OldGameMags was created out of a desire to preserve those gaming magazines in my collection in a digital format to allow me to read them on my tablets and also to ensure that these magazines aren't lost to future generations. With some publishers not providing digital editions or alternatively no longer existing at all there is a need for 3rd party sites like this one to take on the preservation for them. Along the way my one man band has seen other like-minded individuals cast their lot in with me to further the preservation cause. We currently have members in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
Content is made available on this website fall using the following criteria:
- If a magazine has been discontinued and no digital editions exist or they are no longer available legitmately (both Future PLC and Imagine have discontinued many titles and removed them from digital stores) we will make these available here if we have them to scan
- If a magazine has been discontinued and digital editions exist we will not make content available that can be purchased legitimately through digital stores (iTunes/Zinio etc) All other content will be made available if we have them to scan
- If a magazine is still being produced and no digital editions exist we will only make content available that has a publication date 7 years previously or older
- If a magazine is still being produced and digital editions exist we will only make content available that has a publication date 7 years previously or older and which cannot be purchased legitimately through digital stores (iTunes/Zinio etc)
Please support the publishers by purchasing legitimate content wherever possible. It is in no-ones interest having publishers fold because they cannot earn a living due to piracy so please do not download current content just because some pirate website makes it easily available. The above rules (I call it the seven year rule) exists to give them the ability to earn a living off their work. By also adopting the stance of not making any content that is available digitally via legitimate channels available it hopefully encourages publishers to look at making their older content available in digital format. If they do so I will immediately remove this content (Edge #1 for example) and point people to where they can acquire it.
We will always comply with requests from rights holders in relation to their content. If you own the rights to content and want it removed please contact us and we will remove content upon request.
Conversely, if you are a publisher and can assist with making content available here will we love to hear from you too. Older magazines may no longer be relevant resulting in little justification for creating digital versions but with the emulation craze many people are now reading older magazines preservation sites like this one have created and it might just encourage those people into subscribing to your current magazines after reading them which is a win-win for you guys so if you can help or simply provide encouragement let us know.
Lastly, remember that this one man band is a hobby for me so updates happen when they happen, sites crash when they crash etc. It costs a lot to host/maintain a website/file-hosting and as no-one has donated anything towards this site you don't get to request anything and moaning won't do you any good either. Anyway, enjoy looking around and hopefully you will find something of interest.