Posted March 29 2003 - 02:34 AM
| One of the things I prefer about XBN is its far more professional design. |
Not being sarcastic here, but isn't XBN the magazine with a typo in every other sentence? Or have they improved their copy editing since then? I stopped reading after the first few issues.
I couldn't agree more with everyone's comments about "humorous" writing. It works for me when doled out sparingly in Car and Driver, but in gaming mags -- not so much.
I stopped reading gaming mags regularly, particularly OXM, when they seemed to decide that content is the enemy. Okay, they can't put out timely reviews because of the nature of the web.
So why not put out a magazine with other content in it? I don't need a 250 word review of a game that came out a month ago padded with old screenshots and Robot Monkey Apocalypse sidebars.
I'd like to see a big article on Ghost Recon, discussing the relative merits of the different weapons, maps and gametypes. Or an article detailing the "sim" and "arcade" aspects of, say, MotoGP, and where the different trade-offs change the game.
How about an article about custom soundtracks? We know that some games -- like racing games and games like Unreal Championship -- can benefit from custom soundtracks. So why not interview someone at MS explaining how easy it is to implement and then talking to the developers. Did the Unreal folks not do it because it's actually difficult or time-consuming? Put them on the record.
And to digress even further from the thread topic: OXM's habit of referring to Dolby Digital 5.1 as "5:1" is irritating.