US Game Magazines Reviewed

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Nintendo PowerNintendo PowerGameSetWatch is running a column called 'Game Mag Weaseling': Your Field Guide to US Magazine Racks. The author, Kevin Gifford, takes us on a brief tour of the American game mag shelf, offering some history and commentary about each title. He concludes with, "If I was on a one-way flight to Moscow and I could bring any game magazines I wanted, I would buy EGM, GI, Nintendo Power, CGW, and PC Gamer. Oh, and Computer Games assuming I could find it, which I probably couldn't." He makes some interesting observations about RetroGamer, which is apparently so euro-centric that it's difficult for it to attract readers on this side of the pond.

Gifford also runs a wiki dedicated to game mags which is worth checking out.

What I kept thinking about as I read about these magazines is what role they really play in today's online world. What kind of people buy gaming mags these days? Granted, they make for excellent bathroom reading, but I'm not sure when else I'd fit them into my schedule. The fact that I can't link to their articles in my blog would be annoying, to say the least. Currently, the only print I subscribe to (besides some tragically irrelevant academic journals) is Weekly World News, and I don't even seem to be able to get to the end of one issue before the next one arrives in the mail.

What gaming mags do you subscribe to?

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Bill Loguidice
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Well, the first run of Retro

Well, the first run of Retro Gamer was superb. Of course it was Euro-centric, since it's a British magazine, but it covered everything well (I have I think four issues). The editing was touchy at times, but still, it was the exact magazine I would want to put out here if there was interest for such a thing from publishers in the US (I'll keep at it though). As for this new run of Retro Gamer (their parent company went away for a while, even though RG itself was successful), I have yet to pick up an issue. I do know that Shane R. Monroe writes a column in it giving his trademark "angry guy" perspective on us Americans.

I subscribe to the official Xbox and PlayStation magazines - both of which come with excellent demo discs every month. I also usually get for free for one reason or another, Tips and Tricks, EGM and GamePro, though I think only the first one is current. I will be subscribing to the revamped Nintendo Power soon. I also get Wired, which I like as well, as well as several bodybuilding and fitness magazines. And no, like everything else, I have little time to read through everything, though I try. And yes, despite the freshness of the Internet, I still enjoy a good print magazine, publishing delays and all.

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Magazines that Gravitate Toward Me

I don't subscribe to them, buy I buy Official Xbox and I keep getting free Nintendo Power due to the games I register online. Both are great, but I like Nintendo Power due to my obcession with the DS lately.

I use the Demo disk included with the Xbox mag to decide which games to pick up next.

About the only chance I get to really "read" either is, dare I say it, in the bathroom. Guys are so nasty...wonder if the ladies do that too??!! Well, there is one other place I read mag's alot, and that's on flights (when I'm not playing the DS). I buy Computer Gaming World and GamePro, both excellent.

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My subscribed mags

The only vid game mag I subscribe to is Game Informer, mainly because it is so cheap. The quality of writing is good.

At one point I subscribed to the official magazine of the International Game Developers Association. That one was good too, but the tech articles were above my head-- still, the theory articles were nice and their Gamasutra website is excellent.

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Bill Loguidice
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I get that IDGA publication,

I get that IDGA publication, "Game Developer", free too, and must say I enjoy it a great deal. I too have a hard time following the more technical stuff, but the insider stories and overall content is priceless.

I was looking through what magazines I get and I get a lot more than I realized. I get a lot free through "FreeBizMag.com" or whatever it is. I just fill out a questionairre when they have particular magazine I wouldn't mind getting pop up and away I go.

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