Joystick (magazine)

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Issue 107 cover
CategoriesComputer magazine, Video games
FounderMarc Andersen[4][5]
First issue9 November 1988
Final issue
23 November 2012
CompanySipress,[5] Hachette Digital Presse,[1] MER7,[6] Anuman Interactive[7]
Based inParis

Joystick (formerly Joystick Hebdo)[4][8] was a French computer magazine that published monthly issues on PC games. It was founded in 1988 by Marc Andersen,[5] who later left in November 1995. Originally published in the form of a 32-page weekly magazine in 1988 and 1989, it saw monthly 148-page issues (and more) past 1990.[1][4][9] It initially sold with one or more floppy disks and then later with several CD-ROMs, and finally, until April 2012, a DVD that included complete copies of video games. In 2012, Joystick ceased distribution.

Despite 80,000 unique visitors per month to Joystick's website, it was closed in March 2002 due to the lack of profitability.[10] It reopened in early 2008 as a summary of the magazine, including video game reviews and video game news; it would be updated irregularly until June 2012.


The first issue of Joystick Hebdo was published on 9 November 1988[8] and contained cheat-code listings, game testings and reviews.

Sometime between November 1989 and January 1990, Joystick Hebdo rebranded as Joystick[4][11] and began selling monthly issues.

In June 1993, Joystick was purchased by Hachette Digital Presse.[5][12] In 2003, Hachette Digital Presse was acquired by Future.[13] During this time, many editors left Joystick and created the independent publication Canard PC.[14]

In 2011, MER7[6] (formerly Future France) was liquidated,[14][15][16] causing the last issue of Joystick to release on 23 November 2012. On 8 February 2013, based on a decision by the Paris Commercial Court, Anuman Interactive acquired the Joystick brand[7][17] and announced Joystick Replay in March 2013.[18]

On 17 May 2018, and Anuman launched a podcast series to commemorate the magazine.[19] It showcases interviews with former Joystick writers and editors.

Joystick Replay[edit]

In March 2013, Anuman Interactive announced Joystick Replay,[18] a game label that repurposes retro PC games for the modern age. It has published remakes of games such as Darkstone, Fire & Forget, Moto Racer, North Vs South, Prehistorik, Prohibition 1930 and Titan.


On 3 July 2012, in the "Summer Special" issue of that year, Kévin Bitterlin, a former journalist for Joystick, wrote in a review for the 2013 Tomb Raider game "Subjecting one of the most iconic figures in video games to such torture is just great. And I daresay it is quite exciting." Many outraged reactions launched a debate on sexism in video games in France. [20][21][22][23][24]


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  7. ^ a b "L'éditeur Anuman Interactive acquiert les licences "Joystick" et "Tilt"". AFJV (in French). 8 February 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
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  15. ^ Gasperini, Cedric (8 November 2012). "L'éditeur de Consoles+, Jeux Vidéo Magazine, Joystick... placé en liquidation judiciaire - page 1- GamAlive". Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Liquidation judiciaire pour MER7 (Consoles +, Jeux Vidéo Magazine...)". (in French). 8 November 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  17. ^ Weber, Rachel (12 February 2013). "Anuman acquires Tilt and Joystick magazines". Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  18. ^ a b Verdin, Guillaume (27 March 2013). "Anuman Interactive annonce le label "Joystick Replay"". Le Mag de MO5.COM (in French). Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  19. ^ Pépin, Guénaël (27 September 2016). "ZQSD: des journalistes financent l'avenir de leur podcast sur le jeu vidéo via Patreon" (in French). Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  20. ^ Provost, Lauren (22 August 2012). "Joystick et Lara Croft: la critique d'un jeux-vidéo accusée de faire "l'apologie du viol"". Huffington Post (in French). Retrieved 23 January 2019. Faire subir de tels supplices à l'une des figures les plus emblématiques du jeu vidéo, c'est tout simplement génial. Et si j'osais, je dirais même que c'est assez excitant.
  21. ^ Checola, Laurent (23 August 2012). "Lara Croft et le sexisme des gamers". Le Monde. Archived from the original on 1 July 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  22. ^ "Lara Croft, le sexe et les machos". L'Express. 17 May 2014.
  23. ^ "Joystick: apologie du viol et culture du machisme". 18 August 2012. Archived from the original on 15 May 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  24. ^ "Tomb Raider: Joystick déclenche une polémique sur la tentative de viol de Lara Croft". 24 August 2012. Archived from the original on 1 September 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2018.

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