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PLAYSTATION: THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE is Closing Its Doors

GameTyrant Rant by Jesse Bartel

Yesterday was a busy news day in terms of things other than video games. Well, video games were bustling too, but all eyes were on the two potential leaders of our country. While Halo 4 and LittleBigPlanet Karting may have come out (two big releases), the polls were the main discussion of the day.

What I am trying to say, is that, with all the information hitting the web on Election Day, you might have missed a rather big announcement: Playstation: The Official Magazine is closing its doors at the end of this year. A moment of silence, please.

Originally called, The Playstation Magazine, this periodical was formed in 1997. It wouldn't be until 2007 when the name was changed to Playstation: The Official Magazine. The first cover featured Final Fantasy VII, and the magazine promised all the PS1 codes. Ah, those were the days.

As a Sony enthusiast, I was a subscriber to the magazine for awhile. I enjoyed PS:TOM because it kept me up to date with not only the games I cared about the most, but also delved into some tech stuff and Blu Ray reviews. But, the internet changed things and magazines started to become irrelevant. News was better online and it was up to date. I didn't want to wait a month anymore to read some publication that was going to be dated by the time it got into my hands. That's just the way it is now.

The last issue for Playstation: The Official Magazine will be their Holiday 2012 issue. No comment has been followed up by the magazine yet. I assume it might be a few weeks before they say anything.

This was also reported by Game Informer, which probably makes them nervous over in those offices. Yes, I know they have a digital magazine now, but that doesn't mean they are saved.

Do any of you have fond memories of Playstation: The Official Magazine?

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