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EGM Magazine Shutting Down

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the fare-thee-well dept.

The Media 70

Gamasutra reports that Ziff Davis Media has sold a number of gaming websites, including 1Up.com, and will be shutting down their popular magazine, Electronic Gaming Monthly. Some of 1Up's staff was laid off as well, though the new owners want to keep the rest of it intact. The sale was motivated by an unprofitable business model made worse by the recent downturn in the economy. 1Up's James Mielke has made a post about the final hours of EGM, and a glimpse at the final issue, saying, "...the final, secret, unpublished issue of EGM will show up here on 1UP shortly in the near future. You will be able to read every hi-res page, ads and all (last time I checked at least) on 1UP, to see the beautiful job that crew did, even with the guillotine hanging over our heads every minute of the day."

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Not only print media... (4, Insightful)

MindlessAutomata (1282944) | more than 5 years ago | (#26369881)

Not only is print media in general doing worse as the internet takes over, but you also have to consider the audience. Gamers, as an audience, typically learn about games, both current and upcoming, through online channels.

Similarly PC Magazine and others have shut their printing operations for similar reasons. Technical users get their news off the internet.

I'm really surprised EGM lasted as long as it did, especially since the gaming magazine market in general was really quite terrible. I haven't picked up an issue of EGM in ages, though, so I can't attest to its quality.

Re:Not only print media... (5, Interesting)

mhkohne (3854) | more than 5 years ago | (#26370129)

I can't say I'm that surprised. I actually canceled a free subscription to EGM (they had a promotion a year or two back) because it just wasn't worth the paper it was printed on. Being a print publication (and the attendant information lags) was bad enough, but their staff wrote like a bunch of high-schoolers. If I'm going to bother to kill a tree, I at least want some decent writing.

Re:Not only print media... (1)

MistrBlank (1183469) | more than 5 years ago | (#26371147)

Which is a shame, in the early 90's it used to be one of the best magazines. Cheap, tons of content and covered every game system (and there were more active ones then, than I think there are now).

Re:Not only print media... (1)

bonch (38532) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375483)

I have all my game magazines from the early 90s, and the writing is amateur and full of typos. I suppose I would consider EGM the highest quality of the group, but that's not saying a lot.

Frankly, after 1996, I wondered why anyone was still reading magazines. Not that the gaming press has improved to any great degree since then. It's selfish, immature, and angry. I like how it reacted to Nintendo's E3 presentation, claiming they weren't "catering to hardcores" by releasing new installments of their core franchises. I guess having a new Mario, Zelda, and Metroid game in the last 12 months wasn't enough (as if Mario and Zelda were ever "hardcore" anyway).

Re:Not only print media... (1)

MindlessAutomata (1282944) | more than 5 years ago | (#26381831)

Well, then I'm not surprised. The gaming press has always been very awful and, as I said, I'm surprised EGM lasted as long given the issues with gaming publications and their audiences.

There really is no need for a print gaming press. Hell, there's already too many gaming news websites as it is that all say the same things.

Re:Not only print media... (1)

cgenman (325138) | more than 5 years ago | (#26372655)

I too signed up for the free EGM. The writing and articles were so bad that I hid them from my girlfriend. It was just embarassing to open up one of these things and see comments on characters' breast sizes, fart jokes, etc. Not every writer did it and it was by no means the everywhere in the magazine. But there was a lot in every magazine that was just pointlessly juvenile.

I remember in the early 90's not being able to read GamePro simply because the level of writing was insulting to the reader. It felt like it was written for 6 year olds. Well, EGM felt like it was written for 12 year olds, which a lot of gamers no longer are.

Re:Not only print media... (1)

LordNimon (85072) | more than 5 years ago | (#26379065)

I came here to say the same exact thing. I had a free subscription, and I let it run out. I also generally dislike Japanese-made games, and the EGM staff seems to love those games, so each issue had several articles of no interest to me at all.

