This post originally completed on May 1, 2017 at 6:03 PM
On this Monday afternoon I bring to you the December 1993 issue of Video Games, formerly known as Video Games & Computer Entertainment.
As I reviewed the initial-scan PDF, I continued to feel that there was a coup d’état at VG&CE, with journalistic integrity taking a backseat to sensationalist content. At the time, there was already another magazine with this modus operandi called Electronic Gaming Monthly, and whomever was running the show at Video Games wanted to emulate them, badly. There is a noticeable increase in the number of exclamation marks in the magazine. There’s even a new editor called “Editor X”, a clear ripoff of EGM’s Sushi-X. Also, in this issue Clay Fighter appears on the front cover and receives a 10 out of 10 in its review. I remember playing this game when it first came out, and while it was good for a laugh, it did not come close to 10 out of 10. Genre-defining games get 10 out of 10. A parody of fighting games based on claymation models? No way this gets 10 out of 10, it had to be a sponsored review.
Pardon me while I catch my breath and calm down a little. I suppose none of this really matters 20-something-odd years later. Plenty of other things in history to get worked up about. Let’s just enjoy this little piece of gaming history.
Video Games, December 1993 (PDF, 178 MB)