Above is the cover for Issue #1 of kids’ gaming magazine, Megaton, which is released this Thursday. It’s a publication I have a vested interest in, given that I’ve contributed a few words to the launch issue, and I’m hoping it’s going to be big. I don’t see why it wouldn’t be – most kids’ mags are 40-50 thin pages in a bag with some plastic tat. Megaton is 100 pages of gaming reviews, features and officially licensed Cartoon Network comic strips. Gifts will be bound in with the mag, so they’re all going to be paper-based – the Tatsunoko vs. Capcom stickers in Issue 1 are pretty damned awesome.
What’s most interesting about it for me is that I’ve been involved with the mag from quite an early stage – and it’s been really interesting to see it develop, from the original concept, through various designs and ideas, to the finished product people will be getting their hands on this week. I’ve seen a number of pages in PDF form and it’s looking great – I know Japanese gaming mags were a big influence, but while there’s lots going on, it never comes across as looking too busy. I’m really excited to see how it looks in print.
Hopefully the young target audience – and, indeed, the parents likely to be buying the mag for their offspring in the first place – will see that Megaton is trying to do something a little different from the kids’ mag norm, and it’ll be the success I know it deserves to be. A lot of late nights and hard work have gone into the production of Megaton, and if you’ve got a relative aged 8-12 who’s interested in games or cartoons, then I’d recommend you pick up a copy.
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