Though mass market, large scale print video games media is an industry that’s a shell of its former self, there’s an awful lot of passion, creativity and talent in the gaming community – and it’s becoming ever clearer that gamers are still hungry for gaming news, reviews and features in a physical format. There’s little to match the pleasure of idly leafing through new articles in print format, seeing what features catch your eye and delving into everything of interest at your own pace.

It’s something that new indie publisher Lost in Cult are very aware of – and they’ve spent the past year putting together the first volume of a new journal: [lock-on]. The first volume is focused on the history and future of the PlayStation, along with further content beyond Sony’s mighty console brand. The first volume’s Kickstarter campaign has – at the time of writing – 20 days to go and is well on its way to being successfully funded.

What’s clear from the team behind [lock-on] is that they have a vast amount of expertise, knowledge and passion for gaming – and this has all been channelled into creating a product that is undeniably premium in feel, with an impressive list of talented writers and artists contributing to the journal. There really is a huge list of talented creators on board, which is clearly reflected in the visual quality of the journal and will no doubt be proven in the written content too. Important and insightful delves into different areas of gaming are promised, with articles that will look at the cultural and socio-political impact of the industry.

With Kickstarter exclusive editions – including a gorgeous hardback – and other benefits to backing [lock-on] during its crowdfunding campaign (not least helping to bring the project to fruition, but also stretch goals that’ll include bonus zines for reaching certain funding targets), it’s well worth checking it out and seeing what’s on offer for yourself. The first volume’s campaign page can be found here.

All that remains is to wish Lost in Cult the best of luck with the first volume and beyond; I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us with [lock-on].

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