It’s been about ten years since my grandpa passed away. Though in retrospect he was “dead” years before that. After he had his stroke he was never the same. So when I think about it, he’s been gone now for almost fifteen years now. I still remember his funeral. As with any funeral there were an assortment of friends and family. Some familiar faces mixed with others I had not seen in decades. It was almost as if they felt they had to be there out of some obligation. While I appreciated the gesture, I couldn’t help but feel jaded. I mean they never really took the time to be part of his life when he was alive, so their presence there felt meaningless.
And as morbid as this may sound, this is exactly how I feel about the end of Nintendo Power.
I cried when I heard about this.. no lie! Nintendo Power is no longer going to be in print after the TWENTY+ years it’s been running. As a reader since 1988 (I still have my issue 1!) this breaks my heart as it was one of the best gaming magazines, part of my childhood, and was actually an awesome.
There’s nothing like the feeling of glossy paper stock fluttering between your fingers as you flip through the pages of a game magazine. Critics and cynics may declare printed media antiquated and dead, but as they say in Soul Calibur “The Soul Still Burns”. Magazines like ‘Retro Gamer’ are a perfect example of how a printed magazine can still be successful in this digital era.