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PlayStation The Official Magazine Closing

GameInformer- Future US confirmed today it will end production of PlayStation: The Official Magazine with the last issue slated for the Holiday 2012 issue. (Industry)

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thorstein  +   1192d ago | Funny
WTF! First Nintendo Power and Now PTOM. I actually like print, so I can read it while I pinch a loaf.
JoGam  +   1192d ago
Digital baby. That's why so many people cellphones have so many germs on them.
thorstein  +   1192d ago
Of course I have a cell and a nice comp setup, but I don't need to be plugged in all the time. Besides reading a print article can be much better as the latest Game Informer spent tons of space on in depth coverage of games something that isn't always translated to digital.

Oh, and I have good personal hygiene so I don't use my phone or tablet whilst I squeeze one out.
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jony_dols   1192d ago | Trolling | show
ikkokucrisis  +   1192d ago
That's fine, this mag had a really crappy editor anyways (in the closet Xbox fanboy).

I blame this mag's downfall all on him.
SilentNegotiator  +   1192d ago
I don't mind digital if I don't have to be signed in to read it. However, that's usually the case.
knowyourstuff  +   1192d ago
Print is dying, Newsweek is dead, print is going out the window never to return. Trees will thank the internet profusely in a few decades when print is gone and we can finally not feel guilty about not planting any trees ourselves.
SilentNegotiator  +   1192d ago

Meanwhile, burning fuels will destroy our atmosphere and nuclear waste will pile high with no where to safely store it in a world of rapid population growth.
knowyourstuff  +   1192d ago
lol @ the turd in the punchbowl, replying to a comment I never made ^

That's right, I clearly said digital media will completely restore all of our environmental issues. Maybe he should've lived up to his username and just remained silent lmao.
optimus  +   1191d ago
@knowyourstuff...evidently sarcasm is unfamiliar ground to you.
Old McGroin  +   1191d ago
@ SilentNegotiator

That is a highly unsettling statement. True of course, and that's what makes it so unsettling.

On topic, always sad to see another mag turn it's final page, I've always preferred magazines to digital. Reading off a screen for an hour or so tends to burn my retinas!
SilentNegotiator  +   1191d ago

The point is that the trees won't have anyone to thank because we'll be too busy creating more electricity to fuel those electronics. Some environmentalists don't realize that their electric cars don't run on magic.

Anyway, just saying. Sorry if I came off too accusative. But I think we'll need to plant more trees regardless.
knowyourstuff  +   1191d ago
@ Optimus
Evidently intelligence is unfamiliar ground to you, as he clearly stated in his third point it wasn't sarcasm.

@ Should've-stayed-silent
Destroying trees is going to have a way worse affect on our atmosphere than me talking on my cell phone or using my laptop to read rather than print media. The future I was projecting was one without any print whatsoever, completely digital, thus no more trees to destroy.
HappyGaming  +   1191d ago
@SilentNegotiator you have no argument I am sure online distribution is a lot more environmentally friendly then cutting down trees transporting them and chopping them and grinding them and printing on them then polishing them and posting them to every single newsagent around the country and then collecting them from bins in trucks that start and stop every 5 meters and then burying or recycling them all of which is done with petrol and electricity from non renewable resources. Not to mention all the people that have to breath in and out during the labour hours which creates carbon dioxide!

Uploading a magazine and sending a few hundred gigabytes over the net and then running some processors to play them back is a lot more efficient.

Edit: And on top I see you are complaining about having to log in to view the material, I am sure it is easier then going to a store to buy it :P Excluding the fact you only have to type it once and let your browser remember it.
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optimus  +   1191d ago
@knowyourstuff... Evidently math is unfamiliar ground to you as well. look at the time stamp, Einstein... (and he dares to go by "knowyourstuff", oh the irony.)
SilentNegotiator  +   1191d ago

I really don't know why you take such offense. I even apologized on the off-chance that my first comment was too accusative. But pollution creates bad conditions for plant life. Trees are renewable. They may grow slowly, but with proper planning and rotation, we could save a lot of pollution by going the paper route for certain types of reads (books, magazines, etc; but probably not with daily news) than by relying on using electronics for all of our reading. Now, instead of mocking a username that is ALREADY purposely ironic, why don't you have a reasonable discussion?

"And on top I see you are complaining about having to log in to view the material, I am sure it is easier then going to a store to buy it :P Excluding the fact you only have to type it once and let your browser remember it"
No, the difficult part is when you're not somewhere with wifi and you can't read it at ALL.
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chukamachine  +   1192d ago
pinch it while reading it on a mobile etc:)
Nimblest-Assassin  +   1192d ago
Saw this comment... I have no words
"Wow, first Nintendo Power shuts down, now this? One more idea that Sony stole from Nintendo I guess, lol. Where will people get their super biased information about consoles and their games now?"

