List of video game magazines
This is a list of video game magazines. The primary focus of the magazines in this list is or was video game journalism for at least part of their run. For general computing magazines that may also cover games, consult the list of computer magazines.
Journalist reporting and evaluation of video games in periodicals began from the late 1970s to 1980 in general coin-operated industry magazines like Play Meter and RePlay, home entertainment magazines like Video, as well as magazines focused on computing and new information technologies like InfoWorld or Popular Electronics.
However, dedicated magazines focusing primarily on video game journalism wouldn't appear until late in 1981, when several magazines where launched independently of each other at about the same time. Computer and Video Games premiered in the U.K. in November 1981. It was soon followed by Electronic Games in the US, founded by Bill Kunkel, Arnie Katz and Joyce Worley, who had previously written the "Arcade Alley" column in Video. While Electronic Games covered arcade and console games as well as computer software, Computer Gaming World was focused entirely on the latter. The video game crash of 1983 badly hurt the market for North American video game magazines. Computer Gaming World, founded in 1981, stated in 1987 that it was the only survivor of 18 color magazines for computer games in 1984.
Meanwhile, in Japan, the first magazines entirely dedicated to video games began appearing from 1982, beginning with ASCII's LOGiN, followed by several SoftBank publications and Kadokawa Shoten's Comptiq. The first magazine dedicated to console games, or a specific video game console, was Tokuma Shoten's Family Computer Magazine, which began in 1985 and was focused on Nintendo's Family Computer (Nintendo Entertainment System in the West). This magazine later spawned famous imitators such as Famitsu in 1986 and Nintendo Power in 1988.
In the mid-2000s, the popularity of print-based magazines started to wane in favor of web-based magazines. In 2006, Eurogamer's business development manager Pat Garratt wrote a criticism of those in print games journalism who had not adapted to the web, drawing on his own prior experience in print to offer an explanation of both the challenges facing companies like Future Publishing and why he believed they had not overcome them.
|Ação Games||1991||2002||Brazil||Editora Abril, Editora Azul||General video gaming||[additional citation(s) needed]|
|ACE||1987||1992||United Kingdom||Future Publishing (1987-1989)
|Atari ST, Amiga, C64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, and newly released machines|||
|Amiga Action||1989||1996||United Kingdom||Europress||Amiga games magazine which merged with Amiga Computing in 1996.|||
|Amiga Force||1992||1994||United Kingdom||Europress Impact||Amiga games magazine|||
|Amiga Power||1991||1996||United Kingdom||Future Publishing||Amiga games magazine|||
|Amtix||1985||1987||United Kingdom||Newsfield Publications Ltd.||Amstrad CPC games magazine; merged with Computing With The Amstrad.|||
|Atari Age||1982||1984||United States||The Atari Club||Atari related topics|||
|Bazinama||2002||Iran||?||Iranian video game magazine|
|Commodore Force||1993||1994||United Kingdom||Europress Impact||Commodore 64 games|||
|Computer and Video Games||1981||2004||United Kingdom||Future Publishing||Home computing, arcade games, video games; web-based magazine defunct as of February 2015.|||
|Electronic Games /
|1981||1985||United States||Reese Communications
(Previously: Reese Publishing Company [1981-1983])
|Video, computer and arcade games|||
|Computer Gaming World||1981||2006||United States||Ziff Davis||PC game topics, occasional console game topics|
|Crash||1983||1992||United Kingdom||Newsfield & Europress||Sinclair Spectrum|||
(Previously: Vic Computing [1982-1983]; Commodore User [1983-1990])
|1983||1998||United Kingdom||EMAP||Commodore computers; started as computer magazine; by 1985 mostly games coverage.|||
|Diànzǐ Yóuxì Ruǎnjiàn||1994||2012||People's Republic of China||China Association for Science and Technology||China's first video game magazine. Covered PC and console gaming, anime, music, etc.|
|Donya ye Bazi||2005||2014||Iran||Donyaye Bazi Organization||First Official Iranian Game Magazine|||
|EDGE||1993||United Kingdom||Future Publishing||Console, PC, Arcade, Mobile games|||
|Electronic Gaming Monthly||1989||2009||United States||Sendai Publishing (1989-1996)
Ziff Davis (1996-2009)
|Video game journalism|||
|Electronic Gaming Monthly||2010||United States||EGM Media||Video game journalism|||
|Electronic Fun with Computers & Games||1982||1984||United States||Fun & Games Publishing Inc.||Video, computer and arcade games|||
(Formerly EGM² [1994-1998])
|1994||2001||United States||Sendai Publishing (1994-1996)
Ziff Davis (1996-2001)
|video game strategy guides and cheat codes|
