More gaming magazines shutting down

United Kingdom-based publications Xbox World and PSM3 shutting down after more than a decade as Future focuses on digital.

More gaming-focused magazines are closing down. Publisher Future has told CVG today that Xbox World and PSM3 will release their final issues next month as the company deepens its investment in digital endeavors. Future is hoping to redeploy affected employees in different areas of its business.

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"This decision has been taken as Future continues to focus on its strategy on accelerating digital growth across its international digitally-focussed brand business," said Future's head of entertainment Clair Porteous.

PSM3 launched its first issue in 2000, with Xbox World debuting in 2003. These magazines are the third and fourth gaming-focused publications that Future has canceled recently. They follow PlayStation: The Official Magazine and Nintendo Power.

Additionally, the cancellation of Xbox World and PSM3 comes one year after GamePro shut down after 23 years of continual publication.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

65 comments
kbaily
kbaily

You know I find it funny that when we heard Nintendo Power was ending we were all like "awww man that's so sad!"  The Sony and Xbox magazines shut down, no one cares.

tgwolf
tgwolf

Just die already so I can see them all online. Really, this is ridiculous.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I have to admit, I love flipping through the magazines too, and I still have magazines from my early days as a gamer.  So there's part of me that's sad to see the rags go.

 

But there's another more practical side of me that thinks that this is a good move.  I resisted the switch to digital with my music collection, my movies, my TV shows, my games, and my comic books.  In virtually all of those cases, I haven't lost too much, and digital has greatly improved my ability to access my entire collection quickly and left me with NO ADDITIONAL STORAGE COSTS.  For me, that's a huge benefit.

 

So I am sorry that we're losing the print option, but I have long ago accepted that everything that can be digitized will eventually be made digital.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Good riddance - they were only good in the last generation of gaming for the disc/demos.  Now you can get all that online.

 

Sign O the times.

pacpuf7249
pacpuf7249

Nooooo please dont die game magazines! You're part of our childhoods!

tim1935
tim1935

You should be ashamed of yourself, Gamespot!  LOL

BoSnerdly
BoSnerdly

The presentation of digital just isn't the same... it's all about links, ads, comments and other BS, while print is almost all about what you're interested in. Plus, it's nice to read something that's not on my computer or some other device that needs another f'ing recharge cable. And what's more, I bother to read almost everything in my 1 magazine (used to be "magazines"), but I only look at what I want to see online.

toddx77
toddx77

I think magazines are going to be reduced only to impulse buys for trashy tv shows. I pretty much buy any magazine I see with the girls from teen mom on the cover lol.

Amorphis2k
Amorphis2k

This is so sad. I love getting my magazines subscriptions - Nothing beats flipping through a gaming mag. The only digital product that I appreciate is Gamespot.

badboy
badboy

Is Future Publishing going down?

tightwad34
tightwad34

Ugh, I hate the freaking digital age. Maybe it's all a buildup to the Dec. 21st Mayan calendar thing. Everything will be going digital at the same time and it will cause a massive crash rendering everything hooked up to computers to shut down. It would be a sort of silver lining for me. I am sort of joking here.  Not that I want bad things to happen, but idiots may have to learn things the hard way, well if they are true idiots they will really never learn.

Harrydapro
Harrydapro

Digital overtaking physical. Unfortunately. 

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

What a shame, I thought they would remain as digital magazine, but it seems not. Well, now we can start cleaning and putting our old magazines to good care because some years from now they will sell high on ebay. My oldest magazine is a 1994 Gamepro, in spanish (they offered a spanish written version for about a year).

NTM23
NTM23

I visit the Game Informer site as one of the gaming sites I go to, and I hope if the magazine goes away, they convert to the internet.

TheLordHimself
TheLordHimself

I can remember getting the first ever issue of PSM2 (What PSM3 was originally called) and reading the Tekken Tag review with wonder. I have about 7 years worth of PSM2/3 mags in my garage. I collected them all from issue 16 onwards until I went to university, at which point I didn't have the money. When I finished, a friend of mine at Future Publishing brought me some free magazines, and I began collecting PSM3 once again. I'm going to be getting the last 2 issues of the magazine, simply because of the memories I have of buying it loyally each and every month for so long.

 

Yes, magazines are redundant nowadays since we have game sites that bring you the news mere minutes after it gets revealed, but I'll still look fondly on the days when I would read gaming mags from cover to cover, getting to know the staff and reveling in their in-jokes and features.

 

I remember when Andy Kelly and Nathan Firman joined the team, and watched a video of them playing Singstar drunk. I remember seeing Nathan Firman in Bath and getting star-struck. I remember Milf's 'mock-up' PS3 toaster that went viral on the internet, to the point where a reader claimed that the magazine had 'stolen' the idea. I remember the 'Dan-a-Gram' mask and the potato jokes about The Getaway. I remember your hilarious reviews of 'Super Farm' and 'Ty the Tasmanian Tiger'. I remember when you wrote that you worked out cheat codes by sitting for hours, inputting random button combinations until you got one that unlocked a cheat... and I actually believed you. I remember when I sent in a letter, only for you to completely edit it when you published it in the mag and made me look like an idiot. (You titled it Good King Wen-Senseless. It was in a December or Xmas issue, but I forget which one. If I searched for long enough I could find the issue number)

 

Rest in peace PSM3. Rest in peace.

