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Eight Bit Magazine is a printed magazine that celebrates early 8-bit microcomputers from the 1970's to the early 90's.
Eight Bit Magazine is a printed magazine that celebrates early 8-bit microcomputers from the 1970's to the early 90's.
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THE MAGAZINE FOR COLLECTORS AND USERS OF EIGHT BIT COMPUTERS ...

Eight Bit Magazine celebrate early eight-bit microcomputers from the 1970's to the early 90's. While most publications cover only the gaming aspect of such computers we want to cover the hardware and programming side of things as well. After multiple successful Kickstarter campaigns, we are delighted to offer even more in Issue 6. 


What's in the magazine and what will you get? 

You will get a full colour, A5 size, 68 page printed magazine full of great articles written by people with a wealth of knowledge and passion for those computers. Expect programming, technical and gaming articles for the Atari 8-bit range, Apple II, Commodore, Amstrad CPC, Sinclair Spectrum and more! What will be covered? Everything 8-bit from games to programming to hardware projects to enhance your enjoyment of those eight-bit wonders. The goal of the magazine is to create the excitement of computer magazines of the 80's and early 90's, both gaming and otherwise. A part of the excitement is holding a proper magazine in your hand unlike reading online where something is lost. We have a number of people involved in this Kickstarter project and the plan is to get more onboard for future issues. We want to create a community of eight-bit enthusiasts writing for the magazine coming up with articles we haven't even thought of yet.

What will be covered in this issue?

  • Repairing the BBC Micro Computer
  • The Sinclair ZX Spectrum
  • Games from the Movies (part 2)
  • Game Reviews
  • The Eight Bit Adventurer 
  • Interviews, technical articles and more!
Sample of Issue 6 contents
Sample of Issue 6 contents

Optional Games Cassette  

We are also including an optional cassette packed with fantastic games for the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC. More information soon. 

Mockup of the games cassette.
Mockup of the games cassette.

Free Optional Message in the Magazine

Every backer will have the option to include their name and a short message up to 128 characters in length, which will be printed in the magazine.

Video Reviews of Eight Bit Magazine

 Free Sample Issue

You can view a free sample issue at https://issuu.com/eightbitmagazine/docs/sample_20issue_201

Why such a low Kickstarter goal?  

Because it's not about the money. We are committed to bringing you this issue and future issues as promised in previous Kickstarters. We are in it for the retro community and not for profit. 

Previous Work

You can see my previous Kickstarter projects here, including 8-bit Annual 2018 which I was a part of:

https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/8bitmagazine/created

Some of the previous issues of Eight Bit
Some of the previous issues of Eight Bit

I previously worked on a fanzine called CPC Oxygen covering the 8-bit computers from Amstrad. You can view old issues of CPC Oxygen here: http://eightbitmagazine.com/cpcoxygen/index.html  

You can download the CPC Oxygen Yearbook 2004 for free from here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/cpc-oxygen-team/the-cpc-oxygen-yearbook-amstrad-cpc/ebook/product-17484274.html 

I was involved in getting the rights from Future Publishing to scan and put online issues of Amstrad Action. With the help of a number of people in the Amstrad community, all 117 issues were online in a matter of weeks. You can still view those issues here: http://eightbitmagazine.com/cpcoxygen/aa.html 

I also wrote a number of retro articles for Micro Mart magazine in the early 2000's.

Risks and challenges

There's no risk involved, especially if you liked previous issues. When the project reaches its funding goal it will be professionally printed and posted to each and every person who funded the project.

The magazine is guaranteed to be at least 68 pages in length, in full colour containing articles about eight-bit computers, written by enthusiasts of eight-bit computers.

Issue 1 to 5 was successfully funded and received positive feedback. Issue 6 aims to be even better.

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    The Eight Bit Game Cassette Only

    Game Cassette only, for the Commodore 64, Sinclair ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC.

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    Any one issue of Eight Bit Magazine

    Any one issue of Eight Bit Magazine (from issues 1 to 6), printed in full colour, delivered to your door.

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    Issue 6 of Eight Bit Magazine

    Issue 6 of Eight Bit, printed in full colour and delivered to your door.

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    Issue 6 of Eight Bit + Game Cassette

    A copy of Issue 6. The full colour printed magazine delivered to your door. PLUS The Eight Bit Cassette, packed full of software for the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC.

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    Three Issue Subscription of Eight Bit

    Three issues of Eight-Bit Magazine, any three issues you want between issues 1 and 12. Issues 5 and below will be posted to you right away with future issues as they are printed.

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    Three Issues of Eight Bit PLUS Cassette

    Three issues of Eight-Bit Magazine, any three issues you want between issues 1 and 12. Issues 5 and below will be posted to you right away with future issues posted as they become available. PLUS The Eight Bit Cassette, packed full of software for the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC.

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    Issue 6 of Eight Bit PLUS Advert

    Issue 6 of Eight Bit Magazine plus a full-page colour advert. Add another 4 Euro if you want the cassette too.

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    Six Issue Subscription of Eight Bit

    Six issues of Eight-Bit Magazine, any six issues you want between issues 1 and 12. Issues 5 and below will be posted to you right away with future issues as they become available.

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    Six Issues of Eight Bit PLUS Cassette

    Six issues of Eight Bit Magazine, any six issues you want between issues 1 and 12. Issues 5 and below will be posted to you right away with future issues as they become available. PLUS The Eight Bit Cassette, packed full of software for the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC.

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    Issues 1 to 12 of Eight Bit Magazine

    All twelve issues of Eight Bit Magazine (Issues 1 to 12), printed in full colour, delivered to your door.

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    12 Issues PLUS Game Cassette

    All twelve issues of Eight Bit Magazine (Issues 1 to 12), printed in full colour, delivered to your door. PLUS The Eight Bit Cassette, packed full of software for the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC.

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