PlayStation: The Official Magazine

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The first issue of PTOM
Editor-in-chiefRoger Burchill
CategoriesGaming
Frequency13 issues a year
Publisher Future plc / Future US
First issueSeptember 1997;21 years ago (1997-09)
Final issueDecember 25, 2012 (2012-12-25)
Country United States
LanguageEnglish
ISSN 1940-0721

PlayStation: The Official Magazine (PTOM) was a magazine originally known as PlayStation Magazine (PSM), becoming PlayStation: The Official Magazine in late 2007. PlayStation: The Official Magazine was published 13 times a year by Future plc until its cancellation in late 2012. [1] [2] [3]

Future plc British media company

Future plc is a British media company founded in 1985. It publishes more than 50 magazines in fields such as video games, technology, films, music, photography, home and knowledge. It is a constituent of the FTSE Fledgling Index. The company also owns the US company Future US.

Contents

PSM's UK-based partner magazine, PSM3 , was another Future publication.

PSM3 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.

History

PSM: 100% Independent PlayStation Magazine

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The first issue of PSM
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A cover near the end of the magazine's run as PSM

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The magazine launched with the September 1997 issue, which featured Final Fantasy VII on the cover. During its publication, it consistently outsold every other PlayStation-dedicated magazine both in the United States and abroad (according to independent ABC audits).[ citation needed ]

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PlayStation: The Official Magazine

After Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine was canceled, Sony Computer Entertainment announced on October 1, 2007 that PSM would become PlayStation: The Official Magazine.

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The last issue published under the PSM title was that of December 2007, becoming PlayStation: The Official Magazine with the following Christmas 2007 issue. While it did retain the same staff for a period of time lasting from December 2007 until January 2008, it eventually lost its remaining core editors, making PTOM a completely different magazine from the former PSM.

Due to the same setbacks that caused the cancelations of other video game magazines published by Future (mostly prominently Nintendo Power ), the magazine ceased publication after 15 years (5 as PlayStation: The Official Magazine) with its Christmas 2012 issue. [1] [2] [3]

Mascots and promotion

Banzai Chibi-Chan was something of a mascot in the first few years of PSM. Banzai Chibi-Chan head.png
Banzai Chibi-Chan was something of a mascot in the first few years of PSM.

In the beginning, PSM had an anime-style mascot named "Banzai Chibi-Chan", created and illustrated by Robert DeJesus. He was featured prominently in early issues and even inspired apparel and other accessories. He was later dropped, with the supposed reason being that the character was too childish and gave some the wrong impression about the magazine's intended audience.[ citation needed ]

A smiley face featuring an eye patch with a star on it was also used, but it too was eventually dropped after the magazine went through redesign in later years. The PSM Smiley Face was notable for its appearance throughout the magazine, as well as on "lid-sticker" inserts (large, circular stickers that could be placed decoratively on the lid of a PlayStation console), including one found in the first issue.

Some lid-stickers promotionally featured characters from PlayStation games being covered in the magazine. Other inserts included PlayStation memory card label stickers featuring visual themes similar to the lid-stickers, as well as video game tip sheets, instead of the demo discs that then-competitor Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine was known for.

As PTOM, from the July 2008 issue to the June 2009 issue, the magazine included promotional codes for free downloads of Qore , a subscription-based interactive online magazine for the PlayStation 3, available through the PlayStation Store. These free, promotional editions of Qore did not include some of the features available in the paid-for edition, such as playable demos. PTOM also had promotional pullout-style posters from time to time, to help advertise upcoming video game releases.

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References

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  2. 1 2 Reilly, Jim (6 November 2012). "PlayStation The Official Magazine Closing". Game Informer . GameStop Corporation . Retrieved 6 December 2012.
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