I was just wondering because since I heard the wonder that are video game websites, I always used to buy magazines to keep me up to date on the news. Now the internet provides me with that information I no longer feel the need to buy them anymore. So I was just asking whether anyone on Giantbomb still buys magazines to do with games?
I used to buy a polish magazine called "PSX Extreme", but since I started using the internet as my primary source of gaming info I kinda stopped getting magazines.
Since the internet always has an edge over magazines when it comes to delivering info (apart from exclusive content maybe, but there's not that much exclusive content in the polish gaming press, and even if there were I would just read about it on the net the next day anyway), the only reasons I'd consider buying a gaming magazine would be: the original content produced by the magazine's writers and maybe posters. And since giant bomb is the awesomest thing on the planet when it comes to original content, and if I really wanted to get a video game poster I'd certainly not choose one which is 42cm x 30cm and has a crease in the middle I just stick to my internet sources.
I've been subscribing to Game Informer for $5-$6 per year since EGM went away. The covers are usually awesome and the cover stories are cool. I briefly had a GamePro subscription (signed on for 2 years but hadn't gotten a magazine yet at the time) but then heard John Davison was leaving and I cancelled. New EGM's first issue was just okay. New EGM's editors didn't appeal to me for the amount I would have had to pay and it just seems like a revolving door with people coming and going. Frankly I was a huge follower of the old 1UP.com/GFW a.k.a. CGW/EGM gang and most of them do stuff online if they're still doing game enthusiast press at all.
I have an outstanding subscription to a finnish gaming magazine called Pelit. Best damn gaming journalism I've ever read.
Me too. Been a subscriber since 94. Good hardcorey articles like some of the sim stuff. That's the only game related mag I get these days.
My game magazine purchases ended when GameFan stopped. Great mag. I had almost every issue until my mom decided to clean house one day. That was a sad day. I even found a hidden stash of it in my basement just two years back and when mom came by for a visit she decided to Spring clean the house. Out went my last copies. I miss the Monitaur and Post Meister. =(
I still have two subscriptions: EDGE and Game Pro. I still read maybe 50% of the content in both because I find it easier to read long form discussions about game topics in print. I think we are two years away from some interesting uses of magazines on tablets that marry the best of print and electronic together. At this point, I do not think online sites do a good job with screen readability for the long form articles or page setup, and cutting down trees to talk about an interactive medium in a non-interactive way has obvious flaws. So I think once table computers with very high res screens take off a completely new era of magazine will take off that will actually make website seem like a step down.
Is there really a point to subscribe to gaming magazines anymore? I remember reading an article somewhere stating that most gaming magazines, though they total somewhere to 80-100 pages, only have about 10 pages of real content. The rest are just ads.
And you believe that? I could go and count the number of pages on EDGE that are 'real content' and it would total a whole load more than that.
This is exactly what I wanted to write, Edge is a really great magazine.
I read EDGE cause I live in the UK and the slightly more industry focused angle they take is really interesting. The editorials are always top notch and they do great features.