The thought of doing a videogames magazine all by myself has been in and around my brain for quite some time now, but Sénior Procrastination always kept me from really doing it. A few months ago I saw that Cory Schmitz was gathering founds for his magazine called EXP and if a fellow graphic designer can do it, so can I!
In the last four years gaming blogs grew so big that huge magazines had to stop publishing or had massive cuts in sales, why make a magazine then?
Blogs are very good at delivering news quickly but struggle at presenting feature pieces. There are two big problems with feature articles on blogs, firstly they get washed away by the flood of news very quickly. The beautiful article that took ages to write and edit disappears from the frontpage of a website after a couple of minutes. Secondly, it is very hard to design a website in a way that suits a lot of different types of articles, that’s a problem that is just non existent in print media.
There are some attempts on fixing that second issue, but it’s still not quite where it should be.
Focusing on the strengths of print media is what I want to do with this magazine. On top of that, I just love the smell of ink on paper!
I’ve started a tumblr blog that will be kind of like a dev blog for the magazine, I will try to document the process of building a magazine as well as possible.
I already have a couple of writers and artists that are going to be featured in the magazine but if you just now got inspired for a great piece of art or an interesting article, just get in contact via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or twitter.
This project is a first timer for me, I will definitely make many mistakes, but life would be less colourful without them.