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Journalist reporting and evaluation of video games in periodicals began from the late 1979s to 1980 in general coin-operated industry magazines like Play Meter[1] and RePlay,[2] home entertainment magazines like Video,[3] as well as magazines focused on computing and new information technologies like InfoWorld[citation needed] or Popular Electronics.[3]

However, dedicated magazines focusing primarily on video game journalism wouldn't appear until late in 1981, when several magazines where launched independently of each other at about the same time. Computer and Video Games premiered in the U.K. in November 1981.[4] It was soon followed by Electronic Games in the US, founded by Bill Kunkel, Arnie Katz and Joyce Worley, who had previously written the "Arcade Alley" column in Video.[5] While Electronic Games covered arcade and console games as well as computer software, Computer Gaming World was focused entirely on the latter.[6] The video game crash of 1983 badly hurt the market for North American video game magazines. Computer Gaming World, founded in 1981, stated in 1987 that it was the only survivor of 18 color magazines for computer games in 1984.[7]

Meanwhile in Japan, the first magazines entirely dedicated to video games began appearing from 1982, beginning with ASCII's LOGiN, followed by several SoftBank publications and Kadokawa Shoten's Comptiq. The first magazine dedicated to console games, or a specific video game console, was Tokuma Shoten's Family Computer Magazine, which began in 1985 and was focused on Nintendo's Family Computer (Nintendo Entertainment System in the West). This magazine later spawned famous imitators such as Famitsu in 1986 and Nintendo Power in 1988.[8]

In the mid-2000s, the popularity of print-based magazines started to wane in favor of web-based magazines.[9] In 2006, Eurogamer's business development manager Pat Garratt wrote a criticism of those in print games journalism who had not adapted to the web, drawing on his own prior experience in print to offer an explanation of both the challenges facing companies like Future Publishing and why he believed they had not overcome them.[10]

This is a list of video game magazines. The primary focus of the magazines in this list is or was video game journalism for at least part of their run. For general computing magazines that may also cover games, consult the list of computer magazines.

The table's columns are as follows:


