Can’t find the email for tech support or even The Oracle but finally getting around to checking out this cover disc! Nice work! I think as a new and upcoming magazine in the Australian market you’ll go far! Also, trying to get a game of Command & Conquer happening to try out these swell tactics - but when I wave my Null Modem cable at people they run away from me...
Any word on if there is any IPX LAN parties happening? Seems like a pretty cool game!
Laters! Matthew Schmidt
Damn dude, that’s a blast from the past.
Back in the day the disk was an entirely different beast from what it is now. Hell, the industry as a whole was a totally different beast. When the magazine first started, the disk had its own staff dedicated to not only compiling the disk (something that actually required some serious skill back in the day) but to contact developers and publishers to get demos and free games either through advertising contra or other means. This was in the days before digital distribution and broadband (even the joke network we call broadband) so the CD was the only way for people to get their fix of new games and demos.
Flash forward to now and everything is digital, and what’s more, it has become centralised, with only a few digital distribution networks. As a result, since the birth of Steam, the disk has changed and the staffing with it. Our full time disk editor fell by the wayside soon after Steam found its feet – it was easier for developers and publishers to distribute content via a centralised service that host the material themselves.
The launch of cable internet and ADSL also charted the course of where the disk would eventually go. As downloads became faster and limits became more generous, the need for the disk moved from “here is the latest” to “here is a curated list of games you might dig”. Without parting the kimono too much, over the years there have been many conversations about potentially removing the disk from the magazine, and even a few experiments. For a few years we published two versions of the magazine – one with a disk and one with a lower coverprice and no disk, but after a while it became obvious that the vast majority of people purchased the version with the disk. About 18 months ago we phased out the disk free version of the magazine, so the disk is here to stay.
Of course, that brings with it some problems. We can no longer sell the magazine on shelves in New Zealand because of the disk. NZ law requires that every game or media disk be rated, and for that to happen it needs to be submitted to the ratings board in advance. Due to publishing schedules that simply isn’t possible. We can still send the mag to subscribers, but the days of being in NZ newsagents are over.
And we’ll let you know if there are any IPX LAN parties on the horizon. We could go a couple of rounds of Day of Defeat or Descent.
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