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Missing Magazine: Total Gamer (Canada) c.2001-2005


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There's not a whole lot of information available about this magazine, but I managed to dig up a bit of info from archive.org. I hope this is enough. 🙂

https://www.ignboards.com/threads/why-there-arent-any-national-canadian-gaming-mags.162715735/

https://web.archive.org/web/20031003175143/http://www.totalgamer.ca:80/corporate/default.asp

https://web.archive.org/web/20021204005857/http://www.canadacomputes.com:80/mediakit2003/HTMLpages/totalGamer/default.htm

https://web.archive.org/web/20030913125612/http://totalgamer.ca/images/top_story/TG_sub_form.pdf

I couldn't find any information about the total number of issues, and it seems that, with a few exceptions, TG didn't number their issues at all (I have seven issues and none of them are numbered). From the PDF above the cover of October 2001 is labeled "[...]me 1 Issue 2" so I'm guessing the first issue was released the month before, which would make the total number of issues 52 at most (assuming a monthly release from Sep. 2001 to Dec. 2005; couldn't find a definitive end-point).

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Was this a free publication like The Computer Paper?

The archived website mentions that it had distribution through Blockbuster and other places, but I do not recall ever seeing it anywhere. I lived in Edmonton between 2001 and 2005, so not exactly a small town, and I was actively interested in gaming at this time so I would have picked-up a copy had I seen it anywhere. 

I wonder if "national" circulation meant that it had distribution in Toronto and Montreal (and maybe Ottawa). 

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Yeah it was free, and like The Computer Paper was also published by Canada Computer Paper. I used to pick one up whenever my parents would drive my brother and I to Blockbuster, and I live a few hours north of Toronto.

Circulation was "150,000, including Blockbuster, and other locations across Canada", so I imagine it must have had at least some distribution outside of Ontario. I've no clue as to exactly how much, of course.

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