The economic downturn has been relatively good to certain parts of the game industry. Unfortunately, the entire industry has not been immune to the hard times. December 5th will mark the end of an era in video game journalism: GamePro magazine will no longer be published after the November issue, and its website will be shut down on the 5th. The company and its employees will become part of PC World. I’m glad to see that these individuals will still have a job, but we are losing a video game icon in the process.
Once upon the time, the internet did not exist. I know, it is hard to believe, but we had to rely on getting our tips, tricks, and news from magazines. The major players were Nintendo Power, Electronic Gaming Monthly (which died and came back when the founder purchased the print and online publication rights back from 1up) and GamePro. I remember skimming through every video game publication at the store as a kid. I always loved the rush of excitement as read through the pages of each magazine. You weren’t in the know unless you read a video game magazine. All three of these publications played a very large part of my young gaming lifestyle. I know that there isn’t a lot of money in print publications these days given the rise of independent game journalism websites, but I have to pay homage to all of these magazines. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have wanted to play games and then write about them.
GamePro, you will be sadly missed and always remembered.