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Bill Kunkel (July 21, 1950 – September 4, 2011) was a video game journalist and the executive editor of Electronic Games magazine in the early 1980s. His nickname is "The Game Doctor" based on a column he has written for several magazines (including both versions of Electronic Games, VG&CE, EGM, and CGW) and game sites (including, and


In North America, the first regular consumer-oriented column about video games, “Arcade Alley” in Video magazine, began in 1978 and was penned by the late Bill Kunkel along with Arnie Katz and Joyce Worley.[1]

In the U.S., the world's second oldest video gaming publication, Electronic Games magazine, was launched founded by Bill Kunkel and Arnie Katz.[1] The first newspaper columns dedicated solely to video games appeared in 1982. One of the first was the newsletter Arcade Express, which was also founded by Bill Kunkel, Arnie Katz, and Joyce Worley. The bi-weekly column ran from 1982[2] to 1983.[3]


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