| Mail |
You might also like: WoW Insider, Joystiq, and more

Reader Comments (52)

Posted: Jan 10th 2010 8:05AM Exalier said

  • 2.5 hearts
  • Report
I would, but the last time I looked the WoW magazine cost an arm and a leg. Frankly I wouldn't spend more than £3 on one when I can get news regarding it online for free.

Posted: Jan 10th 2010 8:13AM Scuffles said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Yeah, No

Unless its relatively cheap and comes with some awesome bonus, last magazine I subscribed to was Nintendo power for the gamecube Zelda collection. Other than something like that I don't see a reason to pay for a magazine that the main page or the forums will tell me faster and at no charge.

Posted: Jan 10th 2010 8:16AM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Dragon Magazine, anyone? This is NOT a new concept. But I can see why the idea might do well for an MMO, especially ones as big as EVE and WoW. Exalier has a point about everything in the magazine being available online. But sometimes it's not about having on-line access. Sometimes it's about having something ro read on the bus/train/camel you ride to work. Remember, even with all the technology, the internet isn't everywhere.

Posted: Jan 10th 2010 2:23PM myr said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Dunno about you, but the internet is everywhere that I can get a cell signal for me.
Reply

Posted: Jan 12th 2010 9:45AM MassivelyJames said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
It's cold up here in Canada, so I take baths to warm up....even though there is wireless in my bathroom, I can't really use a laptop in the tub so I read a lot of magazines in there. Sometimes I print out stuff from MMO-Champion (or wherever) and read that.

This would be great cuz it would have nice shiny pics and would waste my printer ink :)
Reply

Posted: Jan 10th 2010 8:18AM Pony84 said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Right now im playing Eve, I would buy the magazine and any other mmos if it was monthly or further apart between each issue and only if the price range would be between 5 and 10 GBP, which EON is.
The only issue I got that stops me from buying it is that I have to order it online which I don't like doing.
If it was for sale in shops I would certainly impulse buy it next time I saw it.

Posted: Jan 10th 2010 8:18AM krakead said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
I've been an EON subscriber since issue 1. It's a great magazine - a bit pricey as it isn't stuffed with the usual paid advertising (notwithstanding the corp ads paid for with ISK). Nonetheless, definitely worth the asking price.

Design and production values are high, but the quality of writing and editorial control can sometimes slip as many of the contributors aren't pro journalists.

There is a good mix of articles in each issue: dev interviews, how-to guides, short stories, ship comparisons, previews etc.

It will be interesting to see how Blizzard's magazine compares. I've not played WoW for quite a while but I'm tempted to subscribe just out of curiosity (plus I'm a sucker for these kind of things - you should see my collection of game strategy guided - lol!). I suspect the production and editorial values will be very high given Blizzard's immense wealth and huge subscriber base.

Posted: Jan 10th 2010 2:16PM Lateris said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
For me EON is great. I feel a personal attachment to the community in Eve. It gives me a sense of identity that no other MMO does.
Reply

Posted: Jan 10th 2010 8:19AM Chambers said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
personally i would not buy any magazine for any platform any more. There are a coupel of reasons why you might want to buy a magazine and mostly they are first the feeling of ownership that you wont get unless you have a magazine, second news; when a magazine is produced monthly or quaterly it will never break any new news, unless something is specifically held back for it (which is something i detest). Third you have opinions, which is something that sites like your own have basically killed.

The main problem with the content of magazines is that its heavily skewed into being positive and "what you want to hear". This is because if the magazine draws its revenue from ads then they are underpressure to talk about the products listed in those ads. Interviews are another form of content but if even massively is printing these crap PR driven excuses for interviews then i would hate to see what kind of drivel a magazine would b forced to print. I would love to read an HONEST interview asking questions, not made to make people squirm but questions that people want to hear the answers to and not just the cut and paste "we think XXXXXXX went very well and we are working to improve it more in the future" which is the basic answer to 99% of the questions asked!

There is no content that can be given in a magazine that can't be done better online and IS already better online. Will any magazine have the stream of opinions of wow.com? the comprehensive lists of wowhead? the high end discussions of elitist jerks? or even the up to date guides of bosskillers? People who read modern magazines to do with games that ARE NOT edge are basically a modern day equivilent of stamp collectors.

Posted: Jan 10th 2010 8:55AM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Yep, exactly. It's been a few years since I've bought a magazine of any sort whatsoever, and close to ten years since I consumed magazines regularly. Why spend the money and waste the paper, which in some magazines is 75% ads?

