Electronic Games Magazine (1982) Feat. Chris Kohler – Video Game Years History

A look at Electronic Games Magazine, first published in Winter 1981.
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Electronic Games was the first dedicated video game magazine published in the United States and ran from October 1981 to 1997 under different titles. It was co-founded by Bill Kunkel, Joyce Worley, and Arnie Katz, and is unrelated to the subsequent Electronic Gaming Monthly.

17 Comments

  1. Justyn219 on April 10, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    THESE FUCKING VIDEOS ARE WAY TOO FUCKING SHORT. THEY ARE FUCKING POINTLESS BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL ONE FUCKING MINUTE LONG. THEY ARE FUCKING STUPID. THEY ALL NEED TO BE AT LEAST 3 TO 4 MINUTES LONG TO WORTH WATCHING.

  2. Boco Corwin on April 10, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    EGM was always my favorite. I liked NP but even as a young kid, I felt the substance was lacking. I can remember the preview for Super Mario RPG; getting amped for the N64 Disc Drive; the holiday season that MGS, Ocarina of Time, Spyro, Mario Party and a bunch more awesome games came out. Good memories.

  3. EnigmaticPenguin on April 10, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    I swear John Delia is a dead ringer for Helo from the new Battlestar Galactica

  4. xylofiso on April 10, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Cool little throwback, and I will agree game magazines have followed the down trend, but they still exist!  I saw a Game Informer about a year ago, and an XBOX magazine sticker was advertised on the plastic shelving of the magazine rack, but alas, no magazine!

  5. TheAllaksion on April 10, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    in a time before the internet – the one or two screenshots determined when to save your allowance and when to buy a new game. a simple time.

  6. MrBjanders on April 10, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    I really miss Computer Gaming World. Online content doesn’t quite scratch that same itch.

  7. lemonlateralus on April 10, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Wrong!
    The first was CVG (Computer and video games) from UK!
    First issue was in November 1981.

  8. Spintown7 on April 10, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    I used to read "Next Gen" until they went belly up.

  9. Decky on April 10, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    I miss magazines.
    Taking a shit just isnt the same anymore.

  10. S.U.P.R.E.M.E. Society on April 10, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Reminds me of my subscription my Grandma got me to Gamepro. From the mid to late 90s that was my main source of literature. Eventually I burned them in a symbolic gesture to mark the beginning of my adolescence. I regret it now.

  11. MorbidMaximus on April 10, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    I have a nice digital PDF gaming magazine collection, Atari Age, Nintendo Power ect… I still use them when playing retro games, just load them to my tablet to have them on hand.

  12. K-Wud ! on April 10, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    cvg computer and video games magazine in the UK started in 1981 not saying it was the 1st but was out before this. And ran from Nov 81 until 2004, and their website ran until 2014 I think before coming part of the clown shoe site gamesradar

  13. ZeldasFinalFantasy on April 10, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    I use to beg my mom to buy me this magazine! I had to do so many chores. Then once I when I had them all stacked up in my room the bitch threw them away…. fuck.

  14. The Blue Ocelot on April 10, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    While almost everything is online now, magazines will always hold a place in my heart. My first was Nintendo Power, then it was Tips & Tricks followed by U.S. Official PlayStation Magazine. I still pick up a mag from time to time but to quote Egon "print is dead."

  15. SkullWolf Steam on April 10, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    kinda wrong their are still gameing mags to this day i every so offen pick up a retro gameing mag i dont know if they still do em in the us but they still do em in the uk

  16. Kharnivore2099 on April 10, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    EGM wasn’t the first montly games magazine though…

  17. gozinta82 on April 10, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Was gonna ask if this had anything to do with EGM, but just read in your description that it wasn’t. Man I loved that magazine (EGM). Pretty cool stuff!

    I miss all of the demo cd’s that the mags used to come with. Nothing cooler than loading a bunch of previews to play on your PC.

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