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release date : february 1992
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The first of the legendary magazine.
rulez added on the 2008-06-28 09:55:33 by d3pth d3pth
Imphobia was _the_ diskmag back in the day! Greetz to Darkness!
rulez added on the 2008-08-02 18:08:32 by Kapsu Kapsu
Imphobia was the leading PC demoscene diskmag of the first half of the 1990s. Founded in 1992, it issued until 1996. In that period, 12 issues were released. Imphobia was never officially declared dead, but issue 13 has not seen the light of the day until now and it is safe to assume that it will never do so. However, the title picture of Imphobia #13 is available on an Internet server; read more about that at the end of this article.

The main editor of most of the Imphobia issues was Darkness. He officially got into this position in issue 4. Before that, Wizard was the leader of Imphobia. Imphobia was not only the name of the mag, but also the name of the group that released it. The group was based in Belgium with some members from other countries such as Germany (Sam), Switzerland (Numerus) and Malta (Mop). Darkness belonged to the French-speaking ethnicity in Belgium (Walloons), which was one of the reasons why Imphobia was disliked by the editors of the Scenial diskmag, who were Flemish.

All issues of Imphobia basically run in DOSBox, but in issues 6 and beyond the graphics are not displayed correctly, probably because of the use of an obscure video mode. Nevertheless it's possible to read the articles. All Imphobia issues are available at scene.org. The download stats (500-600 for most of the older issues, around 1200 for the latest issues) do not reflect the wide spread of Imphobia and can be explained by the fact that Imphobia was released a long time before scene.org went online.



Imphobia #1

Imphobia #1 (from February 1992) was subtitled "the one and only European review." Indeed Imphobia was the first European PC diskmag and the first diskmag like the ones we are now accustomed to in the demoscene. It was the first diskmag with VGA graphics and a similar structure like all the demoscene mags after it, the mags of the past and the mags of today.

The original idea came from Wizard of Imphobia, the coder and, at the beginning, the leader of the group. It all started in September 1991. As we learn in the Imphobia #1 editorial, Wizard wanted to create a "review in VGA", which, however, should not be about cracks and that kind of stuff but rather about demos. He started coding and gathered a team consisting of his local scene friends from Belgium, which mainly were Darkness, Scorpio, and Zorlock.

Compared to later issues, Imphobia #1 was of a very low quality. There were a lot of grammar and spelling mistakes, there were not many articles, and the articles were in a poor shape. Imphobia #1 had a BBS list, the usual things like editorial and credits, interviews, charts (but we do not know how these charts were made, as there is neither a voters list nor any other information), information on new scene groups, codes and cheats for games and some other lame articles (e.g. "About Lamers"), accompanied by a stably working but quite ugly interface drawn by Zorlock with a hardly readable font by Zorlock and Darkness. Even in mode 13h, you could have done better. But for that time, it was probably okay.

The controls work using the mouse or the keyboard. You can scroll line-wise or page-wise. On today's computers, you can navigate reasonably through the magazine using the keyboard for scrolling and the mouse for selecting articles.

At the end of Imphobia #1, when exiting the mag, a full-screen picture featuring a list of distribution sites was displayed. This feature is kept for some issues, but the picture changed and the list became longer.
added on the 2008-11-08 17:50:15 by Adok Adok
Darkness <3

Where did you disappeared? :(
rulez added on the 2012-01-28 23:07:50 by rez rez
amazing logo (would wear it on a tshirt!) and very neat interface for its time - but i just re-read it, and, honestly, the content is quite rubbish and can't really keep it up with the PC mags of its time like SCD Report. But, well, let's not be too harsh, the mag became awesome after some issues! =)
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