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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.
That is indeed an epic cover. Everytime someone expresses their love for the Metal Gear franchise I get a little sad for missing out. But then I remember the flamboiyant vampire, emo chick that couldn't die, fatman on rollerblades and the dude that controls bees with his mind. And then I lol.
I did NOT need to know that...LOL.
Worth noting Spawn creator Todd McFarlane drew the cover art. Also, props to Kato and Reiner for not spoiling anything in their very extensive coverage of the game in this issue.
Man, that was an awesome time for video games: Xbox and GameCube were just coming out; then there were amazing games like MGS2, GTA III, Tony Hawk 3, Dead or Alive 3... and that was just what we reviewed that month!