#1 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

I read this article on Gamasutra, Analysis: Are Your Old Video Game Magazines... Worth Money? and thought I would throw this out there. I lost all my EGMs and Nintendo Powers from the early nineties. Everything I have is 2000 and above and worth nothing, but I still have them. So, do you have some of these old magazines that they're talking about. Do you have a prized collection?

#2 Posted by fuzzybunny566 (448 posts) -

i used to have a large collection of nintendo power (6+ years) and game players/ultra game players/game buyer/next generation (5+ years...as the magazine changed format and went defunct, the company just changed my subscription to its sister mag) that i HATE myself for purging years ago.  seriously, to this day i dont know why i got rid of them.  i've corrected my ways and have every game informer and psm/p:tom since 2001 now.  i found a site which had complete mag scans of nintendo power and other mags, and have slowly been reclaiming my collection via scans (first 100 issues of NPower) and buying/downloading all the issues i can (game players and its kin). 
 
it's so much fun to go back and read video game articles, reviews and adverts from 20 years ago, and to see in hindsight big announcements and previews for stuff like Virtual Boy, Ultra 64 and the Atari Jaguar.
#3 Posted by HandsomeDead (11863 posts) -

I have GameMaster magazines from issue 49 to around 200. I wouldn't expect anyone to pay anything for them but I still like to go back every now and again to reminisce.

#4 Posted by Famov (768 posts) -

I have a few game magazines from the early 2000s, the most interesting bit is a eulogy for the Dreamcast in one of them. 
 
I also have this Time For Kids issue I got from grade school that talked about the Pokemon phenomenon. It also provided an amusingly inaccurate videogame 'timeline' that chronicled game systems by their bits. The most recent entry on this timeline is (again) the Dreamcast, noted for its realistic 128 bit graphics and for the game Sonic Adventure, which the magazine guessed would be the next must have game for us/the kids.
#5 Posted by LiquidSwords (2738 posts) -

I still have my EGM and GameFans from the 90's. I used to have the tons of Nintendo Power (including #1 and the 4 free strategy guides they sent for free), but have lost or are in pretty bad shape. Loved the layouts for the GameFan magazine, can't believe #1 is going for $200!

#6 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -

i never would have thought about old magazines being worth any money. a couple of years ago i use to have a bunch of old magazines of nintendo power and EGM under my bed. i decided to throw away because they were old. i do wish i kept one of the EGM, it was the phantom one. it would have been funny to read that again. for some peopel that don't know what the phantom was, it was pretty much what onLive is. Onlive is a project that is going to be a server based video game system. you can pretty much play anything on it.

#7 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11419 posts) -

My Nintendo power collection spans from 2004 to 2008. So no, it's not worth money. However, if I ever want a laugh, I can go to the review section and listen to them hype up 1st and 2nd party Nintendo games.

#8 Posted by Lavapotamus (199 posts) -

I have a box of Nintendo Powers from the N64/GC era sitting in my closet. I've been meaning to toss it, but I know I'll probably just spend a few hours looking through them, decide to keep them instead, and put them back. 
 
I kind of miss having a gaming mag subscription now...

#9 Posted by DaManGB (377 posts) -

Man I miss EGM I have like over 100 issues of it.

#10 Posted by gamb1t (964 posts) -

I had every single issue of Tips & Tricks. Till  i moved ;\

#11 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

That reminds me, I need to hit up my nephew. He was born in '86. He has all his Nintendo Powers. He has a shit ton of early nineties GamePros too. I've read many of his mags, but had to give them back. He takes care of his shit. And he didn't trust me.

#12 Posted by Diamond (8634 posts) -

Most of my gaming magazines are 1989-1997.  Probably virtually worthless.  Although Gameplayers is awesome and I can't find any scans of issues I don't have (or those I have)...  I wouldn't want to get rid of em anyways.  I still look at them every so often.
 
Then there's my even more valuable issues of Game Informer, when they had shitty wrestling games on the cover!

