When I was young in the late 1980s, the console wars were just beginning between Nintendo and Sega. For whatever reason, I was always on team Sega back then. I was the only one of my friends and took pride in the Sega products and played the games almost daily. I liked the idea of backing something else besides the Nintendo giant that Nintendo Power was becoming. In 1988, Nintendo created what is still one of the most popular gaming magazines of all time,
Nintendo Power.

As much as I thought it was a cool idea to purchase a gaming magazine, and get tips and reviews and such, I couldn’t have my friends know I was supporting Nintendo as a Sega fan. I know, looking back now that was silly but it was real to support your gaming company. As months went by, as I was very close to giving up my allegiance to Sega and purchasing a Nintendo magazine, when the excitement level turned,up a huge notch in the summer of 1989. A new publication that covered all things gaming was born.

Electronic Gaming Monthly was my answer to staying true to the non-Nintendo family. I immediately subscribed so I can get the first issue that came out. I would have a publication that I could support and show all my Nintendo Power friends.

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Todd Friedman (308 Posts)

Todd Friedman is heavily involved in the video game community. He is currently writing for Old School Gamer Magazine, Retro Gaming Times and The Walter Day Collection. He has Co-Promoted the Video Game Summit in Illinois for the past 13 Years. Todd's first book, Walter Day's Gaming Superstars, Volume 1, was released in February of 2020. Volume 2 of the Gaming Superstars was published on December 24th, 2021. Todd is also on the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Nomination Committee for the International Video Game Hall of Fame.