(Shūkan Famicom Tsūshin (週刊ファミコン通信, "Weekly Famicom News") [1991-96]
Famicom Tsūshin (ファミコン通信, "Famicom News") [86-91]
|Multiformat video game news|
|FUN! Online Games Magazine||2009||United States||Beckett Media||Children's online games|||
|Game Developer||1994||2013||United States||UBM Tech||The premier magazine for working (and aspiring) video game creators|||
|Game Industry Report Magazine||?||2006||United States||GNB News Group||All aspects of the video game industry in the USA|||
|GameFan (Formerly Diehard GameFan)||1992||2000||United States||DieHard Gamers Club (1992-1996)
Metropolis Media (1996-1998)
Shinno Media (1999-2000)
|Video game news –focus on Anime and RPG games, Dave Halverson first video game publication|||
|Game Informer||1991||United States||Funco (1991-2000)
|Articles, news, strategy, and reviews of video games and associated consoles.|||
|Game Zero Magazine||1992||1998||United States||?||First online gaming (WWW) magazine as well as print; News, articles, reviews for console games.||[additional citation(s) needed]|
|GameNOW||2001||2004||United States||Ziff Davis||Spinoff of EGM geared to younger audience|
|Game Players[h]||1989||1998||United States||GP Publications (1989–96)
Imagine Publishing (1996–98)
|Video game journalism|||
|GamePro||1989||2011||United States||IDG (1989-2008)
GamePro Media (2008-2011)
|General video gaming|||
|Games for Windows: The Official Magazine||2006||2008||United States||Ziff Davis||Windows Games in partnership with Microsoft|||
|Gamers' Republic||1998||2001||United States||Millennium Publications||Multiplatform video games, Music, Anime
Halverson's second publicatioon after Diehard GameFan that's more mainstream
|GamesMaster||1993||United Kingdom||Future plc (1993-2003)
Summit Media (2003-2006)
|Multiformat video games|
|GameStar||1997||Germany||IDG Entertainment Media||PC games|||
|gamesTM||2002||United Kingdom||?||UK-based computer and video games magazine|
|Gameworld||1990||1997||Republic of Korea||Mirae Sidae||Console games, later PC games||[additional citation(s) needed]|
|Giochi per il mio computer||1997||2010||Italy||?||Italian video game magazine|
|Hobby Consolas||1991||Spain||First Hobby Press, then Axel Springer||Spanish video game magazine specialized in console gaming|||
|Hoog Spel||1990||2000||The Netherlands||Rangeela B.V.||Dutch gaming magazine|||
|LeveL||1995||Czech Republic||?||PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP, Nintendo DS|
|LeveL||1997||Turkey||?||Turkish edition of Czech magazine|
Axel Springer AG (1998-2012)
BlueOcean Publishing (2012–present)
|MyM||2012||United Kingdom||MCM Central||3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One|||
|NEXT Generation||1995||2002||United States||Imagine Media||32-bit consoles, covers the industry rather than the games themselves|
(Previously: NGamer [2006-2011])
|2006||2012||United Kingdom||Future Publishing||British magazine covering Nintendo products|||
|Nintendo Dream (originally 64 Dream)||1996||Japan||Mainichi||[additional citation(s) needed]|
|Nintendo Force||2013||United States||MagCloud/NF Publishing LLC||Nintendo games|||
|Nintendo Fun Club News||1987||1988||United States||Nintendo of America||Official Nintendo consoles coverage. Started in 1987 as a newsletter; discontinued in favor of Nintendo Power|
|Nintendo La Rivista Ufficiale||2002||2013||Italy||Sprea Media Italy||Italian Nintendo related topics|
|Nintendo Magazine System (Australia)||1993||2000||Australia||Catalyst Publishing||Australian Nintendo related topics|
|Nintendo Power||1988||2012||United States||Nintendo of America (1988-2007)
Future U.S. Publishing (2007-2012)
|Official Nintendo consoles coverage|||
|Nintendo World||1998||Brazil||Editora Tambor||Nintendo related|||
|Official Dreamcast Magazine (UK)||1999||2001||United Kingdom||Dennis Publishing||UK Dreamcast related topics|
|Official Dreamcast Magazine (US)||1999||2001||United States||Imagine Media||US Dreamcast related topics|
|Official Nintendo Magazine (UK)||2006||2014||United Kingdom||Future Publishing||UK Nintendo related topics|
|Official Nintendo Magazine (Australia)||2008||2013||Australia, New Zealand||Future Publishing||Australia & New Zealand Nintendo related topics|
|Official PlayStation Magazine (Australia)||2007||Australia||Citrus Media||Australian PlayStation related topics|
|Official UK PlayStation Magazine||1995||2004||United Kingdom||Future Plc||UK PlayStation related topics|
|Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine||1997||2007||United States||Ziff Davis||US PlayStation related topics, succeeded by Future's PlayStation: The Official Magazine|
|Official Xbox Magazine||2001||United States||Future US||Xbox related topics|
|Oyungezer||2007||Turkey||Seti Publishing||PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP, Nintendo DS|
|Page 6||1982||1998||United Kingdom||Page 6 Publishing||The Atari 8-bit range and Atari ST|
