One Video Game Outlet Managed To Crack The Top 20 U.S. Magazines

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Print is dying to the tune of a 5.6% drop in magazine sales in the United States for the first half of 2010, but one video game mag is still going strong.

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What game publication is able to hang with the Good Housekeepings and Woman's Days at the newsstands? Game Informer, that's what. According to figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulation, Game Informer is still circulating at more than 4.3 million copies a month.

No doubt, that's a rate boosted by its foothold in owner GameStop's stores, but whatever the basis of its success, its enough to shame the Ladies Home Journal.

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The mag with the biggest circulation? AARP: The Magazine, the American Association for Retired Person's official rag. It boasts an impressive 23.7 million issues. GI better hope AARP doesn't start scaling up its video game coverage.

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Some people criticize GI, and I certainly did about four years ago. However, I'm pleased to say that GI has been a quality publication for the last couple of years. Despite it's ownership, it is not the shameless ad venue that it could be, nor is it anymore biased than it's competitors.

Likewise, I'm impressed by the way that it's managed to stay relevant despite it's dated method of information delivery. They tend to score exclusive, in-depth stories. For example, I remember reading all about Bioshock in GI long before anyone else had info on it.