#1 Edited by filmfan2001 (38 posts) -

After the interesting discussion on the podcast I got investigating old magazines online. Absolutely brilliant Archive here - Old Computer Mags

Found mine below, which I started reading after getting my Spectrum+. Still have every issue in binders but great to find them online. Post your 1st mags here.

#2 Posted by Pr1mus (4093 posts) -

I don't remember which issue but the first one i read somewhat regularly was Gen4. A French video games magazine dedicated to computer games. I think they eventually started another one dedicated to consoles.

It's from France and we would get each issue over here in Québec about 3-4 months later. Since i didn't speak any English at the time options were limited. It was alright.

If i remember correctly, in their weird universe Sin won over Half-Life. Jeff would approve that.

#3 Posted by SlashDance (1856 posts) -

@pr1mus: I totally have this issue in a drawer somewhere. I read that magazine until it died, I believe in 2004.

#4 Edited by Morningstar (2318 posts) -

PC gamer back in the mid 90s, threw them all away some years ago though :/

#5 Posted by dropabombonit (1541 posts) -

I don't have it any more but I think it was a PSM which had a Driver 1 review in it

#6 Posted by HarlechQuinn (455 posts) -

I can't remember exactly which one, but it was either "C64er" or "Happy Computer" sometimes in the mid Eighties (both German magazines).

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#8 Posted by MattyFTM (14589 posts) -

My entire old magazine collection (along with my entire old game collection) was destroyed in a house fire last year. I imagine my first games magazine was an old issue of PlayStation Solutions. Possibly the one with Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee on the cover. This is the only image of it I can find:

Despite being a kid with no money and not being able to afford many recently released games, I still loved PlayStation Solutions, a magazine dedicated to guides and walkthroughs of recently released games. I liked reading the guides even if I didn't own the games.

I did have an Amiga before a PlayStation, but never got into Amiga Magazines. I was too young, I guess. I hear Amiga Power was a fantastic publication. It would have been great to have some of those.

#9 Posted by YoungFrey (1363 posts) -

Joystik magazine. It is really old, and didn't last long, but I went over that rag back and forth so many times. Reading about the "Byte-rollover" problem in Pac-Man (this was before the term Kill Screen was common). It was where I saw my first images of Blade Runner and The Wall. So many childhood memories.

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#11 Edited by CallMeTetris (77 posts) -

The first magazines I remember having are a stack of '96-'97 Gamepros found for free at a garage sale; the first one I remember personally buying was definitely OPM, I believe it was the issue with Final Fantasy VIII on the cover.

#12 Edited by MonkeyKing1969 (3551 posts) -

My first magazine was COMPUTE, I started a subscription in 1984 and kept it up until 1990.

#13 Edited by Rebel_Scum (873 posts) -

C+VG 1988 don't know the month but I bought the magazine even though I had an Atari 520st and couldn't play any of the games mentioned because it was all about the Amiga 500, Spectrum and C64.

#14 Posted by Gabriel (4129 posts) -

Hmm... Where's Computer Gaming World?

#15 Posted by iam3green (14368 posts) -

i think it was nintendo power. use to read those a lot back when i played n64 alot.

#16 Posted by Cold_Wolven (2351 posts) -

An Australian magazine called PC User, it was the December 2000 issue and came with a free copy of the original Alone in the Dark.

#17 Edited by SpaceInsomniac (4202 posts) -

@morningstar said:

PC gamer back in the mid 90s, threw them all away some years ago though :/

Console mags included Nintendo Power, Electronic Gaming Monthly, Game Pro, and Next Generation. Had subscriptions to all but Game Pro.

#19 Posted by Levius (1295 posts) -

N64 magazine was perhaps the Giant Bomb of its day. Serious when it needed to be, while still having plenty of clever, dumb jokes about video games.

#20 Posted by Vextroid (1451 posts) -

PLAY magazine with the cover being about Crash Team Racing. IIRC.

#21 Posted by filmfan2001 (38 posts) -

That sucks MattyFTM, losing all that history. Most of mine were water damaged and had to be binned so this site is great. The only ones I have left are every issue of Your Sinclair. Yup, Amiga Power and Amiga Format were quite techy which was good. I was well into Delux Paint art and animation at the time. Ever so helpful.

I remember the first CVG I got had Space Harrier on the cover, don't know what year. They often had excellent covers by Oli Frey.