(Originally published on Gamedaily.biz)

Media Coverage sits down with the grandfather of American game journalism to get his thoughts on nearly 30 years in the business.

Video games as a medium are so young that describing anyone as a “grandfather” of the industry comes off as a little bit of a misnomer. That being said, Bill Kunkel is unquestionably the grandfather of video game journalism. After writing the first regular game review column for Video magazine in the late ’70s, he helped start the first American consumer magazine for gaming, Electronic Games, in 1981.

Kunkel has meandered a bit since those days, writing for comics and wrestling magazines, and even working as a game developer and design consultant for a time. But he’s always come back to game journalism, bouncing between a variety of print and online outlets before recently becoming the editor-in-chief of Tips & Tricks magazine starting with the January 2007 issue. I caught up with Kunkel at his Michigan home and talked to him about his career, his new magazine, and his thoughts on the industry. Here are some highlights of our conversation.

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