While browsing Craigslist yesterday, I found an ad that made my pants tingle. I don’t have a screen shot to show you, but this person was advertising a 52 vintage videogame magazine lot…AND SHE ONLY WANTED TEN BUCKS FOR ALL OF IT! Djkafjdkzasjkafd!!!
I know, I know. Some of you might be shaking your head, juuust like my friends did on Facebook. Some of you might consider old game magazines nothing more than fire fodder. But I look at them as a physical snapshot in the industry’s history. From the PlayStation advertisements to the “First Leaked Pictures!” of the Sega Saturn and everything in between, it’s fascinating to look upon the industry from a God-like perspective. I know those “leaked” Ocarina of Time screenshots you’re making a fuss about won’t be included in the final product. I know that this super secret Project X—which was dubbed a Mario killer—turned out to be nothing more than a souped-up $400 DVD player that only had seven or eight compatible games.
This probably won’t surprise most of you, but I have a bookshelf dedicated to the magazines I’ve collected throughout the years.
Here are a few pics of my magazine loot from last night!
And here’s my reading material for the day:
I’m old and I’m going to prove it. A long time ago I enjoyed AMIGA Game magazines! They gave you a little disk with demos on them included. Oh the times…
THE DEMO DISKS! A few of those came with some of the magazines. But WTF is AMIGA? Is that an old person game magazine? >)
im quite jealous! i really wish i could flip through those pages! im sure there is a few there that would take me down a stroll on memory lane.
Oh yeah! Some of the articles make you chuckle…especially the one I read where the industry was compared to that of the VCR industry.
It’s not a bad thing to have a few magazines from times past. Where we question your sanity is when you buy 52 of them, haha.
It’s all just good-natured ribbing, though. I am fine with your collection, maybe even a little envious. Some of us play retro games to stay connected to a time when we weren’t so focused on the finer details of the games we currently play. The collection is your way of staying in that space, I’m sure.
Of course, the other part of the fun is seeing the way the industry thought it was heading and being able to know where it actually went. It’s gotta make the articles feel like a different experience than if you’d read them upon their original release.
Pretty good haul for $10.
“FOR THE HOARD!” :D
Hahaha, I know. I admit…I sorta-kinda like the teasing! :)