We often run stories pointing out the wonderful and innovative things our colleagues at Future do. But this is a personal tribute to a wonderful games magazine that is about to publish its final issue in the UK. That magazine is PSM3 and here is its last ever cover, which goes on sale in the UK today, December 12, in retailers and on Apple's Newsstand.
Live in the UK? Grab the final issue of PSM3 for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch from Apple Newsstand for only £2.99
Live in the US? Grab the latest issue of PSM3 for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch from Apple Newsstand for only $4.99
The final issue of the magazine is packed with content, including the 25 greatest PlayStation games ever (as voted for by the PSM3 team), plus the 50 greatest PlayStation moments of all time. There will also be a ten-page celebratory retrospective, including the Top 5 PSM3 covers ever, Top 10 PSM3 features ever, Top 5 regulars, Worst 5 games ever and staff profiles. Where are all the old team now?
It's truly the end of an era as the last of Future's independent single-platform games magazines closes its doors. An era that had a profound effect on this writer. So allow me a little time to explain why the magazine was so important to me...
Back when I was at university (and the magazine was called PSM2), I featured it in my dissertation, which examined bias in videogame reviews. I chose it to represent the independent sector of the PS2 market, examining how it fared compared to a sample of other PS2 magazines. Lo and behold, it emerged victorious as the least-biased games magazine on the market – at least according to my personal methodology.
So imagine my delight when I got my job on GamesRadar and ended up freelancing for it. I still remember former Radarite Ben Richardson being offered some reviews as freelance from a handwritten list and plucking up the courage to ask whether I could do one. I was given Micro Machines V4 to review. I began with the strapline ‘Baize against the machine’ (yes, the Towell Joke factory may have been in its formative stages, but early output was still strong).
From then on, I regularly contributed to the mag, reviewing Virtua Fighter 5 for it among other highlights. It always felt like a privilege to write for it (the same feeling I still get for Gamesmaster), especially as the team of writers behind it has always been so awesome. To be listed as a contributor, just as a peripheral, honorary member of the regular team, has always given me a warm, fuzzy feeling.
But now it’s gone. Forever. I’m reminded of a line in Silver Ginger 5’s Monkey Zoo. “I bet you didn’t know that you take a piece of me away with you / Now it’s too damn late to say I love you”. Well, it’s true, except the last bit: It isn’t too late to say that. Rest in peace, PSM3 – you’ll always be with me.