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I'm very worried about the future of Retro Gamer Magazine :(

Post by yethboth » Fri Jul 18, 2008 11:55 am

Taken from the Economic Downturn thread from what Craig Grannel had said:

The games industry itself won't change a great deal unless the upcoming recession is a really bad one. The niche magazine market (which in terms of circulation even includes the likes of Edge) is more at threat, though, because magazines are one of the first things people stop buying during an economic downturn.

Does this mean that the future of Retro Gamer Magazine is at serious risk?

I hope not! :(
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Post by neuromancer » Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:12 pm

I'm worried about a great amny things given the current economic climate. I'd be upset to see the end of RG if it happens, but more upset if I don't have a job with £1000+ gas bills on the way (according to today's predictably downbeat news)

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Post by CraigGrannell » Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:32 pm

Uh, so that's taking what I said somewhat out of context, to say the least. To clarify, I don't think Retro Gamer's under any imminent threat of closure. My point was merely that the magazine market tends to get thumped during a severe recession, and so if the upcoming inevitable recession turns out to be very harsh indeed, Retro Gamer might find survival difficult.

That said, Retro Gamer has far more original editorial than most magazines, and so I'd hope readers would still consider it money well spent, even under tougher economic conditions.
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Post by yethboth » Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:54 pm

CraigGrannell wrote:Uh, so that's taking what I said somewhat out of context, to say the least. To clarify, I don't think Retro Gamer's under any imminent threat of closure. My point was merely that the magazine market tends to get thumped during a severe recession, and so if the upcoming inevitable recession turns out to be very harsh indeed, Retro Gamer might find survival difficult.

That said, Retro Gamer has far more original editorial than most magazines, and so I'd hope readers would still consider it money well spent, even under tougher economic conditions.

Will we still be getting the same excellent quality and quantity as what we have been getting recently?

Also, If for some strange and horrible reason that Retro Gamer Magazine does close down, will the Retro Gamer Forum still be up and running or will that be closed down as well? I hope not! :(

It would be a shame and devastating if either the Magazine or Forum did close down as we have put as much enthusiasm in both as our brains could possibly handle. :(

What does everyone else think of this?

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Post by FatTrucker » Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:01 pm

CraigGrannell wrote:Uh, so that's taking what I said somewhat out of context, to say the least. To clarify, I don't think Retro Gamer's under any imminent threat of closure. My point was merely that the magazine market tends to get thumped during a severe recession, and so if the upcoming inevitable recession turns out to be very harsh indeed, Retro Gamer might find survival difficult.

That said, Retro Gamer has far more original editorial than most magazines, and so I'd hope readers would still consider it money well spent, even under tougher economic conditions.
I'm not sure I can articulate this very well, but the other thing RG has going for it is that its actually very niche.

Its readers will mainly be people who actively seek it out and buy it every month and so I wouldn't imagine a large part of its sales come from impulse buyers or browsers, rather dedicated retro gamers. This also means its readers are more likely to be in their late twenties onwards, and are likely to have a more comfortable income.

With mags like Edge and Gtm etc I would imagine they have a hardcore faithful the same as RG does but I imagine they would see a far more significant hit from the loss of impulse buyers than RG would.
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Post by thl » Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:46 pm

yethboth wrote:
CraigGrannell wrote:Uh, so that's taking what I said somewhat out of context, to say the least. To clarify, I don't think Retro Gamer's under any imminent threat of closure. My point was merely that the magazine market tends to get thumped during a severe recession, and so if the upcoming inevitable recession turns out to be very harsh indeed, Retro Gamer might find survival difficult.

That said, Retro Gamer has far more original editorial than most magazines, and so I'd hope readers would still consider it money well spent, even under tougher economic conditions.

Will we still be getting the same excellent quality and quantity as what we have been getting recently?

Also, If for some strange and horrible reason that Retro Gamer Magazine does close down, will the Retro Gamer Forum still be up and running or will that be closed down as well? I hope not! :(

It would be a shame and devastating if either the Magazine or Forum did close down as we have put as much enthusiasm in both as our brains could possibly handle. :(

What does everyone else think of this?

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Post by SirClive » Fri Jul 18, 2008 2:19 pm

Why are we even worrying about it? Enjoy it while its here (which is hopefully the next 10+ years) and worry about the big stuff in your life.
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Post by CraigGrannell » Fri Jul 18, 2008 2:35 pm

yethboth wrote:Will we still be getting the same excellent quality and quantity as what we have been getting recently?
Dude, nothing is happening to Retro Gamer. I was talking about the a hypothetical situation that might happen in the event of a possible economic meltdown.
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Post by oldtimer » Fri Jul 18, 2008 3:04 pm

Long live retrogamers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post by FatTrucker » Fri Jul 18, 2008 3:14 pm

SirClive wrote:Why are we even worrying about it? Enjoy it while its here (which is hopefully the next 10+ years) and worry about the big stuff in your life.
Well my cocks fine so that just leaves RG and the mortgage. :D
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Post by Dunjohn » Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:21 pm

CraigGrannell wrote:
yethboth wrote:Will we still be getting the same excellent quality and quantity as what we have been getting recently?
Dude, nothing is happening to Retro Gamer. I was talking about the a hypothetical situation that might happen in the event of a possible economic meltdown.
You heard Craig! We're ****ed! We're absolutely positively 100% shagged!

Well, it won't be my fault. I'll still get it. And, since I buy it off the shelf instead of subscribing and having it sent to my address, I'll still be able to get it when the bank repossesses my house.

On a slightly more serious note, I hope to God Heat magazine counts as extremely niche.
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Post by Oh not again! » Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:32 pm

CraigGrannell wrote:
yethboth wrote:Will we still be getting the same excellent quality and quantity as what we have been getting recently?
Dude, nothing is happening to Retro Gamer. I was talking about the a hypothetical situation that might happen in the event of a possible economic meltdown.
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Post by Fred83 » Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:27 pm

i think rg will do fine.There's always been old games and new games been released and,retro gamer among the other comp mags will be there to review them!
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Post by MC1 » Sat Jul 19, 2008 5:49 am

FatTrucker wrote:
SirClive wrote:Why are we even worrying about it? Enjoy it while its here (which is hopefully the next 10+ years) and worry about the big stuff in your life.
Well my cocks fine so that just leaves RG and the mortgage. :D
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Post by Quaid » Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:02 am

Actually guys in my experience specialist magazines actually do well in a recession, because people retreat to their hobbies and the magazines they trust and enjoy. Subscribing of course makes it an even cheaper pleasure

During the last 2 blips, computing magazines sales have been robust, so there's no danger of RG going anywhere during this one.
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