Re:Not only print media... (1)

TheMiddleRoad (1153113) | more than 5 years ago | (#26387219)

At the library, it was a 5 minute read for me. Pretty bad. None of the gaming mags do anything for me now. For instance, few reviews of Fallout 3 spoke of the horrid AI, terrible hand-to-hand combat system, annoyance of permanent auto-aim, and and weird game balance issues that hurt replayability.

Re:Not only print media... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26370265)

Not open source, can't inspect the code, can't fix bugs...not interested, sorry.

Nostalgia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26369969)

I feel obliged to post a link to one of the memorable reads: EGM's crapstravaganza.
http://www.seanbaby.com/nes/egm.htm

Shutting down (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26370009)

Finally, the last goatse [goatse.fr] mirror has been shut down.

ACH! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26370039)

This is Terrible!!! I Still thought EGM was of pretty good quality, not to mention It terminates my hope at collecting a full decades worth of a magazine (my archives go back to July 2000).

Lame. I still enjoy magazines, because I can take them with me and read in my spare time.

Re:ACH! (2, Insightful)

Monchanger (637670) | more than 5 years ago | (#26370467)

It terminates my hope at collecting a full decades worth of a magazine

Think long-term: collect Playboy.

Re:ACH! (1)

Neoprofin (871029) | more than 5 years ago | (#26374259)

You did catch that he's just being a smartass right?

"Flynt and Francis concede the industry itself is in no financial danger"

Re:ACH! (1)

Monchanger (637670) | more than 5 years ago | (#26381219)

RTFA:

"Flynt and Francis concede the industry itself is in no financial danger -- DVD sales have slipped over the past year, but Web traffic has continued to grow."

The porn industry is doing great thanks to the Internet (as are other sex-based industries). No more people being ashamed to walk into their local XXX shops to buy product.

Re:ACH! (1)

tmetzcc325 (1149343) | more than 5 years ago | (#26374601)

I agree with this person. Although I haven't seen a copy since I moved out of my parents' house in 2004, I had been a subscriber since early 1998, and thought it was a great magazine. Sure, the writing had some elements of immaturity, but I thought for the most part the magazine was put together well and still had a ton of good content. And rags are still great for reading on airplanes, subways, the throne, etc. Shame to see them go under.

Shutting down? NAY (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26370113)

It's not shutting down, it is GONE.

And it wasn't just some of 1up.com being laid off... it was THIRTY of them. They pretty much gutted the place, hardly anything of the talent that made the site is there anymore.

This is a sad day.

- AJK

Wait (1)

mfh (56) | more than 5 years ago | (#26370425)

I know it's sad.

But it's also happy because this talent now can embrace NEW PROJECTS. Think of the cool stuff that is to come! These employees just need to dust themselves off and start something bold.

Re:Shutting down? NAY (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 5 years ago | (#26372901)

Talent? At 1up? The only thing I remember that site for is writing troll articles to get advertising revenue and terribly short and shallow reviews.

Print is out (1)

RawGutts (879317) | more than 5 years ago | (#26370217)

Most of those gamer magazines have 90% advertising ads in them and takes like 5 minutes to read anything worth while. Most of the time when I pull some of them out of the mail box and start reading/walking back to the house, I am done by the time I hit the door and it's in the the recycling bin.

Re:Print is out (2, Interesting)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 5 years ago | (#26370255)

Most of those gamer magazines have 90% advertising ads in them and takes like 5 minutes to read anything worth while. Most of the time when I pull some of them out of the mail box and start reading/walking back to the house, I am done by the time I hit the door and it's in the the recycling bin.

I don't know about you, but these magazines I get through free offers or side offers when I buy something I usually keep in the restroom. It's something to read, after all.

Re:Print is out (1)

Krinsath (1048838) | more than 5 years ago | (#26370851)

Off-topic a bit...but if you're looking for a more substantive method to kill trees for your bathroom reading now that EGM (and others) are gone, I would recommend Uncle John's Bathroom Reader series: www.bathroomreader.com [bathroomreader.com] Surprisingly good stuff, with an appropriate length on their stories for bathroom reading.

