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PlayStation: The Official Magazine

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PlayStation: The Official Magazine

Editor-in-chiefRoger Burchill
CategoriesGaming
Frequency13 issues a year
PublisherFuture plc / Future US
First issueSeptember 1997 ( 1997-09 )
Final issueDecember 25, 2012 ( 2012-12-25 )
CountryUnited States
Based inSouth San Francisco, CA
LanguageEnglish
ISSN1940-0721
FacebookOfficialPlayStationMagazine

Official US PlayStation Magazine is a monthly magazine devoted entirely to Sony game platforms, including PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PSP systems. Reflecting the magazine's mature and hardcore readership, magazine also features coverage on new technology and classic nerd pursuits, including anime. On November 14 2006, Ziff Davis announced that US OPM would close with its January 2007 issue. Despite its position in the marketplace, Sony's PlayStation did not have an Official Magazine in the US until two years after it debuted in the region. In its place, there were two unofficial magazines covering PS exclusively: Sendai's PSX, and Dimension Publishing's PSExtreme over in the UK, Meanwhile, Future Publishing signed an agreement with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe in 1995 to publish the Official PlayStation Magazine across the European continent, beginning with the UK edition in November 1995. This Magazine included Sony-sanction demo disc from very first issue, and UK edition was highest-selling Magazine in country for nearly half decade, only being supplant by its successor, Official UK PlayStation 2 Magazine. In 1997, Sony Computer Entertainment America saw Future's success with OPM in the UK and decided to sanction a similar Magazine for the US marketplace. Curiously, Future's US division was not awarded rights to publish Magazine; instead, honor went to Ziff Davis Media, which had made PSX Monthly Magazine in 1997. OPM's main sell is the disc included with each issue, which includes game demos, preview movies, and other bits of game coverage. This disc was made for PlayStation 1 at first; first PlayStation 2 demo disc debuted with issue 49 in October 2001. The Magazine then alternated between PS1 and PS2 discs for the next half-year; issue 54 was the last one with PS1 disc include. Since OPM's newsstand sales traditionally live and die by content of this disc, OPM's editors have more leeway on cover design and internals of their Magazine, giving it a sleek, avant-garde design unique among Ziff publications. Despite the disc, however, OPM's circulation has always lagged behind lower-price PSM. OPM's average pay circulation for the period between January-June 2006 was 252 267.

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Mascots and promotion

In the early years, PSM had an anime-style mascot named Banzai Chibi-Chan illustrated by Robert DeJesus. He was featured prominently through issues and even inspired apparel and other accessories. He was later dropped though. The reason is that he was too childish and gave some wrong impression about Magazine. Smiley Face with eye Patch was used before it too was drop. Face was notable for its inclusion on Lid sticker inserts, including First issue. After original Lid Stickers, few other Lid Stickers appear throughout the magazine's life span. Other inserts include tip sheets and memory card stickers with different game themes instead of demo discs competitor OPM was known for.

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