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The Stacks —

“I see you’re working on digitizing stuff,” John told me in IRC. “Do you want some of my magazines? I was really hesitating about throwing them out, and you can have them instead. I’d prefer that.”

“Of course!” I said. “I’ll pay for shipping.”

“There’s a lot of them.”

“I’m fine with that.”

While I was away at Notacon, they arrived. They ALL arrived. All NINETY POUNDS OF THEM.

What John sent me was a massive treasure trove of 1989-1995 era gaming magazines: Electronic Gaming Monthly, Gamepro, Electronic Games, Video Games, Video Games and Computer Entertainment, Nintendo Power and tons of one-offs. This represents hundreds of magazines. The photo you see is just what fit in the camera shot. There’s a lot more.

Some are worn to faded softness from years of being read and re-read. Others are like I stepped through a door in 1992 and then came back in clutching my newest issue of Gamepro.

As time goes on in the life of a collector (or archivist, as I sometimes call myself), these sort of things happen more and more. Additions come in the form of boxes or van-loads, not single pieces. I still get plenty of single pieces and want them, but I took in 50+ CD-ROMs recently that went on and of course I am always being sent ZIP archives of people’s old hard drives. This is what happens, and I’m quite happy with it.

You can be quite assured that I will be digitizing lots of ads for in the coming months. Currently, however, I am going through these issues looking for stuff relative to both GET LAMP and the Psygnosis Tribute Site that I run.

I see many fine memories and surprises ahead.

Isn’t life wonderful.

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  1. Anonymous Otaku... hell, it's Shii says:

    Sweet! Too bad you can’t get permission to digitize the magazines themselves.

  2. Krisjohn says:

    My mother’s helping me eBay a bunch of my old magazines, I’ve just listed a couple of sets here:

    You’re obviously welcome to bid, but stuff that doesn’t sell will probably get tossed in a box to be shipped to you some time in the future.

  3. Anonymous says:

    which irc server / channel do you speak of?

  4. Lazlo says:

    Jeez, and I was impressed by the seven or eight issues of Atari Age I found in a box of coverless comics and MAD magazines at my parents’ house last week. I was looking for my personal gamezine trove, but no luck.