I think about this more than you would expect. I think there is a lot of cross-over between zines/comics and hobbyist games. But I think “zine” is a broad term and I’m not sure what I want. For instance: how is a online zine significantly different than a game-blog? (Actually, I would say that a blog doesn’t have an established length, but still). Also, are physical copies worthwhile? Or do they have a negative impact on distribution and potential?
These question lead me to think that there are a lot of things with zine-like qualities, but they take a lot of different forms.
The Arcade Review is something I really enjoyed.
The various writing projects of thecatamites such as A1 reviews and My Friend Pokey seem zine-like to me.
Heterotopias looks interesting to me, but I haven’t paid up to find out if it actually is.
Porpentine has put out some stuff that seems zine-like such as Trashgasm, Psycho Nymph Exile, and there was this thing she organized where a few people contributed games to a collaborative release. It was called “Amulet” or something like that, but I can’t seem to find it.
Edit: Sergio found it.
Sufficiently Human seems somehow game/zine relevant
You see what I mean? I don’t really know what makes something zine-like except that it appeals to me in a similar way as zines do.
Also here is a game I made where you make your own zine.
I keep playing with the idea of putting hobbyist game critique and impressions in a game as some form of a zine. I’m not sure if that will ever happen.