|If you want to read an 'interesting' story about my acquisition of these magazines, |
scroll down to the 'bonus feature' at the bottom.
Are you ready? Here we go…!
Issue 1: November 1998
Cover Story: Tokyo Games Show ‘98
The launch issue of Total Control, released in November 1998. We did have a brief look at the Dreamcast preview a few months ago (read it here), but there’s more tucked away between the pages. The first bit of Dreamcast news looks at the pricing of the console at the Japanese launch - 29,800 Yen, which is £129 in real money.
Issue 2: December 1998
Cover Story: South Park comes to the N64
The Dreamcast news steps up a gear in issue 2. From the off, there are stories on the UK pricing of the system (£199), and further speculation about the western launch titles. Godzilla Generations, D2 and Pod 2 are also previewed in brief. There’s an interesting little report about Sony’s plans to aggressively market the PS2 in an attempt to thrown water on Sega’s bonfire (yes, we all know how that turned out) and there’s the tiniest little snippet about Millennium Soldier: Expendable being brought to Sega’s new hardware.
Issue 3: January 1999
Cover Story: Japanese Dreamcast launch report
The first truly Dreamcast-heavy issue, Total Control issue 3 leads with a report on the Japanese launch of the system. Conversely, there’s also a feature looking at the leaked information on the new system from Sony, along with some rather silly PlayStation 2000 (as it was then called) mock-ups. All four of the Dreamcast’s launch titles are reviewed: Virtua Fighter 3tb (90%), Pen Pen TriIcelon (82%), July (12%) and Godzilla Generations (72%).
Issue 4: February 1999
Cover Story: New Super Mario games
The Dreamcast content in issue 4 begins with a full reveal of Shenmue (remember Sheng Mu from issue 3?) and all that Full Reactive Eyes Entertainment nonsense they were harping on about at the time. Little did Sega know how monumental the series would later become, least of all because it now looks like the series will finally be completed on a system three generations removed from the Dreamcast.
Issue 5: March 1999
Cover Story: Final Fantasy VIII preview
There’s surprisingly little Dreamcast coverage in the first half of issue 5, which is a little surprising since the previous four are positively bursting with news and previews. It’s only when you get to the Foreign Office section at the back that you really get any Dreamcast content. The main news story here is that Shoichiro Irimajiri is quoted in an interview with an unnamed Japanese games magazine (probably Famitsu to be honest) and claims that Sega wants a 50% claim in the world games market with the Dreamcast. Didn’t quite work out, but can’t fault the guy for having ambition.
Mildly Interesting Story Bonus Feature
I mentioned earlier that I got these magazines from a truly magnificent gentleman called Matt who runs a site called SegaMags. This is true in part as I actually got issue 3 from eBay last week. The rest of the set though, I got from Matt. It was after the RetroCollect Video Game Market in March that I was in the bar with the guys from said website, and Matt and his team came into the establishment. They came and sat with us and inevitably we all got talking about magazines of yesteryear. For some reason, Total Control came up in conversation and Matt said he had the whole run packed up in his van and that I could have them for a bargainous £20...an offer I couldn't refuse. So off we went out into the cold, dark and windy car park to get the magazines out of his van.
|Me far right, Matt far left...two RetroCollect reprobates centre.|
next one looking at issues 6 to 11 - wouldn't have been possible.
Total Control: Issues 6 to 11