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October 16, 2006 9:11 AM   Subscribe

The Computer Gaming World Archive. The first 100 issues of Computer Gaming World downloadable in pdf form, ads and all. 1981-89. (Url directs to splash page with ad, click link below to continue, pdf files somewhere around 20 megs.)
posted by pyramid termite (17 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Do any of these explain how to beat Manannan? Cause I'm still stuck. Stupid chamber pot.
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 9:23 AM on October 16, 2006 [1 favorite]

Seriously though, just scrolling through these covers is bringing back many memories. Cool artwork, too. Thanks for the link.
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 9:26 AM on October 16, 2006

And, uh, in case anyone is wondering...

...this is the one about KQIII...
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 9:28 AM on October 16, 2006

Great post. Now if I could only find a downloadable archive of Electronic Games magazine.
posted by BoatMeme at 9:39 AM on October 16, 2006

Neat quote I found flipping through the issue that SmilyChewtrain linked to:

"If you had asked a bunch of people in 1957 what they wanted, nobody would have asked for plastic hoops to rotate around their hips. This gives me some hope that there is still use for intuition, instinct, and even some good old-fashioned brain damage in the creative end of the business."

- Brenda Laurel, Product Development, Activision
posted by GeekAnimator at 10:59 AM on October 16, 2006

I just received the "last issue" of CGW in the mail today (or was it Saturday?)... apparently a lot of the staff are leaving, columns are being cut, and the name of the magazine is being changed to Games for Windows.

The current issue comes with 5 covers (and, it should be noted... 5 different inside front cover ads for current products), including the first cover which was nostalgic to look at... not because I had ever seen it, but the art style was similar to the first issues of Dragon Magazine^ if anyone remembers those.
posted by illovich at 1:36 PM on October 16, 2006

BoatMeme -- I second that emotion.

Where the fuck are the files?
posted by bpm140 at 5:08 PM on October 16, 2006

werd., CAn we get a rehost?
posted by subaruwrx at 9:35 PM on October 16, 2006

Thirded on Electronic Games.

(I was about to decry you guys for lusting after what I has misread to be Electronic Gaming Monthly. That I dislike now, and loathed back in the 90s.)
posted by JHarris at 12:36 AM on October 17, 2006

Note: The URL given is incorrect. It should be

(Correct address found over at GameSetWatch.)
posted by JHarris at 12:39 AM on October 17, 2006

Note: The URL given is incorrect. It should be

they had to have changed it ... i just checked my browser history and the link was the one i had accessed all these files yesterday with ... in fact, if you go to, where issues 68-100 are, and click on 1981-1989, shows up as the link in the status bar

that's annoying ... thanks for pointing it out
posted by pyramid termite at 7:26 AM on October 17, 2006

[fixed the fpp link]
posted by jessamyn at 7:37 AM on October 17, 2006

thanks, jessamyn
posted by pyramid termite at 8:14 AM on October 17, 2006

I don't think they "changed" it, as I got to the files a day or two before from the GSW link. What they probably did was stop redirecting the gfw site to cgw.
posted by JHarris at 8:23 AM on October 17, 2006

I remember there used to be an archive of all of the Electronic Games' covers, but I'm unable to find it now. I need to go to my grandparents' house, dig up my collection and get them scanned.

Anyone who gets all teary-eyed at the mere mention of EG would do well to pick up a copy of Confessions of the Game Doctor by Bill Kunkle, co-founder of Electronic Games magazine.
posted by BoatMeme at 8:24 AM on October 17, 2006 [1 favorite]

I'm using this command:

wget -m -np -H -D,

to grab all of the issues. YMMV, don't blame me if it tries to spider the whole internet.
posted by Skorgu at 3:50 PM on October 17, 2006

Cool post! It's amazing how different computer games are from what they used to be, and amusing how these old mags look almost as quaint as the games they cover.
posted by owhydididoit at 9:51 PM on October 17, 2006

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