Well it looks like MASSIVE Magazine isn’t as dead as some of us had originally feared. On my way home from work today, I stopped by a local book store and spotted a copy of something called “MMO Games Magazine” lurking at the back of the computer gaming shelf. At first – I was thrown off a little by it’s European style larger than normal print format and thought that it might be some Euro knock-off of the old MASSIVE.
Instead, a quick glance at the cover tied things together for me pretty quickly:
“Formerly MASSIVE Magazine”
I did a quick peek at the inside and read through boss-man editor, Steve Bauman’s column. He touches on the magazine’s recent drama by talking about how everyone had loved the “MASSIVE” name, but that despite epic lawyerage and lots of health pots, the old title was ultimately backstabbed to death with a “+5 Sword of Cease and Desist.”
The latest issue has the same polished mix of MMO culture, history, and how-to that MASSIVE was working on trying to perfect over its first two tries in 2006. For the most part – they do a good job – good enough that I went ahead and bought a copy. One thing that gives me hope for the magazines future is the fact that Bauman recognizes that the thousands of players that populate MMO’s worldwide have a better chance of helping his team fill the magazine with great content than they could ever accomplish on their own. He ends his opening [LOGIN] piece with a request for readers to “root out the silly and the sublime, the serious and the stupid” – and to send it in.
Things don’t seem to be 100% locked down for these guys quite yet. The new mag looks good – but the URL printed on the cover coughed up a “Server Not Found” error for me and the old web presence is still pretty visibly branded as “MASSIVE”. Still, they appear to be twitching – so I’m going to pack this issue along to Fort Sill with me and wish them luck in avoiding the *other* big killer out there:
“The +10 Reaper of Reader Indifference”
That bastard is a killer.