It was announced today that Next Generation Magazine will be folded. The upcoming January issue will be the last. Next Gen was my personal favorite among videogame magazines, ever since the very beginning. It was, and remains, the only games source that wasn't aimed at 8-14-year-olds. The writers and editors were always the most informed and intelligent people in the business, the writing was always sharp, and the reviews were the smartest and most elegant game reviews found anywhere. Next Generation treated videogames as something more than kids' toys, and something greater than the latest shiny fad. They treated their subject for what it is: an important element of our popular culture; sometimes silly and goofy, sometimes approaching art, always entertaining. Now if you want to read about videogames, you're stuck with...groan...GamePro, EGM, Game Informer...glorified toy catalogues.