I recently bought an iPad, and by extension have spent a lot of time reading. Like many of you, I spent a lot of time in my youth reading various video game centric magazines – Electronic Gaming Monthly, Tips & Tricks, Game Pro, Nintendo Power, you name it. Also like many of you, I viewed these magazines as a precious commodity. After all, there’s no way I could afford each new issue every month, and there was certainly no way I would ever save up the money to subscribe to any of them. Being a collector, I’ve sought out copies of these old gaming mags throughout the years, but they’re somewhat hard to find, and the shipping on them can escalate quickly to say the least. Because of this, when I got my iPad, one of the first things I did was search for scans of these magazines online. Enter Retromags.com.
Run by a host of fellow classic gaming enthusiasts, Retromags is on a constant quest to provide high quality scans of gaming magazines from the dawn of the medium all the way up to 1999. When I first stumbled across this site, it would be an understatement to say I was enthused. Immediately my mind raced at the possibility of reading all the back issues I never could when I was younger, and reminiscing about the ones that I did. Within minutes, I had created an account, and downloaded my first issue. A few minutes later, I was reading it on my shiny new tablet. There is a wonderful incongruity to reading about pushing the limits of 16-bit hardware on a computer that can find me a Taco Bell no matter how slurred my speech.
Retromags is a community effort, and anyone can join in. If you have any magazines that you’d like to donate to the cause, head on over to their forums and get involved. The history of gaming isn’t as well documented as other mediums are, largely because of the relative infancy of the medium itself. Because of this, these magazines provide an invaluable source for the history of video games month by month, game by game. So take a look, and contribute what you can if you’d like. No matter what route you take, it’s clear that a trip to Retromags will be well worth your time.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to spend some time with my iPad.
“Siri, find me a CrunchWrap Supreme.”