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Why is this cover significant?  Is it the game being advertised?  Well, certainly the Fate game franchise is significant - it's raked in over 2.5 billion dollars so far, which makes it more successful than other well-known franchises like Metal Gear, The Sims, Minecraft, Tomb Raider, Mortal Kombat...the list goes on.  But due to their huge popularity, Japanese mags with Fate games on the cover are a dime a dozen.

What makes this cover significant, or rather the magazine itself, is in the upper right corner.  This is the 35th anniversary issue of Comptiq, which began publication in 1983.  35 years.  That's longer than any gaming mag I can think of (if another gaming mag has been in publication longer, please rub my nose in it in the replies.)  Of course, 35 years from now, there may not be print mags of any kind, and there almost certainly won't be any about games (if current trends are an indication.) 

 

And just think, it's only 15 more years until Comptiq can match the epic 50-year publication run of the greatest mag ever published:

 

 

 

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Another personal milestone hit: There are now more Japanese game Magazine Covers in the Gallery than USA mags (we left the UK behind long ago.)

On a related note, 62% of all the images in our galleries are mine. 🤴

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16 hours ago, kitsunebi77 said:

This is the 35th anniversary issue of Comptiq, which began publication in 1983.  35 years. 

That is an incredible achievement. Have you seen issue #1 up for sale anywhere? We need to get that one on the site.

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As far as computer magazines go APC (Australian Personal Computer) magazine has been running longer as I have issue 06 on my website dated Nov 1980 😀

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4 hours ago, KiwiArcader said:

As far as computer magazines go APC (Australian Personal Computer) magazine has been running longer as I have issue 06 on my website dated Nov 1980 😀

I acknowledge your point but disqualify it from consideration on the grounds of it not being a gaming magazine.😜

Still, good on ya, APC.

6 hours ago, Ethereal Dragonz said:

That is an incredible achievement. Have you seen issue #1 up for sale anywhere? We need to get that one on the site.

PC game mags (the older ones about real PC games, not the porn and visual novel wasteland that the Japanese PC gaming scene is today) usually sell for quite a bit higher than video game mags.  So whatever Famitsu #1 sells at, I'd say double it.  There was one up for auction recently with a buy it now price of around $200 (which as I said, is around twice that of Famitsu #1.)  It didn't sell, since although it had been bid up to $70, the seller ended the auction early (Yahoo auctions doesn't require the seller to honor bids if the auction ends early.  If the bidding isn't going the way they like, the seller can just end the auction early and anyone who placed a bid is S.O.L.  That's happened to me before😅.)  I avoid expensive mags, so the oldest issues of Comptiq I own are from 1989, but those issues up through the ones from the mid-90s are probably my favorite Japanese magazines to leaf through.  After that, the mag started to change into something more focused on bishoujo stuff (a reflection of the PC game industry itself in Japan) and it becomes much less interesting to me.

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Uploading Comp Ace covers now.  It's not a mag that I will ever scan. 

Ever.

I do not have that kind of time.😱

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Also, nearly 700 pages for a $6.00 cover price is the kind of deal you can only get in Japan, where paper is dirt cheap despite nearly 100% of their wood being imported.

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Monthly.  The vast bulk of Comp Ace is comics (based on games), though, and as I'm sure you're aware, all comic magazines in Japan are as thick as phone books.

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I've come up with a way to test if you are an old-school gamer (a nicer way of saying that you're OLD).

You're an old-school gamer IF...

You feel the need to start out with "Isn't it hard to believe" when explaining that the PS2 is older now than the Famicom was when the PS2 was released.  And if we're talking USA release dates, it's even more skewed.  The PS2 is now over 18 years old in the USA, whereas the NES (rolled out nationwide in 1986) was only 14 years old when the PS2 hit shelves.

ISN'T THAT HARD TO BELIEVE???🤯

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