Even though future owns both PTOM and nintendo power... my guess is xbox magazine will be discontinued soon as well

Meaning GI will be running a monopoly on magazines...
LOGICWINS  +   1192d ago
Good riddance. I gt more up to date gaming info surfing N4G for two minutes than reading PTOM.
FunAndGun  +   1192d ago
I agree, If they wanted to stay relevant they should have had more exclusive news, information, and screenshots.

The issue that featured GoW: Ascension had no new information or screenshots that we haven't seen online already.

whats the point.
DeadlyFire  +   1192d ago
Internet has become the bleeding edge.

There is no way a magazine can come close to that anymore.
ShinMaster  +   1192d ago
N4G never provided me with cool posters.
Phoenix_GenmaKen  +   1192d ago
who needs magazine when u have the internet ?
truth hurts but thats the reason

more will close,this is just the start.
everything will be digital

books will disapear too...its a matter of time.
UnwanteDreamz  +   1192d ago
I hope I never see the day.

Only an idiot would see books disappearing as good. Hey Nostradumass guess what else wont be around forever? Internet, affordable food, affordable power. Peak Oil and overpopulation will have their day.
dredgewalker  +   1192d ago
Books will not disappear because unlike most magazines they store more relevant information that provides easier access and does not need power in order to be read. Books can last hundreds of years while I don't know if electronic data will be able to survive that long considering the lifespan of most devices like hard drives :) Please educate yourself better before spewing off more nonsense.
dasbeer88  +   1191d ago
KwietStorm  +   1192d ago
Pinch a loaf. What exactly does that mean?
thorstein  +   1192d ago
Lulz.... when you are sitting on the toilet and need to "drop the kids at the pool."
GamerElite  +   1192d ago
As it says...Pinch a loaf WHILE YOU READ. In the bathroom taking care of business
taquito  +   1192d ago
taking the browns to the super bowl
Psycho_Mantis  +   1192d ago
Dropping your load in the ocean.
PS-ADDICT  +   1192d ago
Expelling Your Excremental Feces. Taking a Sh!T ,Doing Your Duty, Smearing Skid Marks, Chocolate Mud Babies, Dirty Sanchez, RockyRoad Highway, Dump, PooPing, Violent Extreme Diarriah, SplatterHouse, Anal Leakage ,Paying the Hooker, Feeding The Fishes, Rolling Stones
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LostDjinn  +   1192d ago
Maybe he's English and into stealing bread?
Who knows?
Sarcasm  +   1192d ago
It's when you think a piece of bread is cute and you pinch it. Dur.
Nodoze  +   1191d ago
It's the test you perform at the supermarket to ascertain the freshness of said bread.

By pinching the whole loaf you are easily able to determine the moisture content. This in turn provides information on the applicable 'freshness factor' of said food product.

Dms2012  +   1192d ago
lol way to class up the place.
Gamer1982  +   1192d ago
Its because of the price. People used to buy this magazine at there extortionate price because it had the latest ps1 and ps2 demos on the front over. Nowadays there is a dvd disc YES DVD! with videos of the latest games. No playable demos any more and nothing worthwhile putting on the disc really that you cannot find on youtube. Yet they still charged the same price for the magazine. Of course people stopped buying it.
GTRrocker666  +   1192d ago
Oddly enough, I am pinching a loaf right now... I love my Kindle Fire

True story
ArabianKnight01  +   1192d ago
PS-ADDICT  +   1192d ago
Tried to Pinch a Loaf at Von's when no one was looking to see if it was soft, oh it was... also squeezed the melons, and scratched the eggs, kicked the "fruit" it was a glorious day, it twaz
Nodoze  +   1191d ago
Monstar  +   1192d ago
yeah we'll just cut MORE trees for your personal amusement.

