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VideoGames & Computer Entertainment is a monthly magazine devoted to the entire spectrum of video games, with the emphasis placed on home consoles. Although it often worked in the shadow of titles like GamePro and Nintendo Power, its in-depth reviews, mature writing style and knowledgeable staff made it one of the most fondly-remembered magazines of the 8- and 16-bit era.

History

VG&CE began as a spinoff of A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing, a magazine published by LFP devoted to Atari 8-bit computers. With the rise of the NES in 1987, Arnie Katz and Bill Kunkel began writing a column in A.N.A.L.O.G. devoted to console games. The column eventually expanded into its own magazine in 1988, with several A.N.A.L.O.G. contributors, including Andy Eddy and Clayton Walnum, on the editorial staff.

The magazine gained instant street cred with Katz, Kunkel, and Joyce Worley (the creative team behind Electronic Games) as contributors. It's commonly believed that the trio was part of the editorial staff, but this isn't quite true -- although they were given virtual free rein over VG&CE's computer reviews and news pages, they were based in Las Vegas and worked as freelancers.

A.N.A.L.O.G. was written for a mature computer-oriented audience, and this rubbed off on VG&CE's writing style. Reviews were almost always 1000 words or longer, and the first year or so of issues have noticeably fewer screenshots than rival magazines, even in strategy guides. (VG&CE also featured a great deal of full-page art to introduce features, many of which had little to do with the game covered.)

Kunkel, Katz and Worley left VG&CE in 1992 in order to restart Electronic Games. Soon afterward, the magazine fell into hard times, as it failed to stay caught up with rival titles' coverage of Street Fighter II and other arcade fighting games.

Eddy left in the summer of 1993, and his departure touched off a massive redesign and renaming to VideoGames. The last issue of VideoGames & Computer Entertainment was August 1993, but the "premiere issue" of VideoGames (September 1993) is unchanged design-wise from VG&CE except for the cover.


VideoGames & Computer Entertainment Index

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1988 1
1989 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
1990 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
1991 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35
1992 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47
1993 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59
1994 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71
1995 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83
1996 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92


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    Title:VideoGames & Computer Entertainment
    Editor: Andy Eddy
    Categories: Console/PC video games
    Frequency: Bimonthly (12/88 - 2/89), monthly (4/89 - 8/93)
    First Issue: Dec 1988
    Final Issue: Aug 1993
    Publisher: LFP (Larry Flynt Publications)
    Country: United States

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