PC Gamer is a magazine that started in Britain in 1993. An American version of the magazine started in 1994. As the title suggests, both versions of the magazine are completely dedicated to PC games. You can find articles of news and developments in the Video Game industry, previews and reviews of games, reviews of hardware, articles on mods, the old-school games, and much more.
This magazine provides examples of:
- Butt-Monkey: Greg "TheVede" Vederman, one of the US editors, who is sometimes the butt of jokes, doesn't take himself seriously and one photoshoot in the tech corner had a young woman wondering if she'll choose between either two computer components or a cheerful Greg... cue a sad Greg crying "She didn't pick me!".
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Coconut Monkey, the US mascot, who is more of an odd Cartoon Creature sculpted out of a coconut. In spite of vague finger-like forms on his stomach, he is described as having no hands.
- Fictional Video Game: Gravy Trader, developed by the US mascot Coconut Monkey. One CD included a "review" of the game among other older game reviews, rating it a 101% and concluding it with "We have seen the face of God and there is gravy dribbling down his chin".
- Four Point Scale: Very averted. They have rated several games going as low as 5% (Skydive! and Extreme Watersports) or even 4% (Mad Dog Mccree).
- IBM Personal Computer and Microsoft Windows: Games for these platforms are what the title focuses on.
- Mascot: The American version has one in the form of Coconut Monkey.
- Running Gag: Coconut Monkey mentions frequently that he can't do this or that because he has no hands, and that he's trying to make a game called Gravy Trader. In case you're wondering, this Gravy Trader game will never, ever see the light of day.
- Relatively recently, PC Gamer will take any excuse they can get to use an image from The Witcher 3 of Geralt relaxing in a bathtub as the headline image for any Witcher content. Eventually reached a head with CD Projekt RED sent them their own personal statue of Geralt reading PC Gamer magazines in the same pose.
- For a while, there was a short weird unrelated story paragraph written in the lower right of the last page of the US magazine. When asked about it in mail corner, their reply was basically "we have no idea what you're talkin about".
- Spiritual Successor: The original UK version was a spiritual successor to Future Publishing's earlier Amiga Power. At one time they shared many of the same staff writers, and PC Gamer carried over much of its tone, some regular articles (like the annual Top 100), and several of the running gags and memetic mutations from Amiga Power as well. Of course, it was covering a different machine, and things changed after the AP staffers eventually moved on.