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1UP collection of electronic gaming media coverage

 Collection — Box: 1-8
Identifier: 111.477
The 1UP collection of electronic gaming media coverage is a combination of VHS cassettes, Beta cassettes, a CD-ROM, and a DVM cassette containing recorded news stories, recordings of G4 Television, and various live recordings of festivals and conventions, all of which relate to video games of the late 1990s and early 2000s.


  • 1999 - 2004

Conditions Governing Access

At this time, audiovisual and digital files in this collection are limited to on-site researchers only. It is possible that certain formats may be inaccessible or restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is open for research use by staff of The Strong and by users of its library and archives. Though the donor has not transferred intellectual property rights (including, but not limited to any copyright, trademark, and associated rights therein) to The Strong, he has given permission for The Strong to make copies in all media for museum, educational, and research purposes.


5.5 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

Historical Note

During the 1990s, American publisher Ziff Davis owned two major magazine titles which contained coverage of the video game world: Computer Gaming World (concentrating on computer games) and Electronic Gaming Monthly (covering home console video games). These magazines offered game reviews, strategy articles, recurring columns, news, and other commentary on the gaming world. In 2003, Ziff Davis launched as an online expansion of Electronic Gaming Monthly.

Various cable news stations and television shows aired interviews with journalists from these magazines during segments about the video game industry. Staff from both Computer Gaming World and Electronic Gaming Monthly appeared on air, discussing video games and their ratings, content, and appeal to gamers. While Computer Gaming World ceased publication in 2006, Electronic Gaming Monthly still produces monthly issues and has expanded its content to include computer games.

System of Arrangement

Series I: Video game reviews, 2000-2004

Subseries A: Electronic Gaming Monthly
Subseries B: Computer Gaming World
Subseries C: G4
Subseries D: Ziff Davis Media
Subseries E: Other video game reviews

Series II: Video game event coverage, 1999-2004

Series III: Miscellaneous media, 1999-2004

Custodial History

The 1UP collection of electronic gaming media coverage was donated to The Strong in January 2011 as a gift from Frank Cifaldi, on behalf of The materials were accessioned by The Strong under Object ID 111.477 and received from Frank Cifaldi, along with a donation of magazines and electronic games.

Relevant Materials

The 1UP collection of electronic gaming media coverage is part of ICHEG’s Computer Gaming World collection, which also includes more than 1,000 personal computer games that had been sent to the magazine Computer Gaming World for possible review.

The Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong houses issues of Computer Gaming World and Electronic Gaming Monthly, also donated by

Processed by

Robert Ramos, April 2016
1UP collection of electronic gaming media coverage, 1999-2004
Robert Ramos
25 April 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository

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