Retro Gamer is a classic gaming magazine that releases issues on a monthly basis as well as the occasional collection edition. I have wanted to share my love of video games on the blog for a while now, and Retro Gamer magazine gives me an excellent reason to do so. Whether you grew up during the pre-Atari days, the 16-bit wars in the 90’s (that would be me) or were born in the post-cartridge world there is something to love in each issue of Retro Gamer.
Indeed, one of the greatest strengths of Retro Gamer is that most issues run the gamut from early PC gaming to even the occasional “modern classic.” The diversity of articles helps to ensure that each issue will feature content that will appeal to every lover of retro games. My most nostalgic period of gaming runs from the Nintendo days up through the Nintendo vs. Sega wars, but I still love games today so there is plenty of material to keep me interested. It is amazing how much you can learn about video game history and even your favorite games by reading Retro Gamer.
Retro Gamer features interviews with game creators, features on individual games and systems, and even includes regular features such as “Back to the Eighties” and “Back to the Nineties.” These “Back to” articles are particularly clever because they focus on one month from a particular year and even include the Top 5 of games and music for that month. These sections really make you feel like you are time traveling back to your childhood. The full article features on games and systems are always meticulously researched and loaded with plenty of quotes and interviews with the men and women who made classic games possible.
The only downside of Retro Gamer magazine is that it is published in the UK. While I love British culture, it makes it more difficult to get the magazine in the United States and delivery can be expensive. I purchase mine at a nearby bookstore, and I pay about $13 for each issue. Because of the cost, I tend not to purchase every issue but cherry pick the ones that seem most interesting to me. Also, get used to the Sega Genesis (my favorite system) being referred to as “Mega Drive” instead. Although this is a small gripe, it just seems strange to me.
If you live in the UK, and you love video games then Retro Gamer is a must have. If you are in the US or another country, I still think that Retro Gamer is awesome enough to warrant the cost. The paper is extremely high quality and the pictures all look excellent, but as far as I can tell there are no similar magazines in America. Retro Gamer will take you back to your childhood and amp up your nostalgia levels!