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#1 Posted by Hizang (9358 posts) -

I have a huge collection of video game magazines, I'm in the process of fully tidying up my room and throwing a bunch of stuff out. I seem to have far to many of them, most notably my Nintendo Magazine collection, the one with Mario's face on the spine so that when there in the right order it shows his full face. While impressive I'm never going to read any of them again. So if you buy magazines, do you like throw it away once your done with it, like you would a newspaper, or do you have a huge stack in your wardrobe?

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#2 Posted by v2xJFresh (142 posts) -

Not a huge stack yet, but the magazines I do have I haven't thrown away, this is the case for any magazine i buy. not really sure why

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#3 Posted by Vexxan (4635 posts) -

They remain well sorted in my parents' house. When I'm there I pick them up once in a while, especially the older ones are well-memorized in my brain.

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#4 Posted by Hizang (9358 posts) -

I've reccently started to get PS3 and Xbox 360 official mag aswell as Empire and Gay Times, this as well as weekly comics fills up space quickly. So I was thinking of going through a system where I buy a copy of them all, put them on my coffe table, for a month, and when the new one comes out I'll replace that one with the new one.

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#5 Posted by PhatSeeJay (3331 posts) -

I have all but one issue of PC Gamer from the first issue to 2005. Some heavy God damned shit. Fun read about Duke Nukem Forever though. :)

I don't buy magazines anymore though. Just don't get any new information any more.

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#6 Posted by wormz (137 posts) -

Yeah I keep all of them, I've subsribed one magazine for almost 18 years so I got a bunch.

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#7 Posted by Hizang (9358 posts) -

I just threw them all out, I feel clensed.

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#8 Posted by harinosho (711 posts) -

i keep mine.. still gotmy very first local video game magazine (N.A.G - new age gaming) issue at home.. 

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#9 Edited by Jeust (11739 posts) -

I keep some of mine. I had a huge collection, but now I only keep the few I feel I'm going to read.  
 
Although I have a pile of old scientific magazines. ^^;

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#10 Posted by 234r2we232 (3175 posts) -

I recently went through my garage and found a very large bag of them. Mostly Nintendo magazines, but among them I found Issue 1 of the Official Dreamcast magazine. I wonder if it's worth anything P:

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#11 Posted by BombKareshi (1042 posts) -

I'm not subscribed to any magazines, but I have a bunch of old ones from the 16-bit era that my dad was gonna throw out. I guess I value them in some sentimental way. I'll probably get rid of them eventually, when space becomes a problem.

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#12 Posted by Extreme_Popcorn (846 posts) -

About 10 years of PC Gamers, I have no desire to get rid of any. I enjoy looking back at the first Half Life review or the previews for Daikatana.

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#13 Posted by Cold_Wolven (2523 posts) -

I keep them all, a piece of gaming history within those pages that in a few years time I'll look back and say "I remember that game".

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#14 Edited by LegendaryChopChop (1381 posts) -

I have a ton; I'm actually looking to sell them. No room. I have nearly every EGM from 1999 to their demise and a boatload of Game Informers and Nintendo Powers. I store them in a filling cabinet that is taking up quite a hitch of space in my closet.

I wouldn't say I collect them, I just think there's not much of a market for old gaming magazines, but I might be truly mistaken.

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#15 Posted by Joker369 (994 posts) -

I only keep the special edition issues such as game of the year

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#16 Posted by Danteveli (1433 posts) -

There is a stack laying in many places of my home that I have forgotten about. I would throw them out but I'm too lazy.

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#17 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8020 posts) -

Yeah. Either on my bookshelf or in boxes.
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#18 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2749 posts) -

Of course I do.

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#19 Posted by JazGalaxy (1638 posts) -
@Hizang said:
I have a huge collection of video game magazines, I'm in the process of fully tidying up my room and throwing a bunch of stuff out. I seem to have far to many of them, most notably my Nintendo Magazine collection, the one with Mario's face on the spine so that when there in the right order it shows his full face. While impressive I'm never going to read any of them again. So if you buy magazines, do you like throw it away once your done with it, like you would a newspaper, or do you have a huge stack in your wardrobe?
I don't know how old you are, but you might be suprised how much you'll grow to love to go back and look at them. 
 
