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Scene World Magazine

Scene World Magazine (abbreviated SWO) is a disk magazine for the Commodore 64 home computer. The magazine has been released regularly since February 2001.

History[edit]

Screenshot of the presenter system of issue 24 of Scene World Magazine displaying the editorial text

Scene World was founded in November 2000 by several Commodore scene personalities under the organization of Joerg "Nafcom" Droege. The initial magazine presentation system was programmed by Robin Harbron, who would later find success as one of the developers of the C64 Direct-to-TV game device.[1] Harbron stopped actively supporting the magazine in 2001; the presentation system has since been documented, modified, and updated by various editors and staff members.

Throughout Scene World's history, it has attempted to style itself as both an NTSC (North America, Japan, and South Korea) and PAL (Europe, Oceania, and the Middle East) production, allowing it to court talent and reach audiences in largely disparate computer cultures.[2] Scene World has also been one of the few disk magazines to actively seek individuals that do not fit into the specific software cracking or demo scene subcultures that most other disk magazines focus on. As a result, it has been able to conduct interviews with numerous non-Commodore-related computer industry pioneers.

Scene World has received media attention on several occasions. In March, 2001, Droege was interviewed by the German Radio channel Bayern 3 of Bayerischer Rundfunk.[3] In October 2005, Droege was interviewed in the German magazine Lotek64[4] and in 2013 in German magazine LOAD #2.[5] In August 2015, Droege was recognized for his work on Scene World with a trading card (#2296) in The Walter Day Collection.[6] On November 11, 2016, Droege was interviewed about the topic of retro gaming as part of a news item in the ZDF news program Heute.[7] On December, 8th 2016, the same news item - containing different quotes of the participating interviewees - was aired as part of ZDF's Breakfast television program.[8]

Additionally, Scene World partnered with fellow disk magazine Loadstar (ISSN 0886-4144) in 2003 for a "Wild West" cross-promotion.[9]

Scene World currently utilizes an all-volunteer editorial staff of 21, and produces two issues of the disk magazine per year, generally in summer and winter, with video interviews scheduled to coincide with the disk magazine releases. Podcasts and video reviews are released on a semi-monthly basis, and do not follow the release schedule of the magazine.

Magazine content[edit]

Disk sleeve of Scene World Magazine issue 24 done by Indian designer Ishita Mukherjee

Issues of the magazine are delivered as downloadable disk image files for use in emulators or on actual Commodore hardware. Additionally, issues can be viewed online, via an embedded version of the VICE emulator.[10] Text of the magazine is provided via presentation software. This software allows users to select and read articles and scroll through text, while also allowing them to change text and background color, switch between fonts, alternate between logos, and select either music or silence. Uniquely, support for the Commodore 1351 computer mouse is a feature of the presenter system;[11] during initial planning, Droege felt that American users would be more inclined to view the magazine if it resembled Berkeley Softworks' GEOS operating environment. [12]

The text of the magazine is divided into articles or chapters, and covers topics ranging from news and updates, interviews (text-only or transcribed from video interviews), opinion and editorial content, demo party reports, and release charts.

In addition to Commodore-specific files, a PDF floppy disk sleeve image is also included with each issue. These "diskcovers" can be printed to create protective sleeves for people using physical floppy disks.

Further endeavors[edit]

In 2012, Droege expanded Scene World's non-disk magazine activities to focus on video-based interviews, initially with Michael Tomczyk and John Draper, and later with other technology pioneers such as Martin Cooper, Jeroen Tel, Bil Herd, Chuck Peddle, Yash Terakura,[13] Walter Day,[14] James Bach, Alexey Pajitnov, Stewart Cheifet,[15] Chris Huelsbeck,[16] Jeri Ellsworth, and Ralph H. Baer. Baer's interview, in particular, garnered significant attention, it being the final—and longest—interview he gave prior to his death in December 2014.[17]

In July 2014, Scene World again expanded with an audio podcast, hosted by editorial staffer AJ Heller (with Droege as co-host), to focus primarily on technology personalities and newsmakers that are currently active and promoting products or services. Guests to date have included copyright, social network, security and privacy journalist and former contributor to Hugi and other Amiga and personal computer diskmags Lars Sobiraj;[18] Frederik Schreiber and Mike Nielsen of 3D Realms;[19] Matt Falcus and Sven Vößing of Cinemaware;[20] SiREN and Esper from Ubisoft's Frag Dolls professional gaming team; game music pioneer David Lowe; Charles Martinet, voice actor for, among other things, Nintendo's Super Mario franchise;[21] Vanessa Arteaga; and Jay Maynard, a cosplayer famous for his "Tron"-based costume, known as the Tron Guy.[22]

In June 2015, Droege further expanded Scene World's online presence with a channel on the streaming platform Twitch.tv. This channel currently hosts live interviews, conducted by the staff,[23] and aims to create original programming, as well as stream the staff's participation in live [24] and charity events.

