About the Blog

Vault 1541 is primarily about video games and toys with a strong -- but not exclusive -- focus on the '80s and '90s. I cannot say only those two decades because Star Wars began in the '70s and I talk about some modern video games as well. Gaming makes up the bulk of the blog but I will do my best to keep up on the '80s toy coverage; it's just a bit more work as I have to dig most of those items out of the basement. This began as a video game magazine ad project in 2014 so as I build up the blog you'll find many posts revolving around past game magazines and their ads, of which I have over 3,500 scans.

I've also been scanning some other ads not associated with video games or toys. While they may appear in various blog posts, those along with some other odds and ends may be stored in albums on the Vault 1541 Facebook page or at Flickr.


The plan is to add a new set of gaming ads every Saturday morning. They're sorted by company and I'll be going in alphabetical order. If I only have a single ad for a company I might add more than one company that day. I'll highlight one ad in the blog post and Twitter while placing the ads on Flickr. In between the ad posts I'll write blog entries that highlight some old video game magazine articles and reviews, as well as write original entries. Toy articles and videos will occur as well, just with less frequency than video games. I'm still resizing and editing the thousands of game ads after it took a few hundred hours over two years to get to where I am now.

The Vault 1541 Name

When I was trying to create a name associated with games or games + toys, just about everything I could come up with was either already a real company name, a Facebook page, someone's blog, or in use as something else. Vault 1541 probably sounds like either a C64 fan site or something found in a Fallout game. While I am a fan of Fallout, that's not why I chose to use vault in the title. The first part of the name refers to my basement that's essentially a toy vault and the number is the designation of the well known Commodore 64 drive. As can be seen in the header image, the C64 is a central piece of the blog theme and the basis for the color scheme.

The Ads & Articles Scans

The ads and articles have been scanned from a variety of magazines and the quality will vary. I improved at scanning and editing as I progressed but also the type of paper used in each magazine differs which impacts the final image. Some paper is very thin causing the other side of the page to bleed through. There are many multi-page ads as well, and those often don't line up perfectly. Others are simply old and the paper may not have held up all that well. I've done a fair amount of editing to improve them the best that I can.

I have no plans to watermark any images as I do not own the content appearing in the scans, nor do I have any affiliation with the magazines that they originally appeared in. If you run a website, such as a site dedicated to a game series or game company, I have no problem sharing a handful of scans. However, I have spent many, many hours scanning and editing images and so I do ask that you provide a source link back here if you do post one of my scans on your site.


A little over six months after starting the blog, the YouTube channel has launched. Although I don't write a lot on the blog, it still takes up quite a bit of my free time so I cannot commit to a specific schedule for YouTube. Hopefully I can find a good balance between videos and the blog, along with a good mix of old and new game content. Some videos are accompanied by a blog post for those that don't care to watch videos.

The opening for the videos is kind of rough but making videos is new to me so don't expect anything flashy. I tried a different opening first that involved Bumblebee transforming, then the one I have now was longer, and I tried an ending but ultimately decided to cut the opening down and scrap the ending. An opening probably isn't even necessary.

For current video games feel free to use the contact form if there is a PlayStation 4 (possibly Xbox One as well) retail game you want to request a video of; if a game is rated M then I will put it on my gamer account since I want to keep this channel appropriate for kids. I'm thinking games targeted at a younger audience don't get too much attention from large media outlets though everything does seem to be on YouTube. Still, it's possible I might be able to put together a quick gameplay video around the time of a game's release if it is a game my employer has on site.

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