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Official PlayStation Magazine Discontinued

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the sorry-to-see-you-go dept.

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Citing the advent of downloadable game demos and an inability for the magazine to 'fit into our integrated media network or afford us digital media opportunities', Ziff Davis' Official PlayStation Magazine will be closed out in January of next year. From the Gamasutra article: "According to the firm, Sony Computer Entertainment America will remain a key content and marketing partner for Ziff Davis Game Group, which will cover SCEA's PlayStation 3 and first-party games extensively across all of its media outlets, including EGM, 1UP.com, and GameVideos.com. The Game Group editorial team will also 'work closely with SCEA in the development of digital content for the PlayStation Network, accessible only through the PS3.' Due to the long-term decline in the magazine advertising market, Ziff Davis has been gradually transitioning away from print for some time, aggressively building up 1UP.com as its central website portal." 1up is carrying a story with the official announcement and some low-key commentary. If you're interested in how much this had to do with subscription numbers, GameSetWatch has a run-down on subscribers for many of the large gaming rags.

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51 comments

Makes Sense (2, Interesting)

RichardMarks (1011125) | more than 7 years ago | (#16849820)

I can't remember the last time I even touched a physical game magazine - has to be years now.

Every single PS3 is going to have a webbrowser and access to a complete Sony network infrastructure for news, demos, online purchase of games, movie and music downloads.

Re:Makes Sense (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16852042)

For those of you who don't already know, Dr Richard Marks is the creator of the EyeToy, and works as a researcher for Sony Computer Entertainment America.

His posting history is highly pro-PS3, as you would expect, since he has a major vested interest in the success of PS3.

Re:Makes Sense (3, Funny)

oc255 (218044) | more than 7 years ago | (#16854102)

Argh, you're right. All of his posts are pretty bias imho. Some disclosure on his part would have been nice. Although, he could be a doppelgänger [wikipedia.org] , setting up a classic line for the Good Dr Marks, "that was the Evil Dr Marks!"

Re:Makes Sense (1)

sqlrob (173498) | more than 7 years ago | (#16852884)

And Sony has promised to support the PS2 for a while, and games like God of War 2 aren't coming out until April or later.

PS3 is far from all there is, especially with the shortages.

Re:Makes Sense (1)

LordVader717 (888547) | more than 7 years ago | (#16852890)

Except for the majority of people, who don't have a broadband connection.

Re:Makes Sense (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 7 years ago | (#16855956)

But who's going to give official Sony games 10/10 A++++!! reviews now?

Re:Makes Sense (1)

hurfy (735314) | more than 7 years ago | (#16856198)

I thought only 10% of Xboxes were online with a presumably better service. How on earth can one assume that all PS3 will magically be online?

Must be that irresistable must-have online game... oh wait.....

Re:Makes Sense (1)

vil3nr0b (930195) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860152)

I can remember: Next Generation. I still have every issue stored in my closet. Beautiful pics on thick cardstock throught the entire mag. People without bias even covering the failed 3DO/M2 system. Suddenly it ended and I was given a free subscription to some PSM/EGM/Someotherknockoff magazine and I cancelled the free year I was given. Since then I have had to subscribe to endless speculation and half truths on the internet gaming sites and lackluster publications in paperform.

Well duh? (1)

Xiph (723935) | more than 7 years ago | (#16849848)

If even the publishers feel that they're having problems offering anything special, of course their numbers go down.
I really don't think this is something they're trying to hide.

Re:Well duh? (1)

StingRay02 (640085) | more than 7 years ago | (#16855484)

I stopped reading OPM a long time ago. Never mind the fact that the demo discs have lately been nothing but one (usually lousy) new game demo, and six demos of games that have been on the $20 rack for months, if not years. In fact, a couple months ago, I'm fairly certain I saw a PS2 launch title on the demo disc.

