PC Gamer is a monthly press magazine specializing in PC video games. It comes in two versions, one English and one American, and also has a website. A French version, renamed PC Jeux, also existed between 1997 and 2012. The magazine presents new developments in the video game industry, articles on new games but also on old popular games, as well as on gaming equipment. A Gamer PC is also a high-quality performance computer to run games that require them.
Rating of the games
PC Gamer’s articles are written by the magazine’s editors and independent editors. They rate games on a percentage scale. In the U.S. version, no game has yet received a score above 98% (Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, Half-Life 2 and Crysis), while the English version has never scored above 96% (Civilization II, Half-Life, Half-Life 2 and Quake II).
In the English version, the lowest numerical rating was 2%, attributed to Big Brother 1. His sequel, Big Brother 2, should have received an even lower rating. In fact, no rating was really given, with the author of the article explaining that he “produced as much effort to test the game as its creators do”.
For the U.S. version, the lowest rating is currently 4%, given to Mad Dog McCree, underclassing the previously lowest rated game, Skydive! 5% (which was technically on par with Extreme Watersports, also rated 5%)
The U.S. edition of PC Gamer was launched in 1994.
In 1999, Future publishing, then known as Imagine Media, bought out its rival, PC Games magazine, and merged its staff.
According to a 2005 study, the magazine’s subscribers are predominantly male (97%), and account for more than two-thirds of the magazine’s readers.
The magazine has several columns that can be found in each edition. These include sections of “Eyewitness” (eyewitnesses), “Previews,” “Cables,” where readers’ letters are spread over two pages; at least one special content, which deals with topics such as the impact of video games on the environment; A “review” section containing articles and reviews of the latest games; and an “Extra Life” section that talks about mods, the culture around video games and revisits old games.
There is also a “Systems” section, which reviews and recommends hardware such as video cards and monitors. The last page of the magazine is titled “It’s All Over” and usually consists of an artwork related to video games, for example a hijacked version of the painting The Persistence of Memory of Salvador Dali featuring objects from the game Portal.
At one time, one of the sections entitled “Gamer Snap” was made up of amusing photos sent by readers. But it has been abandoned and replaced with a “guess the game” where readers send a drawing made under Microsoft Paint and depicting a memorable scene from a video game.
As for the British edition, the magazine comes with a demo disc, however a disc-free version is available. CDs are replaced by DVDs, based on one per month.
When games with full motion video (FMV) sequences became popular in the mid-1990s, PC Gamer’s CD-ROM also included FMV footage featuring one of these editors. To access CD content, including demos, patches and tests, the user had to navigate via a “menu” resembling the interface of classic games such as Myst. It was in these game sequences that the magazine’s mascot, Coconut Monkey, appeared as the staged editor left the magazine, marking the transition from FMV demo CDs to the more contemporary menu demo CDs used today.