I recently stumbled across an advert for Chris Roberts’ Times Of Lore which apparently has a certain notoriety for being terrible but I’d never run into it before. Without further ado:-
It’s main claim to fame is the hero being so jacked that he’s invented some of his own muscle groups around that loin cloth. That and the understandably surprised looking monster… While the background looks a whole lot like the actual cover art, it has in fact all been redrawn when you compare it to the real thing.
This advert was apparently created by Microprose while they were the UK publisher for Origin games and was used in all of their UK magazine advertising at the time. Microprose only had a few years working with Origin but it got me wondering if there were any others with alternative artwork. I didn’t find many but there was this advert for Moebius:-
It’s a whole lot better than the Times Of Lore cover and certainly more action packed than the original artwork. In this case, it was also used on the UK release of the game shown on the right below:-
Saving my favourite for last, I also found this awesome ad for Auto Duel:-
The actual UK release looked near enough the same as the USA one but I reckon I actually would have preferred this as the cover art. Were there any others that I’ve missed? Please let me know if so.
I got offered a hand scanning PC Zones some months back and thanks to the efforts of Chris Gilbert I’ve just added a bumper crop of them with issues 124, 125, 127-131, 133-137, 141, 146-148 and 150-156. He’s sacrificed his copies so that they could be fed through a page-feeder leaving me just to add the 4 pages either side of the covers and pdf everything.
As for myself, I’ve been slowly working at the late 2000’s issues in recent weeks and between the two of us that’s 143 out of 225 issues now done. I wouldn’t say the end is in sight but it’s looking a whole lot more achievable than this time last year. What I haven’t done is add any of the cover disks or supplements for all these new issues. I’ll have a look at these eventually. For now, all the issues are as ever at http://www.pixsoriginadventures.co.uk/PCZone
I’ve added some 2010 PC Zone’s to the scan archive over recent weeks and also managed to get hold of issue 16 from July 1994. The full magazine is now scanned and uploaded but I had to share another Origin game preview from it’s pages here. The reviewer was clearly looking forward to the final game – I’ve still got the review itself to upload on here and will probably get around to that one next week.
I’ve been buying up more PC Zones so I’ve skipped forward and scanned the last two issues ever published from October and November 2010. There are some decent games covered in these as well as a lengthy look back at 17 years of the magazine. PC Zone ran for an impressive 225 issues of which I’ve now got scans of 113. That means that about 7 or 8 years after I started I’ve only just crossed the half way point. A lot more scanning to be done if I’m ever going to get there but the pace is clearly a lot brisker than it was. The scans are in the same place as ever at http://www.pixsoriginadventures.co.uk/PCZone
The server is now fully up and running as far as I’m aware. I’ve recovered low-res versions of all the missing images from Google images so all that is missing are a handful of posts and all the comments. To make sure I don’t have this issue again, I’ve set up automatic backing up for the database and fixed the manual backup for the files themselves. With that sorted out, I can actually get on with adding some content again in the shape of this weeks PC Zone scan.
I’ll keep working my way back so this issue is another from 2009. It’s a marked improvement on the last one with a good number of memorable games such as Arkham Asylum, Bioshock 2, Braid (which I still haven’t played!), Borderlands and Plants Vs Zombies which is a game that I’d swear came out years before all those others. The scan is in the same place as ever at http://www.pixsoriginadventures.co.uk/PCZone