I quit reading because the writing was so damn lousy. It had been going downhill for a long time, but the final straw was when the Katamari Damacy game review consisted of nothing but a list of crap in the game. I don't know if they thought it was funny, or if both the writer and the editor were just feeling exceptionally lazy that day, but it was the most worthless piece of drivel I'd ever read, and I never picked the magazine up again.

I still like to read the occasional game magazine. In fact, I've got a subscription to EGM. It's nice, when I'm working, or the wife's on the computer. I just hope the writers from OPM don't start ruining other mags, now that their rag is gone.

Paper vs plastic (2, Interesting)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 7 years ago | (#16849874)

I noticed they chalked up the downloadable demos as thier primary reason. Good thing to see they valued a strong editorial staff over PR compilation chaff. This alone not only drives the magazine's price up and makes you feel like a sap for purchasing a "multimedia marketing solution" (aren't ads supposed to help pay the cost of the magazine, not drive it up? Basic publishing LAW anyone?), but pushes good copy further into the margins. Of course - it would have helped for them to have HAD good copy, but that's just a former Next-Generation subscriber troll reaction.

On the other hand, it clears the slate that much further for a magazine that is as good as Edge (which is getting harder to take relevant as the UK has been kicked in the nads not once but twice by Sony's release schedules - not to mention the cost) but is geared to US tastes.

The thing that has always been stuck in my craw is the industry touting of the aging of the median-gamer, but the editorial that is stuck one decade behind it. Edge magazine is on target, but lord knows - little - if anything else is.

Anyone want to angel investor a former member of the Pulitzer publishing empire?

Re:Paper vs plastic (2, Interesting)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 7 years ago | (#16850282)

Actually, I see the 'downloadable demos' as part of a huge chain of problems, which includes the problem of the ads not supporting the magazine.

The price you can get for advertisements depends wholly on the number of people that can be expected to see the ad. If fewer people buy the magazine, fewer advertisers will put their money on it. Combine this with the fact that it's probably quite a bit cheaper per magazine to print a million than print 100 thousand. (I'm guessing at those numbers.)

It's not just the demos that are killing their readership, though. Game reviews show up online before they show up in magazines, despite the magazines getting the game months in advance in order to write the review. Customer opinions show up on the web immediately, also, and they don't show up in magazines at all except maybe in editorial comments, months later.

Cheats, strategies, even advertisements... They all show up on the web faster. (Yes, advertisements... I look for those to see what is coming out soon that I might be interested in, as I'm not really 'into' any gaming communities.) Heck, even the demos often show up faster on the web now.

Re:Paper vs plastic (1)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 7 years ago | (#16850768)

That's why content might sell. If they hired writers instead of data-entry monkeys that transcribed PR releases and "insider info" from the manufactures easter-egg list.

"But Dang it Maw - writin' is hard! Can't I just say "I peed my pants" again in this thar review? How do you spell XTREEME again?"

Re:Paper vs plastic (1)

JFMulder (59706) | more than 7 years ago | (#16852994)

Look at the numbers in the second link of the article. The Xbox Magazine actually enjoyed a raise in subscription numbers, even tough the Xbox is for all purpose dead and the 360 has downloadable demos. Also, it's interresting that the magazine has more subscribers than the Playstation Magazine even tough it has a marketshare a quarter of the Playstation's. Maybe it has to do with the fact that there's not a lot of Xbox magazines. That might be why it works so well. Or maybe the quality of the printed magazine is actually better than what's out there for the Playstation. (I haven't read it, so this is just speculation on my part)

Re:Paper vs plastic (1)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 7 years ago | (#16854518)

Actually, OXM does cover the XBox 360 also, from what I can tell. (Went to the forums, which were hosted at xbox.com, and threads talk about OXM not having an article on Halo 3, which is a 360-only title.)

Also of note was that Game Informer and EGM were up MORE than the others were down. Game Informer was actually up more than the total subscription of some of those magazines.

