Kevin Gifford was collecting gaming magazines while most teens his age were collecting magazines on a very different subject. Now Gifford is donating his extensive collection of over 8000 magazines to the Strong Museum’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG) in Rochester, New York.
“In an era before Twitter and Internet forums, computer and game enthusiasts used these magazines to come together, interact with each other, and gain inspiration for their own work.”
Gifford still subscribes to every major US and a few UK magazines, but felt that converting them to a digital form would be more practical and perhaps prevent an upcoming episode of Hoarders. Gifford’s excellent “Game Mag Weaseling” column can be read on Game Set Watch.
– Filipe Salgado