I’m incredibly saddened to announce the passing of Bill Kunkel, who died suddenly on September 4 at 61 years old.
Bill was quite literally the father of games journalism. He, along with Joyce Worley and Arnie Katz, founded Electronic Games, the first mainstream monthly video game magazine. Best known by his nom de plume “The Game Doctor,” Bill was active in the industry from the late 1970s until the moment of his death. His book, Confessions of the Game Doctor, is required reading for anyone interested in the seamier side of the industry.
I knew him; for far too brief a time. Back in May we ran a round table on games journalism at the Interfaces conference in Michigan. As Bill did not drive, it fell to me to pick him up and take him home. There’s nothing like two hours in a car with a stranger to determine whether or not you’re compatible, and Bill and I had so much fun just chatting about the games of old that it seemed we’d known each other for a century. I feel like I’ve lost a friend I was just starting to make.
Bill is survived by his wife Laurie, as well as his siblings. Rest in peace, Bill.
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