Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine

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Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine
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The final issue of the OPM U.S.
Categories Video game
Publisher Ziff Davis Media
First issueOctober 1997;21 years ago (1997-10)
Final issueJanuary 2007 (2007-01)
Based in San Francisco, California, U.S.
Language English

Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (often abbreviated to OPM) is a now-defunct monthly video game magazine, published by Ziff Davis Media. It was a sister publication of Electronic Gaming Monthly . The magazine focused exclusively on PlayStation hardware, software, and culture, covering the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable. Each issue included a disc that contained playable demos and videos of PlayStation games. The magazine was produced for nearly ten years. The first issue, cover dated October 1997, was published September 23, 1997, [1] while the final issue was cover dated January 2007.

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One month after OPM was discontinued, in January 2007, the independent PlayStation magazine PSM became PlayStation: The Official Magazine , replacing OPM as the official magazine focusing on Sony game consoles.

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The final incarnation of the OPM staff included:

Past members included:

Demo discs

OPM was the first gaming magazine to include a disc that featured playable demos of PlayStation games. Beginning with issue one, each magazine came with a disc containing playable PlayStation game demos and non-playable video footage. Later, interviews, industry event coverage, and video walkthroughs of games would also be included on the discs. Beginning with issue 49 (October 2001), the magazine came with a PlayStation 2 demo disc, though for a time it would still be alternated with original PlayStation demo discs. Issues 50, 52, and 54 were the last issues to include demo discs for the original PlayStation. All of the demo discs were developed by LifeLike Productions, Inc.

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OPM had released one PlayStation Portable demo, Killzone Liberation . It was available only with the purchase of retail copies rather than subscription issues. The magazine was discontinued before making the assumed transition to PlayStation 3 demo discs.

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OPM demo discs for PS1 and PS2 were listed in order: - Outer Space/Space Station Section (Issues #1-5)

- Science Lab Section (Issues #6-8)

- Space Car Cockpit Section (Issues #9-11)

- Semi-Dark Semi-Gloomy City Section (Issues #12-15)

- Space Drive-in Section (Issues #16-19)

- Disc Making Factory Section (Issues #20-24)

- Monorail Station Section (Issues #25-28)

- Robot in the City Section (Issues #29-32)

- Atlantis Section (Issues #33-36)

- Future City Section (Issues #37-40)

- Dr. Evil Fish Section (Issues #41-46)

- Orb Crystal Section (Issues #47,48, and 50)

- Square lines Section (Issues #51, 53, 55, and 56)/Galaxy Map Section (Issues #52 and 54)

- Submarine Section (Issues #57-61)

- Mountain Section (Issues #62-64)

- Cubed Circles Section (Issues #65-68)

- Square Frames Section (Issues #69-72)

- Square Frames Section (Issues #73-76)

- Fog Section (Issues #77-80)

- Seeable Frame Grab Section (Issues #81-84)

- Blue Screen Section (Issues #85-89)

-Dark Blue/Gray Crossbars Section (Issues #90-112)

International editions

Similar international editions of the magazine exist in Sweden, Finland, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Brazil and Australia. The Belgian edition is also published in the Netherlands.

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The Australian edition was originally published by Next Media bi-monthly, but eventually became a monthly magazine. APC published the magazine after issue 18. It is currently published by Derwent Howard and is edited by Narayan Pattison.

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  1. "Tidbits...". Electronic Gaming Monthly . No. 99. Ziff Davis. October 1997. p. 22.

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