Death of the Printed Games Magazine

Please allow me to introduce myself!

Starting by quoting The Rolling Stones? Hey, I miss to quote somebody, and the song was playing through my poll all morning, so I had to usable it! Anyway, welcome to my first editorial on the subject of … gaming editorial. In the past there have bot approximately changes with PC games reading, with content and size evolving, yet here is the final result! Online publishing, et al directly related to instant and good value downloads. That’s why I think I need to introduce myself. I’m the new kid on the block, and have recently been asked to edit one of the newest online resource for games there is. Quite an honour I’d say.

So, who am I? I’m a British guy who has been a PC user ever already disks really were floppy in the 1980s. See, I’m old enough to quote The Furl Stones (sob). I started my PC life as a games star and fanzine contributor, but gradually moved into the more serious camp of games publishing – the other side of the fence. Some of our games got 80% reviews, others were enjoyed by the editorial team in PC Sector (aah, just person formerly relevant print magazine that no longer exists). Just when I trifle I played my last game, I was asked to edit PC-Software.Com. This puts me in the auspicious position where I can play games, and tell my girlfriend I’m working!

Printed games magazines are in decline from the halcyon days of the 1990s and 2000s. Even market leaders are declining from 100,000 readers down to 20,000, whereas anyone publishing online with half a budget can improve from zero to 50,000 hits per month in a matter of weeks. Not comparing like upon like there obviously, but you’d take my point. Why? Because why pay $10 to hear about games you aren’t playing, when for free you can have reviews of 100s of products upon direct links to videos previews and free downloads. Not simply that, but the option to instantly purchase and have it on your PC in 5 minutes for an average price of about $15. Sometimes, less than the cost of the printed paper itself. Would anyone still rather than traipse to GameStop on a wet Tuesday to see if it’s in stock. Don’t believe me: the youngest Director like the wholesale front man for games magazines quit his mission recently, saw the same thing. They’re finished!

What else do they have in boutique for you, online gaming content providers? You can leave comments, ratings, see charts, widow’s mite in forums. They’re the future!

You want to distinguish whether you should buy a game or not? Just read an online source like PC-Software.com and you will find extinguished into seconds: it’s an jiffy remedy. There are thousands of reviews out there and they are ready for you. There’s no waiting.

Oh, and did I mention downloading free trials? Pretty well over 50% of articles contain them. It helps.