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Computec Media GmbH
Founded 1987
Headquarters Fürth, Bavaria, Germany

Computec Media is a German publisher of magazines.

In the 1980s, everyone read 64'er magazine and typed in software. However, 17-year-old Christian Geltenpoth was annoyed by errors, so he conceived a magazine where articles and software came on a two-sided Commodore 64 disk, founded CP Verlag GmbH in Schwarzenbruck and Nürnberg, and spammed readers of 64'er.

Software of all kinds was submitted by readers. Early games tend to be programmed in BASIC or SEUCK, be unauthorized mods, or use ripped music. CP Verlag also did not launch careers like 64'er did. However, their games became larger, since nothing had to be tediously typed in.

The bar was crucially raised in 1989 by the demoscene. Starting that summer, X-ample Architectures developed a modern reader for the magazines, composed over 50 background songs just for that reader, and copy-protected a few issues. CP Verlag now stood for Computec Verlag, and a headhunter founded Double Density.

On Gordian Tomb (C64) and The Adventures of Quik & Silva (AMI, AST), CP Verlag and the respective developer agreed on a fee before any work began. Some games got delayed by two years because, according to Markus Schneider, CP Verlag bought too much.

In 1998, the company rose to Computec Media AG, and after a buyout in early 2014, fell to Computec Media GmbH.

Magazines included:

  • Magic Disk 64 (monthly 1987–1995): Commodore 64 software (including games and audio editors) and courses (two on audio).
  • Golden Disk 64 (1988–1996): Initially, special issues of Magic Disk 64; for example, Golden Disk 6/89 is exclusively about audio. Since December 1989, every issue features one to three big games.
  • Game On (monthly 1988–1995; also spelled GAMEon and Game on): More Commodore 64 games.
  • Amiga Fun (monthly 1990–1996): Amiga games.
  • Amigo! (bimonthly 1991–1995): Amiga games.
  • Play Time (monthly 1991–1995): Reviews and interviews for every platform.
  • ST de Luxe (1991–1992): Atari ST games.
  • Amiga Games (1992–1997): Amiga reviews and interviews.
  • PC Games (1992–2005): DOS and Windows reviews and interviews.
  • Three in One KOMBI (monthly 1993–1995): Bundle of Play Time, Magic Disk 64 and Game On.
  • Magic Disk 64 Classic (monthly 1995–1996): Merger of Magic Disk 64 and Game On. All text is exclusively on paper, leaving more room for software.


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