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RIP GFW

Jeff Green, editor-in-chief at Games For Windows Magazine, announced today on his 1up blog that the magazine has shut down production.

From his blog post:

For me personally, the closing of Games for Windows: The Official Magazine is not just a business decision (though, obviously it?s exactly that in reality), but feels more akin, in fact, to the passing of a loved one. Drama much? Well, you can scoff if you want, but the fact of the matter is that I have poured my heart and soul into this magazine, month after month after month, for over 10 years now. Every four weeks for 10 years I have done my best to get a quality magazine out the door, and the fact that I don’t have that deadline now is not in any way, despite the temptation to go for gallows humor, a source of relief. It feels like a giant gaping hole in my life.

I have been reading GFW (well, Computer Gaming World) off and on for almost ten years.  Over Spring Break I had the opportunity to read the latest (and last) issue, and it was one of the best magazine issues I’ve ever read.  The articles were especially well written and insightful, which are things that are hard to find in the enthusiast press.  It’s rather sad to know I’ll never get another GFW magazine  But, on the bright side, GFW will exist as an online entity.  It seems most writers will stay at 1up, and the amazing podcast should continue.

It’s strange how bummed this news makes me, but I can’t imagine how bad the great writers who work on the magazine must feel right now.   You guys made a great product, and it’s a sign of your skill and dedication that many people are just as bummed as I am.

Good luck with the future, GFW crew!  I’ll be reading and listening.

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  1. Tim
    April 11, 2008 at 8:48 AM

    Computer gaming sucks! The mag should’ve been shut-down years ago!!!! :-p

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