Now isn’t the best time to be buying into the games mag business. Times are tough. But hey, if you’re not swayed by this harsh reality, Hardcore Gamer are for sale. And for only $42,000!
And that’s not even the best part. No, the best part is that owners Double Jump Books are selling the magazine on eBay. So to get it, you’ll have to bid. $42,001 is as good a place as any to start.
Not sure you should bother, though, as crassly, when settling on a sales pitch, Double Jump haven’t exactly chosen to extol the virtues of the magazine’s contribution to the medium. Instead, they’re flogging it off as a swag-n-junket extravaganza.
Want your own video game magazine and have all the big game companies beg you to cover their latest games before they’re released? Want to be wined and dined by Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Rockstar, Capcom, and Konami, to name a few? Want to have your editors flown on all expenses paid press junkets to Japan, the UK and all across the US? Want exclusive-access passes to attend closed, industry-only trade shows, like E3 and GDC? Good luck with that if you’re starting from scratch. We’ve already got what takes years to build right now and it could be yours now instantly.
Enticing, sure, but with a corrupt attitude like that, it’s no wonder they’re being forced to sell it off in the first place. What is this, 1994? It’s 2009, that kind of shit just doesn’t fly.
Besides, as the EGM shuttering has shown, these days it’s survival of the fittest, not survival of the fattest.