The Def Guide to Zzap!64

Computer Gaming World issues scanned
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Author:  fennec fox [ Sun Oct 15, 2006 1:28 am ]
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Just thought I would drop a note since I figured all of you magazine junkies would be interested -- Ziff Davis Publishing has put the first 100 issues of Computer Gaming World up on the web for free in PDF format. This is an official release from the publisher, so no need to feel guilty. You can get them at

CGW was the first computer game magazine in the US and also the longest lasting; its last issue is #268. The first 100 issues cover the range from 1981 to 1992, so you can expect a lot of Apple, Atari, C64, etc. game coverage.

This scanning project was chiefly the work of Stephane Racle at I contributed a few issues too. The mag was pretty newsletter-y for most of the 1980s, but still I hope you enjoy them.

Author:  gordon [ Mon Oct 16, 2006 12:09 am ]
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:) Nice work.

*Very* nice work.

Author:  Ian Osborne [ Mon Oct 16, 2006 9:44 am ]
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Yes, well spotted that man.

Author:  andy vaisey [ Mon Oct 16, 2006 7:21 pm ]
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Nice slice of history! Yummy! 8)

Author:  Mort [ Mon Oct 16, 2006 8:00 pm ]
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Excellent news, lets hope Future do similar work with their old magazines :-) (well some of it is already done for them if they wanted to use them :wink:

Author:  andy vaisey [ Mon Oct 16, 2006 9:40 pm ]
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Mort wrote:
...lets hope Future do similar work with their old magazines...

Future do something for free? Never... :x

Author:  Iain [ Sat Oct 21, 2006 12:34 am ]
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Damn, I'd like to see Zzap in a format like that. Searchable PDF's with selectable text and when you click on articles names in the contents, you get sent straight to the article! :-o

Very impressive.

Mort, time to do a few hours of OCRing every night along with the scanning! :-)

Author:  Mort [ Sat Oct 21, 2006 7:26 am ]
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That should keep me busy till about the year 2200 then :wink:

Author:  gizmomelb [ Thu May 31, 2007 1:50 am ]
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darn.. looks like the archive has been taken offline.

Author:  Ian Osborne [ Thu May 31, 2007 9:24 am ]
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I think this has been mentioned before, but under UK law - and US law is likely similar - reproducing old magazines in this way, or turning a blind eye to someone else doing it, might entitle freelance contributors to a repeat fee. Chances are Ziff Davis has just realised this and took it down...

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