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Bar Harbor
PC Gamer Magazine DeathWatch starting now. Latest issue is distressingly thin. Masthead has noticeably fewer names on it. They've dropped all their columnists. Two of their big features this month are non-content fluff: "What MMOs are out there besides WoW" and "49 Top Developers". A whole lot of content with no bylines, or bylined by in-house editors. None of this is necessarily catastrophic in the short term, but it all indicates declining revenues and declining quality, which to me spells death spiral. Wouldn't surprise me at all if they're gone by this time next year. They outlasted all the other PC game print periodicals, but the clock is ticking on that entire medium.

In more amusing news, the Onion has some excellent video reportage on the topic Are Violent Video Games Adequately Preparing Children For The Apocalypse?.

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On related notes:

Yesterday I saw a cause awareness ribbon magnet on a car for computer gamers. I was much amused. I wonder if it's just for silly, or they feel somehow marginalized? http://www.bewild.com/supportgamers.html shows the image.

Related to your second paragraph, I followed some links this morning to a forum where people were whining that they want the Rapture to happen Right Away, What Are You Waiting For, Jesus!? and so on. It was on the site "Rapture Ready" which sounds like some kind of microwave meal slogan.

"I wonder if it's just for silly, or they feel somehow marginalized?"

I don't know their specific motivation; either is plausible.

Video games (like comic books) are still seen by the (older) public as primarily a children's medium, and therefore are useful fodder for politicians looking for some "Won't someone think of the *children*!" mojo. See http://www.videogamevoters.org/ for a definitely serious take on the issue.

I wonder if it'd be possible to spread the meme that the Rapture was last Tuesday, and nobody qualified.

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