I think the answer is indeed 'content.' Someone used to leave EGM here at work and I'd read it when otherwise occupied. They generally had an article or 2 about an upcoming game that was interesting.

Re:Paper vs plastic (1)

blincoln (592401) | more than 7 years ago | (#16855368)

Maybe it's because Official Xbox Magazine has pleasant writing, and a staff that seems genuinely excited about the console. For an official magazine, they even have very honest reviews of games.

I don't subscribe to gaming magazines anymore, because I don't have that much time for games. But when I did, I was continually annoyed by OPM's descent into insulting their readership and trying to seem "edgy." I had been wondering when Sony was going to realize that that was bad for business.

Demos (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 7 years ago | (#16851320)

Funny you should mention that. I'd almost never pay money for a paper gaming magazine in this day and age, least of all the thinly veiled ad that is the "official" mag.. but I happen to be a "Metal Gear Solid" fanboy. As such, I've actually bought the Official Playstation Mag a few times, just because they were the first with an MGS demo disc. The MGS discs were played through, put into a proper case, and added to my MGS collectibles shelf, while the magazine would get tossed into my bathroom to suffer the fate of all mildly interesting disposable reading material. (Insert your own jokes here, allowing for indoor plumbing.)

Re:Demos (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16852636)

[...]while the magazine would get tossed into my bathroom to suffer the fate of all mildly interesting disposable reading material. (Insert your own jokes here, allowing for indoor plumbing.)
Masturbation, hehehehe.

I only ever bought official mags for the demos (1)

Channard (693317) | more than 7 years ago | (#16849880)

Since both the Official 360, Xbox and PS2 mags were the only ones to carry playable demos. And even that was when I really wanted a particular demo, maybe once every six months. I certainly didn't buy them for the news, which is bound to be heavily skewed. And now I have a 360 with Live, I can download demos from the market place, and I suspect Sony will do the same thing with the PS3.

Re:I only ever bought official mags for the demos (1)

ZakuSage (874456) | more than 7 years ago | (#16852820)

Well back when I only had a PS2, I didn't really see a reason to buy a gaming magazine that went on and on about GameCube or Xbox, so OPM seemed like the best value if you're looking for informed editorials on gaming news. For me, the demo was more of an icing on the cake, and was usually something I just fucked around with and eventually threw out (considering the best demo I ever played on one of those things was for Area 51, it's not hard to see why).

The age of game magazines is over (2, Insightful)

earthbound kid (859282) | more than 7 years ago | (#16849964)

Game magazines as a place where game publishers show off screen shots from upcoming games and reviewers give scores no longer make sense as a business model. No one who is really interested in games is without an internet connection, so they can go to the game publisher's website themselves or get them from other sites that totally ad supported and thus free. The web also has videos, which are superior to screen shots. The web is also more timely. Furthermore, the web is full of average people who will give their opinion on games. Go to GameFAQs.com, and you can read a lot of average people's opinions. Yes, they only ever score things 10 or 5 (love it or hate it), but you can still figure out what kind of game it is when they explain why.

No, the only reason for publishing a monthly game magazine now is to talk about news that says new: that is to talk about games as a medium, instead of hyping big upcoming game X. As gamers get more mature, there are more people who want to read New Yorker-style intelligent breakdowns of what gaming conventions mean and what the role of games is in society. Things like the Escapist and Gamers Quarter may seem too on the fringe right now to make much money, but the fact is that in the future, that kind of content is the only thing gamers will be willing to actually spend money on. Everything else we can just get for free*.

*With ads, of course. But at least no cover or subscription price.

Re:The age of game magazines is over (2, Interesting)

Valacosa (863657) | more than 7 years ago | (#16850190)

Using the same reasoning, why do we still have porn mags? Those seem to exist alongside digital media without being driven to extinction.
"No one who is really interested in boobs is without an internet connection, so they can go to ... sites that [are] totally ad supported and thus free. The web also has videos, which are superior to screen shots."

