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Game Journalism Pioneer Joyce Worley Passes Away

by Elise Favis on Jul 31, 2016 at 07:22 AM

Joyce Worley-Katz, one of three founders of the Electronic Games magazine, passed away yesterday after battling a series of health problems following a stroke in May. Worley, along with her husband Arnie Katz and coworker Bill Kunkel, were three of gaming journalism's pioneers.

In 1981, the group formed the first dedicated video game magazine, Electronic Games, which opened the door to a new frontier of entertainment journalism. Its influence on gaming media today is undeniable. For example, terms that we use regularly today, such as "shoot-em-up," were born from the pages of the magazine, and it was one of the first publications to build a structure specifically for reporting and reviewing games.

In 1985, the magazine came to an end, and the three continued in the games industry as consultants, as well as contributed to publications such as Video Games & Computer Entertainment. In 1992, Worley and the team revived Electronic Games for a few years until its repeated fold.

Game Informer extends its condolences to Worley's family and her husband Arnie during this tough period. If you'd like to look back at several Electronic Games issues, you can browse them online at the Digital Press Library or at 2600 Connection.

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