Gaming Magazines are pointless in this day and age.
ravinash  +   1192d ago
I like getting them when I'm heading off on a plane or train trip when I might not be able to connect to the internet.
But other than that, I hardly ever buy mags anymore.
badz149  +   1192d ago
it's inevitable
I quite enjoy the mag tbh and the posters are always a welcome addition! I have lots of game posters from the mag and here is where it excels imo.

but in this day and age where internet reign supreme, it's just a matter of time before everybody goes digital. I still think they should go with e-book style magazine and I think many will dig that! the same magazine, but digital, please!
Knight_Crawler  +   1192d ago
WTF pinch a loaf? You must Irish.
jony_dols  +   1192d ago
A Patriots fan, eh? Maybe say that to Tom Brady's face and see where that gets you!
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Old McGroin  +   1191d ago
I'm Irish and I didn't know what pinching a loaf was. Jerk.
showtimefolks  +   1192d ago
i guess this means gameinformer is next?

i like magazines but i guess everything is going digital now
Theangrybogan  +   1192d ago
I pinched a loaf while reading your comment
GuyThatPlaysGames  +   1192d ago
The magazine sucked anyway.
azshorty2003  +   1192d ago
Thats where I keep my stack of mags. With 3 kids, the only private time I get is when I'm in there. I hang out for like 20 mins no matter what.
cannon8800  +   1192d ago
I also enjoy reading my magazines while I drop the kids off at the pool.
yeah0kchief   1192d ago | Spam
Liefx  +   1192d ago
As someone who loves digital, I can respect the preference of print. Separate yourself from the digi world.
Run_bare  +   1192d ago
tee hee, that make me smile, i do the same thing but these days i just use my samsung s3 while doing number 2.
Megaton  +   1191d ago
You shouldn't read while you crap. That's how you get hemorrhoids and anal fissures. Get in and get out.
Totoro17  +   1191d ago
Awww reminds me of when was a kid and came home from school to find my issue of EGM in the mail. I'd be so excited that I'd have to poop...which is what I did whilst reading my fantastic, brand new EGM. Kids of the future will never know that feeling and it makes me sad.
stumpa  +   1191d ago
solution is just read political manifesto's whilst having a poo then when youre done you can wipe your arse with them i'd call that a win, win solution save a fortune on bog roll
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Tapewurm  +   1191d ago
It ended for these official mags when they stopped including the disc for me. I always enjoyed getting the demos, videos, and occasional DLC thrown in and was really looking forward to them doing it on bluray with the new Playstation Mag.....subscribed for the first disc no renewal. And I do like having the print to read occasionally...still get the Game Informer Rag, but it never originally came with a there lol
Trunkz Jr  +   1191d ago
News online is free, it's only going to get worse.
cee773  +   1191d ago
Thanks n4g it's partially your fault lol
TheTwelve  +   1191d ago
LOLOLOL Thorstein you're killing me.

Anyway, another casualty caused by the internet.

On the plus side, more trees kept alive now.

Dlacy13g  +   1192d ago
Print is dying...this will not be the last magazine to go belly up. I suspect all major gaming mags will shift 100% online and ditch the printed page in the coming 2yrs or sooner.
iamnsuperman  +   1192d ago
I am surprised this hasn't happened sooner. It is inevitable really
ALLWRONG  +   1192d ago
"Print is dying" not yet for OXM and Game Informer
Swiggins  +   1192d ago
Considering how much Game Informer pushes it's online alternative, I'd bet money it'll be all digital by this time next year.
SkyGamer  +   1191d ago
Game Informer is going digital. Ask any Gamestop employee. I believe this will be the last year for print Game Informer.
ALLWRONG  +   1191d ago
You guys miss the "not yet" part?
jd666  +   1192d ago
£5.99 for stuff u can read online for free and old game demos! I stopped buying it yrs ago!
just_looken  +   1192d ago
its not free you half to pay for internet yes you can hijack and get free internet but they will find your ass eventually. Still though if we go 100% digital they can charge us online above our internet bills.
Blastoise  +   1192d ago
It was a rip-off. Like all gaming magazines these days.

But its still kinda sad in a way...
dkgshiz  +   1192d ago
Not surprised. Nobody reads these anymore with the internet. Plus all they had were ads with maybe 20+ pages of horribly written articles. No thanks.
Welshy  +   1192d ago
Huh? printed gaming journalism, always was and as long as it remains, be higher quality than internet sources (for the most part anyway).

Who would you believe? a company who invest money into researching sources and professional editing staff to keep written standards high, or some nerd who bought the URL and blows a BS hit baiting article to achieve views on his nonesense site?

As long as written journalism in games exist i will purchase it.

I listen to the podcasts these guys do too and they are all really nice guys that are easily to listen to and actually have an ounce of journalistic integrity. Despite knowing the utter BS attention grabbing headlines gets more money, they stuck by their guns and print fact over fiction, and they should be damn well praised for it.
SaiyanFury  +   1192d ago
I agree that while print magasines typically have better journalism, PTOM has been going downhill quality-wise for a long time. I was a longtime PSM subscriber before they changed over to PTOM and the quality didn't go downhill initially, but over time it has. In one of my last issues I had received before my subscription had run it's course (I let it expire), Greg Orlando says that Yakuza 4's complex plot actually HURTS the game. Since when does a great story HURT a game?? And that's not the only example I could cite, but since the PSM staff were gradually phased out and replaced with new staff, it's just gone downhill. I loved receiving print material (for use in the washroom, too) monthly and always wondered what was in the new issue. I just don't follow it anymore. I too, am a hygienic person and don't use my phone in the bathroom. I just get my information online these days like most other people.
aNDROiD17_  +   1192d ago
thank god save the trees!
sdozzo  +   1192d ago
Trees blow.
xursz  +   1192d ago
Blow trees.

