Game Informer

Game Informer

The July 2011 issue cover
Editor-in-Chief Andy McNamara
Categories Video game
Frequency Monthly (12 per year)
Publisher GameStop
Total circulation
First issue August 1991 (1991-08)
Country United States
Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Language English
ISSN 1067-6392

Game Informer (GI) is an American monthly video game magazine featuring articles, news, strategy, and reviews of video games and associated consoles. As of December 2014, over 6.9 million copies are sold each month, making it the fourth-largest magazine in the United States by circulation.[1] Game Informer debuted in August 1991[2] when FuncoLand started publishing a six-page magazine.[3] It is owned, and published by GameStop Corp., the parent company of the video game retailer of the same name, who bought FuncoLand in 2000. Due to this, a large amount of promotion is done in-store.[4] Purchasing a subscription to the magazine also gets the subscriber access to special content on the official website.



Game Informer covers circa 2005

Game Informer debuted in August 1991 as a six-page magazine. It was published every two months until November 1994, when the magazine began to be released monthly.[5]

In April each year, Game Informer includes Game Infarcer, an annual spin-off of the normal magazine, as an April Fool's joke.

Game Informer has included three "Sacred Cow Barbecues". Similar in style to a celebrity roast, the occasion is meant to "knock some of gaming's most revered icons off their high and mighty pedestals."[6]


Game Informer Online was originally launched in August 1996, and featured daily news updates as well as articles. Justin Leeper and Matthew Kato were hired on in November 1999 as full-time web editors. As part of the GameStop purchase of the magazine, the site was closed around January 2001.[7] Both Leeper and Kato were eventually placed on the editorial staff of the magazine.

GI Online was revived in September 2003, with a full redesign and many additional features, such as a review database, frequent news updates, and exclusive "Unlimited" content for subscribers. It was managed by Billy Berghammer, creator of (now known as[8] Berghammer is currently the editor in chief of the EGM Media group [9]

On March 2009, the online staff began creating the code for what would be the latest redesign to date. The redesign was to release hand-in-hand with the magazine's own redesign. On October 1, 2009, the newly redesigned website was live, with a welcome message from Editor-In-Chief Andy McNamara. Many new features were introduced, including a rebuilt media player, a feed highlighting the site activity of the website's users, and the ability to create user reviews.[10]

In February (sometimes January), Game Informer's editors round up to count and judge the "Top 50 Games of last year". The games are sorted in order of release date. They do not have rankings, but they do commemorate special games with awards like Game of the Year and other examples. They also have mini top 10 charts of differing categories, both in the Top 50 games section of the website and in the regular magazine.

In August each year, Game Informer includes a "E3 Hot 50", a special section that reviews the year's E3 and most to all of its games, which also temporarily replaces the "previews" section.

Australian edition

In November 2009, Game Informer was launched in Australia by former Australian GamePro, Gameplayer and Official PlayStation Magazine editor Chris Stead.[11] By June 2010, Game Informer Australia had become the first local games publication to pass 10,000 subscribers. By August 18, 2010, it had become Australia's biggest selling video games publication.[12]

Game Informer Australia has picked up three Australian Magazine Awards for best in category, multiple nominations in the Lizzie awards and the 2013 MCV award for Print Publication of the Year. Chris Stead also received the 2013 Journalist of the Year gong at the MCV awards.[13]


Game Informer currently reviews games on the Wii, Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita consoles. Older games, three per issue, were given brief reviews in the magazine's Classic GI section (compared with the game's original review score, if one exists). This was discontinued in 2009, months before the redesign of the magazine. The magazine's staff rate games on a scale of 1 to 10 with quarter point intervals. A score of 1 is considered worse than terrible; 10 is a rare, "outstanding", nearly perfect game; and 7 is "average", a decently playable (but flawed) game.


