['Game Mag Weaseling' is a weekly column by Kevin Gifford which documents the history of video game magazines, from their birth in the early '80s to the current day.]

Merry Christmas to everyone! I don't have much to say this week -- I am at the ol' family home at the moment, and I want to save my remarks on the game-mag business in 2010 for next week's column. (The short version: Not stupendous, but a great distance healthier than I had imagined 12 months ago.)

For today, then, why not enjoy a game that (in my opinion, anyway) is one of the best cover-disk giveaways of all time? Xmas Lemmings 1991 made its debut on one of the disks mounted on Issue 30 (Jan 1992) of Amiga Format, the most dominant "general-purpose" Commodore Amiga mag (as opposed to games-only publications like Amiga Power and The One) in the UK for most of its existence. It covered games, productivity applications, and the user scene all in one book, and at its peak was a pretty enormous mag that had major clout across the entire European computer business. That, no doubt, is one reason the editors were able to nab this exclusive four-level mini-game set in a wintry Lemmings universe.

Like a lot of Future Publishing mags, Amiga Format lasted far longer than an outsider would expect -- the final issue was published in May 2000, a full six years after Commodore International declared bankruptcy. (The last Amiga mag to get distributed to newsstands was Amiga Active, which toiled on in the UK until November 2001.)

[Kevin Gifford used to breed ferrets, but now he's busy running Magweasel, a really cool weblog about games and Japan and "the industry" and things. In his spare time he does writing and translation for lots of publishers and game companies.]