Kind of surprised to see there’s not already a thread about this here, since I know SRK is home to many fans of the magazine.
So yeah, if you haven’t heard yet, GameFan is coming back. Well, actually, it’s going to be a double-sided mag: GameFan/MovieFan. Rob Duenas (Art Director), has said that the first issue is done, printed, and shipping to retailers as of last week. He also shared some art from the premiere issue:
Personally I have mixed feelings about it. Back in the day, GameFan was my favorite gaming publication hands down. Its staff almost single-handedly shaped my taste in videogames, which, for the most part, still holds true for me today. I even followed Play off and on for a while since it was pretty much the same team, though I never seemed to enjoy it as much as I did GameFan. And for those of you who aren’t aware, Play recently went under and Fushion went bankrupt, leaving a lot of the staff unpaid and, as some would put it, screwed over once again by the Dave. Then out of nowhere, Dave Halverson (Original founder of GameFan & Play) announces that he’s bringing GameFan back. Normally I try to avoid the behind-the-scenes drama in things like this; it kind of ruins it for me. But to be honest, it really sucks that these videogame journalists I’ve followed for so long have been dealt a bad hand. Admittedly, though, another part of me is like, “Wow, fucking GameFan is coming back”.
There’s a recent interview on BitMob with Halverson here. He talks a bit about what happened with Play and some on the new GameFan.
So how do you feel about it, SRK? I think I’m going to pick up the first issue and see how I like it. It may not be the same GameFan without all the old staff, but then again if it’s even half as good as the old mag, well, that’s better than most of the crap we get in print nowadays. Either way I’m interested in seeing how this turns out.