EGM/Maxim Subscription Swap Not A Hit With Mums

When news passed that Electronic Games' Monthly subscribers would have their subscriptions to the folded, venerable mag replaced with Maxim, you just knew something like this was gonna happen.

Twelve-year-old Jake O'Donnell of Boston got an eyeful of side- and under-booby when Maxim showed up this past month, and mum Kathleen is—I gotta go with her on this—understandably a bit peeved.

Not that Maxim's out-and-out porn, but it's definitely for a readership that's a bit older—note I didn't say "more mature"—than a 12-year-old. It's not just the boiyoiyoinggg photos, stuff about drinking, bad hookups and stupid stunts with painful endings, seriously. That's not age appropriate.

Boston's WBZ-TV smelled the big stinker and filed an investigative report on it. Basically, the news is—while subscribers could opt out and get a refund for the remainder of their EGM subs, that notice was accompanied by the first replacement issue of Maxim, meaning there was no way for a mum to head off her junior high-schooler's encounter with his new subscription and a roll of Charmin. On top of that, although Mrs. O'Donnell wrote in to cancel the sub, the August 2009 copy—with Joanna Krupa vamping topless on the front—arrived right on time.

12-Year-Old Gets Maxim Mag, mum not Happy [The Escapist via Joystiq]


    what a prude

    ^^ Fricken' hilarious since it was the only comment when I looked.

    This still doesn't help the stereotyping of the gamer demographic.

    Although, in hindsight, a lot of women I know are far more intrigued by these magazines than the guys are - probably because we resort to all out porn if we're in the mood. Why have half a glass if the tap is there, right? *shrug*

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