I spent the night glued to twitter feeds and message boards last night reading about the UGO buy out of 1up and the cancelation of EGM (Electronic Gaming Monthly). The writers there consistently spoke with a unique voice in video game journalism and I’m sorry to see many of them go. Their writings, shows, and podcasts were a part of my routine. Three of their podcasts filled my MP3 player every week for the last two years. Over that time, people came and went. Relationships were cultivated. Trust was built. I’ve told many people that I spend more time writing and reading about video games than I do playing. The 1up.com staff was a large part of my gaming experience. They will be missed.
EGM was a video game institution. It was about to enter it’s 20th year with its final issue. I remember seeing the very first issue of EGM on newsstands as a kid, but it wasn’t until issue number 4 that I became a regular reader. Even as a middle school kid, I was reading about games from numerous magazines (Nintendo Power, GamePro, EGM, Computer and Video Games, Computer Gaming World). One perspective was not good enough even back then… it’s no wonder I’m teaching information literacy. But EGM stood out above the rest. Nintendo Power was for the fan in me, Gamepro had a fun kid friendly style with reviews, but EGM felt honest, harsh even at times. Video games got poor ratings. And who didn’t wonder who Sushi-X and Quatermann were?
EGM is a part of my gaming history as it is for many video game players. While the death of EGM and print video game magazines was written on the wall for a while now… the loss is not softened.
Thank you to all the EGM writers and editors over the years. Your work has helped video game players question sources, look for additional perspectives, and see their hobby and passion as something more than the electronic “toy” it was back at the start of your run in 1989.