Note: This is my very first GIO blog post, from December 2009. It's been unviewable for a very long time (error page when you click the link), so I deleted and reposted it.

I just finished looking through the Game Informer cover gallery. It brought back so many memories. Looking at all these covers reminded me of something...

I graduated from high school in 2001, and in the fall of that same year, I started college. It was around this time that I discovered the greatest video game magazine of all time - Game Informer. I don't even remember his name now, but I remember this kid at college- he had a copy of Game Informer with him, and I'd never heard of the magazine before. Not long after this discovery, I discovered something even more amazing... Metal Gear Solid.

Before college, I'd never heard of Metal Gear. I grew up playing Super Nintendo, and after my dad discovered Doom, he got into PC games and didn't buy another console after the SNES. Don't worry... I had plenty of friends that had a Nintendo 64 and/or a Sony Playstation. I played plenty of great console titles despite not owning these great consoles at the time. Anyways, while I was at college, I heard a few of the guys talk about Metal Gear Solid, but I didn't think much about it until I saw this:

This Game Informer cover is very special to me. This was the first time I ever saw comic book style art on the cover of a gaming magazine, and it introduced me to my favorite game series of all time. I was in the Commercial Art program in college, and after seeing this cover, many of my projects ended up being related to video games. I had always loved video games, but this took it to a whole new level for me.

Issue #104 has the most epic Game Informer cover of all time.