I had to throw a lot of mine away, but there are a lot of really interesting gaming artifacts that come in handy at times. 
 
I remember showing a guy a preview of the Dragon Ball Z NES game in the very first issue of Nintnedo Power. He didn't know the series was that old. 
 
I remember showing a guy an EGM from back in the days where the magazine was over an inch thick. (I MISS those days...) 
 
I remember using one to prove to someone that N64 games used to be almost $100. 
 
I remember using one to prove to someone fairly recently that the media and the gaming culture at large HATED Quake 1 when it was released and even had cover stories about how it was terrible and Id was done with. THen about 3 months later, after they played it some more, it became the critical darling and favored in front of Duke Nukem who was the previous king of FPS games. 
 
So... I'd say keep them. OR give htem to me.
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#20 Posted by _Horde (852 posts) -

I have some old ones lying around. Pretty fun to take a glance at the past.

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#21 Posted by domar_dk (51 posts) -

Indeed I do. I've kept every magazine I've ever got my hands on since 1993. Mostly Danish magazines but got some from the UK and Germany as well.
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#22 Posted by Progman9000 (287 posts) -

I started a tradition when I was very young to keep every single issue of Nintendo Power.  I have a feeling that I'll keep that up until the magazine goes belly up, online only, or I get married, whichever comes first.  Since Future US bought them and a lot of the old crew left, it's gotten pretty lame.  Also having to cover not awesome Wii games as though they look great probably doesn't make their job any easier.
 
That's the only game magazine I keep though.  I tossed my few EGMs and Game Informers out a couple years back.

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#23 Posted by TheUnsavedHero (1308 posts) -

When I had a Game Informer subscription, they would be lying around. Got rid of all of them when I moved out of the house.

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#24 Posted by Hizang (9358 posts) -
@JazGalaxy I'm 19, and I sorta have an iPhone, which does all of that.
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#25 Posted by WickedCobra03 (2247 posts) -

Only the notable or good ones. Like I used to get Gamepro, EGM, Playstation Mag, Nintendo Power and PC gamer throughout the years at different times, and I really only kept like maybe 2 magazines a year. Most got thrown.

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#26 Posted by Hot_Karl (3321 posts) -

Nah, but I keep other, raunchier, dirtier old magazines IF YOU CATCH MY DRIFT

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#27 Posted by StriderNo9 (1322 posts) -

Oh man I had this box of magazines. I had a collection of about 900 magazines from all over, Gamefan, Gamer's Republic, Next Gen, PSM, Game Players, Official Dreamcast, EGM, the list goes on. I moved out thinking I could use my attic for storage and my mothers threw them out. I was a bit crushed. I was able to go into the dumpster and gather a few from every magazine but that only turned out to be like 10 or so. These days I collection Edge, Game Informer, and Retro Gamer.

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#28 Posted by ShockD (2487 posts) -

Yeah, I still keep some from 2003. Games were old but gold.

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#29 Posted by JazGalaxy (1638 posts) -
@Hizang said:
@JazGalaxy I'm 19, and I sorta have an iPhone, which does all of that.
Not as well as you'd think. that's why I had to go back to the magazines to prove all that stuff. He was of the opinion that since he couldn't find proof of it on the inernet, it didn't happen...
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#30 Posted by Little_Socrates (5844 posts) -

Once the games I care about in a magazine are all out and I've played them, I tend to get rid of them. But I still have the LA Noire Game Informer (the first of that great new cover design, I think!)

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#31 Posted by sopranosfan (1965 posts) -

No, I wish I had the room and organization to do so but I just can't find a good place to keep old magazines.  Everytime I try I always find something that needs the space more or they end up in the way.  I usually have the last 3-6 months of Game Informer and Playstation magazine laying around.

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#32 Posted by Tacoboy1986 (172 posts) -

I have a huge collection of Game Informer magazines that I've been collecting for 10+ years. Right now they're just sitting in my room, I've been meaning to store them properly. I do glance through them every now and then when a cover catches my eye.

