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« on: July 15, 2010, 02:32:44 PM »

it managed to survive 17 years, and it's final issue will be 225.  not a bad run for UK's first magazine dedicated to gaming.

that said....

PRINT IS DEAD!  LONG LIVE DIGITAL!  icon_twisted
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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2010, 03:35:41 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on July 15, 2010, 02:32:44 PM

it managed to survive 17 years, and it's final issue will be 225.  not a bad run for UK's first magazine dedicated to gaming.

that said....

PRINT IS DEAD!  LONG LIVE DIGITAL!  icon_twisted
While I miss big fat print magazines with big expensive ads that help pay for big expensive staffs (I still have a milk crate of mid 1990s PC Gamers that are almost as thick as phone books), it is pretty much on its last legs. I never have understood how so many UK gaming and computer mags can be so humongous and use so much unrecycled glossy paper.

This is "the pot calling the kettle black" because I'm reporter/editor for an e-mail - only publication.  smirk However, we have a staff of 1 basically (me, and much help from others whose main duties are on print magazine publications), so we have little overhead and zero production costs on it. However, print advertising in our magazines is still what pays our bills and keeps me employed. If we completely lose that and rely on nickels and dimes (virtually) from "Internet button ads," I'll join the PC Zone staff in unemployment.  paranoid
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2010, 03:44:05 PM »

I'm surprised there are still print magazines, period. The Ipad, Kindle and all their cousins are gonna put print mags out of biz within this decade. Publishers need to adapt or die.
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2010, 04:35:15 PM »

I likes me magazines!  I would feel weird taking a kindle into the pooper.  Plus I usually give my read magazines to my nephews or borther in law....the one not taken into the pooper  ninja.

I still have subs to:

Wired, Popular Science, and Time.  I can read them on the coach without heating up my lap from my pos laptop.
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2010, 04:36:36 PM »

Quote from: morlac on July 15, 2010, 04:35:15 PM

I would feel weird taking a kindle into the pooper.

out of context sig material anyone?  Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2010, 05:16:36 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on July 15, 2010, 04:36:36 PM

Quote from: morlac on July 15, 2010, 04:35:15 PM

I would feel weird taking a kindle into the pooper.

out of context sig material anyone?  Tongue

i bet it would feel weird too.  those things aren't exactly pooper shaped you know.
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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2010, 10:54:22 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on July 15, 2010, 04:36:36 PM

Quote from: morlac on July 15, 2010, 04:35:15 PM

I would feel weird taking a kindle into the pooper.

out of context sig material anyone?  Tongue

Hehe.   icon_idea
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« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2010, 06:47:21 AM »

I always found PC zone to be much superior to PC gamer (uk). Their reviews seemed to be more honest and very funny, and they always had these nice 'extra' sections (like having all the writers go to a pub, getting drunk, talking about games, and then writing the article about it). And they liked the games I did in those days: Operation Flashpoint, Severance...

But I confess that I haven't bought a PC Zone magazine since 2001 or something. It must be hard for those magazines in post-internet times.
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« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2010, 03:25:33 PM »

I completely agree with you, Rocketman.  PCZ was (in my opinion) far superior to PCG in terms of content, reviews, etc etc.  I really didn't like the PCG writers at all.  But as the amount of content got smaller, the number of ads got bigger, and the best writers left I called it a day on my subscription.  That was probably a good three or four years ago now.

Still, as Morlac said, you can't beat having a magazine to read when you're having a good shit.  I still subscribe to a couple of mags for just that reason.
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