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Aktueller Software Markt

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Aktueller Software Markt
June 1988 cover
EditorManfred Kleimann
Peter Schmitz
Managing DirectorAxel Grede
CategoriesVideo games
First issueMarch 1986
Final issueFebruary 1995

Aktueller Software Markt (literally Current Software Market), commonly known by its acronym, ASM, was a German multi-platform video game magazine that was published by Tronic-Verlag from 1986 until 1995. It was one of the first magazines published in Germany focused on video games, though the first issues of ASM covered the software market in general for almost all platforms at this time, hence the magazine's full name.[1] According to the magazine itself, it was the first computer software journal in Germany.[2] However, it soon evolved into a video game magazine.

The first issue was published in March 1986, issue 2/1995 was the last issue. From the first issue until ASM 9/1991, Manfred Kleimann was the magazine's chief editor, then he was replaced by Matthias Siegk. With issue 5/1993, Peter Schmitz took the place of the chief editor until the last ASM.[3]

During the last years of the ASM's history, the name was changed two times. With issue 12/1993, the magazine was renamed ASM – Das Spaß-Magazin, meaning "ASM – The Fun Magazine". Another name change occurred with issue 11/1994, now the magazine's full name was ASM – Das Computer-Spaß-Magazin, literally "ASM – The Computer Fun Magazine", which was used until the last issue.[3]


  1. ^ Editorial. ASM (Tronic Verlag), March 1986: "[...] Wir haben unser Magazin mit einer Flut an Information über Action-Games, Adventures, Anwenderprogramme, Sound-Software, Lernprogramme oder Denk- und Strategiespiele „vollgepfropft“. [...]", roughly "We have filled our magazine with a lot of information on action games, adventures, application software, sound software, educational software or puzzle and strategy games."
  2. ^ Cover. ASM (Tronic Verlag), March 1986: The line under the logo reads "Erste Computer-Software-Fachzeitschrift", meaning "First computer software journal".
  3. ^ a b ASM cover compendium at Kultboy.com, also includes information on the issues' respective editors

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