Wednesday, April 7, 2010
So here we have it, issue one of the newly launched GameFan. According to this thread, it's shipping now and issue 2 is already being worked on. Little on the cover stands out to me, apart from maybe the "indie" section, and Grasshopper interview. Pretty cool they listed Sakura Wars as a coverline, most editors would avoid that due to its niche nature...
Generally the cover reminds me of the old PLAY crossed with the old printed Hardcore Gamer magazine (no affiliation to HG101), which I never liked, despite subscribing. As a journalistic coleague said: never was there a magazine so unlike its name. Which is true, because despite the occasional decent piece, it quickly descended into casual fanzinery. And don't get me started on the absurdity of scoring a game out of 5, but then devolving into decimals points as precise as 0.25 because you don't feel confident enough to stand behind your decision to score games only out of 5. You might as well stick with the more easily understand 10 point scale. Anyway, enough ranting, bottom line is: this cover makes me nervous.
Once GameFan hits US newstands, hopefully one of my fellow bloggers resident in the States can make a fuller first-impressions posts.
And here is the movie fan cover. There's no mention of anime, which to me is a bad sign. Hopefully there's some coverage inside.