If you’ve ever had the faintest trace of an interest in gaming, then chances are that you’ve picked up at least one copy of New Age Gaming Magazine in your life. It’s been around for 17 years now, the last of its kind in a market that isn’t exactly friendly to print media these days. And those days are over, as South Africa’s last remaining dedicated gaming magazine is calling it a day.
NAG Mag will be shutting doors on the print world in July, as big cheese Michael James explained on the website in a post:
The July 2015 issue of NAG magazine will be our last issue.
The print industry is diminishing quickly and because NAG speaks to a very connected, early adopting reader it has seen a faster than predicted drop-off in advertising and readers. We’re kind of in the middle of a storm of fewer people buying magazines, fewer companies spending money on print advertising, and an ever-volatile gaming industry.
To those readers who are upset about this, I’m sorry. There’s just no way that we can keep this amazing publication alive anymore. I don’t want NAG magazine to become an anchor that drags the rest of the company down, so it’s time to accept the inevitable.
NAG will however continue on as an online news site, much like us cool kids who have been around for a while. Here at Lazygamer, we’d like to formally re-welcome NAG’s expanded online presence, the only way we know how: With vague threats and clumsiness.
The annual Really Awesome Gaming Expo will still be alive and kicking however, so don’t wave goodbye to the Summerslam of gaming conventions that are held locally here. Still, it’s a sad day to see NAG mag close up. I still remember my first NAG magazine, a glossy hard-spined beast with a massive 90mb demo for Omikron: The Nomad Soul and a review for Final Fantasy 8 waiting to be read inside. Good game New Age Gaming Magazine. You had one hell of a run.
Last Updated: May 19, 2015
May 19, 2015 at 14:04
I’ve got be honest guys, I’m pretty heartbroken. NAG and PC format were the cornerstones of gaming media in the country for years. I used to purchase both magazine religiously, loving not just the content inside of them, but the demo discs sticky-taped to the outside. Last year, my heart shattered when PC Format announced it was closing. It’s in pieces again. NAG, as a magazine, is going out of print. Today is a sad day for the local gaming media industry. And really, I love the dudes from NAG. To the future, chaps. To the future.