Future Publishing have announced they are to shut down two of the last few gaming magazines that can be found on the shelves of newsagents in the UK.
“Despite the company’s strong performance overall, unfortunately Games™ and GamesMaster are no longer profitable parts of the business, which means that their next issues, on sale November 1st, will be the final editions,” Future said in a statement.
“The decision was an extremely difficult one, but everyone here is enormously proud of what the magazines have achieved in their lifetimes – an incredible 25 years in GamesMaster’s case – and we are currently redeploying affected staff within the company.”
GamesMaster originally started as a spin-off from the popular TV show starring Dominic Diamond and Patrick Moore. The TV show was utter bobbins but brilliant as they had a special guest each week who clearly had no idea about video games. These included pop starlet Gabrielle, pill popping dance fiends The Shamen, spoon bender Uri Geller, and weatherman Michael Fish.
Ah, happy times.