Back on topic, it is sad to see projects get shut down. I skimmed a few EGMs and every once in a while they would have some tidbit of information early. Still those exclusives were few and becoming farther between as more and more publishers shifted to the online format. As has been said many times already, print isn't the best way to reach most gamers these days, and that trend isn't going to suddenly reverse itself.

Still, good thoughts and well-wishes to those who've been adversely affected by this and their families.

Re:Print is out (1)

Hawthorne01 (575586) | more than 5 years ago | (#26372723)

Most of those gamer magazines have 90% advertising ads in them and takes like 5 minutes to read anything worth while. Most of the time when I pull some of them out of the mail box and start reading/walking back to the house, I am done by the time I hit the door and it's in the the recycling bin.

And that which is not advertising is either previews that do nothing but hype upcoming games as The Best Ever Game That We've Ever Seen or reviews that then tear down said Best Ever Game upon it's release. I'd love to see game reviews that didn't rely on a PR releases, but I doubt that'll ever happen.

Why shutdown? (1)

Cartack (628620) | more than 5 years ago | (#26370363)

They still have thousands of subscribers, and many have left because of the internet. Why not convert EGM to an online only magazine?

Re:Why shutdown? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26370735)

Well, wasn't that what 1up.com was meant to be? And they said that part of the reason they stopped EGM was that they'd sold 1up.com and couldn't reuse its content in the magazine, so they'd have the same problem if they did their own website.

Re:Why shutdown? (1)

spyrochaete (707033) | more than 5 years ago | (#26372935)

They had half a million subscribers and sold hundreds of thousands of copies of each issue on newsstands. Success wasn't the reason for the shutdown, it was the fact that their new parent, UGO, doesn't want to engage in the costly print industry. That's according to former Editor In Chief James Mielke [1up.com], anyway.

Print format - obsolete? (1)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 5 years ago | (#26370489)

When it comes to the printed page format, information media have a very hard time competing with the internet. Digital information online has no print equipment, no raw materials, no distribution and delivery channels to contend with (or at least nowhere near as high) and can be updated daily. Comments sections can be put everywhere as opposed to a single reader letters page or two, and the simple presence of the internet has greatly increased reader expectations as to the value of content offered.

The question now is... what can printed magazines offer that the web cannot? This is what magazines need to ask themselves to stay competitive.

Re:Print format - obsolete? (1)

DeadPixels (1391907) | more than 5 years ago | (#26370611)

What can printed magazines offer? Any kind of tangible, material bonus would likely be rather expensive, and there's just no way for magazines to compete with internet sites for content.

Granted, there are some (myself included) who prefer reading a magazine for the whole "experience", but there's really no denying that if you want more current information you'll check online.

I liked EGM because some of the information was interesting, some was funny (big fan of Hsu & Chan and Rest of the Crap), and even the stuff I didn't care too much about was enjoyable. It's really a shame that EGM is done for, but I can't think of much they could have done to offset loss in this case.

Re:Print format - obsolete? (1)

FenrirIII (965763) | more than 5 years ago | (#26370957)

I don't know about you, but lugging a laptop into the bathroom can be a little cumbersome and uncomfortable. That's why books for me will always outweigh electronic books/devices. Plus there's just something about holding the book in your hand that adds a weight to it that improves the experience.

Physical media is only good as bathroom reading material (and layers for pet cages). I came across a bunch of old (torn) Nintendo Powers back from the early editions and looked through them... Not much there really, just ads, pictures, and some hints. I used them to line my ferret cage since I ran out of Microcenter ads. (Ferrets = poop factories.)

[offtopic] Re:Print format - obsolete? (1)

great om (18682) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375137)

ferrets can be litterbox trained, and don't really need cages once trained. though, in my experience it helps to give them multiple litterbox options, since they have a natural tendency to poop in corners.

Re:Print format - obsolete? (1)

MarkOden (214497) | more than 5 years ago | (#26370995)

What can printed magazines offer? Any kind of tangible,

How about something to read while going to the bathroom?

Re:Print format - obsolete? (1)

badasscat (563442) | more than 5 years ago | (#26372697)

What can printed magazines offer?

