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Amiga Power was launched in mid 1991 with the promise that each issue would come with a complete cover-mounted commercial game. In the months leading up to this several other magazines also included full priced games on their covers.

The games industry saw this as a threat to their businesses and launched an all-out assault claiming that the practice had destroyed the 8-bit market, and that the covermounting of full price games would decimate the industry.

Amiga Power, having made bold promises prior to their release was forced to back down and this caused a lot of their readers to write in complaining. They responded by printing an interview with ELSPA fleshing out the controversy. (see below)



Full price games soon disappeared from all Amiga magazines, but were quickly replaced by regular appearances of full version applications on most of the major magazines.

Ultimately the jury is out whether these covermounted games would have harmed (or indeed helped) the industry. Full version games started appearing on magazines during the Amiga's twilight years, without any major objection from the industry.

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