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The State Of U.S. Videogame Magazines 97

simoniker writes "Wonder how video game magazines are still alive and kicking, in the age of the Interweb? Here's 'a quick tour of all the game magazines you can find in U.S. bookshelves right now', with plenty of commentary and cover scans, from Nintendo Power to EGM: 'The output isn't quite what it was ten or even five years ago, but there's still a remarkable amount of print getting churned out each month -- and what's more, nearly all of it these days is written for 'core' gamers like you and me.'" I enjoy most of Ziff's magazines (EGM, CGW). I also happily pay through the nose for the British Mag Edge, which is the finest gaming magazine in the world.
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The State Of U.S. Videogame Magazines

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  • PC Gamer (Score:2, Interesting)

    by elbenito69 ( 868244 ) on Monday June 05, 2006 @11:08AM (#15472399)
    I used to get PC Gamer (US), from about 1996 through 2002. I remember one issue, somewhere around '99, was 444 pages! Even taking into account that gaming mags are half advertising, that's still a lot of content. PC Gamer these days is barely a pamphlet compared to its heyday. Also, the magazine's quality has gone downhill each time the management/ownership has changed, and IMHO, isn't worth reading anymore.
  • by Ghoeb ( 979235 ) on Monday June 05, 2006 @11:10AM (#15472417)
    Even though many of the people on here obviously get their news and especially video game news off the web, for many people print is easier to pick up and just read. Nothing beats having a tangible magazine to pick up and read in your living room while watching TV even if the information is diluted with more ads than actual writing in it.
  • Re:The Brits! (Score:3, Interesting)

    by radish ( 98371 ) on Monday June 05, 2006 @12:08PM (#15473000) Homepage
    I agree, advertisment is the big difference. The biggest difference I noticed when moving to the US was the price of magazine subscriptions. In the UK you're lucky to save 30%, making a typical magazine subscription something like 20-30gbp. Over here, I can get the US edition for $6 a year. The only way I can understand the economics behind that is that the advertisers pay much more because they have a larger say in the content and get more information on the demographics.

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