of gamesmaster and gold rush

09/19/06 at 3:57 pm | Posted in Gaming, INQUIRER.net, Tech | 5 Comments

Here’s an excerpt from my INQ7 Infotech @Play column piece this week:

Ed’s last Editor’s Note best sums it all up, and while it’s a poignant farewell, the last issue is also a celebration of everything that made GM great. The irony is that GM was becoming better and better in what would turn out to be its final few months. It was firing on all cylinders, spurred on perhaps by the entry of a competitor in the form of Hinge Inquirer Publication’s GAME! magazine (Hinge Inquirer Publications is a sister company to INQ7.net-ed).

The Philippine gaming industry has certainly seen its share of ups and downs, from the online gaming boom that resembled the dotcom rush of yesteryears, to what many now see as a time for consolidation and new business models.

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  1. Hi there! Found your blog through a link on Dean’s blog. 🙂 Am just curious — if it “wasn’t a problem of readership or market reach,” and “GM was becoming better and better,” um… why did they close it down?

  2. hi luis! thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

    as i understand it, they had great circulation figures but weren’t getting enough advertising revenue to make up for the costly licensing fee. so summit decided not to renew the license from future publishing (the company behind gamesmaster uk).


  3. Hi Joey. It’s been a while since I visited your site. 🙂 Too bad about GamesMaster. I have a certain fondness for the magazine, aside from it being my main source of updates on the local game scene. A few years back I got picked for the letter of the month and won Filbars GCs. I met Ed, and envy that guy’s job. 🙂 Now I have to find some other means to work for a gaming mag. I’m not quite cut out for fashion mags hehe.

  4. hi kat, great to hear from you again! yup, it’s too bad about gamesmaster, and ed’s a great guy.


  5. GM’s greatest achievement was that it legitimized the occupation of “game journalist.”


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