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Tips & Tricks

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Tips & Tricks was a monthly video game magazine devoted to the subjects of video game cheat codes, strategy guides and lifestyle content. Unlike most video game magazines, it did not include critical reviews of video games and was not a primary source of video game industry news. Instead, it focused on gameplay instructions and hidden "Easter eggs" relating to games that its readers might have already purchased.

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Often referring to itself as "The #1 Video-Game Tips Magazine," Tips & Tricks was known for its strategy guides or walkthroughs for contemporary console and portable games. Each issue also included an index of button codes and passwords, alphabetized by game title and sorted by console. The magazine was also noteworthy for its "lifestyle" content, in which a particular aspect of video game culture would be discussed at length by a regular columnist. Some of these were devoted to a specific game or game series (e.g. Armored Core, Pokémon, Halo, Animal Crossing), while others spotlighted video game-related action figures, comics, music and movies.

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Tips & Tricks (later Tips & Tricks Codebook) was a video game magazine published by Larry Flynt Publications (LFP). For most of its existence, the publication was devoted almost exclusively to strategies and codes for popular video games. It began as a spin-off from VideoGames magazine, which in itself morphed out of VideoGames & Computer Entertainment. VG&CE and VideoGames, like Tips & Tricks, were published by LFP following the purchase of A.N.A.L.O.G., ST-LOG and other computer magazines from publishers Michael DesChenes & Lee Pappas in the late 1980s.

Tips & Tricks originated as a spinoff from the monthly "Tips & Tricks" section in VideoGames & Computer Entertainment magazine. Because VideoGames & Computer Entertainment itself grew out of the monthly "Video Game Digest" column in A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing magazine, Tips & Tricks was technically the longest-running publication in a succession of related magazines that originated with the first issue of A.N.A.L.O.G. in January 1981 - nine months before the publication of Electronic Games and Computer & Video Games, which are generally considered to be the world's first video-game magazines. When the final issue of Tips & Tricks Codebook appeared on newsstands in February 2011, it marked the end of a series of print magazines that had covered the video-game industry for 30 consecutive years.

Tips & Tricks' Editor-In-Chief, Chris Bieniek, was featured in a July 2014 interview, detailing the history of the publication.


Tips & Tricks Index

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1994 1 2 3
1995 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1996 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
1997 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
1998 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
1999 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 57 56 57 58
2000 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70
2001 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82
2002 83 84 85 86 95 88 89 90 91 92 93 94
2003 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106
2004 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118
2005 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130
2006 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142
2007 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150
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    Title:Tips & Tricks
    Categories: Console/PC video games
    Frequency: Monthly
    First Issue: Spring 1994
    Final Issue: August 2007
    Country: United States

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