Godfather of Game Journalism Passed Away

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This weekend, Bill Kunkel passed away. He was 61.

Considered by many to be the "Father of Game Journalism", Kunkel co-founded Electronic Games Magazine in 1981. It was America's first gaming magazine sold on newsstands.


As GameSetWatch explained, Kunkel penned his "Game Doctor" column for several magazines, such as EGM.

Kunkel penned Confessions of the Game Doctor in 2005, detailing his experiences in the Golden Age of game.


GameSetWatch Games Journalism Founding Father Bill 'The Game Doctor' Kunkel Passes Away At 61 [GSW]

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I'm 30 now and I've been a gamer for my entire life. Anything before the NES I consider to be before my time, but I still have much respect and appreciation for the pioneers of gaming (such as Bill Kunkel) that came before my time.

It leads me to wonder what younger gamers think about early games and game pioneers. Do they simply pass them off as old, shallow and boring? Can they look at an early game like Pitfall and understand why it is important in regards to today's modern games?

If you are a younger gamer or you know someone who is could you clue me in on their opinions about early games and the "golden age" of gaming?