Let’s talk about the World of Warcraft: Official Magazine for a bit
You’ll recall that, a few months ago, we mentioned that Blizzard, in collaboration with Future (the publisher responsible for Edge in the UK, among other magazines), would be creating a World of Warcraft-themed magazine. It’s called World of Warcraft: Official Magazine and I just received the very first issue, Winter 2009. From a visual standpoint, the magazine is gorgeous. It’s like looking at a work of art. These guys clearly know their way around Adobe InDesign.
Some facts before we get too deep into this:
• There’s four issues per year (it’s a quarterly magazine), and a yearly subscription runs at $39.95 per year (or $34.95 per year if you buy two years up front)
• You’re not gonna see the magazine at your local Barnes & Noble because it’s subscription-only
• There’s no ads in the magazine
• It’s big: the first issue is 144 pages long
I think that’ll do.
Now, what’s the magazine like? As a matter of fact, there’s a 40-page preview online right now, so you can gain a pretty good understanding of what’s going on, what it looks like, etc.
Like other magazines these days, it’s not so much abut breaking news—Blizzard recognizes that there’s a boatload of WoW news online for free, and it’s not trying to compete with that—as it is about telling stories, interviews, history pieces, etc. Or, in the words of the magazine’s editorial director, Julian Rignall, “going behind the game itself with multiple perspectives and a stunning visual presentation.”
It’s pretty snazzy, yes.
Tree: It's serious business
Fade: It's a family reunion!!
Fade: It's so lonely... I miss you all :(
Fade: I hate all of you!
Hellfar: guild has joined with Dominion on Stormrage since March of 2013
Dwarfee: Hellfar I see u at least check site periodically
Dwarfee: where is everyone - i dont even see Katee in the game anymore
Azreal: wtf i no haz rights
Hellfar: they are returning!
MAYEMBAY: fucking scrubs
Thaldor: sup bitches
Hellfar: yea no one gets on here it seems. look at the forums!
Fadayeee: Oh hello....