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Infamia #0 (1995, 23.09, ECS Filemag)

Review by Glenn Lunder

Infamia is a diskmag focusing on the scene of its native country, Italy. Graphically, it's unfortunately well below average. The code is also below average. It supports backgrounds, which is a good thing, but don't expect to see any clipart or anything like that.
Navigation works pretty well by clicking on the directional buttons with your mouse, but the lack of keyboard shortcuts are almost unforgivable. I can't comment on the editorial quality, since I do not speak Italian :) There doesn't seem to be enough articles, 'tho.
GLE tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 16mb fast/3.0.

Infamia #1 (1995, 02.12, ECS Filemag)

Review by Glenn Lunder

This second issue of Infamia opens with a much better title picture than last time, albeit from the same artist. The music also shows promise, and as I click my way into the mag itself, I can see that the panel graphics have also been replaced. The new ones are a lot better. Furthermore, they've abandoned their own main font for boring old Topaz 8, which is NOT such a good thing IMHO. A good font can almost give a mag an identity onto itself - just look at R.A.W.
There's still no keyboard navigation, though.
GLE tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 16mb fast/3.0.

Infamia #2 (1996, .04, AGA Filemag)

Review by Glenn Lunder

With Infamia's third issue, it receives yet another welcome face-lift. The first and most imminent change is that the old intro's gone! Instead, we now find a new one, made for the Infamia guys by Lustrones. It's pretty good, and does that job it needs to do. But after the intro is over, do we go directly to the mag? NO! Instead, there's a brand new section - the gallery! This one has a pretty OK logo on top, a chip-happy tune of the oldschool variety, and lots of B&W pictures of Italian sceners. It was done by Biosynthetic Design.
Then the mag itself: It opens with the best intro logo they've had so far; metallic cogwheels in the background and INFAMIA in the foreground in very 'heavy metal' characters. It looks raytraced. And then the mag itself...WOW! Colorful, great looking panels on show here, and a reggae-like tune that's great to mellow out to. For the first time reading Infamia, I SERIOUSLY regret it's in Italian :)
There's still not a lot of articles, but I expect what's there is pretty good. I browse the mag, looking at some articles and immediately notice the incredibly smooth transitions and the new font. INFAMIA is a mag that's grown up, and is ready to leave its parents and live in the world on its own. Never mind if you can read Italian, check it out!
GLE tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 16mb fast/3.0.