Alaab Alcomputtar

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Alaab Alcomputtar
Publisher: Arabian Central CO.
Country of origin: Saudi Arabia
First issue date: 1995-xx-xx
Number of issues: 90
Frequency: Monthly

Alaab Alcomputtar (مَجَلّة أَلْعَاب الكُمْبِيُوتَر) is the first ever videogame magazine originating from the Middle East. It covers games from all systems. Magazine started in the mid 1990’s and ended in 2011 and was one of the three completely original Arabic magazine and was the most popular one.

The magazine offered an annual subscribtion of 300 ﷼ per year that included extra items with each month's issue.


Each issue consists of several sections. The first was Hot News (الأَخْبَار السَّاخِنَة), in the early issues it was simply called News (الأَخْبَار), which delved into the most anticipated and biggest games coming plus some big gaming news, this was occasionally expanded with an Investigation Report (تحقيف) and Market News (حديث السوق), which were overviews of important developments in the gaming market in the Gulf, they contained interviews with local publishers and international game developers.

The second section was First Preview/First Look (أَوَّل نَظْرَة) where they give points (negative or positive) to a game from the available information, occasionally showing prototype screenshots. The third section was Reviews (إِسْتِعْرَاض), where they give a score to a specific game. Sometimes there was a bonus section after the third one were they give full walkthroughs for games. The section after it is Secret Service (الخَدْمَة السِّرِّيَة), in the early issues it was simply called Secrets (أَسْرَارِ), where they showed secrets and easter eggs. The early issues had one last section called The Guide (الدّلِيل) a long list of games available in the market at the time, accompanied by short reviews and a rating.

In early issues, there was an Anime section (رُكْن التَّسْلِيَة) where they tell an Anime's story in a form of a novel, or provide anime news and showcase new shows airing in the region. This section was replaced with Readers Choices (مُخْتَارَات القُرَّاء) where readers could submit their reviews of a game and give them a final score. In the end of every issue was a small comic that was drawn by readers. In every issue there was a section called The Golden Rules For Smart Players (الوَصَايَا الذَّهَبِيَّة لِلاعِب الذَّكِي), which prescribed remembering to pray, not forgetting to do your homework, or not to replace reading or exercising with video games.

Although this structure stayed mostly the same except in the first issue, towards the end the magazine, it turned into only full walkthroughs.


Main article: Alaab Alcomputtar/Ratings.

Back issues

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The Preview issue on the First issue
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0 1995-xx-xx
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