Does The End of EGM Spell Doom for Game Magazines? Comments - Mania.com



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GhaleonZero 1/30/2009 6:41:57 AM

Don't forget about Game Informer, the magazine put out by GameStop (and yes I know the stigma of how GS pushes that and reservations, I happen to work at one, hehe). It not only sells more issues than every single gaming mag and computer mag COMBINED (no lie), it has no sign of slowing down. Plus... it it's actually a great mag.

I will miss EMG though. That and Nintendo Power were mainstays back in the day... god I'm old.

erikx111 1/30/2009 9:19:51 PM

Damn this makes me feel old. I remember pondering way back  when, "gee, are they ever going to reveal who sushi-x really is?" I remember the old absurb april fools jokes like the Sheng long trick for Street Fighter.  I remember Dan Shoe working his way through the ranks to editor in chief  before he moved on from the magazine and even way back when Ed Semrad (i think that's his name) use to run things.  Wow , the end of a generation.

michaelxaviermaelstrom 2/1/2009 6:39:40 AM

 

Excellent article, touched on all the key points.

Impressive, we've been discussing this in a collaborative think-tank, when similar Q: "are SF magazines dead?" was raised.

My conclusions fall along the same lines as the author above, and I summarized them with:

"Sometimes the medium is not the message, sometimes the message is the message".

To apply that here, If the same content that nominally would exist within EGM's print-zine, now moves to appearing online, can EGM really be said to no longer exist?

But this article prompts further consideration.

Particularly over the issue "what makes a magazine?" and the implications of the answers.

Is it the configuration of content or the configuration of writers/characters in that magazine during a particular period?

That's an interesting question, because that, as it previously existed, may well be lost if EGM writers splinter off to different online outlets.

on the other hand, it may also be augmented.

It also raises another interesting question.

The web 2.0 aspect ought allow some EGM writers to further expand on their personas, as they interact dynamically and instantly with netizens. 

and how will they translate when they transfer mediums?

I suspect some will resist interacting (most writers do, particularly those used to editorial style articles, they'll have the most difficulty) some will flourish under those new conditions, and some will be unable to adapt in a manner that uh augments their persona.

(in other words some will make every mistake in the book and either won't come off well or will be perceived as dicks - Ed)

In much the same way that when films moved from silent to talkies, a portion of silent film stars couldn't make the transition either because of unexpected audience-disjarring voices or simply because they couldn't speak very well.

Ditto, with the internet comes a whole new skill set to learn.

conclusion: as with every darwinian environment, those EGM writers best able to adapt to the net will survive.

Those that don't are still not out of luck though, they will just have to hire PR agents to fix up whatever initial blunders they make!

[Pathud]

mXm.

 

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