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Farewell, PSM3: Final issue on sale now

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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.

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9 comments

  • Boomer360 - December 16, 2012 3:05 p.m.

    This SUCKS.. Im gonna go cry now..
  • sternparez - December 13, 2012 11:58 a.m.

    I have every single issue of PSM2/3 the finest magazine there ever was. Mainly because it shared my view that Metal Gear Solid and Pro Evolution Soccer are the 2 greatest game series' ever.
  • Lucario995 - December 12, 2012 1:10 p.m.

    Why are they shutting down all the game magazines? First Nintendo Power, now this.
  • Person5 - December 12, 2012 10:49 p.m.

    Probably because people don't buy them anymore. We have the internet and most people would rather go to a website to get updated on the latest gaming news, than going to a grocery store or gas station to find out what the buzz is.
  • Boomer360 - December 16, 2012 3:05 p.m.

    I know right? The same happened to EGM, but luckily it revivied:D
  • FoxdenRacing - December 12, 2012 10:01 a.m.

    Hey Justin, if you're still reading the comments here: Roughly what window of time did you write for them in? I might have been reading your articles and not even known it.
  • Rhymenocerous - December 12, 2012 8:29 a.m.

    I remember my mate once buying me an issue of PSM2 when I was getting a PS2 for christmas (but couldn't actually find one until Feb 2001). I remember Dark Cloud on the dvd, and the hilarious (and then quite unique)audio reviews on the disc. Side Note: That same mate featured on the dvd for winning the time trial of Hitman 2... By exploiting a glitch that allowed you to repeatedly stab with a kitchen knife at light speed. Good times.
  • FoxdenRacing - December 12, 2012 7:33 a.m.

    Ouch...I was a subscriber before it renamed itself to PSM2. When Gamepro started sliding, and PS/PS2 was my main console, that's where I went. RIP.
  • bass88 - December 12, 2012 5:39 a.m.

    That's a shame. Why is it closing down? Is the staff being moved to other Future magazines or is it another sad story of the recession?

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