GamePro Magazine: Looking Back 25 Years of Retro

by | Apr 7, 2018 | Retro |

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GamePro was very popular video game magazine first published in 1989. It provided readers with a plethora of feature articles, news, previews, and reviews of some of the hottest names in the industry. Though it came to a sad end in 2011, it impacts in the gaming industry can still be seen all over some of the more popular video game websites.

Here’s our copy of GamePro Magazine circa July 1992. It featured Alien 3 as the cover story.

Back then GamePro rated their games based on these smiley faces and not on numeric scores. It seemed like a novel idea back then. I liked it.

The game of the month was Gates of Thunder by Hudson Soft for the now defunct Turbo Grafx 16 system.

In July 1992, the big buzz around the gaming world was the introduction of CD-based games. The Sega CD was the main article and everyone was going crazy for it. It wouldn’t be long before the Sega CD became another flop for Sega.

Here’s a little snippet of the mystery CD drive that Nintendo was secretly working on with Sony. That relationship would be short-lived, however, as Nintendo would ultimately break its relationship with them to develop their own CD-based add-on. This left Sony bitter and betrayed. But instead of abandoning the CD based drive they created for Nintendo, they opted instead to move forward with their own game console.

The rest as you can imagine is history.

It’s hard to imagine that the 800 lb gorilla of the sports gaming world used to be a small and humble developer/publisher that actually added innovation and creativity in their games. Before they became EA Sports, they branded themselves as EASN for Electronic Arts Sports network. Here’s an advertisement for their fledgling Bulls vs Lakers game which would ultimately become their very lucrative NBA Live franchise.

The back cover showing Robocop 3 which was a great game by the way.

There’s a great novelty feeling in collecting GamePro magazines. The colors, the design — everything is just so unique. I’m just itching to grow my collection. Leave a comment below and tell us your thoughts on the GamePro magazine!

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