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Have you ever subscribed to any gaming related magazines? Which ones did you like?
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Have you ever subscribed to any gaming related magazines? Which ones did you like?


True story, I was subscribed to EGM (Electronic Gaming Monthly) for a year or so leading into the 2008 global financial meltdown. The crash bankrupted a lot of print media, EGM included. Because EGM was owned by a company that oversaw several publications, they sent out a free issue of Maxim to subscribers with a mail-in card that let you permanently switch over your EGM subscription, or cancel it.

My wife (then-girlfriend) was not amused, but I certainly was!laughshake
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I had a long-running Nintendo Power subscription when I was growing up, which wasn't complete but did go all the way back to issue #1 with the Super Mario Bros. 2 cover. Unfortunately I got rid of all those around when I went to college.
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Like Ian, I had a Nintendo Power subscription as a kid, although I started later so I didn't have the first year or two as I didn't get a Nintendo for a few years after it came out. It was a charming little magazine.

I also had a PC Gamer subscription when I was in highschool, enjoying the CDs filled with demos+games that came bundled each month.
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In the 1990s, Computer Gaming World and maybe one other (probably PC Gamer). Even back then, most of the articles were about games I wasn't really interested in. But I liked the Hall of Fame and news about upcoming TBS games.
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My younger brothers used to get the Nintendo Power magazine but haven't renewed the subscription for a while.
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I used to subscribe to PC Zone (excellent gaming mag) but then they were bought over (by Future?) who already had PC Format and PC Gamer and I think they reduced their funding before cancelling them. My subscription moved over to PC Gamer but it wasn't anyway near as good and I cancelled it. I also subscribed to PC Format (for the mix of hardware and games) and noticed that they had some of the exact same game reviews as PC Gamer.
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GeoffreyB wrote:
My younger brothers used to get the Nintendo Power magazine but haven't renewed the subscription for a while.


It would be pretty hard to renew at this point since they ceased publication in 2012.
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Two. After I got my GameCube back in 2002 I subscribed to Nintendo Power for a few years. The reviews were never great but it was a fun, visually appealing magazine. I'm subscribed currently to Game Informer and have been in the past. Still a great source of information but unfortunately their format is basically dead. I still absolutely love Game Infarcer, though, and how many dumb people are tricked into writing angry letters to GI every year because of it.
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I used to subscribe to two: Computer Gaming World and PC Gamer. I thought Computer Gaming World was the better of the two -- it had better writing IMO. Unfortunately, it went out of print and only the more hip PC Gamer remains.

Long before my current PC days, I would pick up copies of Loadstar at the local bookstore. It came with a disk that was launched with a "Load *" command entry. The disk included all the programs and articles in the magazine. It was HIGH tech back then.
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I've had numerous subscriptions over the years - GamePro, EGM, Nintendo Power, whatever Game Stop shilled, and a few others I've probably forgotten.
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I subscribe to Game Informer through my PowerUp Rewards card from GameStop, though I think they converted me to the digital version last time, so I never look at it. I subscribed to PC Gamer for awhile as well. I always liked it, but I didn't renew when my subscription ended last time for whatever reason. I also loved PlayStation magazine, although I never actually subscribed to it. I bought it frequently at my local grocery store. Nintendo Power and GamePro were also favorites, but I wasn't an actual subscriber to those either.
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No, never. I wouldn't even know where to look for one.
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Nope.

My local library has subscriptions to a couple of the more popular ones and once or twice I flicked through PC Powerplay or similar. However that only served to confirm my opinion that gaming magazines are for people with broader (or possibly more mainstream?) videogaming tastes than me.
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Computer Gaming World for a year or 2, and PC Gamer for a year or less (unless it was only a few issues via trial?). For these, I like how they also publish required specs, and recommended specs for various games.

Otherwise, I've looked at plenty of them. From friends. From bookstores. Etc. Nintendo Power. Game Informer.

I did was buy an issue every now and then, including Electronic Gaming Monthly
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Yes. PC Gamer starting back in '96 when I finally got my own PC. I enjoyed it very much and really looked forward to it every month, especially the demo CDs (where I first played Diablo).

I still get Game Informer because of the PowerUp Rewards card for GameStop, but I buy from them infrequently now and I don't know how much longer for this world that chain actually has.
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I had PC Gamer back in the day, and read most of those almost cover to cover. The demo CDs always had great stuff on them.


Several years before that, my older brother had a subscription to Compute! magazine. I was too young to really appreciate those at the time, but can still remember "programming" a few very fun games by hand-typing machine code from them.
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PSM! My Mom bought got me a subscription when it first came out. I have a special memory of it because my parents kept gifts to birthdays and Christmas, then out of no where my Mom shows up with this magazine. She quietly re upped it for 2 more years, and I read them all. I remember it called itself the Unofficial Playstation Magazine with 'Unofficial' being like some rebellious badge of honor. Ah the 90's pop culture.
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I did for a while (like 15 years ago) because it came with the GameStop rewards card or whatever at the time. I didn't remember which one, but I guess you guys saved me from looking it up laugh
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I subscribe to Game Informer through my PowerUp Rewards card from GameStop


Other than that I don't really like magazines, so I never buy them. I occasionally used to look through them at the book store or whatever, but I don't really have time for them now and don't care much about the newest releases anymore.
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Nope, I was never much of a magazine reader.
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No, I haven't. I have, however, purchased five issues of Nintendo Power Magazine at an antique mall: Pokemon Gold and Silver, Pokemon Stadium 2, Pokemon Crystal, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and an issue from July 2002 summarizing E3 2002 which has a collage of a bunch of characters including Mario and F.L.U.D.D., Kirby from Nightmare in Dream Land, and Bilbo from The Hobbit.

Ever since the Nintendo Switch was released, I pick up the free video game magazines from Walmart as often as possible, especially the annual issue that lists every game that has come out that year. I guess it's still called the Parents' Guide to Video Games, but I'm not sure because I only have the 2017 issue but couldn't get the 2018 issue.
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A "nope" for me as well.

However there was a limited run of a quarterly (don't know the name of the top of my head)that I got a while back that was nothing but concept art and design related images. I still have those in a binder.
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I didn't subscribe to them but I did buy Sinclair User and Your Sinclair every month. Also quite a few Crash, ACE, and some Computer & Video Games too.
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