Tuesday, June 23, 2009


My 13-year-old has a subscription to “Electronic Gaming Monthly”. It is one of few written materials he actually reads. So last week, he received the following in the mail:

For those of you squinting your eyes to read, it says:

“Welcome to Maxim!
This note is to inform you that Electronic Gaming Monthly has ceased publishing with the January 2009 issue. The balance of your paid subscription will be fulfilled with Maxim. If you are already a subscriber to Maxim, the balance of your Electronic Gaming Monthly subscription will be added to your existing Maxim subscription.”

Now, here is my take on this absurd replacement:
There are going to be millions of extremely happy adolescent boys, but on the other hand a million really ticked off parents. Mark me in the latter group. Seriously, is this an equal substitute for a gaming magazine?

Besides scantily clad women on almost every page, the articles in this magazine include: “The Drinking Man’s Guide to Summer”, “Fantasy Island”, “I Like to Punish People” and “The Sex Checklist: What bedroom taboos should you encourage your girl to break”. So, apparently the balance of my 13-year-old’s gaming magazine with be filled with the adolescent equivalent to soft porn.

For those of you wondering, of course I have crafted a written response to this absurdity stating my mind and demanding a refund, but why should I have to…why wasn't there someone in the magazine’s marketing team intelligent enough to say “Know what guys—this is simply a bad idea.". Seriously?


Anonymous said...

I'd love to have read your reply.

Cindy Stuckey said...

I've got your back!

Alicia said...

I'm with Annie: Post your letter here as a comment!

Rob said...

You know what's really sad about this? The fact that most subscribers to "Electronic Gaming Monthly" are sad 20-something or 30-something men who have no lives and probably appreciate the switch to Maxim.

Maxim is a trashy magazine and not appropriate for under 18. Don't you have to be over 18 in order to buy it in store?

You should demand more than a refund; you should demand satisfaction. I mean, compensation.

Janine (txmomx6) said...

This happened with my son, too.
I called and cancelled the subscription.
We live in a crazy world, and that's the nicest way I can describe it.