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About kartracer3

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  • Birthday 07/01/1987

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    Super Nintendo

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  1. I had to check the cover listings on here, but it looks like the last regular issue of EGM was Summer 2014, so essentially a full year ago - that's hard to believe. But I suppose they are correct with special issue 004, in that there was also the Winter 2015 Buyers Guide, and the Xbox One/PS4 Buyers Guides.
  2. I wish there would be better communication with the subscribers. Either send a letter or post an update on the website. Just acknowledge that there is a problem getting the magazine published in a timely fashion, the reasons, and what the future plans are for the magazine. Take Retro Magazine (the one that began on Kickstarter) for example, they had some type of problem that delayed publishing of an issue and they sent an email to subscribers warning them of the delay and detailed their plans for the next issue. Good communication is a must.
  3. Just in case anyone is curious I did see the 2015 Winter Buyer's Guide in a Barnes and Noble book store this past week. There are four cover variants and it is labeled as "Winter 2015" on the spine, but is not given a proper issue number on the cover.
  4. Hey Everyone, I wasn't sure if this is the correct location for this topic, but I didn't see it discussed anywhere else on the site. I noticed some stories a few days ago saying that Future was looking to stem its current streak of operating losses (their share price dropped by 68% from Jan to Apr 2014 as a result) by eliminating redundancies within their organization and expediting their transition to digital publishing. As a result the OXM US team has been laid-off or terminated, and as a result subscribers will be receiving the OXM UK magazine. At least, it said a magazine published by the OXM UK team, I'd assume it's the same issue. Here are some sources that I've found: A retrospective by IGN_Ryan (McCaffrey): http://www.ign.com/blogs/ign_ryan/2014/04/25/thanks-for-everything-official-xbox-magazine Business-themed article by GamesIndustry International: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2014-03-28-future-publishing-cuts-us-staff-by-a-third Discussion at NeoGAF: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=808156 OXM US twitter account, with some recent tweets adding clarification: https://twitter.com/OXM
  5. I received my issue today, although I didn't get to read through it completely, I thought it was interesting that they now hand out the "game of the issue" award in the review section, so at least they acknowledge the non-monthly format. The content of the issue is very solid (if a little light, considering the quarterly schedule) and I like the features that they have created - they've had some memorable top 20 lists, interviews, and op-eds lately. One thing I miss about the old mag is the upcoming release calendar, but that might be difficult to to with their quarterly schedule. I wonder if they won't be publishing their GOTY awards from 2013, even though it was already online so I guess it would be a little redundant.
  6. When I called in to renew my subscription earlier last month the representative insisted they were sticking to a bi-monthly publishing schedule, I don't know how much weight to put in that though. I wonder what is prohibiting them from keeping a monthly or bi-monthly publishig schedule? Do they not have enough staff to support the magazine and the website? Do they not earn enough ad and subscriber revenue to make a profit on each issue? Are the circulation numbers that poor? The Nintendo Force kickstarter idea is really interesting, but I haven't kept up with it, does it seem like it's going to pan out successfully?