Video Game History Foundation Will Mail You Vintage Gaming Mags

An array of old gaming magazines that are part of the Video Game HIstory Foundation's subscription service.

You’ll most likely not get the primary Nintendo Power, however you’ll be able to dream.
Photo: Video Game History Foundation

Bright, colourful, choked with advertisements, and crammed with articles dated earlier than they even left the writer’s warehouse, retro online game magazines are pleasant little static moments in online game historical past preserved on paper. The Video Game History Foundation’s classic journal subscription service desires to ship these historic nostalgia bombs to the doorstep so long as you retain payin’.

Back within the day, earlier than a part of my job grew to become scanning the web for each little scrap of online game information I might discover, I beloved online game magazines. You might discover copies of Electronic Gaming Monthly, Nintendo Power, PSM, GameProfessional, GameFan, and extra on my espresso tables, subsequent to my mattress, and typically plastered to my lavatory ground after forgetting they had been there throughout a very vigorous bathe. In my early teenagers I developed a behavior of yanking the advertisements out of the magazines and pinning them like wallpaper to my bed room wall, a lot to the chagrin of my mother and father and our landlord.

Nowadays I don’t want to purchase online game magazines for up-to-date information and critiques, however I lengthy for the times once I did. When I discovered the Video Game History Foundation was promoting a monthly “blind bag” subscription service for gaming magazines revealed from the early ‘80s by way of 2010, I jumped on the probability.

As a part of its mission to “bring video game history back to life,” the Video Game History Foundation is working towards amassing an entire assortment of each online game journal ever revealed. In the course of that endeavor, the group has ended up with an entire lot of duplicates. Rather than storing all of these extras in an enormous warehouse à la Raiders of the Lost Ark, the group pops the extras into protecting mylar luggage, packages them with a certificates of authenticity, and sends them out to people who subscribe to the service for $15 a month.

A black mailing sleeve containing a copy of the first Nintendo Power magazine.

Fancy journal packaging, proper?
Photo: Video Game History Foundation

These aren’t bookstore leftovers with their entrance covers torn off or dogeared copies rescued from rubbish dumps. The magazines on supply are well-preserved and well-protected. If you wish to screw them up, you’ll should do it your self.

Being the courageous online game historian that I’m, I opted for a single problem earlier than committing to the month-to-month payment. In retrospect, paying $20 for a one-time supply as a substitute of $15 for a month-to-month service I can cancel any time was a waste of 5 bucks, however I felt very good whereas ordering. A number of weeks later, I obtained a pristine, very thick copy of Top Secret Passwords: Nintendo Player’s Guide.

An old copy of the magazine Top Secret Passwords: Nintendo Player's Guide in a plastic sleeve.

I might inform you what’s inside, however I must kill you, and I’m too lazy.
Photo: Kotaku / Mike Fahey

While it doesn’t characteristic any advertisements, being extra a information than a standard periodical, the quantity is in wonderful situation. I can virtually nonetheless odor the ink inside as I flip by way of alphabetical pages of ideas for video games from Adventures of Lolo II to Vice: Project Doom. I hoped for one thing a bit broader in scope, however that’s the luck of the draw. Check out what online game persona and father-to-be Greg Miller pulled on his first delivery.

So jealous.

Overall, I’m extremely happy. Not solely do I now possess prime secret passwords to many Nintendo video games, all proceeds from journal gross sales and subscriptions go towards the increasing of the Video Game History Foundation’s library, with the intention of finally turning it into an open useful resource obtainable to the general public. As for me, sorry children, my private library shall stay personal for the foreseeable future. You don’t wish to go in my lavatory anyway.

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