NameFoundedDefunctCountryPublisherTopicsExternal LinkRefs
ACE19871992United KingdomFuture Publishing (1987-1989)
EMAP (1989-1992)
Atari ST, Amiga, C64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, and newly released machinesN/A[11]
Amiga Action19891996United KingdomEuropressAmiga games magazine which merged with Amiga Computing in 1996.N/A[12]
Amiga Force19921994United KingdomEuropress ImpactAmiga games magazineN/A[13]
Amiga Power19911996United KingdomFuture PublishingAmiga games magazineN/A[14]
Amtix!19851987United KingdomNewsfield Publications Ltd.Amstrad CPC games magazine; merged with Computing With The Amstrad.N/A[15]
Atari Age19821984United StatesThe Atari ClubAtari related topicsN/A
Bazinama2002Iran?Iranian video game magazinehttp://www.bazinama.com/
Bazy Rayaneh2002Iran?Iranian video game magazinehttp://www.bazyrayaneh.com/
BGamer1998PortugalGoody, SAGeneral video gaming, Hardwarehttp://www.bgamer.pt
BioGamer Girl Magazine2010United States?Horror, Gaming, Femaleshttp://www.biogamergirl.com
Commodore Force19931994United KingdomEuropress ImpactCommodore 64 gamesN/A[16]
Computer and Video Games19812004United KingdomFuture PublishingHome computing, arcade games, video games; web-based magazine still active.http://ComputerAndVideoGames.com[17]
Computer Entertainment
(Previously: Electronic Games [1981-1985])
19811985United StatesReese Communications
(Previously: Reese Publishing Company [1981-1983])
video, computer and arcade gamesN/A[18][19][20]
Computer Gaming World19812006United StatesZiff DavisPC game topics, occasional console game topicsN/A
CRASH19831992United KingdomNewsfield & EuropressSinclair Spectrumhttp://www.crashonline.org.uk/
CU Amiga
(Previously: Vic Computing [1982-1983]; Commodore User [1983-1990])
19831998United KingdomEMAPCommodore computers; started as computer magazine; by 1985 mostly games coverage.http://www.cu-amiga.co.uk/[21]
Donyaye Bazi2005IranDonyaye Bazi OrganizationFirst Official Iranian Game Magazinehttp://news.dbazi.com/[22]
EDGE1993United Kingdom?Console, Pc, Arcade, Mobile gameshttp://www.edge-online.com/
Electronic Gaming Monthly1989 (1. run)
2010 (2. run)
2009 (2. run)United StatesSendai Publishing (1989-1996)
Ziff Davis (1996-2009)
EGM Media (2010-)
?http://www.egmnow.com/[23][24][25]
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games19821984United StatesFun & Games Publishing Inc.video, computer and arcade gamesN/A
Expert Gamer
(Formerly EGM² [1994-1998])
19942001United StatesSendai Publishing (1994-1996)
Ziff Davis (1996-2001)
video game strategy guides and cheat codes?
FUN! Online Games Magazine2009United States?Children's online games?
Game Champ19921998Republic of KoreaJeu MediaConsole games, later PC games?[26][27]
Game Channel19931994Republic of KoreaDSIBM PC?[26][27]
Game Developer (magazine)19942013United StatesUBM TechThe premier magazine for working (and aspiring) video game creatorshttp://www.gdmag.com[28]
Game Informer1991United StatesFunco (1991-2000)
GameStop (2000-present)
Articles, news, strategy, and reviews of video games and associated consoles.http://gameinformer.com[29][30]
Game Zero magazine19921998United States?Online magazine; News, articles, reviews for console games.http://www.gamezero.com/[31][32]
Gamemunition2010Pakistan?Online magazinehttp://www.gamemunition.com/
GameNOW20012004United States??
GamePro19892011United StatesIDGGeneral video gaminghttp://www.gamepro.com[33][34]
Games for Windows: The Official Magazine20062008United StatesZiff DavisWindows Games in partnership with Microsofthttp://www.gamesforwindows.com[35][36]
GameStar1997GermanyIDG Entertainment MediaPC gameshttp://www.gamestar.de/[37]
gamesTM2002United Kingdom?UK-based computer and video games magazine?
Gameworld19901997Republic of KoreaMirae SidaeConsole games, later PC games?[26][27]
GCG2014United KingdomGCGAn online magazine about video games, comics and gadgetshttp://www.gcgmag.com
Giochi per il mio computer19972010Italy?Italian video game magazine?
Hoog Spel19902000The NetherlandsRangeela B.V.Dutch gaming magazinehttp://www.hoogspel.nl/[38]
LeveL1995Czech Republic?PC, PS3, XBOX360, Wii, PSP, Nintendo DShttp://www.level.cz/
LeveL1997Turkey?Turkish edition of Czech magazinehttp://www.level.com.tr/
M! Games
(Previously: Man!ac [1993-2008])
1993GermanyCyberMediaConsole gameshttp://www.maniac.de/[39] [40]
