PSM3

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PSM3
EditorMarcus Hawkins (2000–2006)
Daniel Dawkins (2006–2012)
CategoriesGaming
FrequencyMonthly
Publisher Future plc
First issueOctober 2000
Final issue12 December 2012
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Website www.psm3mag.com
ISSN 1752-2625

PSM3 (short for PlayStation 3 Magazine) was a video game magazine specializing in all Sony video game consoles and handheld gaming platforms. It was published by Future plc, a UK-based publishing company.

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Contents

The magazine launched in October 2000 under the name PSM2 and quickly became one of the most popular unofficial PlayStation magazines on the market. It changed its name to PSM3 in issue 78, focusing more on Sony's PlayStation 3, but still covering PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 2. In July 2011, PSM3 underwent a redesign in an effort to appeal to the "needs of the modern, adult gamer." [1]

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On 13 November 2012, it was announced that both PSM3 and sister magazine Xbox World would be closed down by publisher Future. The final issue of both magazines went on sale on 12 December 2012.

Magazine team

PSM3 team (as of January 2010)
MemberPositionSpecialist in
Daniel DawkinsEditorAdventure
Andy HartupAssociate EditorRPGs
Owen HillProduction EditorFPS
Milford CoppockArt EditorRetro
Richard BroughtonDeputy Art EditorAction

PSM3 also had a number of regular freelance contributors, including writers from Edge , PC Gamer and NME .

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DVD

PSM3's cover disc was popular with readers because of its reviews. Each month, the writers recorded a commentary – much like a director's commentary or a podcast – over footage of recently released games.

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In 2007, PSM3 released a double sided disc. One side was the regular DVD and the other side consisted of high definition trailers of new games as well as screenshots and game saves, all of which can be transferred to a personal computer or PlayStation 3.

Blog

PSM3 had been running a blog since the middle of 2006. Initially it was run independently, but in early 2007 it became part of the CVG network, along with other Future games magazines, including Xbox World .

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Podcasts

On June 21, 2007, PSM3 announced that they would be releasing a podcast and requested suggestions for topics of discussion. The release of the first podcast was praised by readers, and this led to a second podcast (released on 31 July 2007). Again, readers were given the chance to put forward questions. Both of the podcasts were more than an hour long. Many further podcasts were produced since then.

In January 2013, the team produced their final episode and shared their thoughts in an emotional retrospective on 2012 and their history with PSM3. They signed off this episode by playing "I'm So Sorry" (from the game Portal 2).

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