In-depth features that web sites don't do.

A few years back, EGM did a 12 page spread on Ralph Baer. Have you seen anything like that online anywhere? (At least anything that was current at the time, with a new interview with him, was well-written and well-organized, and visually interesting?)

It's no different than asking "what can a newspaper do that a blog can't?" Well, investigative reporting, for one. That stuff takes a long time, is expensive, and actually requires some journalistic skills. And it's really, really important - maybe the most important thing newspapers do. It's no different with a magazine, even a gaming magazine. Blogs and web sites can really only do the absolute most superficial stuff that print can, because web sites are so driven by being "first", not "best".

It's true that the internet is a better way to get "breaking" information, previews and even reviews. But at its best, EGM was a lot more than a simple buyer's guide. It seems like a lot of people have already forgotten (or just never grew up with) what real print journalism is all about. It's more than just regurgitating press releases. And that's pretty much the extent of what gaming web sites do these days.

Re:Print format - obsolete? (1)

lysergic.acid (845423) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375245)

that's not true. the web is an incredibly diverse communication medium. blogs are just one format that digital media exists in. there are plenty of in-depth articles/interviews/exposés on the web--probably more than print media these days. even if you want to argue that mainstream news sources are superior to independent journalism, print publications like the NYTimes, Harper's, The New Yorker, Scientific American, etc. are all now on the web.

the quality or level of detail of a piece of reportage has nothing to do with whether it's digital or printed. there's absolutely no reason to think that quality investigative journalism can't be distributed digitally. the web has only made it easier for journalists to strike out on their own and bypass the largely consolidated mainstream media establishment and their editorial control. likewise, it's also made it easier for the public to access a wide variety of diverse news sources and verify reported information for themselves.

good writers and true journalists don't care whether they are published on print media or digital media so long as they reach the largest audience they can. these days, the internet provides the best way to reach a large global audience. so it's irrational to think that quality reporting only exists on print media.

I'm actually saddened by this... (3, Interesting)

cursorx (954743) | more than 5 years ago | (#26370635)

Game magazines (and professional web news sources) are usually terrible, industry co-opted publications. It's hard to tell legitimate praise from marketing, and criticism is basically nonexistent: exclusive access to early builds of games conditioned by promises of good reviews ruin any possibility of unbiased, critical writing. Gerstmanngate [wikipedia.org] is symptomatic of a lot of what is wrong with professional game press.

But EGM...it had the same problems that plague game magazines, but sometimes very good stuff slipped through the usual crapfest. I also have fond memories of reading EGM when I was growing up, it was my main source of game news and reviews. I can't say the same about Gamepro or other game magazines, which contained writing that even an average kid could tell was poor.

What saddens me most, though, is the demise of the 1up podcasts. By which I mean the demise of 1up Yours [1up.com], which was very, very fun and much more informative than anything print EGM or 1up itself published. Garnett Lee has hinted on Neogaf that the podcast will somehow survive, but I question how wise UGO's decision was to pull the plug on this show. It's quality content, which they desperately need. And it has a fanbase, which they also need, especially during this transition period.

With EGM gone, the only print game publication worth reading remaining is Edge...in truth, a much superior magazine than EGM ever was, even though it suffers from the same problems that exist in any industry controlled press.

Re:I'm actually saddened by this... (1)

FishAdmin (1288708) | more than 5 years ago | (#26371935)

With EGM gone, the only print game publication worth reading remaining is Edge...in truth, a much superior magazine than EGM ever was, even though it suffers from the same problems that exist in any industry controlled press.

Really? I've always liked GI (Game Informer), actually. They tend to have good reviews, cover all the systems including PC, and if a game sucks, they make a point of telling you that it sucks.

Re:I'm actually saddened by this... (1)

snuf23 (182335) | more than 5 years ago | (#26376665)

Yeah just so long as you realize that most games that suck still receive a rating of 7 in the magazine.

Girl Gamer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26370777)

Good riddance. EGM alienated girl gamers long ago with articles like "How to get your girlfriend to play games" (solution: get Barbie games) and "How to get time away from your wife so you can play games" (solution: give her money to go shopping with her girly friends). Feh.

