Among the many fine individuals Matt Barton and I interviewed for the upcoming feature film documentary, "Woot!: The Videogame Revolution" (working title), was Robert "Bob" J. Citelli, a long-time marketing professional who has been involved with some very interesting companies and associations over the years. Mr. Citelli was kind enough to bring materials from two of these ventures, Toy & Hobby World, and Leisure Time Electronics, both industry publications from 1980 - 1981, which I was able to take back on the plane with me for archiving. Unfortunately, both time and the oversized format of most of these publications has precluded me from properly scanning them, so I used my Canon digital camera for raw captures that can be processed later (these publications need to be mailed back later this week unaltered). Besides all the toy stuff, obviously, there are incredible contemporary accounts and advertising of rare items from Atari, Mattel, Bally, APF, Avalon Hill and other videogame and computer companies, including products that never saw commercial release. Even in the state it's presently in, I think it's well worth checking through the images as there's plenty of "buried" treasure in there. Click here. There are over 630 images (pages), so if you find something of interest, point it out so I can process that page or pages into clean images sooner rather than later. Enjoy!
I put this issue up in September of 2004 on my personal Website courtesy of one Mr. Jay Snellen, and thought that since the new Armchair Arcade is so good at indexing things that I'd make mention of it again here on my blog and bring attention to it for those that missed it in the past. I don't know why there is still no online repository of Family Computing issues, but at least there's this one example up. If I can ever gain access to a non-destructive quick and simple scanning process, I'd happily scan my large collection of Family Computing , Electronic Games and countless other information-rich industry magazines from the 1970's - 80's. Family Computing and Electronic Games were invaluable resources to me as a child growing up in the heady days of the first videogame and home computer explosion and it's a shame that each is not readily available to scholars and enthusiasts alike...
Though their selection is random and incomplete, Find Articles features over 10,000 magazine and academic journal articles archived online, many of them for free. Surprisingly, one of the magazines featured is Computer Gaming World, which was once one of the best written computer gaming magazines out there.
Other gaming magazines featured are Xbox Nation, Game Now, and Electronic Gaming Monthly.
GameSetWatch is running a column called 'Game Mag Weaseling': Your Field Guide to US Magazine Racks. The author, Kevin Gifford, takes us on a brief tour of the American game mag shelf, offering some history and commentary about each title. He concludes with, "If I was on a one-way flight to Moscow and I could bring any game magazines I wanted, I would buy EGM, GI, Nintendo Power, CGW, and PC Gamer. Oh, and Computer Games assuming I could find it, which I probably couldn't." He makes some interesting observations about RetroGamer, which is apparently so euro-centric that it's difficult for it to attract readers on this side of the pond.