This is Your Last Issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly

This last insert from the December 1993 issue of EGM, for tonight (believe it or not, there might actually be one more), is the reminder card telling you that your subscription has run out.

I don’t remember why I stopped subscribing to EGM. Maybe it was because I was already subscribing to Video Games (which, without notice, had transformed from Video Games & Computer Entertainment in 1993), which was very similar to EGM. Maybe I was busy with school, getting ready to take my SATs. Or maybe I was finally growing up and starting to become interested in other things ( 😉 ). Either way, it wouldn’t be until the early 2000s that I’d subscribe to EGM again, and even then it was only because I got one of those bundle offers where you could get 3 magazines for $5 or something.

EGM Subscription Reminder, Last Issue - December 1993

EGM Subscription Reminder, Last Issue - December 1993

GamePro Subscription Cards (Early 90s)

For this gaming museum post, we have a couple of subscription cards, a postage-paid envelope, and the order form that goes into the envelope for GamePro magazine. Based on the issues of GamePro that I had, these cards are probably from the January 1991 issue. The “Special Holiday Offer” and the two issues shown on the cards being the June and July 1990 issues tend to corroborate this theory.

You can’t see it in the scan but the order form was actually folded and placed into the envelope for who knows how long (well, I guess 26 years). At that time I would’ve been around 12 years old, and maybe I wanted to subscribe but couldn’t so I just folded the order form and pretended that I did. I wonder why I didn’t fill out the form? 🙂

Enjoy yet another piece of video game history.

GamePro Subscription Cards

GamePro Subscription Cards

GamePro Subscription Envelope

GamePro Subscription Envelope

GamePro Subscription Order Form

GamePro Subscription Order Form

Inside EA Sports, Volume 2, Issue 2 (1993)

Inside EA Sports, Volume 2, Issue 2 (1993)

Here’s another insert from the December 1993 issue of EGM: an advertising supplement disguised as a magazine, Inside EA Sports, Volume 2, Issue 2.

Not much to say about this scan; it was thin, relatively easy, and still a piece of video game history, so I did it. It was in immaculate shape due to my never having looked at it, and 23 years later I’m still not interested.

Inside EA Sports, Volume 2, Issue 2 (1993) (PDF, 24.2 MB)

Captron G&G Excellent Holiday Catalog (1993)

Captron G&G Excellent Holiday Catalog (1993)

Here’s a game catalog from Captron G&G, a chain of video game stores from the 1990s. Google doesn’t show much information about these stores, but based on the size of the franchise, I would guess that, like many other gaming stores from back then, it was eventually absorbed into GameStop.

This catalog was inside the plastic bag that the December 1993 issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly came in, so that is its most likely origin. There is a slight chance that I grabbed it myself from the store, but there’s no way to know.

Something interesting about this catalog is that no prices are listed, which is pretty savvy (or shady) if you think about it. Perhaps a marketing tactic to catch unsuspecting parents (or grandparents) casually agreeing at home to buy a certain gift, only to be unable to renege after seeing the actual price in the store?

Happy Holidays!

Captron G&G Excellent Holiday Catalog, 1993 (PDF, 50.3 MB)

The Sega Video Game System (~1987-1988)

Can’t have a Nintendo post without having a Sega one, so here’s the second Blue Shoulder Bag post for tonight, a brochure and catalog for the Sega Master System from around 1987/1988 (based on the release dates of the “Coming Soon!” games). These little brochures came folded with many games, fitting perfectly behind the instruction manual. Did this one come with a game? I don’t know, but it is the right size, so it probably did, and I don’t know why I removed it from its box. Even so, because they were so prevalent, there are probably still some that I never looked at, still in original condition behind its game’s instruction manual. I’ll probably get around to scanning more manuals in the near future, so they may finally see the light of day.

Printed in Japan, this catalog is exactly two A4 sheets wide. The colors of the screenshots are also especially vibrant. Like my other scans, I was thinking of disposing of this afterwards, but it’s small and nice enough that I just might keep it.

Will there be any other scans tonight? I don’t know, but the night is young. We shall see…

The Sega Video Game System Catalog and Brochure

The Sega Video Game System Catalog and Brochure

The Sega Video Game System Catalog and Brochure