Written by Adok
Hi there, Adok is hitting the keyboard again.
As you know, Hornet is shutting down shortly, and the archive is being transferred to scene.org. As the fate of Hornet's ratings is unknown, I decided to save the ratings of all diskmags, because I was personally interested in them. When I looked at the ratings, I thought they could be interesting for you out there, too. So, here they are, sorted by years:
1992 hoaxmag2.zip 202373 **** Hoax Magazine 2 imphob1.zip 139058 *** Imphobia 1 imphob2.zip 224238 *** Imphobia 2 imphob3.zip 264307 *** Imphobia 3 imphob4.zip 390989 ***+ Imphobia 4 1993 hoax3.zip 323094 ***+ Hoax 3 by Epical : 286,,SB/DAC, hoax4.zip 261374 ***+ Hoax 4 by Epical : 286,,SB/DAC, hoax5.zip 418961 ***+ Hoax 5 by Epical : 386,,SB/DAC, imphob5.zip 564525 ***+ Imphobia 5 imphob6.zip 477137 ****+ Imphobia 6 imphob7.zip 989715 **** Imphobia 7 mayhem.zip 189390 *** Mayhem 1 by Phantom, Toxic Zombies nwo1.zip 200974 ** New World Order 1 by Ground Zero : 286,,SB/DAC, nwo2.zip 135117 **+ New World Order 2 by Ground Zero : 286,,SB/DAC, nwo3.zip 190917 **+ New World Order 3 by Ground Zero : 286,,SB/DAC, pulse1.zip 70251 **+ Pulse 1 by Remedy : ,,SB/DAC, pulse2.zip 125908 *** Pulse 2 by Remedy : ,,SB/DAC, pulse3.zip 118314 ***+ Pulse 3 by Extreme : ,,SB/DAC, pulse4.zip 129927 ***+ Pulse 4 by Extreme : ,,SB/DAC, wcharts.zip 618416 ****+ World Charts 1 by Future Crew 1994 aiw1ss.zip 2216988 ***+ Acid in Wonderland alt-10.zip 303587 ** Alt-1 10 alt-11.zip 155552 **+ Alt-1 11 alt-12.zip 118806 **+ Alt-1 12 cnbugfix.zip 147699 ***+ Contrast 1 Bugfix by Purple flesh15.zip 531551 **+ Flesh 15 by Natas of Lithium gd001.zip 345022 ** Genetic Dreams 1 by Escape imp8fix.zip 93984 **** Imphobia 8 GUS Bugfix by Imphobia imphob8.zip 1153128 **** Imphobia 8 by Imphobia nwo4.zip 380541 *** New World Order 4 by Ground Zero : 386,,GUS, nwo5.zip 265559 *** New World Order 5 by Ground Zero : 386,,GUS, p-ctrst.zip 1796773 ***+ Contrast 1 by Purple parrot1.zip 72536 **+ Parrot 1 by Crypton parrot2.zip 274449 *** Parrot 2 by Crypton : ,,GUS/SB, parrot3.zip 401781 ***+ Parrot 3 by Crypton : ,,GUS/SB, scenial.zip 704858 **** Scenial by Access Denied : Includes 3 songs by | Purple Motion slave14.zip 407232 **+ Alt-1 14 yahoo1.zip 317898 [n/a] Yahoo 1 by Topaz : ,,GUS/SB, yahoo2.zip 167250 [n/a] Yahoo 2 by Topaz : ,,GUS/SB, yahoo3.zip 362729 *** Yahoo 3 by Topaz : ,SVGA,GUS/SB, 1995 adr-sm02.zip 262088 ** Smok 2 by Adrar Design bistro.zip 500103 *** Bistro by Mindprobe chyztro.zip 37710 + Preview of Channel Mag #2 by Grif cntrs002.zip 1370345 **** Contrast 2 by Purple cntrs003.zip 1448583 ****+ Contrast 3 by Purple dask04.zip 181642 *** Daskmig 4 by ISC dask06.zip 445005 **** Daskmig 6 by ISC dask08.zip 631936 ***+ Daskmig 8 by ISC dask08fi.zip 4705 ***+ Daskmig 8 Bugfix by ISC fsn_spl1.zip 224667 [n/a] Splash 1 by Fascination fsn_spl2.zip 520220 ** Splash 2 by Fascination gd002.zip 1394551 *+ Genetic Dreams 2 by Escape gd004.zip 749048 *** Genetic Dreams 4 by Escape hoaxmag6.zip 597053 *** Hoax 6 by Epical ibytes02.zip 929250 ** Infused Bytes 2 by Realm of Infusion imp_msg.zip 6602 **** Fake rumors about Imphobia by Surprise | Productions imphob10.zip 1451583 **** Imphobia 10 by Imphobia imphob11.zip 1226371 **** Imphobia 11 by Imphobia imphob9.zip 1391628 **** Imphobia 9 by Imphobia impreact.zip 2571 **** Theres a Fake Bugfix for