Since August 2015, Scene World has been a part of the retro area at the video game trade fair Gamescom, running a booth[25] in tandem with retro game music group "Hans Hiscore". Visitors to the booth can interact with the staff and read the magazine live on a real Commodore 64, as well as play music on Atari and C64 home computers with Hans Hiscore.[26]

In December 2015, Scene World's Youtube channel began hosting video reviews of new Commodore 64 hardware and software, beginning with a review of a new C64 wifi adapter, designed by Leif Bloomquist, which gained some coverage in both international[27] and German press.[28][29][30]

Charity and fundraising[edit]

Following the podcast with UbiSoft's Frag Dolls professional gaming team, Scene World staff members Droege and Heller committed to participating in the Extra Life (fundraiser) charity organization. The two raised money for the Illuminate team (former Frag Dolls team) in 2015[31] and currently participate with their own team, "Scene World," since 2016.[32]

In August 2016, Scene World also committed to participate in fundraising for The AbleGamers Foundation as Team Scene World.[33]

In May 2017, Scene World helped the Swiss computer museum Musée Bolo by creating awareness about their fundraising to reach beyond the French Swiss community in order to ensure the museum's future existence. [34] .

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patterson, Blake. "'P1XL Party' - A Multi-Game Pack for the Retro Lovers Out There". toucharcade. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Adok. "Diskmag Galore". Hugi. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Kummert, Florian. "Der C64 lebt!". Bayern 3 Radio. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Rust, Volker. "Scene World: PAL und NTSC kommen sich naeher". Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Riebe, Marco. "Das C64-Magazin Scene World". LOAD. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Todd. "The Collection". Walter Day. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Garbe, Andreas. ""Pac-Man" ist wieder angesagt". ZDF. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 
  8. ^ Garbe, Andreas. "Nostalgie pur - Retro-Games". ZDF Breakfast television. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  9. ^ Merman. "Loadstar: end of an era!". Lemon64 Forum. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  10. ^ Koch, Maik. "Scene World: Diskmagazin für C64-Fans ab sofort auch im Browser nutzen". PC Games. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  11. ^ Droege, Joerg. "Scene World presentation on HomeConnected meeting". TMCRole. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  12. ^ Wood, Dan. "The Commodore 64 Scene in 2017 – The Retro Hour EP82". The Retro Hour Podcast. Retrieved 4 August 2017. 
  13. ^ Kitty. "Scene World – Video interview with Yash Terakura". Vintage Is The New Old. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "News: Walter Day Skype Video Interview in Scene World Magazine". Twin Galaxies. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  15. ^ Ditta, Sheraz. "Computer Chronicles fan site". stquantum.com. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  16. ^ Kitty. "Scene World – Video interview with Chris Huelsbeck". Vintage Is The New Old. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  17. ^ Freundorfer, Stephan. "Nachruf auf Ralph H. Baer - Der Vater des Videospiels". Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  18. ^ "Zu Gast bei Scene World". Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  19. ^ "3D Realms Featured on the Latest Scene World Podcast". Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  20. ^ "Scene World Podcast Episode #2 The Return of Cinemaware". Commodore Free. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  21. ^ "Charles Martinet (Voice of Mario) Podcast interview". Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  22. ^ Heller, AJ. "Podcast Episode #10 - Jay Maynard: The Tron Guy". Scene World Podcast. Retrieved 30 August 2015. 
  23. ^ "Scene World Twitch.TV Archive playlist". Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  24. ^ "Live C64 Multiplayer Matches today at Scene World Twitch Stream!". Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  25. ^ Meyer, René. "Aussteller - Retrogaming Gamescom". Scheibfabrik. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  26. ^ Teichmann, Axel. "Low Bit, High Fidelity: Finest Chiptunes auf der gamescom 2015". Pixelnostalgie. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  27. ^ Benchoff, Brian. "GIVING THE C64 A WIFI MODEM". HACKADAY. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  28. ^ "Wird ja auch Zeit! C64 bekommt WLAN-Modul". t3n. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  29. ^ Dirscherl, Hans-Christian. "Commodore C64 bekommt ein WLAN-Modul". PC Welt. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  30. ^ Rixecker, Kim. "33 Jahre nach Markteinführung: C64 bekommt WLAN-Modul". Spiegel. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  31. ^ "Extra Life. Play Games. Heal Kids. Team Illuminate". Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  32. ^ "Extra Life. Play Games. Heal Kids. Team Scene World". Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  33. ^ "AbleGamers. Team Scene World". Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  34. ^ Heine, Martin. "Podcast: Scene World #34 - The Bolo Museum's Yves Bolognini". Amiga-News.de. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 

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