Hardcore Gamer began its life as a printed magazine in 2005. At a time when magazines were beginning to shut down, we did the opposite. Within months, hundreds of thousands of issues of Hardcore Gamer Magazine were distributed to subscribers internationally. We quickly became a trusted source in the industry, employing only writers who were seriously hardcore about gaming.

Then the internet happened. Nobody wanted to advertise in magazines anymore. Without advertisements, the enormous overhead of printed journalism was impossible to maintain. In 2010, after a five year run, we ceased physical printing.

So how does a printed magazine go online and compete with established websites? They don’t, and we’re not. When the same exact article is already being written 50 times across the internet, the last thing you need for us to do is write it again.

Same as always, we’re devoted to delivering articles that you won’t read anywhere else. Think of us as an essential supplement to the gaming sites you already visit. We don’t censor any content that our contributors wish to print — popularity be damned. In addition to unique features, you will see articles that are solely informed opinions, putting a true gamer’s spin on a story. With our staff consisting of veterans of the industry, we’re a forum where the hardcore gamer’s voice can finally be represented by the media. After all, we’re one of you.


For an all-access archive of our past printed magazines, free for download in PDF format, click here!