Micro Adventurer19831985United KingdomSunshine PublicationsAdventure games focused magazine for all formats, including Spectrum, Vic 20, BBC, Dragon, Apple, C64N/A[41]
neXt Level19962000GermanyX-Plain-VerlagConsole gameshttp://www.x-plain.de
Nintendo Gamer
(Previously: NGamer [2006-2011])
20062012United KingdomFuture PublishingBritish magazine covering Nintendo productshttp://www.nintendo-gamer.net[42]
Newbez2013United StatesNewbezOnline magazine with assorted game-related newshttp://www.newbez.com/
Nintendo Force2013United StatesMagCloud/NF Publishing LLCNintendo gameshttp://www.nfmagazine.com/[43]
Nintendo La Rivista Ufficiale2002ItalySprea Media ItalyItalian Nintendo related topics?
Nintendo Magazine System (Australia)19932000AustraliaCatalyst PublishingAustralian Nintendo related topicsN/A
Nintendo Power19882012United States??http://www.nintendopower.com
Official Dreamcast Magazine (UK)19992001United Kingdom?UK Dreamcast related topics?
Official Dreamcast Magazine (US)19992001United States?US Dreamcast related topics?
Official Nintendo Magazine2006United Kingdom, AustraliaFuture PublishingUK, Australia Nintendo related topicshttp://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/
Official PlayStation Magazine (Australia)2007Australia?Australian PlayStation related topics?
Official UK PlayStation Magazine19952004United Kingdom?UK PlayStation related topics?
Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine19972007United States?US PlayStation related topics?
Official Xbox Magazine2001United States?Xbox related topicshttp://oxmonline.com/
Oyungezer2007Turkey?PC, PS3, XBOX360, Wii, PSP, Nintendo DShttp://oyungezer.com.tr/
Page 619821998United Kingdom?The Atari 8-bit range and Atari SThttp://www.page6.org/
PC Gamer1993United Kingdom
United States
Future PublishingPC gameshttp://www.pcgamer.com
PC Games1992Germany?PC gameshttp://www.pcgames.de/
PC Accelerator2000United States?PC GamesN/A
PC Mania19982009Bulgaria?PC gameshttp://www.pcmania.bg/
Pelit1992Finland?The oldest and most popular videogame magazine of Finland.http://www.pelit.fi
Play19942013People's Republic of ChinaScience Popularization Publicationhttp://www.playmediacompany.it/edicola/edicola-01.asp?Id=2482
PlayStation Magazine Ufficiale2002Italy?Italian PlayStation related topicshttp://www.joyplay.cn
PlayStation Official Magazine (UK)2006United Kingdom?UK PlayStation related topics?
PlayStation: The Official Magazine19972012United States?PlayStation related topicshttp://playstationthemagazine.com/
Planet PC19992001United Kingdom?PC games?
Popsoft1995People's Republic of China?PC games and softwarehttp://www.popsoft.com.cn/
Power Unlimited1993The Netherlands?Dutch gaming magazinehttp://www.pu.nl/
PSM320002012United KingdomFuture PublishingSony video game consoles and PlayStation games?
PNM (Pure Nintendo)2011United StatesMagCloud/Pure Media LLCAll things Nintendo relatedhttp://purenintendo.com/magazine
Retro2013United StatesGameGavel LLCRetro and retro-inspired games and topicshttp://readretro.com
Retro Gamer2004United KingdomImagine PublishingRetro games from multiple platforms, often via an Emulatorhttp://www.retrogamer.net/
Sega Force19921993United KingdomEuropress ImpactSega games magazine?
Sega Power19891997United Kingdom??N/A
Sega Saturn Magazine19941998United Kingdom???
Sinclair User19821993United Kingdom?Sinclair Spectrumhttp://www.sincuser.f9.co.uk/
SKOAR!2003IndiaJasubhai Digital Media Pvt. Ltd.An Indian game magazinehttp://skoar.thinkdigit.com/
Thirteen12008United KingdomT1 Publishing LtdA free online-based game magazinehttp://www.thirteen1.com/
Total!19932000GermanyMVL-Verlag (1993-1995)
X-Plain Verlag (1996-2000)
Nintendo games; brand licensed from UK magazine, but independent contenthttp://www.x-plain.de[44][45][46]
Videogaming Illustrated19821983United StatesIon International, Inc.Video gamesN/A
Xbox Magazine Ufficiale?Italy?Italian Xbox related topics?
Xbox World20032012United KingdomFuture PublishingXbox video game consoles and Xbox games?
Your Sinclair
(previously: Your Spectrum [1984-1985])
19841993United KingdomDennis Pubblishing (1984-1990)
Future Publishing (1990-1993)
Sinclair Spectrumhttp://www.ysrnry.co.uk/
Zzap!6419851992United KingdomNewsfield Publications (1985-1991)
Europress Impact (1991-1992)
Commodore 64 gamesN/A[16]

See also[edit]

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