UK – A Profound Waste of Time is a new videogame culture magazine that celebrates the art and design creativity found in gaming.
According to editor and art director Caspian Whistler, the title aims to provide audiences with new gaming content that honours the way print media has evolved. ‘Games are, in a short summary, where art and design cross over. It makes sense to have a publication that is all about design but mixed with a high level of artistry,’ he explains in a Kickstarter campaign. ‘We want to take all the best aspects of what makes games great and [present] it in a way that makes it respectful to the properties we’re talking about, while intelligently done.’
The first issue of the independent title will be created by professionals both inside and outside of the gaming industry. These include the likes of Ojiro Fumoto, a Nintendo employee and creator of indie game Downwell, and Midio Tafuri, writer and creator of Sonic Mania.
As gamers become more invested in the culture of gaming, content creators are exploring additional forms of media that help to contextualise and intellectualise video games.