Dec 06 AT 4:31 PM Dustin Earley 45 Comments

Help fund PXL now: the auto-updating gaming magazine you’ve always wanted

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Magazines as we know them have reached their transition point. They’re slowly but surely making the switch to digital, but it isn’t playing out as smoothly as it could. In their current state, magazines shouldn’t just have their pages ported to digital pictures. Thanks to the Internet, writing something even a couple days before releasing it is outdated. That’s where PXL, the Android (and iPad) gaming magazine comes in.

PXL is a new type of gaming magazine that’s in the works right now, backed by a cast of all-star writers from PSM, Nintendo Power, Next Generation, Official Xbox Magazine, PlayStation: The Official Magazine, Joystiq and more. PXL will still utilize the per-issue pricing structure, but dynamic content is what sets it apart from the competition.

Issues will be updated with news and reviews as the week goes on, ensuring that readers are never out of the loop. So if some big story breaks, or a game review is finally eligible for publishing, the most current issue of PXL will be updated. Other apps and websites have adopted a magazine-esque design, but this is one of the first magazines that will adopt a website-esque content model.

As of right now, the first issue of PXL is slated for release in February of 2012 for just $0.99. The second issue won’t cost much more than that, but in order to get to that point, they need some help. PXL is on Kickstarter right now looking for $3,500 to get the magazine off the ground. They’ve already reached $500, and there’s still a month before the drive is over.

If PXL sounds like something you’d be interested in reading on your Android tablet, then head on over to Kickstarter and see what you can do.

Via: Joystiq

Source: Kickstarter

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • pcon

    Interesting concept. I’m a fan of things like this using kickstarter / rockethub to fund their project


    Contribution complete.. Sounds great ! Supporting up and coming ideas is awesome for everyone !

    • BlkSquad

      Yeah, with this hopefully expanding to all games after launch I can dump Gamestop and GameInformer. Donation made.

      • kevin charliethesuperturtle

        Good job merf!

    • WarDrake

      WOW!! when did you hit 100?

      • BiGMERF

        took me 2 years while others seem to be doing it OVERNIGHT !

    • Mark Thompson

      Contributed as well. I hope this gets popular.

    • Sean the Electrofreak

      The Dollars for Electrofreak fund is accepting donations as well, MERF! :p

  • ph4nthom

    It would definately be wonderful tool to have. As a hardcore gamer it’s hard to find games on my phone and iPad that truly address my interests. Cute arcade games can be fun for a short period, however sometimes excellent story/graphics/game play can go a long way to makeing a good mobile game. Unfortunately, it’s becoming hard to figure out which ones will truly interest me.

  • stenzor

    There have been a lot of great quality digital magazines out lately.. I’ll be sure to check this one out

  • Alex

    If I win a Tegra tablet from you guys I would be more than happy to try this out!

  • MarkT

    Something different is good. Hopefully something that changes the publication model.

    • Bryan Stoner

      It would be awesome if they could get a whole bunch of exclusive content to help make them stand out.

  • thekaz

    It sounds interesting, but what differentiates this from a gaming blog..?

    • BlkSquad

      This is my question as well.

    • ndub21

      I’m curious about the same thing. Since it continually updates, it sounds less like a magazine and more like a website or blog.

    • dafi81

      me too!

  • kazahani

    I remember reading Nintendo Power as a wee boy!

    I am definately looking forward to this!

  • erikiksaz

    Sounds like a good cause.

    Most other large gaming websites are all corporate owned, so they end up posting glowing reviews for obviously shit-poor games.

    I’m all for the underdogs that will show the quality of games in their true light.

  • Deeds

    This is a great idea. I can’t believe nobody has really thought of this before.

  • Nathan D.

    This is kinda cool I might try it sometime in the near future.

  • Adryan maldonado

    Sounds kinda interesting but i unfortunately dont have that kinda of cash. I know i dont have to put that much but even 50 dollars is a lot of money to me right now

  •!/profile.php?id=583695634&ref=profile rahuly2k7

    This is pretty interesting. I will try it out when it comes out.

  • traicer

    i just backed this up with the 10 dollar deal. one year subscription for 10 dollars is a good deal.

  • myandroid99

    i never wanted this

  • Alec Waddelow

    It definitely sounds like a promising project. I think I’ll support it.

  • Peter Dowling

    Its tempting, but with the pervasiveness of bad tech writing out there (Androidandme not included) how can we be sure this won’t be just more fanboy cryouts?

  • myandroid99

    played this game once

  • Michael Ian

    This looks cool. Hopefully its better than Game informers horrid digital magazine.

  • zyphbear

    Personally, I love this concept, it’s a good merging of the old magazine model and the internet in a nicer format and still a nice price too. I wish I had a Tablet type device to really be able to take advantage of it. I think I might contribute anyway on Payday just to help get it going.

    Small note, I do hope they have a reasonable way to be able to let you know what content is new in still an organized fashion.

  • gorwin

    Give Tegra tablet, receive funding.

  • olen

    haven’t been reading game magz but this sounds interesting

    • donger

      interesting indeed

  • Fabio Rojas

    lets give this guy a kick to start

  • Bryan Stoner

    My game informer subscription is almost about to run out. With an update system like this I might just have to give PXL a try.

  • Merridus

    That sounds like a really interesting concept. Come pay day in a weeks time I think i’ll have to contribute.

  • Slith

    I’m down with this.

  • Ilyse Rose

    And this is why I love Kickstarter

  • MoSDeeb

    Sounds like a great idea and from the details seems lime the writers are very enthusiastic

  • HoLfElDeR

    I just need percentli rank sto this is why i comment :D

  • B2L

    Just contributed, seems like money well spent. :)

  • tokra

    Looks interesting :) Gonna think about pledging!

  • Shadowlore

    I ran into an online magazine about a year ago that did something similar. It used an embedded PDF and flash combination to produce a pretty cool magazine. I’ll have to go back and see if I can find the emails I traded back and forth with some friends when I stumbled across it.

    I like the idea of this, but at the same time.. I wonder how they’re going to be able to pull it off. Even places like IGN have struggled to keep on top of game reviews and such.. (as has been apparent by some of their recent reviews that aren’t actual reviews, but reviews of PARTS of games)

  • LukeT32

    Silly question: what makes it an online magazine and not a news website? Other then you pay to read the articles…..

    • phaet2112

      that is the biggest reason magazines can’t truly succeed- especially when so many other gaming news sites offer similar content w/o a subscription