Managing Editor Mike Weigand
Company GamePro Media
Issue September 2010
Teaser/Reader Annotation GamePro is a must-read for any serious gamer, giving you the down low on the newest, hottest games.
Plot Summary GamePro magazine was first published in 1989 and continues on through today. It features articles, news, previews, and reviews on video games, hardware, and the gaming industry in general and is published on a monthly basis. In February of 2010, however, the magazine introduced a new layout and a new theme to its articles – focusing not just on the games any longer, but on the people and culture behind them. It was an immediate success with its readers and the connection between the game and the real world is now a continuous theme throughout each issue. Each page is filled with vibrant colors drawing attention to important details with artwork interspersed with actual video-game screenshots to highlight the content of the articles. Though there are a number of articles within the magazine, the reviews section is the largest section, and likely, the one in which readers are most interested.
Critical Evaluation While I was expecting to grit my teeth and begin the typical search for the beginning of the magazine, I was pleasantly surprised when this one went straight to the point of things. I should not have been, however, considering its target audience – young adult gamers not known for the longevity of their attention span. I was also surprised by how short the magazine is, especially compared to other teen magazines which bulk the pages with a deluge of advertisements. Each reviewed game is rated on a scale of 1.0 to 5.0 stars with fractional division of 0.50 with a visual graphic of the rating shown along with a full, written review for ease of reading. With the redesign of the magazine and website in 2010 to focus on gamer culture and the people behind it, several features have been lost including “GamePro,” which gave game play advice, and Code Vault, where they posted secret codes. A new vice president was introduced in November of this year, so it will be interesting to see which direction he takes it.
About the Editor-In-Chief There is not much information to be found on GamePro's editor-in-chief, Mike Weigand, except his LinkedIn profile. It is known that he graduated from Purdue University and worked as a senior editor at both IDG Entertainment and Sendai Publishing before being hired by GamePro Media. He does, however, maintain a very approachable Twitter account.
Primary Genre Video Games
Curriculum Ties N/A
Did you enjoy the relation of the video games to their creators and the gaming world to be effective? What did and did you not like about this strategy?
Reading Level/Interest Age Grade 9+
Challenge Issues None.
1) Become familiar with book and its content.
2) Refer to library's collection policies.
3) Refer to professional reviews.
4) Refer to the ALA Library Bill of Rights.
Why is it included? This was the only magazine, excluding Shonen Jump, directed at a young adult male target audience that my local public library held in its collection.