Even though I realized the 'NG' writers were full of themselves at the time I enjoyed reading their rants and previews. The reviews were biased as heck (the Saturn games were shallacked with unfairly low scores) and venomous against anything 16-bit or older, which was fun to read just because it was so damn off-base. Three stars for 'Yoshi's Island' (SNES)? No way! I've kept every 'NG' copy I ever bought (including the debut issue with 'Virtua Fighter' on the cover) and love pulling them back for nostalgia's sake. Heck, I'm incapable of throwing away game magazines. I'm weird like that.
Later on, they started to do crazy features just to sell the magazine, and their reviews started to take a dive.
I didn't think they were against the Saturn. They put NiGHTS in their top 100 list, and games like Dragon Force, Tomb Raider and Shining the Holy Ark got great reviews.
My favorite magazine is still Video Games and Computer Entertainment. I wish I still had some of those sitting around.
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Personally, I prefer Game Informer, because they were the first to include a "retro" section where old video games are reviewed. Now the rest of them are jumping on that backwagon as well. Who would have thought that gamers would be so interested in old games?
I also keep all of my magazines, and I love looking back over them, especially the ones from the early 90's. They all bought into the forthcoming "Virtual Reality" era (which never came), and also the "convergence" all-in-one set boxes (3DO, CDI) which were going to revolutionize our lives.
I used to love opm (what was once the only good playstation magazine) but the they fired all of the smart writers and hired a bunch of college kids. Who couldent tell a good game froma hole in the ground they keep calling new games old school and it just looks silly. In one review they called a 3D hack and slash old school! What? Any game that uses only 2 buttons or is 2-d is for some reason old school you know maybe if they played a system older then the ps1 they wouldent sound so stupid, when describing old school games.
The oldest magazine I have that I purchased myself (I buy older one's when I can on eBay: [url]http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6950151339&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&rd=1 [/url]) is a Nov./Dec. '93 issue of Gamefan magazine with 'Cybermorph' (for the Atari Jaguar) on the cover. I bought it at a newstand in New York's Grand Central station after attending a taping of the then-new 'Conan O'Brien' late night show. I read it on the train back to the Upstate New York college I was attending at the time. They had this cool comparison chart between the then-unknown Sony, Sega, Nintendo (called Ultra 64) systems and the already-out 3DO and Atari systems. I remember buying everything these guys said as if it were true. I still have the mag, and re-reading it (along with almost every magazine from that era) shows how manipulated the press was by the people at Sony and Nintendo (and, to a lesser extent, Sega) that knew how to spin them like they were drying machines.
started collecting in 1982...everything from
EGM to Next Gen, Game informer, etc...
my favorite old game mags:
VIDEO GAMES AND COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT (only 2 issues printed sadly)
ELECTRONIC FUN WITH COMPUTERS AND GAMES
VIDEO GAMING ILLUSTRATED
I don't think it had many issues, I only have the first or second issue...I think the $9.99 price tag probably did it in rather quickly. I would love to have all of the volumes, however many there are.
I subscribe to EGM and Gamepro. I read magazines just to be aware of what games are coming out. I don't actually fully trust any magazines' reviews anymore.
I feel that the best, most honest magazine ever was early 1990's EGM.
A far-cry from today's EGM, whom seems to be in their own trendy/clicky universe when it comes to game reviews.