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