So far, the Video Game History Foundation has scanned over 1200 video game magazines! We wanted to spotlight an unusual magazine we scanned that most people haven’t seen before: Digital Diner, a short-lived tech lifestyle magazine from the 90s with a surprisingly good video game beat.
This issue has one of the first magazine articles we’ve ever seen about retrogaming and game collecting. “Retro-Inter-Active,” embedded above, digs into game zines, the early emulation scene, and whether things were really better in the good old days. And this was published all the way back in 1997!
Unfortunately, Digital Diner only ran for two issues. But thanks to donations from two of its former editors, including the author of this article (who went on to have a career in the video game industry still going strong today), we have the full run!
Back up, did you say 1200 video game magazines?
Yes! We’re building a collection of video game magazines, and we want to make sure as many of them are scanned as possible. When we receive a duplicate copy of a magazine, we check if it’s already available online. If not, we send it off to a local vendor to scan. This is an actual photo of our first order with them! And with the exception of magazines where publishers specifically forbid it, all of them are browsable online, right now, on The Internet Archive, including this one.
We want these scans to be widely accessible, so we’ve donated digital copies of these magazines to community scanning groups like Retromags and Gaming Alexandria to help build their own collections. If you’re a game mag aficionado, there’s a chance you’ve already read some of them!
So far, we’ve scanned enough magazines that you could read one issue every day for the next three years and not get to the bottom of the pile. And we have another 300–400 unscanned magazines waiting in the wings.
None of this would be possible without the support of our community. If you’re not familiar with our magazine donation program, go give it a look. Your unwanted old issues can be transformed into digital preservation!
Coming tomorrow: We found the prototype ROM that changed Nintendo forever. We hope to see you then!
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