#13 Posted by Jasta (2217 posts) -

I hardly ever used to read about games and the only magazine I buy on occasion nowadays is Edge. As long as the internet continues to exist I dont think I'll be needing them.

#14 Posted by Dalai (6980 posts) -

I have a number of early 90s Nintendo Power mags around, all in piss poor shape. They might be worth a few bucks if they were in good condition.

#15 Posted by Tebbit (4447 posts) -

I have a Official Playstation Magazine from 1998, with a whole raft of pictures that were supposed to be leaked designs for the PS2. It looked like a Playstation and a Mega Drive had a baby, then painted it blue.

#16 Edited by Amethyst (90 posts) -

I love game magazines, but I was forced to read the current issue of Nintendo Power or EGM at the local library. My parents didn't see any worth in giving me a subscription. -_-; 
 
Nowadays I subscribe to EGM and Game Informer. I love the former, not so much the latter.

#17 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -
@Amethyst said:
" I love game magazines, but I was forced to read the current issue of Nintendo Power or EGM at the local library. My parents didn't see any worth in giving me a subscription. -_-;  Nowadays I subscribe to EGM and Game Informer. I love the former, not so much the latter. "
Memories are priceless.
#18 Posted by Amethyst (90 posts) -
@Claude said:
" @Amethyst said:
" I love game magazines, but I was forced to read the current issue of Nintendo Power or EGM at the local library. My parents didn't see any worth in giving me a subscription. -_-;  Nowadays I subscribe to EGM and Game Informer. I love the former, not so much the latter. "
Memories are priceless. "
Indeed they are. Unless they involve some other snot taking the library magazine before I could! >__>
#19 Posted by Bigandtasty (3202 posts) -

I have some mid 90's Nintendo Powers, including the 100th issue, but they're all in bad condition (damage was mostly inflicted by my cousin). The 100th issue is particularly bad with a torn front cover.

#20 Posted by Roger778 (953 posts) -

I used to have hundreds of PC Gamer magazines, but I gave them away so I could make room on my limited shelf space for OXM Magazines, and Game Informer magazines (they are two of the best gaming magazines in my opinion).  I never thought of selling them to people, though.  That kinda intrigues me.
#21 Posted by SuperfluousMoniker (2906 posts) -

I've still got all my issues of Game Players Magazine in my closet. I was a subscriber for practically the entire run of the magazine, starting sometime around 1990. I took them with me when I moved out of my parents house and let me tell you, 10 years worth of monthly magazines are heavy. I'm glad I still have them though, I can spend hours nostalgically looking through those things.

#22 Edited by ZeroOne007 (1 posts) -

If anyone is looking to get rid of their old video game magazines, I would be interested in purchasing them. It's sad that people just throw them away. I am a collector and would like to add them to a collection. Mostly looking for early issues, before 2000 and in good condition. So if anyone is just going to throw them away, let me know. Thanks!

#23 Posted by Jeff (3400 posts) -

@claude: I had a pretty big collection of 1990s-era magazines that I recently tossed out. I thought about keeping them around until I saw that they had all already been scanned and put out online. I figure if I ever want to see any cool, weird ads from back then, the scans will do nicely. Getting some garage space back was definitely worth it.

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#24 Posted by Marz (5641 posts) -

used to sub Gamepro back in the genesis, snes days... doubt it's worth money though.

#25 Edited by PandaBear (1295 posts) -

I have so many fucking European and Australian magazines from 1990 to now. US mags are STILL around $15... but SEGA Megazone, old Hyper, Mean Machines, CVG, Australian Edge (died after seven issues), Official Nintendo Magazine Australia ... about a billion others ... if they're worth anything I'm sitting on a massive pile of fucking gold.

EDIT: PC Gamer, PC PowerPlay, GamePro ... more that I'm remembering that I have a ton of.

#26 Posted by Danteveli (1157 posts) -

I dont' think the magazines are worth much but sometime its pretty cool to read all the other stuff that was written before online era. like previews of the games that never came to be and the crazy ads they used to have. Don't know bout the US but in here there was period where ringtones and phone porn was popular so almost every magazine had that crap (of course censored) but it was so silly to put that type of stuff in gaming magazine.