Re:The age of game magazines is over (2, Insightful)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 7 years ago | (#16850296)

Because not everyone has an LCD monitor on their bed?

They're both magazines, but the USE of the magazine differs substantially. It's like saying 'Pickup trucks can do so much MORE than cars, why does anyone buy a car anymore?'

Re:The age of game magazines is over (1)

Iamthefallen (523816) | more than 7 years ago | (#16851524)

Funny, no LCD monitor in the bathroom is why I still have a gaming magazine subscription.

Re:The age of game magazines is over (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16854568)

Toilet paper is a lot cheaper than magazines, however.. and I'm not even sure what you'd do with an LCD monitor in that situation.

Re:The age of game magazines is over (1)

HeavenlyBankAcct (1024233) | more than 7 years ago | (#16854110)

Using the same reasoning, why do we still have porn mags? Those seem to exist alongside digital media without being driven to extinction.

Cuz we can't all have that wireless internets in our big rigs, city boy.

The market maturing (1)

cgenman (325138) | more than 7 years ago | (#16850200)

This isn't particularly surprising. Lots of print media is being superceeded by digital media, and glossy, high-cost gaming mags are struggling to find a niche for themselves. Online gives you immediate feedback, immediate screenshots, immediate numbers. Metacritic will give you a more reliable game score than any individual review crew ever could. And cross referencing online is easy.

Probably the biggest complaint about gaming journalism is a lack of objectivity. Lots of it read like glorified advertisements, and lack cross-platform perspecive. It's not surprising, then, that an "official" magazine is going, as those tend to be the most notorious. Really, the only thing which glossies have done better than the online world is solid commentary on the world of gaming in general. But The Escapist [escapistmagazine.com] now has that nailed as well.

Allow me to take a moment to single out Edge magazine for praise. They have consistently been solid in terms of information and relative objectivity... harkening back a bit to the early days of Die Hard: Game Fan but without the overboard Otaku. That and Game Developer magazine should be required reading for anyone in this industry.

Re:The market maturing (1)

AliasTheRoot (171859) | more than 7 years ago | (#16850304)

Edge and Pcgamer are the only magazines i still buy, Edge because it actually has journalism and good writers. PC Gamer to save a few GB's of driver downloads. Edge is dying tho, the news is increasingly irrelevent and outdated - which is a shame. Sadly, their transition to online plan is non existent.

I subbed to GD mag for a year and didnt bother resubscribing, it's flimsy and not worth the money - their gamasutra website is far better than the print publication.

Editor In Chief's Response (3, Funny)

Digital Vomit (891734) | more than 7 years ago | (#16850294)

In a recent interview with Computer and Video Games, Official PlayStation Magazine's Editor in Chief Tom Byron remarked, "We have built up a certain brand equity over time since the launch of Official PlayStation Magazine that the first five million subscribers are going to buy it, whatever it is, even if it didn't have articles."

Yawn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16850300)

Zonk, do they keep you around to provide comic relief?

Good Riddance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16850786)

The mag sucked anyways, the reviews were super biased...giving average scores to the worst games. I don't think print mags are dead PSM is an awesome mag. If the game is crap they call it crap, and they have previews and lots of info on games that I just can't get online.

Online Media vs Print Media (1)

Frostclaw (1006995) | more than 7 years ago | (#16850840)

Let's face it -- it's the age where news hits the web days or weeks before it can ever see the light of day in print media. I used to always buy post-E3 mags, but for the last few years it's been easier (and faster) to check online sources that update the *day of* the event and not weeks later. Using demo disks just delayed the inevitable and put the price of the magazines out of reach for those of use interested only in the news content and not in the demos. I'm surprised XBox Magazine still carries demo disks. I'm even more surprised that GamePro is still running. Maybe I'm too old to be their target audience, but it certainly feels as if they are targeting 14 year olds with ADD. My brain dies a little each time I read it.

