Chris Kohler is an American author and video game journalist.
While in sixth grade, Chris Kohler worked on his first video game “magazine” that included tips, reviews, and artwork. In 1993 at age 13, Kohler produced the first six-page issue of his fanzine Video Zone (titled after the final level of the television show Nick Arcade) using Microsoft Publisher 1.0. Kohler continued publishing Video Zone throughout the 1990s. (Though fanzine creators rarely profited from their homemade publications, the primary method of compensation was sending someone a copy of your own ‘zine in return.) Kohler received his first paid assignment at 16 years old to write for Game On! USA. He later became Editor of the Game|Life section of WIRED from 2005 to 2016.
As of 2017, he is Features Editor at the video game website Kotaku. Kohler is the author of Power Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life, Retro Gaming Hacks: Tips & Tools for Playing the Classics, and Final Fantasy V. He is also a co-host of the long-running trivia podcast “Good Job, Brain!”
For additional information on Chris Kohler and his fanzine history, see his interview with J.P. Dyson for the CHEGheads Blog.