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#33 Posted by DuskVamp (720 posts) -

I've got stacks of magazines, I can't bring myself to through them away.

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#34 Edited by sammo21 (5664 posts) -

At one point I had all of my EGMs. The collection I had in good condition went from a few issues before the Dreamcast launch all the way to about a year after the PS3 launch.

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#35 Posted by MysteriousBob (6262 posts) -

Haven't kept a single one. I throw them out as soon as I'm done reading them. That is I did, I haven't read one in about 10 years. I have the internet.

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#36 Posted by Grumbel (1010 posts) -
@Hizang said:
So if you buy magazines, do you like throw it away once your done with it, like you would a newspaper, or do you have a huge stack in your wardrobe?
If the magazines are in bad conditions and are available online: throw them away, no big loss.
If they are in good conditions and are available online: give them to some collector if you no longer need them.
If they are not available online and are rare: keep them, scan them or give them to somebody who would, would be sad to see a bunch of video game history go.
 
For German magazines there is http://www.kultpower.de/ which has a lot of stuff archived already.
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#37 Posted by Paulrus (283 posts) -

I have a box full of Gamepros ranging from 2000 to I think 2007.

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#38 Posted by MysteriousBob (6262 posts) -
@Hellstrom said:
What are these things you call "Magazines"?
Paper Internet.
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#39 Posted by shinigami420 (647 posts) -

no

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#40 Posted by CookieMonster (2536 posts) -

Yeah, only because I can't be arsed to throw them out.

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#41 Posted by frytup (780 posts) -

I mostly do digital-only subscriptions these days, but I still get a couple of printed mags.

After moving a few times, I've learned to only keep things I actually need. Magazines go into the recycling bin as soon as I'm done reading them.

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#42 Posted by SomeJerk (4077 posts) -

I got rid of my old game and computer magazines and found my walk-in closet empty, could rent it out, fit a bed and a table and what not in there. Years and years of (enter name of British Amiga or gaming mag here) and GameFan, EGM and the likes, and a lot of Swedish mags. Keeping certain issues that are worth their weight in gold though

The memories are with me forever of the good old days, when if you wanted a game, you'd write to a guy in his parents garage and send him a fiver in the mail and he'd copy a tape of his latest code for you. Bless Jeff Minter.

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#43 Posted by SpudBug (709 posts) -

I keep some of the good ones. I'll throw away stuff like official xbox/playstation magazines. I have lots of old nintendo power/EGM/gamepros. from the 90s and early 2000's . Fun to read.

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#44 Posted by GunstarRed (6044 posts) -

I don't really buy magazines but I have a random handfull. The official ps2 magazines  that had FFX, mgs2 &3 reviews in them and bunch of Edge magazines... the one with the Ocarina of time review in it.
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#45 Posted by Devoid (438 posts) -

I've still got a drawer or two full of old gaming magazines. And some are kinda old.

..There's one here from when Cool Spot was announced.

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#46 Posted by Bakumatsu (428 posts) -

I have plenty of them. Since June 1999 I buy on a monthly basis a portuguese videogame magazine called BGamer. I have a card box full of them on my parents' house and a pile on my house. I know. I have a problem...

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#47 Posted by bartok (3212 posts) -

I have a few old Nintendo Power magazines and all the Strategy Guides they sent me.  I use to have quite  few well worn issues of Gamepro and EGM because they had move list, combo list, and fatalities to various fighting games.  The strangest being Midway's WWF Wrestlemania: The Arcade  Game but back in the day I was a beast when I played as Bam Bam Bigelow or Razor Ramon.

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#48 Posted by Yanngc33 (4551 posts) -

I have a shit ton of Nintendo Powers when it was still good

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#49 Posted by TheGreatGuero (8881 posts) -

I did. I was subscribed to EGM for probably 4-5 years, I'd say. I had kept them until recently. Let's face it. I would never look at them again.

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#50 Posted by HandsomeDead (11853 posts) -

I have issue 49 to like ~200 of GamesMaster lying around in a box in my attic.