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Ramandus

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What do you think of it?

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the_shpydar

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I like it for the most part. It does tend to be geared towards 360/PS3, but doesn't usually randomly bash Nintendo like other publications. Their reviews tend to be pretty good, and they tend to have cool exclusive in-depth previews and such.

I can't understand though why they won't devote more than 1 page (actually much less, considering picture boxes) to downloadable games. Seriously, between all the releases on WiiWare, VC, XBLA and PSN, one page? And it seems to be rare that they actually review downloadable games at all. I know magazine real estate is limited, but come on.

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JayArr

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I think it's horrible myself....but maybe that's just me.

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Devil_Hunter_Dante

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I have had it for nearly 4 years. Its nearly half as thick as it used to be. I do not plan on renewing as it is I mainly rely on websites for my reviews and they mainly concentrate on PS3 and 360 which I do not own. I do not need Gamestops's EDGE Card or GI subscription as I no longer shop at the local Gamestop which is also the parent company of GI.

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WanderFan91

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I used to back in 2003 and 2004. I still have my issues with me.
Decent magazine, though. That's when I learned that Aladdin (SNES) was being ported to the Game Boy Advance, seeing as when I was little I had played the NES Hack version on the PowerJoy. Anyway, imagine my immediate reaction when I found out Aladdin originally came on the Super NES, and not the NES, upon playing it at my mom's friend's house during Hurricane Rita. :)

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Dicesukeinuzuka

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I get it, but lately since I have this site and the rest of the internet, I haven't really needed it besides for reviews :|

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Kid_A

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I do as of yesterday. It came free when I get my Edge card for Gamestop.
I used to get it for about two years, and then I stopped because I found their Wii-bashing a bit too obnoxious, and their Nintendo coverage was minimal (I only own a Wii and a DS so that was a bit inconvenient). Seems to have gotten a bit better since I last cancelled my subscription. Gamestop gave me this month and last month's issues, and while they still seem to cover a LOT of FPS and post-apocolyptic games, they have some really well written editorials.

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JonWahlgren

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the+shpydar wrote:

It does tend to be geared towards 360/PS3, but doesn't usually randomly bash Nintendo like other publications.

I've found Game Informer to be pretty Wii-bashing from time to time actually, but it's to be expected I suppose.

Regardless, I've always thought of GameInformer as being pretty crap. I get it because it came with my Edge card, but otherwise I probably wouldn't give it the time of day.

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the_shpydar

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I guess i have a different standard when it comes to Nintendo/Wii bashing. Compared to other publications (or some sites), i've generally found while the Nintendo coverage overall in GI is far less, and their Wii review scores tend to skew lower than other reviewers, they tend to reserve actual criticism of the Wii (ajnd its games) to valid points. But it is a "hardcore gamer" mag (ugh, i just threw up in my mouth a little as i typed that despised term), so i expect the occasional snarky comment about waggle or whatever.

Magazine-wise i tend to stick to Nintendo Power for Ninty coverage (even if they do praise them a bit more than deserved sometimes).

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I have been a subber since 2001, but stopped liking the magazine back in 2008. This month will probably be the last time I resubscribe, which I mostly do for the EDGE card. Why buy a magazine that never does stories about Wii/DS games, only reviews and announcements that are far slower than the internet, including our good old NL?

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fudgenuts

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I get it. I have been getting it since Christmas 2008. I'm mad because my dog ripped my April 2008 issue before I got to read it :(

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UNC5052

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Ehh it's alright. I only get it for the edge card. But Nintendo Power is way better.

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astarisborn94

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It's a very good magazine, but it does seem to be bias towards Nintendo. That is why I am not subscribing again.

Meh, if I need my Nintendo games information on magazine, I'll get Nintendo Power next time.

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Kid_A

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the+shpydar wrote:

I guess i have a different standard when it comes to Nintendo/Wii bashing. Compared to other publications (or some sites), i've generally found while the Nintendo coverage overall in GI is far less, and their Wii review scores tend to skew lower than other reviewers, they tend to reserve actual criticism of the Wii (ajnd its games) to valid points. But it is a "hardcore gamer" mag (ugh, i just threw up in my mouth a little as i typed that despised term), so i expect the occasional snarky comment about waggle or whatever.

Magazine-wise i tend to stick to Nintendo Power for Ninty coverage (even if they do praise them a bit more than deserved sometimes).

My thoughts exactly. (and whoever coined the term "hardcore gamer" deserves a swift kick in the pants)

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Ricardo91

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Eww, Game Informer. I think a few people know already that I absolutely despise this magazine, at least recently. In fact, I was just about to switch my subscription to EGM earlier this year, but unfortunately, the magazine became defunct right when I was about to do so, so I was forced to subscribe to this waste of trees once again. However, once my current subscription expires, I will never, ever, ever ever ever NEVER subscribe to it again. Why? Let me explain:

I started subscribing to it in 2004, when it was given to me free at Gamestop. Initially the magazine was OK, but not exceptional or anything. There were a few things I really liked about the magazine (like the Retro Reviews, the Gamestop deals, Game Infarcer, and Mod World), so I've been subscribing to it for the past 5 years. I also like how, unlike most gaming magazines, GI is written with an intelligent, professional attitude (as opposed to EGM's moronic, Robocop-loving frat-boy attitude) However, it's flaws, such as the late, crappy coverage, the poorly-written, biased reviews, bias against Nintendo, lame sense of humor (obscure references are hilarious!... Not.), and abundance of pointless articles (WHAT'S WITH ALL THE GODDAMN POLLS LATELY!?!?) have really started to get to me, and two of my favorite members of the mag (Lisa and Jeremy) quit ages ago and were replaced by two idiotic bums they found on the street (Ben and Bertz. Ugh!). Even worse, they've recently gotten rid of the Retro Reviews, one of my favorite parts of the magazine, for no apparent reason. Worst still, they're supposed to remodel soon. Bad things happen when a gaming magazine remodels, so essentially a bad magazine will get even worse. Great.

Generally, EGM seemed to offer more detailed, timely coverage of games, and more favorable reviews. It's really too bad they went defunct. They've shaped the industry far more drastically than GI ever did, and I really wish they'd come back. But given the decline of gaming mag readership and the rise of the internet, it doesn't seem likely. :(

I apologize for the giant wall of text I just wrote, but it's just my 2 cents.

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Chrono_Cross

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@Ricardo91
You just took the words right out of my mouth.

You forgot the fact that they all are 360/Halo fanboys and for example they gave the worst Halo so far(so Halo fanboys call it), a 9.25/10.
...well the only t hing I really about GI's magazine is their scoring system. Going up by .25s is genius rather than 1s or .1s :D

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astarisborn94

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@Ricardo91: My suggestion is to subscribe to Nintendo Power. Then you'll get decent Nintendo coverage.

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Mabbit

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I used to, but i soon realized that GI was on a hellbent path to deface nintendo and pretend they like them.

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