SEGA MegaZone Preservation Archive – Update 2

Hi guys! 🙂 Time for another update as we’ve had some great new developments on the SEGA MegaZone Preservation Archive Project ! Unfortunately Colin is having some problems with his scanner so I still don’t have all the issues he offered however others have come forward and I’ve been able to score some big additions to the The MegaZone Archive !

First I’ve gotta start with the best one. Big thanks to Minuous over at the English Amiga Boards for letting me know plus David & his friends over at DLH’s Commodore Archive for uploading the file and giving me permission to copy, because I HAVE OBTAINED ISSUE 1! Yes really, the first issue from the late 1980s that started it all! And sure enough as suspected issue 1 was called MegaCom without the P on the end (before it was changed to MegaComp and then MegaZone).

I’ve also been contacted by Mick Elliot who had the super rare Issue 4 of MegaComp (the final issue before the name change to MegaZone) and kindly offered to scan it for me. This means we now have every issue before the name change to MegaZone except Issue 3. Fingers crossed we score that one one day too!

Then I got lucky on ebay when I saw someone was selling a massive collection of MegaZones and I noticed 2 of them I didn’t have in my physical collection, Issue 9 and Issue 22. So I contacted the seller and negotiated them taking those 2 out and selling separately to me! Issue 22 is already in the online archive however Issue 9 is not! So I’ve scanned it in high quality and added it to the collection! Love that Arnie Total Recall cover!

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SEGA MegaZone Preservation Archive – Update 1

Figured it was time to post an update on my SEGA MegaZone Preservation Archive project as finally my efforts have netted a new addition. An awesome fellow named Colin saw my posts, contacted me over email and informed me that he has two MegaComp issues (pre-MegaZone Issue 2 and 4) and the first MegaZone along with several more early issues from 1990 (Issue 5 and what we believe is Issue 7 and 9). He’s sent me pictures of all the covers however so far he’s only scanned one mag for me and I haven’t heard from him for a while since sadly 😦 so fingers crossed he does the others eventually. That one mag was MegaComp Issue 2 and sure enough it mentions the name change from MegaCom (Issue 1) which confirms the NLA records. I’ve added it to The MegaZone Archive !

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Another fellow recently posted a comment in one of my help threads about this search claiming that Issue 56 was not really the last one and that a few months later another issue appeared and that a letter he wrote to them was in it. I find that hard to believe as Issue 56 clearly states that it’s the last plus I was a subscriber and the only thing I got sent to me from them after Issue 56 was a cheque in the mail refunding me the rest of my subscription lol!

On and yet another kind fellow sent me pictures of some sort of Sega bucket (called Mega Booster Pak) promotion that was associated with MegaZone. I can’t see the word MegaZone written on them anywhere so I’m not sure about adding them to the archive at this stage. Maybe they were more of a Sega Club thing?

And finally I also saw some more little supplementary ‘Mini Megazone’ fold out booklets (similar to my one pictured below) on ebay recently. However the seller wanted 80 bucks EACH for them though so no one bought them. :/ In the end I just took his pictures from the sale, maybe I’ll fashion them into something for the archives.

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Big thank you to everyone that has come forward over the months since my first post. Hopefully one day we’ll get those final issues backed up and preserved! Make sure you visit the The MegaZone Archive to see these latest additions.

SEGA MegaZone Preservation Archive NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Hi guys,

I need your help to preserve the great old SEGA MegaZone video game magazine…

Video Version Of This:
(Note: First 10mins covers everything, the remaining 20mins is a bonus ‘just for fun’ tour of my physical MegaZone collection)

Updates:
25/09/2020 Update 1 – New Magazines Found!
07/03/2021 Update 2 – New Magazines Found!

Background:
MegaZone started out in the late 1980s as an Australian general gaming and electronics magazine called MegaComp (although issue 1 was actually MegaCom with no P!) and from issue 5 onwards became known as MegaZone magazine covering PC & Amiga (with a particular focus on point & click adventures), Atari, Nintendo and a lots of SEGA stuff. In these arguably best years of the magazine it was run by SEGA Ozisoft as they were the primary distributor of a lot of non-SEGA software as well. In late 1993 SEGA sold the magazine to Mason Stewart Publishing who changed the magazine to SEGA MegaZone and had continued success despite only covering SEGA related content. Sadly in the summer of 1995/1996 MegaZone came to a final end likely due to the declining popularity of SEGA (low sales of the 32X and Saturn) against Nintendo & Sony and the increasing backlash over the magazines rather controversial and excessive uses of violence and sexual content (in the Mason era). Presumably things did not end amicably as the final magazine was filled with raunchy content and even famously said “we’re off to buy a Playstation” haha!

The Problem:
Being an Australian magazine (presumably with no international distribution) this great old magazine and piece of video game history from the early to mid 1990s. Which is arguably the greatest era in retro gaming due to the 16bit console wars, the last great years of the Amiga, and the rise of mainstream PC gaming (Point & click adventures, 3D 1st person shooters, and RTS+TBS strategy games). The magazine has sadly disappeared into near obscurity with only a small internet presence and a few mangy old mags occasionally appearing on ebay. There is currently NO COMPLETE DIGITAL RECORD OF THIS MAGAZINE IN EXISTENCE. I want to try and change that…

Over the last few years I’ve been collecting physical copies of old MegaZones. Because of this I have become very interested in preserving scanned digital copies of the magazines online so I’ve also been trying to help out some of the wiki websites working to do the same and have recently started a new preservation collection of my own for all to enjoy at archive.org . Internet Archive have become the ultimate preservation website for internet sites, books, magazines, videos and many other things, even video games! They have a really good online magazine reader built in as well so they make preserving this content so easy and almost fun!

MAIN MegaZone Archive Site:
https://archive.org/search.php?query=MegaZone+Magazine (The new archive I’ve setup)

Other Backup Sites:
https://segaretro.org/Megazone
https://retrocdn.net/Category:Megazone_scans
http://www.retrogamingaus.com/wiki/index.php?title=Megazone (Covers only)
http://www.oldgamemags.com/index.php/downloads/category/306-megazone (Members only)
http://amr.abime.net/issues_44 (Amiga related content only)

Project Status:
At this stage 46 of the 56 issues have been found and scanned by various collectors and myself leaving 10 issues still missing, all from the magazines earliest years (although someone has claimed there was an issue 57!!! – see update 2 below). Many of the magazines found are missing their posters and some occasionally had supplement mini books that may be missing too. We’re also trying to digitize any MegaZone TV commercials out there on old VHS video cassettes as we have rescued 2 but know there are more (I remember seeing more as a kid).

25/09/2020 Update 1 – New Magazines Found!
07/03/2021 Update 2 – New Magazines Found!

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