Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Official Nintendo Obituary


Image from www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk
You may kill our magazine, but you can't take away our Reggie!

Sad news today, as it's been announced that the Official Nintendo Magazine in the UK has ceased publishing, they announced on their website. Tis the end of Nintendo's decades of official magazines in the UK, so how will loyal UK fans be able to keep up with the latest in Nintendo news usually weeks after it's been announced? On said announcement, Nintendo said that they "will continue to speak directly with fans via Nintendo Direct, social media and online channels and public events.", basically saying that Nintendo is keeping up with the times and, unlike Xbox and Playstation, will be moving all of their content online to the internet, making it much more accessible for fans who don't want to pay £5 a month when they can view daily news on a certain amazing blog with a delusional child at the helm.

The first question raised by this is: Are Nintendo the most modern of the Big 3? Moving all of their content and news to the internet is a move Xbox and Playstation haven't made yet, with official magazines for those companies still running, plus Nintendo never attend E3 in person, instead playing Nintendo Directs for their conference, requiring less effort, memorizing and predominantly less bloopers. Nintendo have always been a quirky and innovative company, from the double screens and touchpad of the DS to the motion remote of the Wii, but they're also proving to be modern and future-thinking too. It's why they've always been one of the biggest developers and hardware manufacturers ever since they started.

The second question is: Are gaming magazines dying? Magazines aren't known to be a stalwart type of media, and with gaming being a more predominantly online media, both for games and for games journalism, I think we'll seldom see gaming magazines after 20 years or so. However, the magazine publishers and editors are pushing this change, rather than the audience and consumers, as digital magazines on phones and tablets usually have extra content in them compared to their papery brethren, and the companies advertise them as such, even encouraging people to subscribe to them and even offering a certain number for free.

What do you guys think? Does this mark the beginning of the end of gaming magazines? Or is this just another magazine ending? Tell us in the comments below!

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