Re:Online Media vs Print Media (1)

sottitron (923868) | more than 7 years ago | (#16852326)

Let's face it -- it's the age where news hits the web days or weeks before it can ever see the light of day in print media.

I want to agree with this, but everytime I pick up a game magazine, I find something in there that I was not aware of before. Maybe it hits the web, but the developer isn't sending truckloads of cash to the web's gaming sites?? And I think XBox has demo disks more for the Original XBox owners than for 360 owners. Plus they can put video content on there so XBox owners can see what they are missing on the 360. And, I still think Gamecube would have done a bit better if people could at least try out 1st and 3rd party gameswithout making a $30-$50 investment.

Re:Online Media vs Print Media (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16858102)

Gamecube would have done a bit better if people could at least try out 1st and 3rd party gameswithout making a $30-$50 investment.
I dunno, like blockbuster, or another local rental place?

Price might have had a lot to do with it (1)

kevlarcowboy (996973) | more than 7 years ago | (#16850852)

If I recall correctly, the Official PlayStation Magazine was always really spendy per issue. For your dollar you could get another gaming magazine that has all console (and possilby also PC) games in it for less.

Also a lot of gamers now own multiple systems, and would want reviews and news for all the new games.

I don't know about you all... (1)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 7 years ago | (#16851108)

but I love having gaming mags laying around...granted, I go online to see videos and such, but while waiting for a Washington Caps game to start or while in the bathroom, gaming mags are fantastic...I've had a constant subscription to at LEAST 2 gaming mags at all times since Nintendo Power first came on to the scene...I should go back and read some of those, the old school Power mags were awesome...

Actually... No (1)

Mikelikus (212556) | more than 7 years ago | (#16851136)

I quote:

Future and Sony confirm ongoing relationship

Following the announcement that the US Official PlayStation Magazine is to close, Future Publishing and Sony Computer Entertainment have confirmed that the UK version will continue.

My source
http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid= 21101 [gamesindustry.biz]

Meh (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 7 years ago | (#16852256)

Gaming magazines for me died the day they changed the format of Nintendo Power. Yeah, they were nothing but 30+ pages of a Nintendo advertisement, but at least they were a good advertisement.

Re:I know what you mean... sort of (2, Insightful)

Psykechan (255694) | more than 7 years ago | (#16852592)

Gaming magazines died for me when they discontinued Next Generation magazine [wikipedia.org] .

Whereas every other video game magazine at the time tried to treat gamers as if they were pre-pubescent boys, NG spoke to readers as if they were intelligent adults, at least most of the time.

Re:Meh (1)

LoverOfJoy (820058) | more than 7 years ago | (#16853466)

I got Nintendo Power ages ago for my birthday. Back then, they often gave maps of a game (sometimes just a level or two) that showed where hidden items were. This worked back then because most games were sidescrollers and not terribly big. Added to that, I didn't have internet access back then so the tips and tricks were useful. Nowadays games are too big to give much more than a very generic map. Better and more tips and tricks can be found on the internet. I have no idea what the format of Nintendo Power is like now.

Re:Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16871656)

Long story short, it's just another gaming magazine now.

Nintendo Power's been through a fair number of overhauls over the last few years and practically every one of them has been for the worst.

What used to be called Player's Pulse (or possibly still is, I get the magazine but don't read it) is very different. In the old days, there was alot more emphasis on the creativity of the fans who wrote in. What was featured differed every month but there were almost always a few illustrated envelopes from readers. The Power Charts, which used to gauge the popularity of existing games and what upcoming game was most anticipated have also gone by the wayside.

Today, the letters read a little like GamePlayers in the mid 1990s but without the dark humor and craziness. It's not quite as insipid as your average message board but it is still hardly ever worth a read. I honestly don't recall if there's anything like the Power Charts anymore but they had turned into a sales chart rather than a reader poll before I stopped paying much attention.

