I've just been having a look around to see how one of my favorite PC magazines of old is doing and am sad to see that PC Format appears to be barely hanging on in the UK whilst having shut down some of it's overseas versions. The distribution betweek 2008-2012 has seen it's distribution cut by a third - PC Format - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and it's not just them.
I am hankering back to what I consider the 'golden age' of PC Magazines in about 1999-2000 when the take up of computers in the home was at it's peak, the internet had not yet begun to bite into printed puiblications and you got 'A £1000 of software on our coverdisk'!.
The technoclogy was chnaging rapidly and the reviews sections packed to the gills with ever developing graphics cards seemingly updated on a 3 monthly basis, sound cards which varied in price up to stupid levels yet with no dicernable sound differance between them given the speaker and headset technology of the time and each edition running to several hundred pages not least due to adverts provided by manufacturers and suppliers most of whome no longer exist.
Compared to now where the PC Pro I brought last week was so thin I mistook it for a US magazine (their computer magazine market is in real decline), with free software (well, download codes) that was pretty much useless and did absoloutly nothing I neeed it made me realise that although everyhting has moved onto the internet I kind of miss having a nice thick magazine to work my way through.
I wish I'd kept a few tbh. They'd make quite interesting reading now!
I feel the same way about Newlestters/Brochures/Catalogs that companies send out which are all on Issuu. While I understand it is likely to be better for the environment, saves them a lot of money on printing and postage, I tend to scan the pages rather quickly to see if something catches my eye where as with a physical copy I would spend a lot more time on it.
I remember walking up town of a Saturday morning and getting a magazine from Smiths, and sitting down on a bench for an hour on the way back to start reading it. More than that I remember pestering my parents for every Amiga Magazine going so I could get the coverdiscs - at one point I was reading Amiga Format, Amiga Power, Amiga Action and The One every month. There was little as exciting as one of the magazines coming with two coverdiscs that month, one of them undoubtedly "TWENTY full PD games!" crammed into an 880k floppy.
I've no idea where it came from, but the following has been lurking in my office and I can't bring myself to throw out such a pearl of history. I adore how many stereotypes it fits into one cover:
That's a great find, bit of a nostalgia trip flicking through issues of PC Zone.
I found it when I was trying to remember the multi-format games mag I used buy each month in the late 80's. Turned out it was ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) I'd had almost every issue until parents made me dump them in a house move (too much weight). Stoked to find them all in the archive. Also Amstrad Action
I've been trying to work out what my favourite Amiga mag was back then, but can't for the life of me remember. I know it wasn't one of the the big 3. Might have been "Amiga User International" but that sounds wrong somehow.
I Still remember buying the August 1985 edition and being confused because some pages had been cut out. Then my Cousin winding me up because he had the subscription version still with he pages in and he never let me read it.
Hmm thinking about it, I still owe him for that one.
I noticed these days that a few of the magazines I read are getting a lot thinner on content, CustomPC was a prime example, its chock full of adverts, probably more of them than content, I noticed too PC Pro is getting a bit thinner as well.
I do miss the "good old days" of PC magazines, I started with PC Format, which I graduated too after years of "Mean Machines" and "Computer and Video Games"