Following two phenomenally successful Kickstarter campaigns for volumes 001 and 002, publisher Lost in Cult are currently crowdfunding for the third volume of their premium gaming journal, [lock-on].
A beautifully produced, coffee table-style journal, both issues of [lock-on] so far have been absolutely essential for gaming and pop culture fans of all kinds, full of genuinely insightful, brilliantly written articles and stunning artwork.
Even the weight, style and smell of the paper gives [lock-on] the feel of a real objet d’art; a tangible slice of beautifully produced commentary and insight into gaming culture, covering a vast range of subject matter.
This time around, there’s even a Kickstarter exclusive edition, with a hard cover showcasing the smash hit Shenmue – drawn in the game’s beautiful illustrated art style. This also comes with an A3 print of the Dreamcast image below!
Of course, the standard cover – featuring a beautiful Sable image – is, unsurprisingly, also stunning, this too comes with a signed art print.
And moving onto the subject of Shenmue, there’s a real Dreamcast focus in vol 003; around half of the content is dedicated to covering Sega’s beloved, ahead-of-its-time – but sadly ill-fated – console. Interviews with Tetsuya Mizuguchi – creator of Space Channel 5 and the timeless retro-futuristic synaesthesia shooter Rez – and Alone in the Dark creator Frédérick Raynal, who was also involved in the creation of underrated Dreamcast title Toy Commander, also feature.
With more than 220 pages and over 50 articles to read, there’s a phenomenal amount of content this time around – it’s the biggest volume of [lock-on] so far. The Kickstarter campaign features a variety of pledge levels, with lots of exclusive rewards – you can head on over to the [lock-on] vol 003 Kickstarter page to check out what’s on offer.
Having already reached way past 100% of its target, [lock-on] vol 003 is estimated to be heading out to backers in May this year. We at Retro Dodo are big fans of Lost in Cult’s superb gaming journal – and we’d urge you to check it out and back it before it’s too late!
The [lock-on] vol 003 Kickstarter campaign runs until Tuesday, February 22nd. You can check it out here.
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Jason – who lives in the UK – has had a lifelong interest in video games, which all started when he discovered Space Invaders in the early 80s. The first game he ever completed was Wonder Boy in Monster Land on the Sega Master System – which remains one of his proudest gaming achievements. Jason is a passionate writer – and has been writing about gaming since the late 90s. He currently runs pop culture blog midlifegamergeek.com, which he updates on a daily basis (and has written more than 700 articles on the blog alone!).
Outside of video games, Jason is a keen tabletop gamer, film buff and comic book fan.