Saturday, December 20, 2008

EGM - Going the Way of the Dodo?

Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) is one of the longest running gaming magazines in North America. While most print video game-based magazines went down under over the past few years (starting around 2005, when Xbox Nation, an independent Xbox Magazine, was among the first of many gaming publications canceled) EGM and a few others (such as GamePro and Game Informer) managed to survive.

EGM may be the next American gaming publication to get the boot, however. UGO Entertainment is reportedly a potential buyer of Ziff Davis' 1up Network, but they're apparently not the least bit interested in acquiring EGM with it. Add to the fact that Ziff Davis has been having a difficult time selling ad space for EGM lately and you have a recipe for a scrapped magazine.

While EGM has certainly gone downhill since its 2003 redesign (each proceeding year after that we would find a more watered down magazine that lacked overall substance), it's still disappointing to see veteran magazine such as this possibly go out the door. The future doesn't look bright for print media, and it doesn't help that the quality of most established magazines today are far below what they were years ago.

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10 Comments:

At 1:30 PM, Blogger FUNNYMAN said...

It makes sense if they are saving money.

 
At 6:08 AM, Blogger gnome said...

Oh, well, I guess some things can't get helped. Now, why don't you grab an issue of Retro Gamer? Cheers ross!

 
At 11:41 AM, Blogger Ross said...

Funnyman, the one magazine I can envision staying active for a long time is Game Informer because of its large subscription base due to it being bundled with the Gamestop discount cards.

Gnome, we actually get some of the U.K. gaming magazines here. While they cost around $10 each (due to being imports), they're well worth paying the extra few bucks for a quality magazine (compared to the mostly-cruddy and poorly written U.S. ones). gamesTM is a particular favorite of mine, though I haven't read it in a few months.

 
At 2:35 PM, Blogger FUNNYMAN said...

What is this Gamestop you speak of? You must mean that store with overpriced games, lackluster customer service, and terrible store policies.

 
At 9:25 PM, Blogger Ross said...

Yep, that's the one. Unfortunately, we have had a few indie game stores spring up around here but they're even worse than Gamestop.

 
At 6:00 AM, Blogger gnome said...

Ah, yes, GamesTM is indeed a brilliant all around gaming bag. It's made by the same company that brings us Retro Gamer mind :)

 
At 1:22 PM, Blogger FUNNYMAN said...

Where do you live?

 
At 7:02 PM, Blogger Ross said...

I live in Florida.

 
At 4:58 PM, Blogger FUNNYMAN said...

Why are there only a few of those store in Florida?

 
At 9:53 PM, Blogger Ross said...

It seems as if Gamestop has a monopoly here. There's actually areas here where there are two Gamestops right across the street from each other in separate shopping centers.

 

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