Short Thoughts: Maniak! (Plus Other Updates!)

The last few weeks have been Easter Break for me. I completed my assignments, watched Spoony's 6 hour let's play of Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle Of Flesh (which was absolutely hilarious) and met up with the Alt:Mag team as well as other friends. Speaking of the Alt:Mag team, we have a new member! Aaron Mills, who previous wrote some guest reviews (check them out here and here) has joined the team! He will be writing many reviews on indie games and well, whatever he likes really. Welcome aboard dude! So that's 10 members now, the team is starting to get big.

Anyhow, I recently got brought back a really cool magazine from France as a gift with Pokémon on the cover.

The magazine came with a free Pokémon card booster pack... all the cards were in French and the Pokémon all had French names (which was cool to check out) but it feels nostalgic to open a packet of Pokémon cards after all these years. I remember getting them back when I was a kid. I loved the Jungle set the best, but it didn't matter though because I had awful luck with Pokémon cards anyway. All my friends had the shiny cards and the rare cards while I got common and uncommon cards, despite buying more packets. Bah Humbug. I got a shiny Virizion (or Viridium, which is the Pokémon's French name) in this particular packet though, so I'm happy.

I took a second or two to look at the magazine today and it is obviously a magazine about trading card games, particularly focusing on the Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh! and Inazuma Eleven trading card games. It features deck building guides (I think), card check-lists, reviews of various media and disussions on the anime series that accompany the card series featured. There is also some information about the upcoming Pokémon X and Y games and the magazine came complete with this awesome poster.

Overall, the magazine just felt like a blast from the past. It felt like one of those magazines that used to be around back when I was a kid. I think there was one called FBX, one called Pocket Monsters and another one called The One. I wouldn't hold me to it though, as those names are just from the top of my head, so I'm pretty sure they were completely different to what I remember. We don't get cool magazines like this in the UK any more... it's such a shame.

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