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If you're old enough to remember the days before the internet exploded, the only way to get your gaming news, rumors, cheats, reviews, etc was through the gaming mags. To me, there were always the big three: Electronic Gaming Monthly, Gamepro, and Game Informer.

So the discussion is, with the internet being as big and available as it is, are the mags a dying breed? EGM just eliminated their cheats section because it's just easier to go their website cheats.1up.com. Could the rest of the magazine be heading that way?

Furthermore, which of the mags do/did you favor, and why? Do you still buy gaming mags? Do you have a subscription to any? If so, do you plan on keeping it much longer? Subscribe to any gaming websites like IGN Insider?

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We get EGM, Gamepro, and the official Playstation Magazine. That may seem like alot, but the fact is we got the first two for free through the internet and Playstation magazine for having an MVP card at Game Crazy. So we don't pay for any of them. I do like reading them, but if we were paying for them the only only ones I think I would buy are the ones that come with demos.

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I always read like, all of th em when I was growing up. But personally, I prefered EGM over the rest. And still do, actually, as it's the only one I still have a subscription to. I used to subscribe to IGN Insider, but then something called "no money" happened, and I ended up not renewing it. I think that mags can still be a good source of news, as I've noticed sometimes they can get thigns out of publishers and the like that internet sources can't. That may all change as well, but for now, I think magazines are still a viable alternative for the net.

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If i'm ever on a train for a long journey I always buy a good newspaper (ie. compact Times) and an X-Box magazine. That's the only time I ever buy magazines so, I bought 5 in total last year (3 times there and back, I didn't get one coming back one time as I came back with a friend), and that's a year I did lots of travel around the country. Back in the day I always used to read Gamesmaster though, and watch the TV program, oh how I miss thee.

Personally I don't read magazines anymore, in fact I don't really look up much info on games and stuff (Bar a few, "Recent'ish" FM, PES4, Fable) when they come out I normally just impulse buy or buy from what others recommend.

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If you're old enough to remember the days before the internet exploded, the only way to get your gaming news, rumors, cheats, reviews, etc was through the gaming mags.  To me, there were always the big three:  Electronic Gaming Monthly, Gamepro, and Game Informer. 

So the discussion is, with the internet being as big and available as it is, are the mags a dying breed?  EGM just eliminated their cheats section because it's just easier to go their website cheats.1up.com.  Could the rest of the magazine be heading that way?

Furthermore, which of the mags do/did you favor, and why?  Do you still buy gaming mags?  Do you have a subscription to any?  If so, do you plan on keeping it much longer?  Subscribe to any gaming websites like IGN Insider?

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GamesMaster rocked and I always bought OPM for the demo disc. Now I don't bother, spending a fiver on information I could've got for free on the internet weeks before doesn't float my boat.

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I grew up reading Nintendo Power because I had the Super Nintendo then when they pretty much just do stuff on N64 I quit reading... now every month I get OPM... pretty much for the Demo Disc but I still like reading the articles they have and reviews/previews... I especially like their joke reviews when a game is really bad.

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I remember how Gamepro did the drawings in their magazine every month that was submitted by readers.

I drew a picture of Felix The Cat ( :shifty: ), and submitted it into Gamepro. Never got in the fucking magazine. I thought it was pretty damn good too.

Of course, it didn't have jack shit to do with games, so..

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I get the Official XBOX Mag to my house, mainly for the Demo Disc. I'll buy the odd EGM(only for the newsstands DVD, for the Mega64, game videos and Red vs Blue stuff) and OPM.

I think Multi-console mags are going to, in the next 5 or so years, wither down though. The Net can provide 99% of what they do. Console specific mags have a special advantage, Demo Discs. Unless a multi-console mag can find I way to fit PC, XBOX, PS2 & GC demos on 1 disk and make it fit in all consoles then I don't see them surviving

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Nintendo Power, GamePro, and EGM were my 3.

I was PISS-ED when I moved into my current house (Back in '98), to find out that my mom had pitched ALL my old mags.

I had the 50th issue of NP, showing off Link's Awakening...

And my 100th issue of NP, that had (at the time) cool crap in it, like N64 screenshots of WCW vs nWo World Tour, the 100 Best Ambush spots in Goldeneye, the 100 best nitendo games, etc...

<farooq> DAMN </farooq>

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The PC Gamer demo discs are always awesome, and have every single review score they have for every game they have reviewed in the past.

PC Gamer owns, almost solely because of there review of the worst games ever:

Xtreme PaintBrawl

Swamp Buggy Racing

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I only use the internet for message boards, guides and reviews for PC games I might be interested in. The rest of my crap comes from EGM. The internet is great and all but I like having a magazine that has information on the stuff I want and I don't have to scroll through a few articles on say Playboy: The Mansion to find one on Katamari Damacy. EGM also offers my three opinons on games, so I can find the one I most relate to instead of say IGN which only gives one opinon.

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Has anyone picked up a copy of Nintendo Power lately? I got a subscription to it for the first time in years (it was free when I bought Mario Sunshine) and it's almost as bad as Gamepro.

Now I subscribe to EGM and just signed up for Game Informer again. EGM is okay, but their reviews are generally garbage anymore and they really should just changed their name to HGM: Halo Gaming Monthly. Game Informer has always been spectacular though.

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It's kinda sad to see the state of gaming mags. Especially for me.

I've been buying Gaming Mags since I was 10 (I'm 23 now, offically an EWB Geriatric) when I used to buy CVG. The mags were about 6 months behind what you English guys got but I didn't care. I still have a whole heap of them, about 5 years worth in a box in my room somewhere.

From there it was to Gamepro. I didn't really like the feel of it and thus only bought a couple of issues. And then I thought that'd be the last of my buying escapades.

99/2000 came and I finally joined the ranks of Playstation owners. I bought a mag called Playstation Gamer, which prided itself on being unofficial and the true voice of the Playstation owners. The mag only lasted a year before Sony sued the pants off them but I enjoyed every issue of it.

From there it was Hyper>>. I stumbled onto it quite by accident. I was at a trash and treasure market and idly flicking through the rows of crap books they had when I stumbled across these gaming mags in a box. I flicked through and loved it. I think I spent something like 20 or thirty bucks and got a years worth of issues. I loved them and started buying the mag religiously for about 3 years from 2001 to mid last year when they had an alarming dropoff.

Nowadays I generally only buy mags if they have a cheat disc with them. Most of the demo discs I've seen are rank bullshit and not worth the CD they were pressed on. I'd still like to buy mags but most of the stuff is accessable through the net. If something caught my eye I'll still buy it. But I generally stay away from gaming mags nowadays.

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