Old Games Catalogues Are Fun

I remember being scared of that Blanka. Haven't seen or thought about it in decades. Now scared again. Growing up in Australia in the 80s/90s, I have a very weird emotional attachment to these old retailer catalogues, because in the days before the internet — or even reliable games mags — they were the only real way to get info on what games were coming out and, more importantly, when.

I still think that Grand Prix cover is one of the all-time greats. Gere's a back catalogue (sorry) of catalogues that were sent out by The Gamesmen, a retailer that despite its mail order and physical heritage still lives on in 2017.

If you have only ever grown up with the internet, then I am happy/sorry for you. But these catalogues were, in spite of their primitive nature, amazing for a kid at the time: it was like the less information and images available for the latest games, the more you cherished and obsessed over the ones you did have. Even if they were just box art.

Actually, it's about ethics in *explodes into stardust* In addition to games and hardware and objective product reviews, Gamesmen also sold other stuff. Like t-shirts.

And I dig how, in the early 90s, a retailer could be 100% down with circumventing Nintendo's regional restrictions.

Anyway, if you want to have a flick through these, you can check out the complete range here. They date from the 90s through to 2016, so yeah, there are GameCubes and Dreamcasts to go with the C64s and Mega Drives.


    Deja vu :-)

      Yeeeeaaaahhhhh. So at least wait a while before you repost OP. You might be able to get away with it then.

      Last edited 20/03/17 5:45 pm

    One time where I'd actually be interested to see what the American comments are :P

    In Melbourne there was Propeller head, Pacific Microlab and Ozsoftware/Ozzysoftware (i know i spelt this wrong), i would frequent their stores for news letters all the time.

    Also I had a subscription to Sierra's newsletter, was always excited when those came round, especially that time they made the leap from EGA 16 color games to VGA 256 colors. It was a phenomenal groundbreaking moment for me.

    I know things are mainly online now, but I do wonder; would that style magazine but with current day games have any viability today?

    I will admit though, I buy the odd issue of Game Informer mostly because I'm that old school.

    Luke Stealing Mark's work again

      Or alternatively, a Kotaku US contributor posting material that would not have otherwise gone to the US audience. That material then being fed back to the AU editors, who allowed it to be (re)posted to the AU audience.

      In the end though, does any of this actually matter? I mean, what's your point? Are you legitimately claiming that one person working at an organisation is guilty of plagiarism in some way against another person at that same organisation?

      Come on, dude.

        actually mark's stuff gets ported over to the USA quite often just as much as we get stuff from the USA. so in a way yes i am suggesting that luke stole marks work especially since most of the time luke only posts articles with 1 maybe 2 sentences

    Those prices...

    Either my parents really, really loved me, or they sold drugs to sustain my gaming habit.

      Yep. Mortal Kombat II still shocks me when you consider with inflation its about $243 today.

    People would be crucified in the street if they tried charging those prices these days.

    What a world we used to live in. I remember cleaning out my bank account and putting it all into MK3 on SNES. Honestly, how did any of us afford this hobby?

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