Monday, February 16, 2015

Thanks For The Digital Memories, Joystiq.

I wanted to post this on Friday, but it didn't quite fit the mood. With today's gloomy weather, it feels appropriate.

For those who don't know, or haven't been following their news feed, Joystiq is no more. After 10 years, their parent company closed the doors and is merging the online gaming magazine with EnGadget. I think what makes it more depressing then anything is that the team first found out about the change from the internet, not their employers. Ouch. The net knew before them. How meta.

The Joystiq archives will remain. At this time EnGadget is going to keep the domain and all stories will stay where they are. They won't migrate to a new server nor will they be deleted. Which is nice because Joystiq did have some great articles to use as reference materials. But the staff have been sent away and are not migrating over to the EnGadget offices.

Another gaming magazine has bit the dust. Good luck to the writers in seeking new jobs. The Editor in Chief, Ludwig Kietzmann seemed genuinely distraught in his message to the staff, giving each of them a personal sendoff.

As the industry slowly begins to change, so will our news outlets for gaming information.


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