|Personal Computer Games||1983||1985||United Kingdom||VNU||PC games|||
|PC Gamer||1993||United Kingdom
|Future Publishing||PC games|
|PC Games||1992||Germany||Computec Media AG||PC games|
|PC Games||1994||1995||United Kingdom||EMAP||PC games magazine launched in June/July 1994|
|PC Accelerator||1998||2000||United States||Imagine Media||Men's magazine-style PC games coverage|
|PC Mania||1998||2009||Bulgaria||PC Mania||PC games|
|PC Zone||1993||2010||United Kingdom||Future plc||PC games|
|Pelaaja||2002||Finland||H-Town Oy||Finnish gaming magazine.|
|Pelit||1992||Finland||Fokus Media Finland Oy||The oldest and most popular videogame magazine of Finland.|
|Pilot Video||1985||1985||Yugoslavia/Croatia||Vjesnik||Oldest magazine dedicated to Video Games in the former Yugoslavia. It was published by Vjesnik of Zagreb, only three issues were made before discontinuation.||[additional citation(s) needed]|
|Planet PC||1999||2001||United Kingdom||?||PC games|
|Play||1994||2013||People's Republic of China||Science Popularization Publication||China's first PC-gaming-specific magazine.|
|Play Meter||1974||United States||Skybird Publishing||Coin-op and arcade games.|
|Player One||1990||2000||France||Média Système Édition||Console games|||
|PlayStation Magazine Ufficiale||2002||Italy||Play Media Company||Italian PlayStation related topics|
|PlayStation Official Magazine (UK)||2006||United Kingdom||Future Publishing||UK PlayStation related topics|
|PlayStation: The Official Magazine||2007||2012||United States||Future US||PlayStation related topics, successor to Ziff Davis' OPM upon discontiuation of PSM|
|Power Unlimited||1993||The Netherlands||Reshift Digital||Dutch gaming magazine|
|PSM: Independent PlayStation Magazine (PSM: 100% Independent PlayStation 2 Magazine [2000-2005]
PSM: 100% Independent PlayStation Magazine [1997-2000])
|1997||2007||United States||Imagine Media (1998-2003)
Future Network USA (2003-2005)
Future US (2005-2007)
|PlayStation family news|
|PSM3||2000||2012||United Kingdom||Future Publishing||Sony video game consoles and PlayStation games|||
|PNM (Pure Nintendo)||2011||United States||MagCloud/Pure Media LLC||All things Nintendo related|
|Retro Gamer||2004||United Kingdom||Imagine Publishing||Retro games from multiple platforms, often via an Emulator|
|Sankari||2015||Finland||H-Town Oy||Finnish gaming magazine for children aged 8-12.|
|Secret Service||1993||2001||Poland||ProScript||A Polish game magazine, Video games - all platforms|
|Secret Service||2014||2014||Poland||Idea-Ahead||A Polish game magazine, Video games - all platforms|
|Sega Force||1992||1993||United Kingdom||Europress Impact||Sega games magazine|
|Sega Power||1989||1997||United Kingdom||?||?|
|Sega Saturn Magazine||1994||1998||United Kingdom||?||?|
|Sega Visions||1990||1995||United States||Sega of America (1987–89)
Sega/The Communique Group (1990–92)
Sega/Infotainment World (1992–95)
|Official Sega magazine, competed with Nintendo Power|||
|Sinclair User||1982||1993||United Kingdom||?||Sinclair Spectrum|
|SKOAR!||2003||India||Jasubhai Digital Media Pvt. Ltd.||An Indian game magazine|
|Świat Gier Komputerowych||1992||Poland||?||Polish video game magazine|
|The Games Machine||1988||Italy||Aktia||Italian PC Game magazine. PC and Console gaming online.|
|Tilt||1982||1994||France||Editions Mondiales S.A.||PC and Console gaming|||
|Tips and Tricks||1995||2007||United States||LFP (Larry Flynt Publications)||Video game strategy guides, codes and walkthroughs|||
|Total!||1993||2000||United Kingdom||MVL-Verlag (1993-1995)
X-Plain Verlag (1996-2000)
|Nintendo games; brand licensed from UK magazine, but independent content|||
|Videogaming Illustrated||1982||1983||United States||Ion International, Inc.||Video games|||
|Xbox World||2003||2012||United Kingdom||Future Publishing||Xbox video game consoles and Xbox games|||
|Your Sinclair||1984||1993||United Kingdom||Dennis Publishing (1984-1990)
Future Publishing (1990-1993)
|Zzap!64||1985||1992||United Kingdom||Newsfield Publications (1985-1991)
Europress Impact (1991-1992)
|Commodore 64 games|||
- Category:Game magazines
- Category:Video game magazines
- List of video game websites
- Video game journalism
- Title of the publication; In case the title was changed during a magazine's run, older titles are attached in brackets.
- The year of first publication
- The last year of publication, if the magazine is defunct; If the print edition of a magazine brand is discontinued, the magazine is listed as defunct.
- Country of publication; If a magazine was circulated in multiple countries, only the country of origin is given.
- The name of the publisher; If the publisher changed during a publication's run, all publishers are given with their respective publication years in brackets.
- Brief summary of the general range of topics, platforms and genres covered.
- References for all used information
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