A guide to restoring classic gaming magazines, the Out-of-Print Archive way

Many people may not know just how much work goes into digitally archiving the classic gaming magazines at Out-of-Print Archive. Co-admin at OoPA, meppi, guides us through the process from scanning, editing and restoring these magazines to their former glory. Here, you will see examples of scanning four separate parts of one page so that nothing is excluded for the final merging process. There are [... read more ...]

Raze issue 3 official digital release

Another official release of Raze magazine at Out-of-Print Archive, fully authorised by Roger Kean, owner and publisher of Newsfield Publications. This issue, number three from January 1991, covered the rapidly emerging videogaming consoles (Mega Drive, PC Engine, NES) and 16-bit computers (Amiga, Atari ST and PC) with reviews, features and more. To accompany this release, there are four online articles taken from the magazine itself: [... read more ...]

Mean Machines issue 4 released at Out-of-Print Archive

Mean Machines was a leading multi-format gaming console magazine published by EMAP during the early ninties, eventually splitting into Mean Machines Sega and Nintendo Magazine System. Besides being a hugely influential magazine with authoritive coverage, Mean Machines had some damn fine gaming journalists through its run, with the likes of Julian Rignall (launch editor), Richard Leadbetter, Paul Davies, Radion Automatic and Gus Swan. And now, [... read more ...]

Back in Time: September 1990

‘Back in Time’ is my monthly feature over at Out-of-Print Archive where I look back at the classic video gaming magazines twenty years ago this month. This month, it’s September 1990 when the likes of Computer & Video Games reigned supreme as the leading multi-format magazine, Amstrad launched their new GX4000 games console, The Games Machine magazine bowed out, and a sleek black 16-bit gaming [... read more ...]

Official release of Raze issue 2 at Out-of-Print Archive

Yes, courtesy of Newsfield Publications, the official release of Raze issue 2 has been released at Out-of-Print Archive. The issue was scanned by Mort and edited for the Out-of-Print Archives by triverse. For this release you will find the following accompanying online articles: Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge, Wings of Fury and Robocop 2 reviews on the Amiga and the classic Populous on the Mega Drive. [... read more ...]

N64 Magazine issue 1 at Out-of-Print Archive

N64 Magazine issue 1 from April 1997 has been released at Out-of-Print Archive. The high quality scanned and edited magazine is courtesy of meppi and can be downloaded in full from the OoPA website. Also accompanying the release are four chosen online articles from the N64 Magazine: Lifting the Lid article on the N64, Super Mario 64 review, Mario Kart 64 review and Pilot Wings [... read more ...]

Back in Time: August 1990

“Smash TV crashed into the arcades, Kick Off 2 kicked the other soccer games in to touch, Midnight Resistance impressed all and Italy 1990 topped the All Formats Top 20 Chart…” That was August 1990 and this is ‘Back in Time’, Out-of-Print Archive’s monthly lookback at the classic video gaming magazines twenty years ago, which is written by this author. To accompany the biggest edition of [... read more ...]

Computer & Video Games issue 171 at OoPA

Computer & Video Games issue 171 has been released at Out-of-Print Archive. The multi-format magazine from February 1996 was scanned and edited by meppi. The magazine can be downloaded for free and in its entirety from the CVG171 page at Out-of-Print Archive’s website. There you can also find four accompanying online articles: a Nintendo Ultra 64 feature, Sega Rally review on the Saturn, Namco Museum [... read more ...]

Super Play issue 4 at Out-of-Print Archive

Super Play issue 4 has been released at Out-of-Print Archive. This release was scanned and edited by meppi and is available to download in its entirety. To accompany the February 1993 issue of Super Play online articles – taken from the magazine itself – have been chosen: interview with David Darling of CodeMasters on the GameGenie, Japanese feature: Tokyo Blues, Super Star Wars Review and [... read more ...]

Sega Saturn Magazine 37 released at Out-of-Print Archive

Issue 37, the final edition, of the Official Sega Saturn magazine has been released at Out-of-Print Archive. The release was scanned and edited by meppi. Accompanying online material for the release include an interview with Bizarre Creations (discussing Metropolis Street Racer for the Dreamcast), a special report on the JAMMA 1998 show and previews of Black Matrix and Marvel Super Heroes VS Street Fighter. The [... read more ...]

Zzap! 64 issue 34 released at OoPA

Another official release at Out-of-Print Archive. This time it’s a brand new scan of Zzap!64 issue 34 which was published by Newsfield Publications and scanned & edited by KiwiArcader. Accompanying online articles from the magazine include reviews of Match Day II, Platoon, Deflektor and Hunter’s Moon plus The Sensible Guide to Construction feature. All this, and the issue’s editorial details and download, can be found [... read more ...]

Back in Time: July 1990

Another month and another instalment of ‘Back in Time’ at Out-of-Print Archive. This month, we look at the classic videogaming magazines from July 1990, covering such legendary UK magazines such as C&VG, Crash, Zzap!64 and more. As usual, there are online articles from the magazines covered to accompany the main feature: C&VG’s review of the arcade game G-Loc, Zzap!64 Amiga review of Blood Money on [... read more ...]

Nintendo Magazine System issue 8 at OoPA

Another fine issue release of Nintendo Magazine System at Out-of-Print Archive. This issue 8 from May 1993 was scanned by Mort and edited by triverse. The online articles chosen to accompany the release include Mr. Gimmick! (NES), Batman Returns (SNES), Exhaust Heat II (SNES) and Operation Logic Bomb (SNES). Full details of the issue’s contents, editorial info, links to online articles and, of course, link [... read more ...]

Mean Machines issue 3 at Out-of-Print Archive

Another fine release from one of the UK’s most famous videogaming magazine, Mean Machines. The third issue (December 1990) in its run was scanned and edited by meppi. Online review articles to accompany the release include Batman (NES), Solar Jetman (NES), Tecmo World Wrestling (NES) and Hellfire (Mega Drive). Go check out the MM3 page where you can find a link to the magazine download, [... read more ...]

Enter 3 at Out-of-Print Archive

Enter issue 3 from December 1983 has been released at Out-of-Print Archive, thanks to Bablefish who scanned it. Enter was a multi format magazine from the USA with diverse entertainment content. This issue includes a 1983 holiday buyer’s guide, Paid to Play feature and a Mr. Do! arcade strategy article. Weblink: Enter 3 at Out-of-Print Archive