Back in the early days of computing, magazines were one of the only sources of information about new software, games, trends and hardware. While you had your friends who sometimes know about things to come, and the BBS system if you had access to an expensive modem that was nearly as slow as sending the data via snail mail, there was not really a way around magazines at that time.
Magazines back then provided us with information that we were interested in and had a hard time coming by in any other fashion. While they surely were not of better quality than the magazines today, they had the advantage that they were one of the only sources for people interested in computers. Today, magazines face the same problem that newspapers face: they have new competition in form of the Internet.
Computer magazines had their purpose back in the days but today and in their current format, they do not really serve that purpose anymore.
I suppose there is still room for magazines out there, but when it comes to that, it is usually the specialized magazines I'm interested in and not the mainstream tech magazines or game magazines.
What about you? Do you still read computer magazines? If so, which do you read? If not, what is your reason for not doing so?
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