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I've just bought my last ever gaming magazine. I've been buying them every month for the last 20+ years but after today purchasing GamesTM and realising I'm spending £5.50 for pretty much out of date information by the time I pick the mag up and the fact that 90% of the magazine I have no interest in I won't be buying one again.

 

Go back a couple of years and I was paying £4 for the same magazine that was twice as thick if not more, and the reviews are really poor, there's about 4 reviews in this month's issue, all games that have been out for months and months.

 

Anybody else still feel that Gaming Mags are value for money or are people in the same boat and now use the net for their gaming news ?

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I still subscribe to Edge but don’t really read it properly; still like having it to browse through and I have a complete collection so I want to maintain that.  It’s quite nice to have a magazine that covers things from the 16 bit consoles to now.  If I didn’t have a collection then I’d probably dip down to buying it on occasions for the special features.

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8 minutes ago, Mr Do 71 said:

GamesTM covers have gone downhill.

 

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Is this real? I mean....I get the reference but that cover just looks awkward and doesn't work. Also that feature sounds boring as hell and completely arbitrary. Everything from becoming a Youtube star to improving your VR set-up to getting into cosplay to conquering PUBG. Really? The whole thing looks like a lifestyle magazine.

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That reminds me of when Crash magazine had Hannah Smith mud wrestling zombies on the cover and I was ashamed to buy it.  

 

6 months ago, I took advantage of that offer that was in the bargains folder - 6 months of Edge for £5.  I did the same for RetroGamer as well.  Every month they arrived and I put them on the table to read later. I have now got 6 issues of each and can honestly say I never looked at any of them, apart from Edge's Mario Odyssey review.

 

I am not sure why the apathy, but I just can't get used to sitting at home in my chair and reading a magazine.  There's too many screens around me to distract me.  I struggle to get through a book for the same reasons.  When I was getting into the Disaster Artist, I got a train ticket and sat reading it there.  My home environment is entirely at odds with the idea of  sitting quietly and reading.

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Games TM is rubbish.

 

Edge is brilliant. I have been reading it since issue 1, so what is that, 25 years or so? Amazing. That said, I rarely read it cover to cover any more, but I still love it.

 

Retrogamer is also brilliant. Although there is a lot of stuff that just isnt of interest to me, every issue there is at least something in there that is very interesting or personal to me. Your point about the information being old by the time the magazine arrives, it applies to Edge but does not apply to Retrogamer.

 

The other thing is, I always subscribe as you can get really good offers, and they often stack. I think I pay £25 a year or so for each mag. 

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Maybe if GamesTM covered some behind the scenes royal weddings, Princess Peach and the like. Things might pick up.

 

The last magazine I bought was RetroGamer about 2 or 3 years ago. Though the last magazine type thing I bought was the Edge - Art of the Pixel special. Coz it's just a really nice reference book(azine). The last magazine I subscribed to was Amiga Action. Had much better covers than that.

 

 

 

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What does that Hollie Bennett feature actually contain? I find it hard to believe that a person paid to market PlayStation is going to be allowed to do anything other than exactly that.

Edit: just fluff.
 

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The second section of our mega feature is Learn and that’s all about taking the next step from being a gamer who plays and interacts with other gamers to maybe making something of your own. That’s where our cover star Hollie Bennett steps in as she draws from her experience of working her way up to presenting PlayStation Access to offer some tips for making your own gaming channel on YouTube and what that can lead to.

 

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I read Edge, but I've only subscribed in the last year. It helps me keep track of new releases, and I tend to agree with their critique more than Eurogamer, which is what I used to read. I tend to read it from cover to cover, although sometimes the features don't interest me.

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I've got a sub to Retro Gamer that I always enjoy seeing pop through my letterbox but I always do the exact same thing, a quick flick through to see what's in there and a mental note to come back to the features that interest me which my mind never remembers and they just pile up beside my bed. 

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The only magazine I subscribe to is Retro Gamer and I have no idea why I still do - about 4 years ago I used to at least open the bag it comes in each month and flick through the pages, but I even stopped doing that probably about 2.5 years ago. I really do need to get around and cancelling.

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Someone needs to go dig up PlayStation Power scans; that was the true era of "soft-porn photos with some games writing I guess".

 

I'm still subscribed to Edge because the writing's usually pretty good, and I'll browse shelves for any other magazines with eye-catching covers. :) 

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Edge. There is nothing else in print nearly as professionally written and informed.

 

GamesTM is an average Edge wannabe. It’s frequently poorly written. Every time I’m in WHSmiths I grab one, flick to a random page and can’t get through it without stumbling into grammar gaffes or mediocre sentence structure.

 

The whole ‘Edge is pretentious’ thing is a bit tired/lazy. You can’t deny their passion for the medium, their reach, and the clarity of their thinking and the power of its articulation. No other games mag comes within a fucking mile.

 

And it’s cobblers to say they don’t have plenty of love for gameplay, just look at (most of) their most-cherished games!

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I’ve always thought Edge to be well written, it’s been consistent through the years. I, however, have not been so consistent.

 

Early on I found it to be much too worthy and heavy, but later, as my interest in games started to broaden, I found it fascinating, and read it cover to cover.

 

Lately, parental responsibility mean I can only dip into my subscription copy, and still haven’t read that epic Final Fantasy article (I will get round to it soon). I guess what I’m trying to say is, if you think a mag is duff, maybe you’re just not the target demographic anymore. 

 

Although who Games TM is aimed at, I’ll never know

 

 

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Used to always get N64/NGC/NGamer/Nintendo Gamer but once that died so did my gaming magazine buying days. Was a sad moment as it was always a highlight of my month when the postie would drop off the latest issue of Nintendo goodness. 

 

 

I still buy the odd Bookazine but (other than the recent Retro Gamer for the Super Play mag) I can't remember buying a gaming magazine since Nintendo Gamer's end. 

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Read NGamer until it ended, that was pretty good. Edge I read from 1994 to sometime in 2006, every issue, I’m happy that it’s still extant even though I haven’t read it in years.

 

I stopped subscribing to Retro Gamer when I realised I was just forcing myself to read that month’s issue in order to get my money’s worth. Last issue I bought at retail was the one with the revived one-off Super Play, but the content in that wasn’t all too great or accurate beyond the superb cover art, TBH. :( 

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Back in the n64/dreamcast days I used to buy 2-3 n64 magazines a month, along with edge, arcade, ODM, DC-UK and probably others. Eager to see each new screen shot, what they each thought of a game, the latest rumours and more.

 

Now i just buy Retro Gamer which I find enjoyable cover to cover but besides all the single format magazines dying they just got dull. Edge lost its...edge and became drier than a desert and it was hardly a laugh a minute during its peak. Games TM started as a more fun version of edge but slowly just got dull. Even the single format magazines that did exist or of magazines just didn't have anything exciting to say. I could ignore the reviews and news being out of date but they just didn't have the same appeal as before creating excitement over the smallest of screenshots or rumours.

 

The internet didn't kill the magazines, they killed themselves by becoming something different.

 

 

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The only magazine I've read for years is Retro Gamer. As the OP mentioned, most magazines are basically out of date by the time they get published, which is kinda the point with RG.

 

Last time I read an Edge was a good 8-9 years ago, which was the point where I realised it was really dry and dull. It read more like a textbook than something that was supposed to espouse excitement about games.

 

I keep wanting to like magazines, but find myself flicking through them, then returning to the internet.

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