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Fri Dec 21, 2007 10:33 am Reply and quote this post

Ambitous technology publisher launches first new PC games magazine in ten years, with a focus on online gaming and hardware

Imagine Publishing is proud to announce the launch of Total PC Gaming, a new magazine aimed at capturing the excitement of the burgeoning PC gaming, modding, retro, and MMO scene worldwide.

Its a lot to cover, in an area which is already very well covered. It is not like they are filling a "void" in the market, but more driving a wedge in to it, and creating their own kind of magazine? Read on for more critique.

Imagine Publishing wrote:
Total PC Gaming is the first new PC games magazine launch in ten years. It has 148 pages, featuring previews and reviews of the latest games, plus hardware reviews and a retro section, all for the bargain price of £3.99. It’s the only PC gaming magazine that includes a 20-page MMO mini-mag too!

– It’s 148 pages and it costs £3.99, which means Total PC Gaming is the biggest and best value mag available

– Comes with a 20-page mini-mag dedicated to MMORPGs

– Massive hardware section featuring expert reviews on the latest gaming-related kit

- Unique Redux section covering your favourite retro PC games and some you might have missed.

Heres the Editors job description, too

Total PC Gaming is the first new PC games magazine in ten years. Reporting to the Editor in Chief, the successful candidate must have a broad knowledge of the PC games industry and will be responsible for writing and commissioning news, features, previews and reviews. The ability to liaise with industry PRs, drive the magazine’s promotional package and organise cover exclusives is essential.

Minimum requirements
• At least 3 year’s experience as a Deputy Editor (or better) of a PC, videogames or technology magazine, and an expert knowledge of PC games
• First-rate writing, editing and feature planning skills
• Excellent contacts within the PC games industry
• Attention to detail and a level-headed approach to problem-solving, a clear vision for magazine development
• The ability to manage staff and budgets, and lead a team
• Proven time and project management skills
• Ability to multitask and work well under pressure
• Ability to meet tight deadlines
• Working knowledge of Word, Excel, (In-Design skills are advantageous)

Why can't GamesTM get a good website?

There is already PC Zone, PC Gamer and PC Format on the market in terms of PC gaming magazines, this magazine drops the DVD coverdisc to apparently drop the price, but it seems it s trying to be a PC Gamer/Custom PC Hybrid.

It does not seem advanced, so maybe its for the younger audiences. It doesn't have industry content on an in-depth scale, or the big interviews that the likes of Edge or even GamesTM have. I'm not sure what kind of audience they ate trying to attract - not too techy, but not industry followers, maybe less serious gamers? Its not quite like GamesMaster which caters for a younger(?) audience, yet it has those "disrespectful" "classified" ads at the back... Is this magazine targeting less "hardcore" PC Gamers, perhaps younger less tech savvy gamers, or maybe older less tech savvy gamers - those in to MMO or Retro games?

“I hope all PC games publishers and hardware manufacturers support this new magazine to help to break the current monopoly situation and encourage the competition that has been sorely lacking for many years.”

Editor in Chief, Dave Harfield wrote:
Total PC Gaming is the latest, next generation launch into the PC-gaming magazine market. With increasing PC power and Direct X10 technology offering previously unseen levels of performance, Total PC Gaming is the next-generation PC games title for the next generation of PC gamers. The site also provides an exciting route for readers to access the Total PC Gaming forum, which provides a platform for reader feedback and an opportunity to speak directly to the magazine team.

Why was there no  recent competition? Is the market for PC Gaming magazines already saturated? Are, with big CMS and Gaming News sites, magazines readerships declining anyway? Having said that, is this something else that would say this magazine would attract the older, less tech-savvy PC Gamer, who wouldn't venture on to IGN, Gamespot... or iVirtua Community?

Imagine Publishing was only formed in May 2005, and they took over the likes of iCreate and GamesTM.

What is this "next generation" of PC Gamers, at the same time of covering "old-hat" MMO or, literally "old-hat" Retro how can this claim be satisfied? Does a new version of DirectX need a new magazine?

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Contributed by Editorial Team, Executive Management Team
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Fri Dec 21, 2007 1:22 pm Reply and quote this post
i think its too much of an over crowded market to release yet another gaming magazine especially at a time when the magazine industry isn't doing too well as advertisement revenue is pulling away from magazines/newspaper publications and heading online.

It will probably have a year in it then I wouldn't be surprised if it was shut down.

Contributed by William Tildesley, iVirtua Ultimate Contributor
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