One of the longest-running magazines about video games has just run out of credit. It's just been announced that GamePro magazine, which launched in 1988, will cease publication as a standalone entity next week on December 5. Both the magazine and website are being shut down, with the following text running on GamePro.com as of today:
Thank you for your loyalty, support, and participation in the GamePro.com community. At noon on December 5, 2011, the US version of GamePro online will shut down as an independent site. GamePro will become part of PCWorld.com (http://www.pcworld.com/gamepro) offering gaming news, reviews, and how-tos from the PCWorld team. Thank you to the entire GamePro staff for their hard work and dedication.
GamePro's probably best known for the colourful pseudonyms its writers used and the cartoon-face icons that accompanied game reviews. The magazine helped established the voice of video game culture, giving players a place to read about the individuals and creative process that remained mysteries even as the games industry rose to pop culture prominence. Many talented critics and journalists have contributed to GamePro's pages through the years and its death silences a significant outlet for those of us who care about video games and how they're thought about.