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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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...
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!
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.
" 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.
" @Amethyst said:Indeed they are. Unless they involve some other snot taking the library magazine before I could! >__>" 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. "
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.
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.
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!
@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.
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.
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.
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.
@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
- Dangerous Waters
- DCM: Unofficial Dreamcast Magazine
- Electronic Gaming Monthly
- Game Buyer
- Game Developer
- Game Fan
- Game Informer
- Game Now
- Game Players
- Gamer's Republic
- Games for Windows: The Official Magazine
- Incite: Games for Life
- Mac Addict
- 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
- Sega Visions
- Silicon Magazine
- Tips & Tricks
- TWICE: This Week in Consumer Electronics
- Video Games
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.
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. :)
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