues.  Seems quite focussed on the ‘serious’ side of things.  Only one of the issues I have has 2 short type-in games – and only a single column of text each, they’re very simple games.  The earliest issue I can find seems to be from 1987, so the big killer from my perspective would have been that it devoted so much space to the PCW and later the PC as well (about half the mag).
 
I personally preferred the short lived Australian CWTA for content, but the mail order service provided through TAU became invaluable towards the end of the 80’s.