While no doubt some of what I feel is colored by the passage of time, I have to say that it is still a very different magazine. I used to send letters and art to them and, while my drawings were never published, I always received a thoughtful response. The editorial staff was a bit more formal in those days but their hearts were in the right place. While the current staff is head and shoulders above most of the Internet, they foster this atmosphere that encourages the same dimwitted drivel I can experience online for free.

The magazine also changed the structure of their strategy sections, as another posted alluded to above. I was very disappointed when Classified Information dropped the trademark manilla folders and became the same thoughtless mess that GamePro and EGM had employed (and appear to have dropped). I was also disappointed when Counselor's Corner was dropped many years earlier, because the magazine had gotten too big to help individual readers.

With regard to news, I miss Pak Watch over the E3 reports. Getting news all year round was nice, rather than wasting the June issue every year. The only thing that survives of that section is the upcoming game list, which is frequently full of games that have never been mentioned or were cancelled. Reviews are in the same sorry shape, so much that I almost want George and Rob back. There's almost no substance to most of them and the scores might as well come from a random number generator.

It's a shame, too, because none of the other magazines can hardly be bothered to review Nintendo games at all. You're stuck with GamePro/EGM and their token we-had-to-do-one-from-Nintendo "review" or Nintendo Power's own useless reprint of the box's text. That kind of stuff hurt the GameCube just as bad as the supposed kids-only image.

Finally, the special features are just really uninteresting. The comics (Howard and Nester, Mario, StarFox, etc) are gone. Very occasionally they'll print a few pages from the Pokemon manga. The Player's Guides have been really uninspiring since the mid 1990s (track down a copy of Mario Mania if you can). I don't recall if we still get posters, but they've been upsized ad art for several years. The annual awards issue is compressed into a half dozen retarded categories (which is cuter, baby Mario or baby Luigi?) and buried in whatever issue is running shorter than the rest on content.

Honestly, the only "new" feature I can think of since 2000 is the monthly Pokemon report. No offense but 10 pages of Pokemon every month is filler of little value for many readers like myself. All the while, the magazine is smaller even with the numerous ads.

And they changed the logo.

You mean when Nintendo Power went color in 1987? (1)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 7 years ago | (#16857196)

Gaming magazines for me died the day they changed the format of Nintendo Power.
You mean when Nintendo Power went color in 1987? That was probably the last time I read a gaming magazine too...

OPS magazine editor harshed on the playstation 3 (1)

SewersOfRivendell (646620) | more than 7 years ago | (#16852464)

You're telling us this had nothing to do with the decision to shut it down?

http://www.1up.com/do/blogEntry?bId=7344653&public UserId=5380375 [1up.com]

So ultimately, I can't justify it. $600 is a lot of money, especially when I can get what--for me at least--will be a very similar experience for $400. I would like to own a PS3, and I hope that the price drops soon so I can consider it. But until then, this Official PlayStation Magazine editor will have to join the dark side.

(This editorial lapse in judgement probably explains why the magazine content was so awful. And could anybody actually read the headline fonts? Total mess.)

Payback for editors not getting a PS3? (1)

LoverOfJoy (820058) | more than 7 years ago | (#16852468)

Remember a while back all the hubbub around a couple of the OPM editors revealing in their blogs [1up.com] that they likely will get an xbox 360 instead of a playstation? I wonder if this had anything to do with the decision to end OPM.

Why get it anyway (1)

glowingsnowball (973747) | more than 7 years ago | (#16852914)

I understand they come with some good game demos that being said. Magazines Like Ps magazine and Nintendo Power aren't worth the paper that they are printed on. You can't buy a more biased magazines then those two. While Nintendo doesn't make bad 1st party games sony does. I want nothing more then to get a magazine I pay for that gives me freeware and tells me that sony is bigger then Jesus.

