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Feedback on Custom PC's new games pages

Posted on 20th Aug 2009 at 08:29 by Joe Martin with 8 comments

Joe Martin
This blogpost was supposed to be about my adventures in Baldur’s Gate as a completionist wizard, but that plan was ruined by the fact that my copy of Throne of Bhaal has yet to arrive because of various mail-related issues and my refusal to start until I’ve got the entire collection. And also you might have noticed I'm in Cologne, Germany for the big GamesCom 2009 show.

So, instead I thought it would be a good chance to get some feedback on a little change I’ve introduced to the latest issue of Custom PC and which, if it goes down well, I’ll keep going. If you’ve got Issue 73 to hand (it's out in the shops today) then you can see what I’m talking about on pages 26 and 27 – the ‘Games Etc’ spread.

Basically, I’ve replaced the usual batch of four or five gaming news items with a hand-picked of really good free games from the last month which we think people will like. There’s some free flash adventure games there, some mods and some downloadable indie games – something for everyone and I’d like to do this every month instead of using that space for gaming news.

The motivation for putting the ‘Required Playing’ bit in was that, firstly if you’re reading bit-tech (which you obviously are), then you’ve likely already read those stories on the site. Secondly, I think that keeping a finger on the pulse of indie games is pretty important both to gamers and PC enthusiasts.

Feedback on Custom PC's new games pages What do you think of this?
It's in here...

There’s a recession on after all and not everyone wants to shell out money for the triple A games and, if I’m going to be brutally honest, indie games are getting more and more important to the future of PC gaming. Notable developers and new ideas are rising out of these projects if nothing else and those are things that PC enthusiasts might be interested in sampling.

Normally a fairly minor change like this isn’t something I’d bother blogging about, but if I’m going to frank then I’ll admit that I’m still learning how things work in the world of print journalism and I want to make sure I’m on the right track. One thing I definitely know is that Custom PC and bit-tech.net have in common is that we write them for you, so it’s really only fair that you get a chance to tell me off if I’m doing something you don’t like. I just figured I’d give you a chance to do that online rather than sending your thoughts through by snail mail. I hate opening hate mail.

Feedback on Custom PC's new games pages What do you think of this?
Research and Development was one HL2 mod we featured

So, let me know your thoughts – do you like seeing a selection of free indie games or would you prefer to see the old gaming news make a return? Is there anything else gaming-wise that you’d like to change in the mag? Or do you just have a game that you’d like to suggest to be featured in the next issue? Let me know in the comments below.

And I promise I’ll try and blog about Baldur’s Gate next week when I'm back from sunny Germany.

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palorx 20th August 2009, 11:27 Quote
Personally I wuite liked that, I thought it was better then the gaming news.
palorx
Fredrics 20th August 2009, 13:29 Quote
Keep it - I hate the duplicate articles and also it is interesting which will give me something to keep me occupied on a rainy day.
[PUNK] crompers 20th August 2009, 13:49 Quote
i'll be purchasing this at lunch, I will say though that it seems to me the duplicate articles are devaluing a £4.50 magazine.

at the end of the day that console ports article was excellent and i really enjoyed it. one of the main reasons to buy Custom PC that month, then it comes up on bit-tech and i just feel like ive been robbed
Dreaming 20th August 2009, 13:58 Quote
I quite like it, but this is the first issue I've picked up. I really like the 'required playing' in the middle though and am intrigued by the enviro-bear 2000 game :p lol.

Also on an unrelated note: on page 62 with the review of the Emprex Falcon, the subtitle is "A solid, capable gaming mouse for less than £20" yes the price it's listed at is £24.99 :p.
Dreaming 20th August 2009, 13:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by crompers
i'll be purchasing this at lunch, I will say though that it seems to me the duplicate articles are devaluing a £4.50 magazine.

at the end of the day that console ports article was excellent and i really enjoyed it. one of the main reasons to buy Custom PC that month, then it comes up on bit-tech and i just feel like ive been robbed

It's £1 for 3 issues on custom pcs website, at least it was last month.
[PUNK] crompers 20th August 2009, 15:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dreaming
It's £1 for 3 issues on custom pcs website, at least it was last month.

your point being? its still a £4.50 magazine!

i think £4.50 is fairly good value for the amount of content, but when 50% of that content is available for free its going to smart a bit
Dreaming 21st August 2009, 01:42 Quote
yea guess my point was just suggesting how you could save some pennies ^^
damienVC 26th August 2009, 14:50 Quote
'Required playing' is much better than duplicate articles IMHO.
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