Starting by quoting The Rolling Stones? Hey, I want to quote somebody, and the song was playing through my head all morning, so I had to use it! Anyway, welcome to my first editorial for PC-Software. We are here, and we are here to stay! Over the past there have been some changes at PC-Software.com, with content and format changing, but here is the final result! That’s why I think I need to introduce myself. I’m the new kid on the block, and have been asked to edit the best online resource for games there is. Quite an honour I’d say.
So, who am I? I’m a British guy who has been a PC user ever since Amstrads were considered good value for money in the 1980s. See, I’m old enough to quote The Rolling Stones (sob). I started my PC life as a games player and fanzine contributor, but gradually moved into the more serious camp of games publishing – the other side of the fence. Some of our games got 80% reviews, others went down as well as Fishing Simulator and its ads for a Southern European dance music site. Just when I thought I played my last game, I was asked to edit PC-Software. This puts me in the lucky position where I can play games, and tell my girlfriend I’m working!
Learning the Family Trade
Still, you will see my “commercial background” in this website. Don’t be afraid, we won’t put too many “heavy duty” boring industry PR news pieces in. Instead, emphasis will be on looking at any serious software and games that comes out with download trials and shopping links. Fun, informed and relevant.
Printed games magazines are in decline from the halcyon days of the 1990s and 2000s. Even market leaders are declining from 100,000 readers down to 20,000, whereas we have improved to about 400,000 hits in a few months. Not comparing like with like there obviously, but you’d take my point. Why? Because why pay £5 to hear about games you aren’t playing, when for free you can have reviews of 100s of products (give us a few months!) with direct links to videos previews and free downloads. Not only that, but the option to instantly purchase (alternatively, to slam it and tell us how crap it is) and have it on your PC in 5 minutes for an average price of less than £10, rather than traipse to Dixons on a wet Tuesday for double to see if it’s in stock. Don’t believe me: the youngest Director of the market leader for games magazines quit his job recently, saying the same thing. They’re finished!
What else do we have in store for you? You can leave comments, or feedback david AT pc-software.com. Ratings, charts and forums, they’re in the future!
You want to know whether you should buy a game or not? Just read PC-Software and you will find out. There will be dozens coming at you in the next couple of months. Oh, and downloading the free trial, which we like to insist everything we cover contains, will also help. We provide these links for you in reviews, and all in one place in the Downloads section. See if you agree with us, and write back if you don’t!
Closing for now, but I’ll be back next month.