Big K (Vintage UK gaming magazine)

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Big K magazine was a short lived multiformat video game magazine that was active in the U.K. from April 1984 to March 1985. It was published by IPC Magazines Ltd and was edited by the late Tony Tyler.

One of the projects that I've had on the back burner for a while, was to begin to organize my collection of vintage gaming magazines and post them online so that others could access them. Big K is the first magazine series to go live... Mainly because it's a short series (testing the waters to see if there's interest), but also because it's somewhat obscure and many of you may not have encountered it before.

If there's interest in seeing other vintage gaming periodicals posted then let me know. But for now, let's enjoy some vintage gaming journalism!

All of the files are in Comic Book Reader format, so you'll need a viewer such as CDisplayEX or ComicRack to read them.

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Rob Daviau
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Very nice!

Thank you for this, great idea! I love seeing the videogame scene from the UK perspective which seemed very different. I will definitely check these out.

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Nathaniel Tolbert
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Very neat reads

I love older computer magazines like this. They just seem to have much much more style and creativity than the one or two magazines that exist now days. I remember it wasn't uncommon to have a program for a game in the back of the computer magazine for say the Commodore 64 or the Amiga, or the Atari ST for that matter. It's very sad that those kinds of features just died away.. Still thanks for the post of this and in between work, job searching, and gearing up for more school I hope to read these.

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Bill Loguidice
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Love this and want more (I

Love this and want more (I collect all of these in Evernote), though I must admit to hating the CBZ format. I'd rather it be in PDF, but that's just me. Thanks!

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Chip Hageman
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Yeah it is the oddball format

Yeah, it's the oddball format they were in when I found them.. Actually, they're just JPEGs inside of a renamed .RAR file. But if anyone is up to converting them over to PDF's, then I'd be willing to update my hosted archive.

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Nous
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AWESOME!

Wow, this is awesome, I haven't seen those in ages! Thanks!!!

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Nous
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By the way, 1st issue: page

By the way, 1st issue: page 10 ... ad for Rebelstar Raiders, one of my all time favorite strategy games - Julian Gollop, you rule!

Same issue: pages 13-15 , great feature! Brings back the memories (and it's funny reading that as it feels like we're back to a similar era all with the smartphones and tablets allowing small indie developers to make a living and sometimes a fortune with game designs that would otherwise never be considered for publishing)

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davyK
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I remember this one - think I

I remember this one - think I bought issue 3 as I remember the cover distinctly.

clok1966
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I would suggest posting any

I would suggest posting any you can as there is some real interest I think..
There is a spot i browse with AMIGA related stuff http://amr.abime.net/

BILL!!! CBZ rocks.. of course i suspect you are using a device that doesnt support it possibly? There are so many excellent readers for it if you use a PC (I prefer Comic Book Rack, a bit bloated but it does alot of stuff)) But i would guess as they are just disguised JPG's you could unrar um convert them to PDF? maybe even somthing to do it out there already. opps Chip already said that.. I tend to read the main thread and sorta skim over and make a comment (bad form by me)... :)

I had stacks of CGM and such, I started collecting them in about 84ish... I had pretty much all of them till about 97 (had subsciptions), when i quit keeping them. In my "get rid of all my shit" period (about 2 -3 years ago) I gave them all to a freind who proudly boasts about them all the time. I Think he said I had all the CGM but 3 issues. I alsoI had lots of misc ones i had picked up.. They fit in about 6 magazine boxes (for you comic /mag collectors you know what im talking about... about 3 feet long and magazine sized).. kinda wish I had them back now..

The ones you show I have never seen :) so all cool!

Chip Hageman
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Well, it looks like there's

Well, it looks like there's interest in this so I'll see about getting some other magazines online.

Also, thanks for the Amiga link... I'll have to check that out.

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StickHead (not verified)
Nice one Chip

I'm going to enjoy reading these. I understand the effort and time it takes to get these scanned - many thanks!

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