Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Escapist - Online mag or rag?

The Escapist

The Escapist, on issue 34, is an online zine mostly about online gaming. Well you say, so what? Aren't there many zines out there now talking about online gaming? I'd say yes, but this one has some high points.

My favorite thing, though it takes getting used to, is the interface. The front page is always the latest zine 'cover'. Not a bunch of flashing images, links scrolling down the side, and a 10 advertisement buttons, but a simple single image. The links are cleverly tied into the image with background hotspots.

Each hotspot link takes you directly to an article or other zine section, such as letters to the editor. The standout design continues from there! Each article is formatted to display a screen at a time, with no scrolling.

The articles are present each with a single background image, and clean contrasted text. To read through an article, previous and next buttons are provided in a neat navigation bar at the bottom right.

Other positives are that the articles are tailored for children. Some of their latest topics include online anonymity, and the (post)sexual revolution online.

The combination of format and content makes this a page worth visiting. And best of all, you don't have to! It supports as RSS feed.

As a final note, they even compete with gaming rag format via a pdf version.

All in all, if you are into gaming, give this site a few moments.

Note: they also cover other gaming besides online, a recent article on the DS game, Animal Crossing Wild World is an example.

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