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

This sucks, you can barely buy good gaming magazines anymore. That 'cool' rack of gaming magazines will now probably be replaced by more of those crappy celebrity magazines.

ydnarrewop
ydnarrewop

This is sad. Are there any good mags left?

Sw1tched
Sw1tched

This sucks ... i never read all these for reviews or lame previews that the web could give me in seconds. I read it for professional gaming journalism about inside the industry happenings and stories. They were fun to read and interesting to read the articles and interviews about devolpers and game designers ... this sucks hard

juliangui
juliangui

Man, I'm trying my hardest not to have to bring my iPad into the toilet. but if this trend continues, I fear it is inevitable....

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Gaming magazines were fantastic before we had gaming websites. Now then just feel behind on the news. EDGE and Games (that is the magazine's name) are a bloody good read though. They cover the areas that the websites don't.   

Greggor
Greggor

I'm still upset about Nintendo Power.  A years subscription was extremely cheap and for me there is nothing that can replace it.

DiverseGamer
DiverseGamer

That sucks. All the gaming magazines are shutting down... :'(

Zensword
Zensword

This is a shame since I really like Xbox World and PSM3

baxwam
baxwam

We can all thank the site that I am commenting on 

SolidTy
SolidTy

That's a shame, print is amazing.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

If the magazines had useful coupons in them like Click magazine did at times for Future Shop then people maybe would have more use for them.

ecurl143
ecurl143

I used to spend an absolute fortune on games magazines back in the day - PCGamer, Edge and PZ Zone to name a few.

At £5:00 a pop - it was getting very expensive, so I can't say I'm surprised to hear this.

The fact that some company's are still publishing hard copies of magazines in 2012 is quite incredible actually.

pdevil21
pdevil21

Good. All of these print publications shutting down is inevitable and the sooner they do, the better it is for the environment. 

ADO300
ADO300

the internet man... i used to buy nintendo power and playstation magazine but then i got my source of information for FREE on youtube, nintendo life and gamespot

DrKill09
DrKill09

Good.  Towards the end of EGM, they would give me a six month old story and call it "news", and they would often publish false or misleading info because at the time of printing, they couldn't get the full story.  Printed gaming mags make no sense in this day and age.

 

I used to get them for the high quality screen shots.  Ones online are much cleaner now.

I used to get them for the demo discs.  Now I can get any demo on PSN or the pc.

 

There is really no reason for gaming mags to exist anymore.

soulless4now
soulless4now

I wonder how many gaming magazines are left after this...

shatner78
shatner78

Of course. But don't you realize its sites like this that causing them to shut down. Love the irony of this article.

PetJel
PetJel

Gaming magazines. Another one for the nostalgia books :(

leeko_link
leeko_link

No more magazines, no more free posters on my walls. This is so sad, I love those freebies.

Wedge_and_Biggs
Wedge_and_Biggs

Hopefully EDGE and OXM keep going, they are the two I buy monthly. Sad to see these mags closing down 1 after the other. Official PlayStation Mag was especially surprising

SsangyongKYRON
SsangyongKYRON

Not gonna lie. I love magazines but since I was able to access the net in the year 2001, I stopped buying them. Great memories in the 1990s but not today. Nowadays I don't even need a PC. with my smart phone I can access the net and read gaming news any second. I can even download demos to my Xbox. It's a delight.

ibonedyourmom
ibonedyourmom

Sad. Nothing beats sitting down with a gaming magazine and reading reviews for games that came out 2 months ago.

Hurvl
Hurvl

 @StonerDemon I have too many magazines of Swedish PC Gamer, but if I decide to throw some of them out I'll keep the oldest and newest ones. If nothing else, it's fun to be able to read through your first issues and perhaps show them to someone else like: Yeah, back in the day...

Amorphis2k
Amorphis2k

 @NTM23

 I hope the mag doesn't go away because I just renewed my subscription!

Amorphis2k
Amorphis2k

 @mav_destroyer

 So get out there and buy up all the gaming mags! If there is a readership then they won't stop publishing. Those crappy "gossip" magazines sell because there is a market and people buy up that crap. You can't blame the gaming mags from going online. At the end of the day they are a business and if their product is not selling like it used to it's time to change.

Amorphis2k
Amorphis2k

 @kavadias1981

 The gaming mags go more in depth than a one page review or article on a gaming site. I still think there is a place for gaming magazines... For now.

Dnaisinmybody
Dnaisinmybody

 @pdevil21 I laughed when I read your comment. Last time I read anything about gaming on a piece of paper was back when the N64 was still the shit and Nintendo power was still around haha :P

Hurvl
Hurvl

 @Volgin I read the Swedish version (it's as good as ever) and if the UK version shuts down, my preferred version will shut down too, so I also hope they stay in business. Swedish PC Gamer is the oldest and largest games magazine in Sweden.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

 @Amorphis2k It varies a great deal. Some websites provide in depth interviews and reports whereas others (looks at Gamespot) tend to skim over the surface an sensationalise a story. The same applies to some magazines too. But overall, I agree that a magazine provides a far more entertaining read. As I mentioned above, EDGE and Games are particularly good. Especially for an adult gamer.