I didn’t want to post my thoughts on this until I got some more info, but unfortunatly scuttlebutt is hard on the subject.
If you didn’t hear the news, Dan Hsu, former EIC of Electonic Gaming Monthly stepped down citing that he was pretty much burnt out and needed a vacation. He wasn’t EIC when resigning, he was editorial director. Shortly thereafter, Crispin Boyer announced he was leaving as well.
For those of you who have good memories, Crispin has been at EGM the longest (to my knowledge) surpassing even Shoe. I remember Crispin from the days of Quest 64, I was 14. Someone wrote in about how Crispin had completed the game too fast and that it was supposed to be longer, Crispin showed his game save and everyone shut up.
First Shoe, then Crispin, somthing’s up. What do I think? I think past demons have come back to haunt EGM. For one thing Shoe took a lot of heat for his comments regarding other magazines getting paid a flat fee by game publishers to showcase their game on the front cover…without giving out any names (a real journalistic no-no). This basically had half the country calling bullshit and the other half wondering which magazine he was talking about.
What’s going on down at Ziff Davis? No one knows, but when the two editors that have been there the longest are all the sudden getting out, it sounds like a tide is either coming or already came.
Mielke is actually a pretty good person, I met him years ago by accident and it was only for a few minutes, I doubt he remembers it. I was all like a kid meeting a rock star. He should do the magazine good, it isn’t like EGM is going down, but expect there to be some changes to those of you who read it regulary.