Re:Girl Gamer (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 5 years ago | (#26370981)

What about their article on "how to get your girlfriend to suck you off then go fetch another beer while you play games"?

Re:Girl Gamer (2, Informative)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#26371767)

Sounds like someone needs to read the article "How to Stop Being an Overly Sensitive Girl Gamer"

Sigh (1)

222 (551054) | more than 5 years ago | (#26370839)

Sure, the internet is faster, more interactive, and in almost every respect better, what the hell am I going to read on the crapper?

I'm being serious; print media may not be as attractive, but it really isn't the same.
I also find this particularly sad. When EGM was a fairly new mag, my allowance almost always went towards purchasing a copy. It really was a great magazine, and compared to the competition (Gamepro sucked!) nothing could touch it. Instead of killing it, they should have created some sort of hybrid Fileplanet / Hi-def video service / magazine subscription.
I'm not ripping on Game Informer; I happen to think its a great magazine, but it's hard to imagine Gamestop and its peddling of its discount card / GI subscription not having an impact on EGM sales.

Survival of the fittest I suppose, but this makes me very sad in pants.

Re:Sigh (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#26371359)

EGM killed itself with a lack of quality. They turned into GI, and given that GI is free, there was no reason for EGM to exist. Maybe if they would actually give bad games a bad review they could have differentiated themselves from all the other magazines which have no reason to exist in the age of the internet.

Re:Sigh (1)

Sporkinum (655143) | more than 5 years ago | (#26372111)

PC Gamer will be next. It really irritates me that as the magazine become fewer, it seems like they become shills more and more. Like the way PC Gamer keeps inflating scores on turds like the PC version of GTA IV or saying Securom really isn't bad.

Re:Sigh (1)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 5 years ago | (#26371685)

Sure, the internet is faster, more interactive, and in almost every respect better, what the hell am I going to read on the crapper?

I'm being serious;

In all seriousness - I've been known to take my netbook into the bathroom with me. I often need to "take a break" after work that will last 10-15 minutes anyways, so it's a good time to check up on my email and such :).

EGM was poor quality in any case. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26370877)

EGM was almost certainly the worst of the gaming mags. I'm suprised they stayed in business as long as they did.

Too bad that NextGeneration in its first incarnation didn't manage to stay alive in print form. Still around as Edge Online.

Egon: Print is Dead (1)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#26370917)

I've been a long time reader of EGM, and many other gaming magazines. My parents recently dumped off all of them and I've been going through and sorting them, planning some stuff for my site. There's really nothing like reading a magazine if you ask me.

I think I had an interesting gaming news cycle. When I was younger, all my news would come from magazines, Nintendo Power, Game Players, etc. Then I actually saw an add for N64.com in a magazine back in 1996, which lead me to getting all my news from them, while still receiving magazines for perusal. A few years into college, I pretty much stopped going to gaming sites and once I graduated, I was too busy even consider it. Magazines became one of my only sources of gaming news again. The info was old, but I didn't care.

Now that EGM is gone, that pretty much leaves Game Informer as the only popular multi platform magazine, which is really sad.

Fucking Finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26371171)

I give this article a 7/10.

RIP EGM (1)

Average_Joe_Sixpack (534373) | more than 5 years ago | (#26371451)

Man I wasted a lot of money on that mag back in the day. I still have EGM's 1990 Video Game Buyer's Guide that I bought from Electronic Boutique.

Cutting the fat is good for the industry (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26371965)

I'm not so sure that this is a bad thing. Sure, some of the writers there were good at what they did, but an equal number of them just wrote tripe that was painful to read. Seriously, the caliber of their writing was about what you'd see in a high school journalism class. This, of course, leads every jackass with an Internet connection who got a C or better in his/her creative writing class to start up a video game site (searching Google for 'Video Game Blog' returns over 22 million results [google.com]).

