Category: Magazines


Game Informer Magazine

Game Informer Magazine
Published by GameStop Corp.
First Issue: August 1991
Issue: Monthly

GENRE: Gaming News

TEASER: Game Informer is the best place to get the latest news and reviews on video games and gaming.

SUMMARY: Game Informer is a monthly magazine featuring news, strategies, and reviews of video games and gaming consoles. This is the most circulated magazine. It has nearly 3 million subscribers. The game reviews in Game Informer as extremely detailed. The game reviews are graded on a scale of 1-10 with quarter intervals, 1 being the worst and 10 being the best. There are only a handful of games that have received a 10 score. Game Informer is also known for having very impressive graphics on the cover.

CRITIQUE: I am perhaps slightly biased when it comes to Game Informer because I am myself a subscriber. I feel it offers a large variety whether you are a casual gamer or a professional. I am not a serious gamer but I enjoy learning about them. I get most of my gaming news from Game Informer. There are also sometimes fun facts and quizzes inside. A few months ago there was a “Which Video Game Character Are You?” quiz. It’s now tacked to my wall. I’ll admit that I don’t understand some of the language due to the fact that I am not a serious gamer, but the articles and reviews seem clear and very thorough.

ABOUT THE PUBLISHER: GameStop is a corporation geared towards video game and entertainment software retailing. The have 6,500 retail stores in the world. It was founded in 1984 as Babbage’s. They merged with EB Games in 2005. They have stores in Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, France, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Australia, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Aside from selling video games, they sell game accessories, and game strategy guides.

WEBSITE: http://www.gameinformer.com/

READING LEVEL: General Adult

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WHY INCLUDED: Video games are very popular with teenagers and adults now a days. I felt this was a great title for them to learn about gaming news.

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justine Magazine

GENRE: Teen Girl Magazine

TEASER: Justine Magazine is made for real teens and just teens.

SUMMARY: Justine is a lifestyle magazine for teen girls. It is filled with empowering, fun, and positive information for girls like: beauty tips, reading, fashion, boys, friends, and school advice. Their headquarters is based in Memphis, TN. The magazine is connected to the Spark Books Club.

CRITIQUE: One thing that is impressive about this magazine is the versatility in the models. Many lifestyle magazines are whitewashed with extremely skinny models. There covers feature models of many different ethnicities and sizes. There are also tons of information on young adult books and authors.

ABOUT THE PUBLISHER: The publisher is Jana Kerr Pettey. In an interview posted on her blog she describes herself as busy, and fulfilled. Her favorite food is tofu. She also aspires to one day be on Oprah.

WEBSITE: http://www.justinemagazine.com/

READING LEVEL: 13+

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WHY INCLUDED: I loved magazines when I was a teenager. I really appreciated the positive and empowering image this magazine is trying to show teen girls.