Month: August 2006

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Happy Puppy Fire Sale — Everything Must Go!

Got $350,000 to spare? If so, you can buy once-proud game site Happy Puppy, which is looking for a buyer from parent company DMA Holdings (and which I used to write for as a freelancer). The asking price might be a bargain, considering the portal went for $26.4 million when TheGlobe bought it at the […]

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Get Edge in the U.S. Cheap(er)

I’ve said before that Edge is the only British gaming mag I regularly read. Getting it in the States was never easy, though, requiring a large outlay of time (heading to the bookstore every month) or money (buying a high-priced British subscription). Now, Edge’s new, $75/year American subscriptions are still expensive, but reducd enough to […]

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Self-effacing Quote of the Moment

“From the moment I’m introduced to Ensemble Studios’ Bruce Shelley, I can tell my bumbling, ‘Is that pinata gay?’ style of gaming journalism just isn’t going to fly.” -Self-described RTS-hater Florian Eckhardt, in an incredibly awkward and well-described sit-down with the man behind Age of Empires 3: The Warchiefs

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Joystiq’s Vladmir Cole on Conflicts of Interest

In May of this year, Joystiq co-managing editor Vladmir Cole went from posting multiple times a day to not posting at all, with nary a word of goodbye to the blog’s readership. Last week, he returned to Joystiq posting with equally little explanation, until today. Cole, a student at U. Penn’s Wharton School of Business, […]

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Covering Covers

I forget how I stumbled across this little nugget during my ‘net travels last week, but nonetheless it’s an interesting, outsiders perspective on the only part of magazines a lot of people see — the covers. While the content inside the magazine requires actually buying a copy (or at least deigning to flip through it […]

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Official Anti-PlayStation Magazine?

Anyone who thinks “official” magazines are nothing but mouthpieces for console (and operating system) manufacturers should pick up the latest issue of the Official PlayStation Magazine (Issue 108, Sept. 2006). The lead article in the mags hype section is a one-and-a-half page spread on Immersion — the company that has caused nothing but headaches for […]

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Anti-aggregator Argument of the Moment

It means nothing if a critic or an audience member likes or loathes a movie. An opinion is nothing without an argument to back it up. A decent critic, in print, on TV or on the Internet, is honor-bound to engage a reader in a conversation why something works or it doesn’t. That’s why the […]

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Writing Across the Atlantic

Speaking of British game journalism, UK: Resistance points to IGN’s hillarious, cliche-filled announcement of a British branch. The relationship between British and American game game publications has always been an incestuous ones. American sites get a lot of their news from British sites like GamesIndustry and Computer & Video Games, and vice versa. Some American […]

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Death of British Game Mags Watch

Gamasutra has word of a recent British magazine circulation report that shows game magazine circulation down pretty much across the board. I’m not expert on the British magazine market, but I’d say any country with five distinct Xbox magazines is due for a bit of a shakeout. It’s also nice to see continued rising circulation […]

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Hillarious Contest Ad of the Moment

An ad encouraging GamesRadar readers to take an editorial survey

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