Grab a copy of Pixel Nation Issue 1 – OUT NOW!


It is not very often that an independent publishing company emerges, pouring their own personal love and enthusiasm for gaming into a high-quality and frankly beautiful quarterly magazine. However, Pixel Nation are doing just that, with their debut issue out now.

Pixel Nation’s 100 or so pages are packed with gorgeous gaming artwork, interviews and features, making itself more of an enthusiast’s collective item than a magazine. With every turn of the page, readers are hit with another blast from the past, with plenty of in-game screen shots of your favourite 2D platformers and such, bound to get you running to your storage boxes to dig out that dusty old Mega Drive you’ve been hiding away.

If you are wondering what delights the first issue has in store, check out a few of the article summaries below:

Can video games be considered art? – We talk to our good friends, Jose Emroca Flores (responsible for our cover), Dutch artist Metin Sevin from Seventh Heaven as we attempt to answer the question “Can video games truly be considered as art?“

2D Platform Revival – An in-depth look at the classic 2D Platform genre, how it faded away, and its current resurgence on modern platforms.

Design Classic: NiGHTS into Dreams – Huge feature on the beautiful Sega title Nights into Dreams. This is a “Design Classic” concept, where we outline in detail a particular game, and what makes it a design classic as well as its history.

Retro Icon: Outrun – Yes, we obviously love Sega, but really, all the cool kids do!  A huge in-depth feature, and our regular “Retro Icon” concept, going into mega detail about the original Outrun Coin-Op and what makes it unquestionably a Retro Icon.

Bob Wakelin Interview – We interview super influential 80’s British video game artist Bob Wakelin, and take a look at some of his favourite pieces of game art.

Guide to Floppy Discs, the Gaming Black Market and the Far East –  Yeah, we’re going there!  The awesome and very knowledgeable Adam of RetroCollect joins the Pixel Nation, and gives you a wonderfully entertaining look at the various copying devices and black market shadiness from the world of retro games.

Confessions of a Girl Gamer But I thought this was a geeky boys club?  No! Geeky girls play too!  An excellent and thought provoking look at some of video games most iconic female characters, as written from the perspective of an actual real life girl gamer!

Zelda Cartoon Feature – “Well, excuse me Princess!”  We interview the two voice actors from the 1980’s Zelda cartoon, to get an insiders perspective on the show.

Spotlight: Koji Kando – A look at some of the awesome output from the Japanese video game music composer who has composed some of the most iconic game music of all time.

Amiga 1200 Look Back – Who doesn’t go weak at the knees for Commodores super beast of an Amiga?  This is a richly detailed look at the history behind the system and how it came to be.

The Shadow of the Beast Interview – Another exclusive interview, as we talk to the man behind the Amiga classic Shadow of the Beast, Martin Edmondson, in the first of a 2 part special speaking to the people behind the games.

Also:

·    Tomb Raider 2 – A Saturn vs. PlayStation Story 
·    The Rise & Fall of Arcades
·    The Year in Games – 1985

My personal highlight of Pixel Nation’s debut issue was the interview with Jonathan Potts (the voice of Link and the man behind the dreaded “Well, excuuuuuuse me, Princess”) and Cynthia Preston (the voice of Zelda) discussing their roles in the infamous Zelda cartoon.

So instead of investing in a gaming mag from your local corner shop, with articles thrown together to meet restricting deadlines, written by poor journalists fueled with mountains of coffee, order a copy or PDF download of the lovingly put-together Pixel Nation. Trust me, you’ll regret nothing.

Get Issue 1 HERE.

Or for more information check out the official website: http://pixel-nation.co.uk/

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