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Is this a terrible idea?
Yes, terrible 52%  52%  [ 12 ]
No, I would subscribe 26%  26%  [ 6 ]
No but I'd only want it if it's cheap 22%  22%  [ 5 ]
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 Post subject: Nesdev magazine progress
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:35 am 
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Original title: There should be a NesDev magazine (Poll)
You could subscribe and it would have advice and info. I don't know what else to say...

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:57 am 
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Print media about NES programming? No.

A few retro magazines briefly mention upcoming homebrew releases. I like that.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:00 am 
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Like a news bulletin?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:45 pm 
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What a front page could be:

NesDev
Which flashcart is right for you?

Asm6 programming tutorial

FREE homebrew games download!

Q&A

Hot topics from the forums

Complete guide to the PPU

£2.99

Hopefully that answers your questions.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:56 pm 
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I don't think there's enough going on weekly to warrant a magazine? Maybe if you include retro dev as a whole, but even then, I'm highly doubtful.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:09 pm 
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Every month or two? Well, I'm making one anyway :D


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:35 pm 
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Who owns the site? I would need permission to call it something like "The official magazine of NesDev". I could always call it "The unofficial magazine of NesDev" but I would need permission to use the name and logo.


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If it was free?


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Do it if you want. But, I think you might be overestimating the size of the nesdev community.

I think you would do better with a monthly blog supported by ads.

And I highly suggest you use titles like "top 10 best" and "new homebrew games". There's a reason why I snuck the exact phrase "best graphics on the NES" on one of my blog pages.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:02 pm 
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This sounds like a great project/idea for something called... a website. Or a blog. I don't think it's feasible to distribute this on paper, especially considering how heavily international nesdev stuff is.

dougeff's thought process is similar to mine.

wordpress.com (the service) offers blogs for free, but there are many others. Use whatever you want. Or go with a hosting service and run whatever you want yourself (warning: WordPress is notoriously insecure, with issues coming out every month or so, ditto with PHP. This is why for WP, I tend to recommend just relying on wordpress.com because WP maintenance is a stupid nightmare).

That said:

Nobody is going to care about an ad-laden site, i.e. nobody is going to visit it if it's so ad-heavy (to pay for the service) since it destroys the experience. I assure you of this. My advice is to find a service (if not free) that is inexpensive and pay for it monthly out of pocket. Then there aren't ads involved, and people are more inclined to read it. I paid out of pocket for the entire Parodius service for its entire lifetime -- paying money for hobbies is part of hobbies.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:37 pm 
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Who is going to consistently write all articles? Who will be the editor? Paid or unpaid work? Don't overlook that.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:58 pm 
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I'm unclear to me whether you're suggesting that you want to write an NesDev magazine, or that you're wishing for someone else to do it?

There are a few NES development related periodicals, though. Here's two I can think of off the top of my head:



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:57 pm 
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I just thought it would be nice to put some NesDev things into a magazine and give it to a few people, maybe in print or PDF format. I could just try to make something in a a word processor.


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Also, I can't pay anyone. I'm 13 and I don't get pocket money (but I have savings and I just ask for things I want). This will probably be really bad but I'll just make a sample issue.


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Maybe make an NES ROM magazine. :)

There were a lot of cool demodisk magazines over the years coming out of the demoscene.


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