#27 Posted by Blu3V3nom07 (4137 posts) -

I mean at this point, I'm hoping there's some insane collection that some museum has, hopefully. If Smithsonian could do an old game exhibit, then I would hope someplace would preserve this type of stuff as well. I remember A Life Well Wasted had a piece about that they trying to preserve old games like Quake, but famous matches as well. And how much and stuff.

Anywho, I doubt magazines these days are worth much.

#28 Posted by Marino (4579 posts) -

@claude: I still have several hundred old magazines, most of which I still have on a shelf in my living room. I don't really have any plans on what to do with them, but while I have the space, I like keeping them.

Aside from a gap between 2000-2004, I've got most of the Nintendo Powers. Then I have a bunch of EGMs and GamePros from as far back as 1994. Some of my favorite stuff is the weird magazines I would pick up at E3 every year. Some of them were only tangentially related to games and it was also my only real chance to pick up some European ones.

I used to keep track of them in a spreadsheet (because of course I did), so here's a list of the publications that I have at least one of:

  • Animation Magazine
  • Code Junkies
  • Computer Gaming World
  • Computer Games Magazine
  • CTW
  • Dangerous Waters
  • DCM: Unofficial Dreamcast Magazine
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
  • EGM2
  • Foul
  • Game Buyer
  • Game Developer
  • Game Fan
  • Game Informer
  • Game Now
  • Game Players
  • GamePro
  • Gamer's Republic
  • Games for Windows: The Official Magazine
  • GamesBusiness
  • GameWeek
  • Incite: Games for Life
  • Mac Addict
  • MCV
  • N64 Pro
  • Next Generation
  • Nintendo Power
  • Official Dreamcast Magazine
  • Official PlayStation Magazine
  • Official Xbox Magazine
  • PC Accelerator
  • PC Gamer
  • Play Magazine
  • PlayStation Pro
  • PlayStation: The Official Magazine
  • Pocket Games
  • PSM
  • RZONE
  • Sega Visions
  • Silicon Magazine
  • SURGE
  • Tips & Tricks
  • TWICE: This Week in Consumer Electronics
  • Video Games
  • XBN

This is from a couple years ago I think, but it's still pretty much the same.

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#29 Posted by Marino (4579 posts) -

@claude: Also, just noticed this was a crazy necro bump. Oh well.

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#30 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (2955 posts) -

Still got most of my nintendo power, egm and gamepro mags from back to the early 90's sitting somewhere in storage. I'll probably keep them for posterity and for the fact my parents address is probably sitting on the front of all of those magazines and I should probably either black it out or rip it off the front covers before I donate / throw them away.

#31 Edited by StriderNo9 (1077 posts) -

I used to have sooooo many PSN mags, Ultra Game Players, Gamefan, Game Buyer, Gamer's Republic, Next Generation, and EGMs. My mother threw them out when I moved but I was able to salvage a few of each when I dove into the dumpster. Most are in good condition.

#32 Posted by spookytapes (261 posts) -

I have a bunch of Sega Visions, Ultra Gameplayers and EGM issues still.

#33 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

@marino said:

@claude: Also, just noticed this was a crazy necro bump. Oh well.

Haha, no worries. That's impressive.

#34 Edited by Embryonic (136 posts) -

@danteveli: Hehe, having a subscription to OPM as a teenager served two purposes.

#35 Edited by Brackynews (4039 posts) -

@claude:

Boomshakalaka. Took some things all the way to California Extreme for autographs.

Aside from the completeness of my collection per publication, I'm fairly proud of its global diversity. Let's just say my parents were very generous with allowance on account of reading. :)

@blu3v3nom07 said:

I mean at this point, I'm hoping there's some insane collection that some museum has, hopefully. If Smithsonian could do an old game exhibit, then I would hope someplace would preserve this type of stuff as well.

Here you go, one example: http://www.icheg.org/collections/library-archival