A Small Tribute To PC Format
I imagine you’ve heard recently via G3ar that PC Format, a proudly South African magazine on PC, tech and gaming, was shutting its doors. It would certainly be a massive loss for us, despite how much print media comes under scrutiny because of online, as the only other major SA gaming magazine is NAG. For some reason, however, editor Garth Holden’s heartfelt farewell post just vanished, and after some irritating and fruitless searching (before I discovered it had been removed) I found that LazyGamer managed to capture it through Google cache, so you can read the message over there if you want to.
When I heard the news and took it in, I felt the need to say a little something. I’ll start off with a small confession though. I don’t buy PC Format or NAG. I’m not really a magazine kind of guy. I know you must be thinking that that is such an eyebrow-raising way to start off a tribute, but let me provide some further background. I used to be a magazine reader. I would buy NAG, PC Format and even Play The Zone, which is an old SA gaming magazine some of you may remember. I used to buy them back in the day when I was a nooblet. When I wasn’t grown up, cynical, naturally sceptic, experienced and knowledgeable of the bad side of the gaming industry. Back when I didn’t have high standards.
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Back when gaming was magic by default, and it didn’t need even need to earn that.
I remember eating up the words in gaming magazines like PC Format and learning my way around computers through it. I remember my favourite attribute of the PC Format magazine was the lovable demo disc, which I would eagerly plug into my computer and scour it for hours to absorb every bit of content on it. I used to do the same with the NAG magazine demo disc as well. I used to play all the game demos and just devour the opportunity to have more exposure to gaming.
I may not be an active consumer of the PC Format magazine or any other gaming magazines, but magazines like PC Format do represent an important part of my past, and helped shaped me into the gamer I am today. As such, I feel it necessary to pay a small tribute to a magazine I used to love. It was no fault of PC Format that I stopped consuming it, as I said earlier that I’m not really a buyer of any magazines. But the reason for my thanks is because what the magazine, among others, gave to me in my childhood is something invaluable that I still cherish even today, when it’s long in the past.
And that’s making gaming magic. Giving me a way to further my knowledge of gaming and technology at a time when I wanted it most and didn’t have access to things like high speed internet or smartphones.
For that, I’d like to thank PC Format. I’d like to wish the team the best of luck going forward, and I hope that something equally awesome comes up for them in the not too distant future. I know that PC Format had a downward spiral and Garth Holden was brought in to try and change their fortunes, but that wasn’t a history I was a part of. What I was a part of was valuable to me on a personal level.
For that reason it’s sad to see PC Format go, but I hope that wherever the team ends up, it turns out great and they remember that they did an amazing thing for gaming in South Africa.
In before they’re not really gone.