- Though you may have noted this over at Gamasutra, just wanted to register my sadness that Computer Games Magazine and Massive Magazine are closing down, apparently partly due to parent company TheGlobe.com losing a lawsuit over some alleged MySpace spamming they were doing (yikes).

I'm sure Mr. Gifford will follow up further in a Mag Weasel-ing, but here's part of the Gamasutra story on the events, which leave me annoyed because CGM was my favorite U.S. print mag in terms of editorial content. It's possible that someone else will pick up the torch and acquire the mags? I certainly hope so:

"Independent sources, both via an un-named publisher dealing with the magazines and from industry messageboard QT3, have revealed that U.S. print publication Computer Games Magazine and its sister MMO-centric Massive magazine have apparently been shut down by publisher TheGlobe.com.

Computer Games Magazine, regarded as the second oldest PC focused monthly magazine in circulation after Computer Gaming World, was first launched in 1988 as British gaming magazine Games International. The magazine later evolved over several iterations, firstly as Strategy Plus, and then later Computer Games: Strategy Plus, before adopting its most current title.

In March 2006, the staff of Computer Games Magazine announced the creation of a spinoff publication called Massive, which focused on massively multiplayer online titles such as World of WarCraft and PlanetSide. The magazine was distinguished in that each issue would feature MMO demos... the first issue of the magazine was released on September 19, 2006, and its proper quarterly run began in January this year."