RUN Magazine was created in 1984 by Wayne Green and ran about 100 monthly issues through 1992. In his first issue, he explained his new magazine in the following way:
A system-specific magazine is particularly valuable both for the user of the system and the manufacturer. It helps the users get in touch with each other and pass along what they’ve learned. And it provides a forum for manufacturers (and potential manufacturers) of hardware add-ons and software to market their products. For instance, one of my magazines. 80 Micro for the Tandy TKS-80, is credited with generating a more than $20million a month business that just didn’t exist before the magazine made it possible.
The Commodore VIC-20 and 64 systems, for all their spectacular sales, have been seriously hindered by the lack of a dedicated, believable magazine. The climate now seems conducive to doing a Commodore magazine, so here we are—still in time to start making things happen with 20 and 64 support. With the price of the C64 coming down into the old VIC range, a lot more computing power is available for your money. Indeed, the 64 has lo be one of the best buys in computer power on the market.
With RUN to help you get the most out of your 20 or 64, I hope that you have as much fun with your computer as we have in publishing this magazine for you. You’ll be reading articles on new gadgets and programs for your system, ways lo get more out of il and ways to learn more yourself so you can program and modify existing programs.
RUN promises to do for Commodore owners what my other system-specific magazines—80 Micro, inCidcr and HOT CoCo—have done for TRS-80, Apple and Color Computer users. Who knows, given Commodore’s status as the most popular home computer, RUN may eclipse my other magazines in a very short time. Whether you’re a beginner or a more advanced Commodorist, I guarantee you’ll have more fun with your system if you read RUN every month.
RUN focused on 1980’s Commodore 8bit hardware like the Commodore 64, VIC-20, TED, 264, and 128 and was quite successful averaging 250,000 copies per month. RUN also spun off a RE-RUN disks which included software that had been written out in text in the RUN magazines. In the end, RUN slowed down at the same rate as 8 bit computer sales.
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