I noticed a few days back that one of the increasingly-at-each-others-throats magazines dedicated to GameMaker was billing itself as “A quality read” following the creation of a new WordPress site which looks suspiciously similar to the earlier website redesign of their rival.
Regardless of quality or otherwise, I know that the readership of this blog tend to be MarkUp supporters, I think it is marvellous that GameMaker does have two dedicated magazines both of which have been running for 6 months plus. The fact that the two of them have been able to co-exist for so long suggests that they are in demand and people like what is being produced.
Although there is a lot of rivalry between the two magazines, if you look a little deeper the magazines are targeted towards different audiences. GMTech is aimed at the gamer, whereas MarkUp is aimed at the developer. The technical articles in GMTech are limited, whereas the game reviews in MarkUp have received criticism.
Neither magazines release circulation figures publicly, which certainly would prove interesting if ever released, but I’d hazard a guess that before the YoYoGames endorsement the magazines had similar readership numbers.
Page count seems to be a brewing battle, but in my opinion this is just plain stupid. Give me quality of quantity any day. This is especially mad considering GMTech’s recent 46-page issue released “After a few months”, whereas MarkUp have produced one issue a month for the past half year.
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