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July 16, 2010

PC Zone games magazine is to close

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by Darren Allan

Future Publishing has decided to pull the plug on PC Zone, with the irreverent games mag only pitching up 11,000 monthly readers on its last circulation figures.

The move follows what Future describes as a “strategic review” of the company’s PC games portfolio.

Issue number 225 will be the final one, published on September 2nd. The first issue of Zone went out in April 1993, and the magazine become famous for its sometimes childish and offbeat humour.

The magazine staff say they want to make the final Zone a triumphant send-off, and have invited readers, present and past, to send in their fond (or even not-so-fond) recollections of the mag.

PCZ posts on its blog: “So this is an open call to everybody: readers, developers, forumites, publishers, people who wrote threatening letters to Mr Cursor… If you have memories of PC Zone then we want to hear them, and we’ll make every effort to get them in the final issue. Even the rude ones, although we might make fun of them in the process.”

“Send us your thoughts to pczone@futurenet.co.uk – and if you’ve got a favourite moment or article, say what it is and we’ll try and dig it out of the archives and include it.”

The health of the PC games industry just isn’t as robust as it once was. If our memory serves us correctly, we recall Zone having a circulation of at least 50,000, perhaps closer to 100,000 in its heyday of the late nineties, though we can’t seem to find the exact figures online.

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