So now we have this enormous glut of information, and mediocrity has somehow risen to the top. I have very rarely found anything worth reading on 1up.com and don't really understand why some of its staff got put on such high pedestals. Hsu is a arrogant jackass who thrives on 'shaking things up' just to generate controversy, Mielke has a bizarre condescending attitude about him, Sharkey doesn't own a spellchecker and has trouble writing coherent prose, and so on.

It's not like 1up had a chance anyway, they were going up against sites that value quantity over quality [kotaku.com]. They were going head-to-head with sites who mostly aggregate news with some snarky commentary and could update every twenty minutes of nearly every hour, every day. Anyone trying to compete with that is just deluding themselves into thinking that their brand of original content is going to survive the day.

Most video game players want their information in quick bursts that they read, process, and giggle at the snark, then come back for a few more tidbits later to repeat the process. They just look at the final score for your lengthy, painstakingly-crafted game reviews. They mostly check out previews for the pretty pictures. They do not care about the lengthy article discussing the evolution of the crate from NES to XBox360, and they mostly do not care what you have to say about anything if it takes more than 30 seconds to read.

So, yes, it's sad to see anyone lose their livelihood, but they've been crushed and overtaken by the inexorable progress of the Coalition of Mediocrity that's pervading the Internet and making it nigh impossible for anyone else's voice to be heard over the crapstorm.

Compelling content. (1)

MaWeiTao (908546) | more than 5 years ago | (#26372889)

Gaming magazines are probably going to die out completely at some point, at least those that offer little more than previous and reviews. Gaming is a visual medium, who want's to see a printing of a screenshot when I can go online and see it exactly as it will appear in the game. Not only that, I can get videos online and news is much more timely.

Really, for a magazine to survive in this medium it needs to offer something more. Those might be exclusives, developer diaries, compelling content that others don't have access too. One interesting thing might be a magazine devoted mostly to strategy guides and cheats; it's a lot easier to play a game with a printed guide sitting in your lap, as opposed to trying to browse the web while gaming. Of course, this also means catering to a more niche market.

Re:Compelling content. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26391669)

I believe that they already tried that with EGM squared (also Expert Gamer, and so on). Those failed.

There is a magazine called "Tips and Tricks" which is essentially what you described, however- cheats and strategy guides. I'm not sure how well the publication sells, truthfully, but I enjoy it on a semi-regular basis.

End of an era (4, Informative)

HalAtWork (926717) | more than 5 years ago | (#26373173)

EGM was THE video game magazine that you got when you were a kid (besides Nintendo Power that is). They brought us the first huge otaku celebrity, the made-up Sushi-X. They invented Quartermann, who brought us often reliable industry rumors. And they brought some great personality and spirit to video games. The whole crew at EGM and 1up were totally dedicated to what they did, and are incredibly passionate about video games. I really hope they are able to keep 1up going exactly as it was, and their amazing video and audio podcasts as well.

The 1up Show - Video podcast - Humorous and intimate discussions about games with interviews and game footage
1up Yours - Audio - Experienced editors gather to discuss news of the week, and other hot topics
1up FM - Audio - Interns and newcomers to 1up discuss their views on gaming news, with a "backlog" segment where they play through older games together that have been overlooked while they were busy playing other games
Retronauts - Audio - Expansive coverage of specific titles or eras in retro gaming
And a lot more.

These guys are really awesome. Download all of their podcasts and listen to old episodes, they are all worth listening to. If the 1up crew gets broken up, I'm definitely going to try to keep up with what they're up to to see if they are putting out gaming coverage through other outlets. Hopefully they sell off DVDs of scanned EGM issues and DVD dumps of their web site's editorials if they decide to go down, it would really be a shame if all that stuff got taken down.

Re:End of an era (1)

NeutronCowboy (896098) | more than 5 years ago | (#26374661)

The only thing I thought was worthwhile in that entire magazine was Quarterman. Sushi-X was annoying, and I certainly wouldn't call him huge. The personality was lame, the spirit juvenile.

The reason EGM went under? It was blog-level writing that was generally 2 months late with reviews and news.

