The TurboGrafx-16 in 1989

Episode 54 – When the TurboGrafx-16 and Sega Genesis were both launched in the late summer and fall of 1989, neither was able to supplant the Nintendo Entertainment System at the top of the North American Home gaming market, and as a result their only real competition was each other. Both systems had some great … Read more

TurboPlay Issue #1 – June/July 1990

Episode 53 – TurboPlay was the first magazine released in North America dedicated to NEC’s pseudo-16-bit sit system, the TurboGrafx-16. Published by LFP and edited by the same folks who put out Video Games & Computer Entertainment, each of the 14 bimonthly issues of TurboPlay was only 32 pages long, but had a cover price … Read more

Nintendo Power Issue #7 – July/Aug 1989

Episode 52 – The last Nintendo Power read-through I did ended up being the most popular video in the series, so let’s do it again! This is the 1-year anniversary issue and only the 7th issue of the magazine. A great line-up of games includes Mega Man 2, Dragon Warrior, Journey to Silius, Super Off-Road, … Read more

PSM PlayStation Magazine Issue #3 – November 1997

Episode 51 – We’re trying something new this time in that I am doing a “blind” read-through, meaning that I have not read this issue prior to recording. This is, for me, the “long lost” PSM issue #3, in that I bought #’s 1 & 2 off of the newsstand, and my subscription started with … Read more

The Super Nintendo in 1991

Episode 50 – When the Super Nintendo launched in August of 1991, its launch lineup was solid, but small. The legendary Super Mario World was of course the pack-in game, but the only other games on the shelf that day were Pilotwings and F-Zero. While Sega would latch on to the fact that, having released … Read more

GamePro Issue #1 – May/June 1989

Episode 49 – The premiere issue of GamePro, from May/June of 1989. A multi-platform magazine based in the Bay Area of California, it started out as a bimonthly periodical, but switched to monthly after just 3 issues. GamePro and Electronic Gaming Monthly were the two most-popular multiplatform gaming magazines in the 1990’s, covering both sides … Read more

Nintendo Power Issue #1 – July/August 1988

Episode 48 – The premiere issue of Nintendo Power, from the summer of 1988. Nintendo had been sending out a free newsletter, the Nintendo Fun Club News, to registered Nintendo owners. But in the summer 0f 1988, they made the shift to a full-blown, Nintendo-centric magazine. Nintendo Power was available on the news stands for … Read more

Mega Play Issue #5 – July/August 1991

Episode 47 – Let’s read Mega Play magazine, issue #5 from July/August of 1991. This was a Sega-centric magazine from the publishers of EGM. By the summer of 1991, the Genesis had been out for just shy of 2 years. The Super Nintendo was about to be released, so Sega needed to bring their A-game, … Read more

The Launch of the Nintendo 64 (1996)

Episode 46 – Although the history of 3D gaming stretches all the way back to the very early 1980’s, outside of the arcades it didn’t start in earnest until the early 90s. The 3DO Interactive Mulitplayer and Atari Jaguar both launched in 1993, Nintendo used the Super FX chip to create polygonal 3D games like … Read more

Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue #6 – January 1990

Episode 45 – Let’s read Electronic Gaming Monthly issue #6 from January of 1990. This is the oldest issue of EGM that we have in the CGQ archives. At this time, Nintendo controlled about 90% of the video game market with the NES, but NEC’s TurboGrafx-16 and Sega’s Genesis had both been out for about … Read more

The Launch of the Sega Genesis (1989)

Episode 44 – The launch of the Sega Genesis in 1989. Sega first entered the home console market in 1983 with the SG-1000, which was released in Asia, Australia, and some parts of Europe. In 1985, the hardware was upgraded and a new system, the Mark III was released. This would become the “Sega Master … Read more

The Launch of the Sega Master System (1986)

Episode 43 – The launch of the Sega Master System in 1986. This episode includes the history of Sega up through the Master System’s launch. Check out Paul Driscoll on the RGDS Podcast: And buy his new book here: Eric Fraga’s YouTube show “Cosmic Effect” can be found here: And check out … Read more

Let’s Read! GamePro Issue #4 (November 1989)

Episode 41 – Let’s read Gamepro issue #4 from November of 1989. This is the oldest issue of Gamepro that we have in the CGQ archives, and is an interesting read because it comes from a time when the 8-bit consoles (primarily the NES) were still king. Although this issue was on newsstands after the … Read more

The Launch of the Super Nintendo (1991)

Episode 38 – The North American launch of the Super Nintendo. Although the 16-bit generation started in the late summer of 1989 with the near-simultaneous launch of the Sega Genesis and TurboGrafx-16, the release of the Super Nintendo in August of 1991 signaled the real start of the 16-bit console war. The system came bundled … Read more

Let’s Read! Die Hard GameFan Issue #2

Episode 37 – Let’s read Die Hard GameFan volume 1 issue 2 from December of 1992, but first let’s just take a quick look at how the magazine got started: Diehard Game Club was a video game store and mail order business in Tarzana California. The store was owned by Dave Halverson, who back then … Read more

The History of NHL ’94

Episode 36 – The history of NHL ’94. Rightfully, one of the most beloved sports games of the classic era. Released on the Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, and Sega CD, it was the last game in the series before EA decided to tinker with it too much, and ended up ruining it for a couple … Read more

The Launch of the Sega Saturn (1995)

Episode 35 – The North American launch of the Sega Saturn. The Saturn was surprise-launced on May 11, 1995 along with 6 games. Virtua Fighter was the pack-in, while Daytona USA, Panzer Dragoon, Clockwork Knight, Worldwide Soccer: Sega International Victory Goal Edition, and Pebble Beach Golf Links were also available. Show Notes: – This was … Read more