I know C+VG has for a long time been the butt of many a joke here at EG Towers. Now that it looks certain to disapear into the Future vortex, how do you feel about it not being around any more?|
Personally, C+VG was my first ever Gaming Magazine. As a kid growing up in sleepy Port Isaac in deepest darkest Cornwall it was the only (yes I mean only) chance to see what was going on in the then pretty inaccessible world of Computer Gaming (no Internet).
I used to count the days until the release date every month. and the poor Newsagent owner who lived literally next door to me must have had the patience of a Saint to put up with the constant harrassment.
The magazine back then was respected and a genuinely good read, it was one of the first magazines to breed the bizarre 'Minor Celeb Video Game Journo' - the likes of Julian 'Jazz' Rignall being a prime example.
Ahhh, the days of drooling over Xenon on the Amiga and gawping over the Arcade Action section - yearning for his next visit to the nearest arcade.
It was also one of the first mags in my memory to fool me (no less than twice) with their imaginative April fool articles. Anyone else stung by the Brainstick?
It introduced me to gaming, it taught me the lingo, and cemented my fate as a financial slave to Japanese plastic boxes for ever more.
But then the competition got fierce, the magazine became more and more 'tabloid' in style and Journos left to startup splinter publications such as the excellent Mean Machines and ACE magazine.
And despite the fact that I haven't gone near buying, I feel more than a twinge of sadness now that it may actually be no more. A genuine icon from my gaming past is no more.
What do those others of 'a certain age' feel about it?
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