You mean the Banana Monthly?CraigGrannell wrote:—like the anti-Edge.
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Dunno. The point about K!K!G is that it's not trying to be something else anyway—it's for the many people hacked off at how shit current games mags are, and how little they care about gaming and the readers.Iain wrote:What's the market like for multiformat mags, since C&VG closed because of the reduction of it (so they said anyway)?
My point being that the news/previews/reviews thing has had its day. News can be found online. Previews are all just gushing "we love you" bollocks that mags do to make their advertising departments happy. And as for reviews, these days most of them are shite, not actually telling you a damn thing. That's not to say K!K!G isn't slated to include all of these things—it's just that they won't be the entire backbone of the magazine, and the weight will be more towards other stuff that you simply cannot get anywhere else. Plus the writers will actually have sense of humour, which already places the mag above Edge on the readability scale.Reviews have had their day though? Hard to fill up the mag with just features won't it?
Reviews had their day!? I don't believe so.Iain wrote: Reviews have had their day though? Hard to fill up the mag with just features won't it?
Cool!CraigGrannell wrote:Well, one of K!K!G's other main attributes is that it won't be up its own arse, so that deals with your main worry there, Rob.
Oh yes!Mr.Zzapback wrote:Looking for an DTP assistant?
Nope—a totally different Andy entirely. As for writers, I guess it depends on how well issue 0 goes (there's already content for that, apparently, and it's a "proof of concept" thing anyway at the moment).Mayhem wrote:Still, you never know... I might be interested. In reading and writing. If they'd have me. I presume this is Andy "Sickboy" Lowe here?
Oh dear, I have to watch out then.CraigGrannell wrote:Oh yes!Mr.Zzapback wrote:Looking for a DTP assistant?
What a cheeky chappy Chris is!You originally worked on other magazines previous to AA: Personal Computer Games and Zzap!64. Can you tell us a bit more about your time before AA?
Yup... Personal Computer Games was the first magazine I worked on. I had been bitten hard by the computer bug, and kind of bluffed my way into the editor’s chair. I really had no clue how magazines were put together, but unlike some of the other journalists in the field at the time, at least I was passionate about the content. I hired Bob 9 months into it mainly on account of his own absolute games obsession. Being smart and hardworking helped too. But after a year of commuting to London from Somerton (yup, a more than two hours each way journey), I was zonked, and when I heard about the planned launch of a Commodore 64 magazine by Newsfield, started talking with them about being editor.
Crash had been a big hit, and I thought it would be a lot more fun to work on a single-format magazine. They liked some of the crazy ideas I was throwing out, and so we struck a deal whereby the editorial office of Zzap would be launched near Somerton. (The last thing I wanted was another long commute to Ludlow). Soon after I announced I was leaving, VNU closed PCG... which meant the delightful Bob Wade could come join too. We found a funny little office in Yeovil and then hired a small team and dreamt up the launch of Zzap, which was greeted with huge enthusiasm.
Events took a very unexpected turn when, just three months later, the company decided it would move the office to Ludlow. This of course had nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that the owners enjoyed the company of teenage boys, and that I had hired some handsome devils, who they just needed to see a little more of. I protested at the betrayal, and happily... they fired me! The situation had become so unpleasant, actually, that I was exhilarated at being sacked and sang the whole way back down the motorway.
This kind of thing he also told me (suggesting a bit more IIRC) when I asked his cooperation for the DEF Tribute. I decided to keep it out of the mag and turned it into a "to be continued at page 202" kind of thing, y'know.This of course had nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that the owners enjoyed the company of teenage boys, and that I had hired some handsome devils, who they just needed to see a little more of.