It seems like an awfully strange venture for Blizzard or any other company to get started with now. All my local bookstores are becoming more and more sparse...the ones that are staying in business that is. I can't imagine the magazine industry is doing much better.
Reply

Posted: Jan 11th 2010 6:55AM ChromeBallz said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Neither Eon (100% sure) nor WoW Magazine (not entirely sure) rely on external advertisements. Both are focused entirely on the games they are about. Eon only has one external ad at most (usually for alienware) on the back of the magazine, which has some ties to EVE outside of that magazine aswell, so i don't really count it.

Eon specifically features a lot of volunteer content, and while there is an editor he doesn't change the content to "meet CCP's needs" - I have personal experience in this having written 3 extensive articles for several issues. All the content is written by players, with only one article and the opening column being written by the editor (who happens to be an avid player aswell). This may mean that it is somewhat "rosy", though it is by no means a tool to advertise the game with. The magazine is written by players for players and is in no way intended as an advertisement for the game, but rather a bonus for people who like a physical article to read about EVE. It is rather pricey, but there aren't many copies produced and the production value is rather high (ask someone who has a copy to check, i know i sound like a marketing hoodlum, but it's true ;p).

I have yet to get my first copy of the WoW magazine, but from what i know it's quite a bit cheaper and has more pages, which is i expect from the higher number of copies produced which in turn drives down the eventual price. The previews looked promising with a lot of content produced exclusively for the article (such as art), and while some of them may be outdated by the time it's released (the same goes for Eon) it does look promising simply for entertainment.

But in the end, if there's a market for it it will sell, and obviously Eon and WoW Magazine do. I still happily pay for Eon myself as (in my humble opinion, but do check yourself if you can find someone who has a copy) it is a very well-produced magazine with articles that actually matter to the target audience, as opposed to general papers and pulp magazines which are usually filled with advertisements and articles you are not interested in but are still expected to pay for.
Reply

Posted: Jan 10th 2010 8:20AM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
I would not buy it. There are too many spoilers out there floating around on the web that provide sufficient info on any MMO. No need to buy extra info that will eventually be posted on a website.

Save the money and buy a few more months of playtime in the game.

Posted: Jan 10th 2010 8:43AM jpkustra said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
I had a subscription to Beckett's MMO Magazine that I got as a gift. However, it ran out and I won't be buying it because it was basically a WoW mag anyways. I might be more inclined to buy a comic based on an MMO I play but magazines are always going to be behind in the news and any info I can get from a mag I can get online. Plus I'd rather have that money and energy put into a magazine be put into the game!

Posted: Jan 10th 2010 8:52AM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
No,

There is nothing these days that I can't read about on the web weeks and sometimes months before it makes it to print in a monthly periodical, even reviews.
There are higher quality written and video reviews out on the web far before print.

Unless they put in swag keys there is no point.

Posted: Jan 10th 2010 8:50AM Dumac said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Buy? No.

Well, the internet is full with all the information i could possibly want to know, and more.

But if its printed, has good quality writing, is not purposely acting as an advertisement, and is >>>NOT

Posted: Jan 10th 2010 8:54AM Dumac said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
What happened to the rest of my comment?

I was saying, if it is NOT an official magazine (IE it is fan made), i would consider buying it, but such a magazine is unlikely to reach me due to 1. legal issues of producing such a thing and 2. the remote country i live in...
Reply

Posted: Jan 10th 2010 9:16AM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Yes I would buy it, the one reason is I'd be the one person to buy is and spread it around on the internet for you guys to read cuz I'm cool like that

Posted: Jan 10th 2010 9:08AM Tom L said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
No. Magazines are a dead medium. This website better than any magazine could hope to be and a well-run group blog dedicated to the game would be all I would want.

The basic fallacy of dead-tree media still exists (while they circle the toilet drain)... "Why would I pay money for yesterday's news when I can get today's for basically free?"

Ta,

Posted: Jan 10th 2010 9:09AM pcgneurotic said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
But the WoW magazine is "collectible" (sic) !!!1!11!1!!!


/vomit

Posted: Jan 10th 2010 9:25AM cerebrix said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
SOE did this years ago and it failed. "SOE Worlds" it was called.

I still have the one and only issue they ever made. This was right around the time just after eq2 launched, swg was all the rage, and there were 10's of thousands still camping their alts in the baz in eq1.

I think they realized people would really just rather get their mmo news from a website.

i think thats even more the case these days as phones have such great internet access people can just read mmo blogs while sitting on the household throne (lets face it, thats the only place we really read these things anymore. maybe follwed by planes and trains but thats about it.

my droid just cruises through massively with no problems. almost as fast as my desktop does.

magazines just arent the right medium for this topic.

Featured Stories

Engadget

Engadget

Joystiq

Joystiq

WoW Insider

WoW

TUAW

TUAW