Imphobia 9 by Imphobia inf_dsk7.zip 823775 **** Daskmig 7 by INF insight1.zip 1082428 ***+ Insight 1 jonas01.zip 5630 *+ Jonas 1 by Edicius jonas02.zip 13489 *+ Jonas 2 by Edicius nwo-7.zip 1090730 ***+ New World Order 7 nwo6.zip 499360 ***+ New World Order 6 by Ground Zero : 386,,GUS/SB, scoop_.zip 89018 **** Scoop Diskmag Intro by Reality scoopnfo.zip 103242 ***+ Scoop Info-Intro #2 unreal03.zip 241887 **+ Unreal 3 what1.zip 1047496 *** What 1 yahoo04.zip 286977 ***+ Yahoo 4 - The Hangover Issue by @ yahoo05.zip 528325 ***+ Yahoo 5 - The Party Issue by @ 1996 autark1.zip 1443318 **** Autark 1 by N-Factor bn4.zip 1425703 ***+ Bad News 4 - Desire by Pulse bsr-0007.zip 10972 ** Belgian Scene Report 7 by Baxter bsr-0008.zip 11389 ** Belgian Scene Report 8 by Baxter budyn1.zip 1416356 ***+ Budyn 1 by Abscence caustic1.zip 695764 **+ Caustic Verses 1 cheese1.zip 217154 **+ Cheese 1 by TKB cheese6.zip 257983 * Cheese 6 by Cheese Team cheese7.zip 194112 ** Cheese 7 by Cheese Team cheese8.zip 288714 ** Cheese 8 by Cheese Team cheese9.zip 251584 **+ Cheese 9 by Cheese Team fsn_spl3.zip 570108 ***+ Splash 3 by Fascination fsn_spl4.zip 521783 ***+ Splash 4 by Fascination imphob12.zip 1388626 ****+ Imphobia 12 by Imphobia infy1.zip 1073797 ** Infinity 1 by Realm of Darkness BBS infy2.zip 1330823 ** Infinity 2 by Infinity Network luna-001.zip 1047301 *** Luna 1 by Moon Hunters madpress.zip 10741 + Madania Press 1 by ESG nwo8.zip 896255 ***+ New World Order 8 pain0396.zip 278242 **+ Pain March 1996 Issue by Fake That pain0496.zip 344028 **+ Pain April 1996 Issue by Fake That pain0596.zip 201868 **+ Pain May 1996 Issue by Fake That pain0696.zip 160939 **+ Pain June 1996 Issue by Fake That pain0796.zip 147842 **+ Pain July 1996 Issue by Fake That pain0996.zip 154783 **+ Pain September 1996 Issue by Fake That pain1196.zip 266720 **+ Pain November 1996 Issue by Fake That scenial2.zip 547459 **** Scenial 2 - The Injection by Beans, Pulse sp_mag1l.zip 525462 **+ Soap 1 Lite by Soap sub00004.zip 779943 **+ Subkult 4 by Dr. Dyregod, Ko sub0003.zip 169768 **+ Subkult 3 by Dr. Dyregod, Ko synmag1.zip 3705628 ** Syndicate Net Diskmag 1 by The Artists of Toronto 1997 bsr-0009.zip 10603 ** Belgian Scene Report 9 by Baxter bsr-0010.zip 19310 ** Belgian Scene Report 10 by Baxter bsr-0011.zip 268137 *** Belgian Scene Report 11 by Baxter, Cray : VGA, | Mouse required bsr-0012.zip 295296 ***+ Belgian Scene Report 12 by Baxter, Cray : VGA, | Mouse required cheese11.zip 291278 ** Cheese 11 by Cheese Team cheese12.zip 262682 ** Cheese 12 by Cheese Team insight2.zip 1811997 ***+ Insight 2 by Insight pain0197.zip 420730 *** Pain January 1997 Issue by Fake That pain0397.zip 185951 ** Pain March 1997 Issue by Fake That pain0497.zip 375785 **+ Pain April 1997 Issue by Fake That pain0597.zip 309566 **+ Pain May 1997 Issue by Fake That pain0697.zip 258811 **+ Pain June 1997 Issue by Fake That pain0797.zip 602175 **+ Pain July 1997 Issue by Fake That pain0897.zip 160738 **+ Pain August 1997 Issue by Fake That pain0997.zip 492266 **+ Pain September 1997 Issue by Fake That pain1097.zip 285395 **+ Pain October 1997 Issue by Fake That pain1297.zip 332807 **+ Pain December 1997 Issue by Fake That rc-vol01.zip 215076 **+ Volvo 1 by Rectum Cauda restles1.zip 1758073 **+ Restless 1 by Opiate scenial4.zip 1259334 *** Scenial 4 by Beans shine1.zip 830183 *** Shine 1 by ??? trip5.zip 65019 ** Trip 5 by Trip 1998 armor04.zip 1572k *** Armor of Gods 4 : English & Russian - ,VESA,GUS/ | SB/PAS,6MB bow5.zip 694k ** Bytes of Wisdom 5 : ,VESA,GUS/SB/PAS, bsr13.zip 1077k **+ Belgian Scene Report 13 by Green : ,VESA,GUS/SB/ | PAS, dcn2add.zip 127k [n/a] Defcon 2 (Win32 patch) by K!Prod defcon.zip 1417k **+ Defcon 1 by K!Prod : French - ,VESA,GUS/SB/PAS, defcon2.zip 2463k *** Defcon 2 by K!Prod : French (mostly) & English - | ,VESA,GUS/SB/PAS, fleur_1.zip 1804k ***+ Fleur 1 hugi11.zip 1370k ***+ Hugi 11 : English & German - 386,VESA,GUS/SB,3MB hugi12.zip 1734k ***+ Hugi 12 : English & German - DOS or Windows - | 486,VESA,GUS/SB,3MB lookain2.zip 1528k **+ Lookain Fanz' 2 : Win95 pain0198.zip 436993 **+ Pain 01/98 by Fake That pain0498.zip 238k *** Pain 4/98 pain0598.zip 177k **+ Pain 5/98 pain0698.zip 247k **+ Pain 6/98 pain0898.zip 507k *** Pain 8/98 restles2.zip 953k [n/a] Restless 2 : 486,SVGA,GUS/SB/PAS,1MB rst2nsnd.zip 65k [n/a] Restless 2 (Win95/no-sound patch) tpf1amag.zip 471k ** Anothermag 1 by TPF trip9.zip 535k ** Trip 9 trip9fix.zip 193k [n/a] Trip 9 (article fix)
Have you looked through the list? Then you may have noticed that only the ratings of one year can be compared with each other. A mag that got four stars in 1992 would have got three or two and a half star in 1996, for instance. Probably the current maintainer of the diskmag archive rated the mags right after moving them from /incoming/mags. So the ratings are not reliable in order to see what mag is good and what mag is bad in global.
- The highest rating reached was four and a half stars out of five. That means that there has been no "perfect" diskmag yet. The mags that acheived the highest rating are: Imphobia #6, World Charts #1, Contrast #3, and Imphobia #12. However, the fact that Imphobia #6 got more stars than most Imphobia issues after it does not mean that this issue is better than the other ones. It just says that this magazine was great for its time, just like World Charts. Both mags were indeed a revolution in the diskmag scene.
You may be surprised at the high rating of Contrast #3, for it is not a very well-known mag. The reason is probably that although it did not have many articles most of them were of a good quality. The mag had a special corner about the forthcoming The Party and a good-looking interface. Maybe the rater paid more attention to the interface, because Contrast #3 appears to be better than the Imphobia issues of that time. But I don't think so. Both mags were great.
- Hoax #2 (the first Hoax issue in the archive) had less text than issue 1, and Hoax #3 had a better interface than Hoax #2 and an equal article quantity/quality but got fewer stars.
- The same applies to Scenial: Issue 1, which got bad feedback in other mags, got 4 stars, like the 2nd issue, whereas the famous and really good issue 4 (a satirical magazine about the scene) got only 3 stars.
The diskmags from 1998, except Pain 1/98, have lately been added to the archive after Phoenix took over the job of maintaining it from GD. That was after I had written the first version of this article. Despite the maintainer's change, it is nice to see how consistent the rating scheme has been kept and how well the recent diskmags do in comparison with the older ones. However, the ratings probably cannot be compared with those of 1995 and before.