FunAndGun  +   1192d ago
without trees we all die!

Trees are magical!!
DivineAssault  +   1192d ago
Make it digital & put it as an app for vita
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   1192d ago
That would be really cool.
silkrevolver  +   1192d ago
RIP Print media
ShaunCameron  +   1192d ago
What? PS:TOM too? :(
TooTall19  +   1192d ago
This magazine used to be awesome during the ps2 days. I would play those demo disks all the time. It's what got me into the Dark Cloud games.
josephayal  +   1192d ago
samsung and apple are killing the Gaming Consoles
Game Consoles Will Die, all of them
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sdozzo  +   1192d ago
Online is faster. You get info well before print.
nevin1  +   1192d ago

I was a fan of this magazine during the PS1-PS2 era aswell. Its where I discovered Tony Hawk and many other games.

I think DivineAssault is on to somthing. I can see an App for gaming magazines on mobile devices.
TheUndertaker85  +   1192d ago
Hopefully the Vita & PS3 too. Gaming news has been kinda blank outside of trailers thanks to the loss of Qore and Pulse also.
saf100792  +   1192d ago
Sooo they're closing the whole operation? or just the print? Cause i have a damn subscription to the digital one which renewed like a month ago lol
Qrphe  +   1192d ago
All for the better. Only reason why we want to keep print around is for nostalgia. I'm buying a color e-ink portable reader as soon as they become affordable!
bryam1982  +   1192d ago
Fuk this i just subscribe like 2 months ago for 2 years so now what?
Nutsack  +   1192d ago
OPM in Europe gives good deals once in a while though.

Their most recent one was year subscription OPM + free PS All Stars game (both PS3 on disc and PSVita download) for 54 Euro.

Game in shops will cost 60 to 65 Euro. That still gets them subscribers I guess.
e-p-ayeaH  +   1192d ago
Magazines based on a single brand/platform of consoles are bound to disappear because of the lack of actual interesting content.

I do appreciate when magazines focus more on Indie titles and obscure games. Exploring certain games in interesting ways with articles and such because not everything in a magazine as to be informative but also entertaining but that really depends on which one we are talking about.
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ExCest  +   1192d ago
rip in piece
Ares84HU  +   1192d ago
You do know that "rip" means rest in piece so what you said is "rest in piece in piece".
ExCest  +   1192d ago
*sigh* smh *sigh*

That's the joke. Not to mention the intentional misspelling of "peace."
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StreetsofRage  +   1192d ago
I still have a stack of sega visions in my garage.
Ares84HU  +   1192d ago
I was just about to cancel. Guess that saves me the trouble. All the news are here online much, much faster. No need for printed magazines like that anymore.
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Orionsangel  +   1192d ago
Let's face it. Paper Magazines you hold in your hands are dying. They've become irrelevant. We live in an age where we get instant news, pictures,videos, every second of the day. Where do Paper Magazines fit in?
miDnIghtEr20C_SfF  +   1192d ago
That's a shame.
TheLastGuardian  +   1192d ago
Damn, this sucks. I was a subscriber for the first few years, now I really wish I would've stayed subscribed. I could have owned every issue for another 30 or 40 bucks. I used to love this magazine. I haven't seen them on store shelves in forever though. I wish they would keep PTOM alive at least digitally. I'd like to get it on my PS Vita.
jmac53  +   1192d ago
Mark my words, OXM is next. Future is charging $8.99 for a digital issue which is a crime.
Moerdigan  +   1192d ago
I felt the editors fail to elevate the excitement for reading all things related to Playstation. I don't Subscribe to Nintendo Power but they did a better job in that aspect.

I find PTOM pretty dry. something is wrong when it's the DVD blu ray reviews that were one of the few things I eagerly wanted to read most each issue.
PS3isKing  +   1192d ago
It figures that the only console exclusive magazine is the Xbox's.
kingPoS  +   1192d ago
There's just something awesome about going to the library & seeing dozens of up to date magazines news papers lined on the wall, with hours to kill.

Thank G_d the library is a public service in the US.... at least for now.
Silly gameAr  +   1192d ago
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