Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Talking About Magazines I Like--Part Two

As I discussed a bit earlier, there are various magazines I like to pick up now and then or subscribe to and I thought I would share them with you because...well, just because I feel like it, I guess. Anyways, this our second installment where I talk more about video-game, cultural, and music-related publications. I hope I inspire you to maybe check them out.
The Believer
Published by the same people who make the great quarterly short-story collection, McSweeneys, you shouldn't let the name fool you into thinking this magazine has some religious angle because it doesn't. I mean, there might be an occasional article about religion, because there are articles about everything and anything, that is the point. The only stipulation really is that everything has to be non-fiction (although they do throw in a poem or reviews). You can get articles on nearly anything, and it is a fascinating publication you owe it to yourself to read, I really love it.
5 out of 5 stars.

Game Informer
This a decent magazine, with occasionally interesting articles and decent reviews. The main strength it has is that it often gets feature stories about a hot new game and is the main source to break news about it. Perhaps that is because they have a big deal with Gamestop, hmmm? Anyways, this is a pretty good publication that I at least enjoy reading even if it isn't amazing.
3 out of 5 stars.

Under The Radar
This is a great music magazine that has really good articles about artists who are lesser known--like the title would suggest. My favorite part of the magazine would have to be the extensive reviews which cover a wide variety of musical genres, books, movies, and even comics too! My only big complaint with this magazine would be that it unfortunately only comes out quarterly, which is kind of depressing. Otherwise this is a great read!
4.5 out of 5 stars.

Everyone's favorite technology and tech-culture magazine. I enjoy reading Wired and almost always learn something new from it, but generally find issues can be hit-or-miss, with my only picking up an issue if it has topics that are interesting to me. When an issue has stuff that I like, it is quite a great time, but when it doesn't, I'm kind of bored. Still, a generally solid publication.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

I discussed Games TM in my earlier magazine post and like that magazine this is from the UK too. However, unlike Games TM, I'm not as big a fan of this magazine, only picking up issues when the main story or articles appeal to me. This is because I find the reviews are only okay. However, the editorials in the back of the magazine are almost always really solid--so it does have that going for it and bumping up its points a bit-- despite it otherwise sometimes being a bit dull at points. However, when Edge does get a good story it can get quite enjoyable. Note, that is when it gets a good story, otherwise it has to rely on just the great editorials at the end of the magazine, and those alone can't support something that's so expensive due to the exchange-rate.
3 out of 5 stars (would be 2.5 without those great editorials).

Of all the magazines I have discussed this one probably is the most beautifully designed, with an aesthetic that is both surreal and amazing. The thing is, sometimes the design comes at the expense of content, which is a bit of a negative. There still usually are plenty of interesting things to read--even if I don't agree with the magazine a fair bit with its anti-capitalist message (I'm sorry, but I kind of like capitalism even if it needs some adjustments) and as I said, it is quite gorgeous. You can at least just flip through it and admire its look if you don't agree with the content.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

Alright, a bunch of magazines were discussed today. Perhaps some looked good to you and you're going to run out and buy one or at least flip through one at the magazine shop/bookstore. I think you'll find something to enjoy of my recommendations.

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