The history of Game Players can be divided into two parts, based on its two separate publishing runs. Read about the first publishing run.
The second era (1993-1996)
The Game Players multiplatform title was resurrected in 1993 with the merging of Game Players Nintendo Guide and Game Players Sega Guide, the two surviving magazines of Signal Research, which was bought out by its creditors in 1992 and renamed GamePro">GP Publications.
The two magazines were continued mainly so the creditors could find a buyer for them, and they found it in Chris Anderson, founder of Future Publishing in Britain. Searching for an entry into the US magazine market, Anderson bought GamePro">GP in 1993, eventually leaving the UK to work at GamePro">GP full time and moving the outfit to Burlingame, CA.
Under his guidance (which had already began with the Nintendo and Sega mags), Game Players became a far more professional and well-written magazine. Writers like Chris Slate, Jeff Lundrigan, Mike Salmon, and Bill Donohue turned GamePro">GP into a reader-oriented magazine filled with offbeat and engaging humor -- a very UK-like product in the US marketplace.
The magazine changed names to Ultra Game Players in 1996 in tandem with a large-scale redesign.
Game Players (1993) Index
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