This post is less about Xbox, and more about an observation that I’ve had recently. I subscribe to 2 gaming magazines: The Official Xbox Magazine, and Gameinformer (It’s kinda just packaged in with a Gamestop membership, but whatever). Just a couple months ago, OXM has started putting their magazine up for digital download via newsstand (Apple’s magazine store), and Gameinformer has begun to as well. I was happy because I had another reason to use my iPad, but also kind of sad, because it shows that print isn’t doing so well. After all, we can get newspapers, magazines, and whole books online now. We don’t have to wait for any of them to ship to our house, and because of this, many of the distribution companies are having a huge impact on profits. I loved getting the physical magazines because I could pile them up and see all of the stuff I had read, but I, along with a lot of other people, gave into temptation and subscribed digitally. I fear, like the music industry, the print industry will go almost completely digital in the near future.
I do, however, see some of the benefits to this. A lot more people have access to digital content now. Because of this, they don’t have to be weighed down by large books, as well as wait for things to come in the mail. This could actually positively affect the market because it’s now much easier for people to get their information, and so they might feel more inclined to subscribe to a digital magazine. Now I know this isn’t very Xbox related, but I do have a recommendation for everyone. I recommend going online and subscribing to Gameinformer or OXM. It’s incredibly cheap, and you don’t have to wait for it to get shipped to you anymore. This is a great way to get a taste for what the magazines are like, and if you end up hating them, there’s no trash to throw away! I think that these magazines (More OXM than Gameinformer though) are great tools for any Xbox user (The OXM podcast as well), and I would highly recommend them to anyone and everyone.