March 11, 2008

The Games Magazine policy

The heyday of Games Magazine is in the past. It (and/or Games World of Puzzles) remains the only place to get those great plus-sized and variety crosswords by Frank Longo, assorted variety puzzles by Patrick Berry, the Ornery 25x25 themeless action, and those fun Quint-Essential category word-search puzzles. But a lot of the other content has become more...meh. Some iffy quality, some errors, plenty of uncredited work reprinted from elsewhere—and the constructors' paychecks are, I believe, smaller than they used to be.

Lo, how the mighty have fallen. In the new May 2008 issue, a reader writes in to suggest that the errata should be posted to the magazine's website, so occasional newsstand buyers can see what the mistakes were even if they haven't bought the next issue.

Games' response? "Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to post every error in every issue, although we do post the most important ones (e.g., mistakes in contests and the like)."

Say what? "Not possible"? Why not? Because doing so is not in anyone's job description at present? Because the internet has just plain run out of room? Or because there are so damn many errors in the puzzles, the answers, and the instructions that it's just not humanly possible to keep up with them? Inquiring minds want to know.