Award Winner
Best Game of the Year Street Fighter II
Best Playabilility in a Video Game Street Fighter II
Best 8-Bit Game The Empire Strikes Back
Best Hand Held Video Game Faceball 2000
Best Sports Game NHLPA Hockey '93
Best Puzzle/Strategy Game Lemmings
Best Concept in a Video Game Bart's Nightmare
Best Action/Adventure Game Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Best Game Translated from Computer Out of this World
Best Graphics in a Video Game Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Best Role-Playing Game Dragon Warrior IV
Best Simulation Game Super Battletank
Best Sound in a Video Game Cobra Command
Best Shooter Game Axelay
Best Peripheral of the Year Sega CD
Games of the Year
Award Winner Honorable Mentions
Nintendo 64 Game of the Year The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Banjo-Kazooie
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
PlayStation Game of the Year Resident Evil 2 Metal Gear Solid
Crash Bandicoot: Warped
Gran Turismo
Saturn Game of the Year Panzer Dragoon Saga Shining Force III
Arcade Game of the Year Marvel vs. Capcom Gauntlet Legends
PC Game of the Year Half-Life StarCraft
Thief: The Dark Project
Game Boy Game of the Year Pokémon James Bond 007
Technical Excellence Awards
Award Winner Honorable Mentions
Best Graphics in a Video Game Turok 2: Seeds of Evil (Nintendo 64) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Resident Evil 2
Crash Bandicoot: Warped
Best Playability in a Video Game Crash Bandicoot: Warped (PlayStation) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Best Sound in a Video Game Spyro the Dragon (PlayStation) Tenchu
Best Developer of the Year H2O / Neversoft
Best Video Game Accessory of the Year Expansion Pak (Nintendo 64) Game Boy Camera (Game Boy)
Style Awards
Award Winner Honorable Mentions
Best Action Game of the Year Tenchu (PlayStation) Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
Rogue Trip
Best Sports Game of the Year Hot Shots Golf (PlayStation) Football - NFL Blitz
Baseball - MLB 99
Hockey - NHL 99
Soccer - International Superstar Soccer 98
Best Action/Platform Game of the Year Crash Bandicoot: Warped (PlayStation) Spyro the Dragoon
Best Action/Adventure Game of the Year The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64) Resident Evil 2
Metal Gear Solid
Best Racing Game of the Year Gran Turismo (PlayStation) 1080° Snowboarding
Best Strategy Game of the Year Final Fantasy Tactics (PlayStation) Shining Force III
Best Shooter Game of the Year Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (Nintendo 64) Colony Wars: Vengeance
Best Fighting Game of the Year Tekken 3 (PlayStation) X-Men vs. Street Fighter
WCW/nWo Revenge
Best Role-Playing Game of the Year Xenogears (PlayStation) Pokémon
Panzer Dragoon Saga
Final Fantasy VIII Demo
Best Puzzle Game of the Year Devil Dice (PlayStation) Tetris DX
Who's Hot
Award Character Game
Best Hero of the Year Solid Snake Metal Gear Solid
Best Villain of the Year The Evil Pigs! Tomba!
Best New Character of the Year Rikimaru Tenchu
Best Inspiring Performance by a Video Game Character Squirtle Pokémon
Best Memorable Moment of the Year Psycho Mantis Metal Gear Solid




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  2. "Top 100 U.S. Magazines by Circulation" (PDF). PSA Research Center. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  3. "10 Years of Game Informer" (August 2001). Game Informer, p. 42. "In August 1991, FuncoLand began publishing a six-page circular to be handed out free in all of its retail locations."
  4. Vargas, Jose Antonio (April 2005). "A Magazine Whose Lineup Is Always in Play". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 22, 2007.
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  6. Game Informer Issue 183 inFamous
  7. "On the Web" (August 2001). Game Informer, p. 49. "Sadly, this ill-fated site was to last little more that [sic] a year, as would fall prey to the massive meltdown of the Internet economy in February [of 2001]."
  8. Archived May 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. "EGM Now hires industry vet Billy Berghammer as group EIC". Joystiq. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  10. "Welcome To The New". Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  11. Wildgoose, David. "Game Informer Magazine Launches Aussie Edition". Kotaku. Retrieved November 3, 2009.
  12. "Game Informer Officially Australia's #1 Games Magazine". EB Games. Retrieved August 18, 2010.
  13. "MCV Pacific Awards: Winners Announced". MCV Pacific. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  14. Game Informer, issue 8 (January–February 1993), page 34
  15. Game Informer, issue 70 (February 1999), page 22-25
  16. "Games of 2001", Game Informer, January 2002, page 52
  17. Archived June 21, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
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