It's been a while since I last posted a blog here, but it was all about the specifics of gaming in post-communist country. Lets now look at the beginning of Czech gaming journalism, because I had the luck to be part of it (as a very devoted reader) and it was very exciting part of my gaming life.
The first real gaming magazine in Czech Republic was called Excalibur and although it was very low-profile, it quickly grew every month (like everything related to computers in Czech Republic after the fall of the iron courtain). Among others, two very important young men were part of the Excalibur crew - they called themselves Andrew and Ice.
In January 1994, those two guys left Excalibur and started their own new magazine: Score. And thats where it started for me. I got into Score with its third issue (March 1994) and stayed there for more than ten years. Andrew and Ice unlike most other reviewers back then, had the advantage to have genuine talent for writing. Their reviews were exciting and extremely fun to read (for example Andrew wrote in the original Doom review that the game feels like "sliding a grater to a iodine pool") and I'm really considering that I start translating the most legendary ones to English, so you might see them in this blog eventually.
Anyway, my point was that Andrew and Ice turned nothing into the best selling PC magazine in Czech Republic to date and established the first generation of gamers here (and thats no small thing - for example Czech gamers today still use terms Andrew or Ice used first for various aspects of gaming). Back then when we, their audience, were but excited kids, some considered them demigods. What they wrote in their reviews was sacred. Should they say a game was great, it had great sales here ensured. That went on for several years until they both quit Score and started a porn related internet website that will probably make them good money until end of their days.
But they did a lot for Czech gaming, thats without any doubt...