I do miss the older issues. Everyone mentions Fat Bloke and how the magazine was great back then. To be honest, I also miss the
Jake Thorton(sp?) and Robin Dews days as well.
I'm constantly going back to my older issues to flip through them for ideas and whatnot. I can't seem to do so with the newer ones. Some things:
I cannot STAND the new Battle Report formats.
I HATE the stupid mock interviews with developers when a new product comes out. Interviewer: "Really? All High Elves strike first now? I didn't know that!!!" Well...uh, Warseer did for months...and YOU work there? Hm. I actually prefer the old style that just had the developer write up what he did, how and why he did it, and the obligatory "Conclusions" section that would start out with something like "All in all, I'm pleased with how Doom of the Eldar turned out".
Fluff is all but GONE pretty much. Someone mentioned the Codex Astartes articles and stuff like that. It seems to have been replaced with more advertisements.
Taking Golden Deamon, Games Day, and GT coverages out nearly altogether was one of the most IDIOTIC moves GW could do. That alone was one reason a lot of people bought the magazine in the first place.
You know, with the price rise, combined with the constant lack of material in comparison to the older issues, I am starting to get onboard with what Crazy Harborc said in his post. This really does sound like an attempt to phase WD out completely and put everything online.