Just in case you hadn't noticed, this is the Hitman Absolution subforum. Hence the reason for the covers, and the fact there's 10 page articles in there.
I do realize that and that wasn't even my point. The point is that these magazine cover stories are nothing special. Everyone with two brain cells to rub together knows that. A big enough publisher has enough financial resources to push their product through the required big channels (including magazines). This is not because the product in question is special or "kick ass" -- but because a guy in a suit paid somebody else a considerable sum of money to put their product in the spotlight. Deluding yourself into thinking otherwise is just... well, let's say it's not the smartest thing to do.
Appearing in a magazine is not a big deal or out of the ordinary, but being on the front cover of more than 1 is quite a deal. Why? Exposure and more publicity because the front cover is the first thing people will see.
One pays for advertisement space (full spread, cover story, etc) = one gets the reserved/ordered space.
There is nothing inherently "special" about the practice. Considering that magazines like that are/could be considered obsolete in today's digital world, makes even the more obvious. The product on the cover isn't even important, somebody paid money for the space, somebody else agreed to cash in said sum of money, now the product in question in the front cover. You do realize that these mags get paid hefty sums by developers and publishers alike to feature their products and run "stories" about them, right? Don't even believe that these magazines are somehow "objective" with what and whom they run stories and "news" on -- or that Hitman is somehow special because it got a cover story. It's one market feeding the other -- and this is the oldest business practice at that.
Edited by Choronzon, 15 June 2012 - 04:55 AM.