Re:End of an era (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26375443)

Sushi-X was a funny joke played on the readers of the time, and when I found that out I really appreciated it. It was hilarious how everyone got so wrapped up in the character and tried to find out the secrets behind them. It was a great staple as a kid, and even if you didn't like everything about it, it was familiar and you knew what to take with a pinch of salt. I'm sad not to have regular updates through them anymore.

Re:End of an era (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26374857)

Yes, EGM was a great magazine in early 1990s. But I don't share the enthusiasm about the more recent incarnations of the magazine. As far as I'm concerned, the magazine died when Sendai stopped publishing it. After that, the magazine got smaller and the coverage less comprehensive.

I'll always think of Ed Semrad as the Editor-In-Chief of EGM. He once wrote a passionate piece gushing about how the $700.00 (USD) 3DO was "not a toy" but the wave of the future. The system would tank in a few years. In one of the April issues, when readers were trying to look for the magazine's yearly April Fool's joke, some of them mistakenly thought the joke was the issue's listing of the FMV game "Sensual Massage" as one of Semrad's favorite games of the moment. Good times.

1up (1)

HalAtWork (926717) | more than 5 years ago | (#26378549)

Ok, I'm not sure about the later years of the mag itself, since I've mostly switched over to the 1up Network, buying occasional issues of EGM off newsstands. The web site and its crew were awesome. Dan Chu was a really dedicated editor-in-chief. The crew doing the reviews and editorials on there can drop knowledge bombs with the best of them. They were dedicated to pushing their own pieces on things they really enjoyed, and letting readers in on what their memories and thoughts on video games were, instead of just building up hype and rehashing PR. It's really inspiring to see that many talented and passionate people writing about stuff they really like, and really caring about what the audience gets to experience out of their web site and podcast.

Bye FAQ Stealers Monthly (1)

Mycroft9x (858322) | more than 5 years ago | (#26379785)

Loved EGM in the early 90's. Then after the web picked up, they started trolling gaming sites, their forums, and even IRC chat stealing information to put in their publication without giving due credit to the authors of the original material. They stole work mainly from authors of fighting game FAQs. From MK2, DOA, to Tekken even. I'm sure there were more. Even found an old article on here talking about it. http://games.slashdot.org/games/06/01/23/1244234.shtml [slashdot.org] They had a very good mag I thought, but I stopped subscribing after they became FAQ Stealers Monthly. :)

Ads and all? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26380337)

You will be able to read every hi-res page, ads and all (last time I checked at least) on 1UP, to see the beautiful job that crew did.

Oh, thank god you left the ads in. What ever would I have done if I wasn't forced to wade through them one last time, to find the sentence of useful content in the magazine.

I will miss it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26382373)

I for one will miss the magazine. I have subscribed to it for years. The only thing that made me mad was when they stopped doing the Hsu and Chan comic in the back.

Beware (1)

Ozaark (881514) | more than 5 years ago | (#26383269)

I remember sending a fan art envelopes to those bastards when I was nine, (I can legally drink your beer now) and they do this to us? Well actually we did it to ourselves by celebrating this vast place we dubbed the 'web' so... damnit my shitty fan art isn't getting dibs on thousands of paper prints I almost made it onto. I say redemption. Your shitty fan art will never be printed again either. damnit.

Not only print media... (1)

clint999 (1277046) | more than 5 years ago | (#26383653)

What can printed magazines offer? Any kind of tangible, material bonus would likely be rather expensive, and there's just no way for magazines to compete with internet sites for content. Granted, there are some (myself included) who prefer reading a magazine for the whole "experience", but there's really no denying that if you want more current information you'll check online. I liked EGM because some of the information was interesting, some was funny (big fan of Hsu & Chan and Rest of the Crap), and ev

Awesome bus reading material (1)

Gizzmonic (412910) | more than 5 years ago | (#26486543)

Ah, I remember those halycon days of reading EGM on the bus on the way to school in the morning. It was the best way to figure out how to do those horribly convoluted moves in Mortal Kombat II. Then you could unleash them at the arcade and people would be impressed! Of course, arcades are pretty much dead too. Sad.

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