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PC Zone Magazine Staff Walk out

by BarrySeptember 29, 2008

A number of Staff Writers at UK PC Magazine PC Zone, once noted for it’s rather wild child approach to gaming (Who can Forget Cruelty Zoo? – i bet WH Smiths haven’t), have walked out on Future Publishing.

The Staff Members who have walked out are Editor Will Porter, Former Editor Jamie Sefton, Disc Editor Ed Zitron, Jon “Log” Blyth and some unnamed person from the art department.

According to RAM Raider:

The page count and budget have both been slashed. Again. This means the staff writers are going to have to take on more work for the same money, and won’t be able to assign as much out to freelancers. Is this saving being passed onto the readers? Is it fuck – the lower page count means they’re getting less for their money.

The publication frequency is going up to 14 issues a year. Again, this equates to more work for the team, but they’ll still be getting the same money. It also means the regular readers will have to pay for one extra issue a year to get the same amount of content.

The hardware section is written by the same guy who does PC Format’s and PC Gamer’s bit. Once upon a time, PC Zone used to have a reputation as the daring wild child with strong opinions that had no truck with Gamer’s wishy-washy sixth form philosophising. This has naturally been diluted beyond belief since the mag was bought out by Future, but now that chunks of the mag are going to be written by someone from Gamer, any personality it once had is now warmly dribbling down its inside thigh.

Disc Editor Ed Zitron isn’t being replaced because the cover disc is going to be handled in the same way as hardware – so one guy will be dealing with the coasters for several mags. Again, an opportunity could have been taken here to ditch the disc (which died the day everyone got broadband) and lower the price of the mag. It’s no secret that they cost barely pennies, and are only there to justify the fucking silly prices Future charge.

Also according to RAM Raider, the only staff left are the much loved Steve Hogarty and a new fellow called David Brown. No new editor has been chosen as of yet.

Speaking to Games Industry.biz James Binns, Puiblishing Director of Future’s Games output said:

“Current Editor Will Porter is still in place while we find a replacement, PC Zone stalwarts Will Porter and Jonathan Blyth both intend to contribute to PC Zone on a freelance basis and we wish them the best of success”.

It’s such a shame that a once essential Magazine such as PC Zone is going down the drain in such a fashion, but really the writing has been on the wall since the Future Takeover and quite frankly, i for one am surprised it took this long.

Farewell PC Zone, you will be sorely missed.

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Barry
Barry is the owner of Computers N Stuff. When not writing about games he can be found glowing radioactive and spending time with his son who he is trying to brainwash into games.
36 Comments
  • Roman
    October 10, 2008 at 13:49

    This indeed sucks, ive been a loyal subcriber for over 100 issues and used to buy the mag before that. The reason i chose this PC mag was because the writers and Editor dont take life too seriously and like to have a bit of a laugh. Now what the heck am i going to do? Move to some crap mag i guess………*sigh*

  • Phillip Bird
    September 28, 2009 at 01:55

    This is very sad..Future would do well to recognise the “assets” it has in its writers and contributors, rather than worrying about optimising profits.
    Interesting..whenever “economic decisions” are involved..it’s people who suffer.
    This magazine is still battling along thankfully..but its distribution seems to be drying up.
    10 years ago, in Australia, I could get this wonderful mag anywhere. Most news agents stocked it.
    But now ? I must go looking at specialist magazine outlets, and try and be lucky when I arrive.
    Progress ??

  • Stefan
    February 17, 2010 at 15:16

    Oh dear. I expect a wait on the next issue coming through the door then…

    This is very sad, I’ve been a reader for a good 12-13 years, but I may have to cancel the subs dependent on what they can put together over the next few months.

    End of an era.

    RIP Zone

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