One day I walked into Fry's Electronics in Fremont and picked up three game magazines just to see what's out there. One of them was PC Accelerator (or PCXL). I wish I never do again, and indeed I could not, because they just put out their FINAL issue last month. And it's better off that way.
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PCXL is filled with infantile humor. Instead of honest game ratings, you get number of drinks it makes to make the game enjoyable. No, I'm NOT making this up. A really good game needs zero drinks, while a bad game needs about 5 shots of tequila. See where this is going?
The rest of the magazine is no better. In the back of the magazines you get swimsuit pictures that has NOTHING to do with the magazine (and labelled so proudly). On the cover you'll find gorgeous models posing with something that is barely relevant to the topic. My specific issue was about Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear, so they found a blond, dressed her up in skin-tight black outfits, and posed with some toy guns, and they added an entire interview about what the model likes and dislikes. Heck, they even tossed in a monthly calendar with her picture on it!
Then there's the "fake ad". They spoofed the ad for the Trophy Fish game from Sierra: Trophy Wife Hunter. Yes, and more gorgeous babe pictures. *sigh*
Instead of formal reviews on the games, you get three sentence summaries squeezed into sidebars. The screenshot takes up more space than the review!
All in all, this magazine is not worth the paper it was printed on. Even PC Gamer, published by the same company, refer to PCXL as the "PC Exaggerator". PCXL is dead, and should stay dead.
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