People have already stated that the issue has less content to keep them ocupied until next months, I was just pointing out some of the reasons why this maybe the case, not detailing the stuff which people don't seem to have a problem with like yourself.
That's fair enough. What I disagreed with was your point that the issue is "just full of rubbish that has nothing to do with Video Games". I was trying to point out that I don't think this is the case, based on page count. I guess when you list everything you hate about an issue (which is fine when you do so constructively, as in this thread), it might be good to balance it with stuff you think works, and tell us why.
Also, some of your examples probably need some feedback from a publishing standpoint, which may explain their inclusion:
1 page for a binder advert (why so much, whats wrong with half/quarter page?):
Advertising pages are pretty much always defined on an equal basis per issue. Pages unsold are usually used for house advertising. Remove this advert and there would be no budget for what to replace it with.
1 page for the RG DVD (could have been another half page advert):
1 page with a screen shot of SimFarm and quote from the article..? don't you think thats a bit much?
: Personally, no, because Retro Gamer is a magazine, not a novel. All magazines use a lot of imagery within articles (often as leading pages), and Retro Gamer is no exception. In the case of videogames, I think it's good to have decent imagery at a good size. (Remember that people not so long ago were moaning that many of the ads were too small!) Again, from a budgetary standpoint, you wouldn't be getting more text if these kinds of images were removedâ€”just fewer pages.
6 more wasted pages in the bargin hunt section:
Standing copy is a fact of life in the magazine trade, especially when it comes to niche publications. Remove Bargain Hunt and it wouldn't be replaced, which would drop the page count, in turn reducing advertising rates, and therefore leading to a smaller per-page budget for the resulting magazine. I agree that it needs updating, however, and Darran's said this is on the to-do list.