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Games mags have a tough time of it

Games mags have a tough time of it

Magazines? P'ah! The future is online! The future is bit-tech.net! The future is cheesecake!

Call us smug, but we always kind of knew that the internet was the way forward for most forms of media and journalism - and that's a fact which is being highlighted by the recent closure and sale of several fairly big games magazines today.

The big news for games fans today is the US magazine partnered with gaming website 1-Up.com, Electronic Games Monthly, has been closed down today. The closure comes after long-running rumours that parent company Ziff Davis Media were looking to sell the 1-Up network were finally proved true. The Hearst Corporation, owners of UGO.com (among others) has bought the entire network.

Hearst's first move has been to streamline the online side of the network and to close the offline branch completely. In laymans terms that means Hearst has fired an awful lot of people from 1-Up.com and begun closing EGM according to Gamasutra. More than 30 staff and journalists are expected to go in the cull.

Thus the January 2009 issue of EGM will be the last one ever, according to leaked staff letter from Ziff Davis executives. So ends almost 20 years of magazine history.

At the same time though, Double Jump Books is also looking to sell off it's own leading games magazine Hardcore Gamer. What's interesting there though is that the sale is taking place on eBay. If you think you can do better than Ziff Davis Media at running a nationally distributed games magazine in the states then you can make a bid for it - the starting bid rests at $42,000.

Going to have a punt at Hardcore Gamer or are you busy crying over EGM? Let us know in the forums.

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Arkanrais 7th January 2009, 11:40 Quote
is bit-tech the new borg? resistance is futile!
kenco_uk 7th January 2009, 12:23 Quote
Dennis feel like expanding? That's not a lot of money for a US mag.
naokaji 7th January 2009, 12:45 Quote
No surprise there, you can read the same stuff for free on the internet, you don't have any waste to dipose of afterwards, you get more detailed text (after all, room in a print magazine is limited), you get it earlier and on top of that, for free (well, you have to look at stupid ad's, but it's not like print magazines woudn't have them).

Even Newspapers are struggling and those usually have a older and less computer using target audience.
Moriarty 7th January 2009, 13:37 Quote
This has seemed a little inevitable, especially in the technology sector.
sui_winbolo 7th January 2009, 18:13 Quote
:( I <3 EGM.
LordPyrinc 7th January 2009, 23:39 Quote
Who needs gaming mags when we have bit-tech?
supaste 8th January 2009, 00:17 Quote
who needs bit-tech when we have cheesecake?
HourBeforeDawn 8th January 2009, 00:20 Quote
saw this coming a long time ago surprise its taken this long for this to happen.
NightrainSrt4 8th January 2009, 00:34 Quote
This doesn't surprise me at all. The last time I looked at a printed game magazine was at a doctor's office. It was lying on the table and I had nothing better to do with the time given to me by the inevitable wait.
Veles 8th January 2009, 00:54 Quote
I stopped reading gaming mags a long, long time ago, I bought the very occasional official PS2/Xbox mag for the demo disks bit since the dawn of downloadable demos and videos on the 360 and PS3 the last reason to get a gaming mag has gone IMO.
OleJ 8th January 2009, 23:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by E-bay
About thirty other related internet top level domain names which point to our web site:
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HARDCOREGAMERSUCKS.COM
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What a wonder they're having trouble getting bids :D
mbenoni7 9th January 2009, 01:41 Quote
It's Electronic Gaming Monthly, lol.
twentynine 9th January 2009, 02:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by naokaji
No surprise there, you can read the same stuff for free on the internet, you don't have any waste to dipose of afterwards, you get more detailed text (after all, room in a print magazine is limited), you get it earlier and on top of that, for free (well, you have to look at stupid ad's, but it's not like print magazines woudn't have them).

Even Newspapers are struggling and those usually have a older and less computer using target audience.

My thoughts exactly. The only time I pick up a magazine is when I'm in a waiting room. Personally I think most magazines will be out of business in the future. The only kind of print you'll see is newspapers and books. Those are the only two things I can't stand to read on a computer screen.
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