Saturday, January 29, 2011

Magazine Cover Analysis

GameInformer featuring Bioshock


Playstation Magazine featuring The Darkness



My magazine covers are both popular gaming magazines GameInformer and Playstation Magazine, one for all things video games and the other exclusively for things Playstation. These magazines are extremely similar while having enough differences to make them noticeably different. Since both magazines are involved with the topic of video games, it is expected that there will be similarities between them so that the lesser selling one can seem like the more popular magazine. The first noticeable similarity is that both magazines use a dark blue as their background. This is more coincidence as the main featured games are dark themed, with The Darkness being predominantly set in the shadows and Bioshock being set in the darkness of deep oceanic scenery. Another similarity is that both featured characters’ heads are overlapping the nameplate in center of the text. Both characters also have shrouded faces, save for a yellow glow to both illuminate the dark setting and to also act as a focal point for each character. In the non-game themed aspect of the magazines, these covers also share font similarities where both magazines only use the colors white and yellow for the text on them. The slight exception is the word Informer on GameInformer which is a black border on a white outline of transparent lettering to allow better visibility of the background image.


A major difference these magazines have is their organization of headlines and titles. GameInformer makes best use of title spacing and header placement where the reader can easily understand what the key articles are while also being able to get a very clear look at the featured image, whereas the Playstation magazine uses large fonts and as such, fills most of the cover with text. While the image of The Darkness is clearly visible, it is less of a focal point due to the massive amount of text that almost fills the entire page. In this regard, as a buyer I would be more inclined to buy GameInformer because it looks like a more organized magazine that cares not just about the quality of its articles, but the quality of the visuals to support its article topics. Gameinformer also makes better use of font type and size where that it uses slightly larger, bolder lettering to emphasize key points and different fonts to make more important titles more easily noticeable. Playstation Magazine suffers on this end because It not only uses the same font across the entire cover, the size rarely varies and can skew the readers trail of vision across the article headers. The nameplate is also too hidden behind the image, where a person just glancing at the cover could almost think the magazine was called “PS2 Demos Inside,” especially because the company’s logo is put next to this header instead of being in a closer proximity to the magazine title.

12 comments:

  1. yay! more video game magazines. such a distraction from doing homework, lol! I usually find gaming mags to be busy and artful, just like these two.

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  2. I dont know who's post this is? NAME PLEASE?

    I really like the Game Informer more. The text is transparent and adds a level of 3-D. The typography is cleaner and easier to read.

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  3. I am not very into gaming. I always find the graphics are mind blowing. Each of these main images are very interesting.

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  4. I agree, gaming magazines really do tend to have the best art, the animation of them just pulls you in whether you like the stuff or not.

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  5. I think you made a good comparison between the two.

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  6. I think you did a good job on your comparison between the two but you would have to be into playing vedio games to buy this type of magazine.

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  7. Nice to see you noticed the organization and possibly disorganization of each magazines use of headlines. You made good use of the headlines between each to understand the similarities and differences between the two.

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  8. This is a good comparison but i am not much into game magazines

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  9. I'm Ryan L, I guess I should have put that in this post somewhere.

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  10. Both magazine covers have really detailed graphics,like games have and it makes you feel like you are playing the games.

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  11. Good comparsion. I like how both covers use darkness in their backgrounds. I think the darkness makes it more mysterious - it can make people that wouldn't normally play video games want to play video games!

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  12. Both of them are pretty similar in graphics and font and color. I am not a gamer but I suppose that these are big wigs in the gaming magazine arena. I like the second one better for the graphic, but the yellow coming out of the mask in the first really catches my eye the best.

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