Bill Kunkel, 61, who helped invent video-game journalism and create the first video-game magazine in the United States, died Sept. 4, apparently of a heart attack, at his home in White Lake, Mich.
Mr. Kunkel and his friend Arnie Katz are widely credited with starting the first published gaming column, "Arcade Alley." It began running in Video magazine in 1978. The column drew more readers as home gaming systems became popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s. By 1981, about two million home systems were in use in the United States.