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1Up: Print Gaming Journalism Dying

We all remember those carefree days of poring over the latest edition of our favorite gaming mag, hoping to be the first to lay our eyes on the latest and greatest news in the video game world. However, with the advent of online journalism - and the obvious connection between computers and video games - more and more print magazines may be either on the way out or already dying. 1Up's Simon Cox said as much in a recent interview with Ombudsman (source- GameSpot), when he spoke more about the closing of Games for Windows magazine.

Cox explained what most of us already know- that the "dollars and eyes" of gamers are moving away from pint media and towards Internet publications. Obviously, when the print publications begin to lose their readership, advertisers begin to withdraw their money, and pretty soon, the publication is dead. Cox even said we can probably expect the end of EGM at some point, despite the loyal following it currently enjoys. It's no real surprise to us, as the magazines simply don't represent the fastest news any more. Perhaps sadly, gamers these days care more about speed than quality, but than again, that fits in nicely with the rest of the country's mentality. That's not necessarily a knock; it's just the way things are.

By the way, we don't completely agree with the pic posted here. We just thought it went very well with the story. Perhaps it's just nostalgia talking, but we'd rather have some print publications stick around for many years to come.

4/13/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (7 posts)

Warukyure [Power User]
Sunday, April 13, 2008 @ 11:20:20 PM
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I gave up magazines years ago, sure they come with demos sometimes, and usually have good res pictures. But with the PSN, and sites like this one, why would I need to blow like $10 a month on a magazine?

Nowadays people can just download the trailer or demo on the network and do it FREE. Or for those that need their daily fix of news and p/reviews like I do, its as easy as clicking on a bookmark. I usually check this site in the morning with my email and university announcements.

Heres another nail in coffin, would you rather see news from things like TGS, GDC, or E3 as soon as possible or would you like to wait till the next month after its long over?

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Gabriel013
Monday, April 14, 2008 @ 2:13:16 AM
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I stopped buying gaming mags some time ago. Now that we geet free news and free demos there really is no justification for gaming print media anymore.

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dillonthebunny
Monday, April 14, 2008 @ 6:56:34 AM
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I stopped buying them years ago. I get all the prviews, reviews, hints and tips months before the mags get them....


apart from today.


today I read the OXM score for GTA4, and that really is a first, as no one apart from the dubious cgreviews has reviewed it, at least in an official capacity.
Anyway, ive posted a pic of the score page in OXM in the forum under the topic of the first review for GTA4.

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Xanavi23
Monday, April 14, 2008 @ 9:05:36 AM
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Why buy the cow, when you can get the Milk for free

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John Shoemaker
Monday, April 14, 2008 @ 11:09:37 AM
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I still buy then and have a few come to my house every month. The only reason is because I cannot look at a computer screen for so long.
So magazines work better for someone like me. Even though the news is always older, I enjoy the editorials and previews they do.

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cAtDaFeLiX
Monday, April 14, 2008 @ 11:32:15 AM
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I built up a heavy collection of OPM until it died and once I got the Xbox 360 I started collecting the OXM mags. I'll still buy them cause they come with a slim dvd case. :P

If OXM added in a slim "green" color dvd case that is the same color of the xbox 360 game dvd cases I'm postive they would increase sales.

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Lordnicon
Thursday, April 17, 2008 @ 5:32:30 PM
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Being a member of the print generation and the internet boom, I have to say that i really do enjoy print a little bit more. The quality the weight the smell and even the anticipation are pluses for me. I get tired of net sources because its SO instant that i end up coming back to a site that has had little to no updates and i just feel blah. Mags have a ton of material which lasts and waiting for that next chunk is actually almost exciting. Looking back at ancient psx, opsm, tips and tricks, gamepro, egm and game informer etc. mags with nothing but genesis and snes and 3DO PS and Saturn on the horizon make me feel all fuzzy inside lol. Collectablility is also a plus. Of course the appeal of free is incredibly strong as well are hd images and videos. The solution to cost is subscription. Of course is still hard to pay for something you get for free.

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