Re:Why get it anyway (1)

Vampyre_Dark (630787) | more than 7 years ago | (#16854956)

The old OPM when I used to read it, was indepedant and never shied away from giving a bad game a bad review.

Dead tree mags are inferior anyway (1)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 7 years ago | (#16854134)

If you can read The Escapist [escapistmagazine.com] and The Gamer's Quarter [gamersquarter.com] , and get cheats and strategies at GameFAQs [gamefaqs.com] , all of that for free... what's the point? Printed mags cost money, usually lack depth, and may suffer an influence of ad-buyers in their ratings.

At least with Diehard Gamefan you knew what was their bias -- they were also an import store, of course they'd praise some Japan-only stuff... too bad they were usually right, I still wonder who's the idiot at Sega who thought a masterpiece like Monster World IV wasn't worth localizing!

Hmmm (1)

Spykk (823586) | more than 7 years ago | (#16857282)

This headline mentions a relationship between sony and 1up.com. Acouple headlines down the list and we see a link to an article on 1up.com comparing the wii and ps3 in favor of the ps3. Probably coincidence but interesting nonetheless.

Official Xbox Magazine is Next (1)

Stonesand (922187) | more than 7 years ago | (#16858422)

Here's my post on my blog relevant to this: http://oregonstate.edu/~brewsteb/2006/10/24/69/ [oregonstate.edu] As follows: "I do not envy the position of the Official Xbox Magazine. In the past, they had an easy business model: do articles, and provide DVDs filled with demos. As practically the only source where you could go to find demos for games before they came out, OXM's success was guaranteed! Fast forward to today, when OXMs biggest selling point has been one-upped by the Marketplace. Now, as soon as a developer has finished the code, it can be pushed to every single connected gamer, without forcing that customer to buy a magazine. More exposure == more profit. Simple! So, now that OXM has lost its exclusive grip on demos, how does it regain that same level of gotta-have-it-ness? For one, it can seek exclusive rights on new game demos, and prevent them from appearing on the Marketplace, at least for a while. This seems like a winner - get the games out before anyone else, and move some magazines. The fundamental shift here, though, is that OXM has now firmly moved from ENABLER to OBSTRUCTOR. Do you understand the distinction? Since my magazine hasn't arrived yet, I cannot play Rainbow 6 because of their exclusive deal. Will my mag get here before the demo hits the Marketplace, anyway? What about everyone else who doesn't subscribe? You and I - we're just plain our of luck... that is, until that blasted e-word finally expires. I, for one, will not be renewing my subscription. The money would go towards supporting the blocking of demos that I otherwise would be able to play. You don't want me to do that, and I don't want me to do that."

Bandwith (1)

Mishotaki (957104) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860980)

So now every PS3 gamer will have to download their 30gb game trough the Sony online service instead of buying a blue-ray disk with all that content that will cost less than what bandwith cost these days....

All hails Blue-Ray! All hails online downloads! All hails my 8$ a gig extra! All hails that 240$ demo! hum.. yeah...

Not all gaming magazines are dead... (1)

learithe (442716) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861674)

I find it interesting, that while so many of the comments on this posting claim "the age of gaming magazines is dead", the GameSetWatch article on circulation numbers [gamesetwatch.com] shows that Gamestop's [gamestop.com] Game Informer [gameinformer.com] magazine has been steadily increasing in subscription numbers, gaining almost 900,000 subscriptions between 2003 and 2006 to a current standing of nearly 2 million subscriptions. What distinguishes this magazine? It's the only one that I'm aware of that covers all the consoles *and* PC games, and costs about 15 bucks a year. The cancelled Official Playstation Magazine was selling for $10 apiece on newstands. That's a lot of money to pay for a demo disc and a bunch of ads for PS games. I've subscribed to Game Informer and EGM for quite some time now; I find that I enjoy reading the magazines to get a nice overview of what is out there for all the consoles, while taking a break from sitting in front of the computer...
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