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Encyclopedia > Electronic Gaming Monthly
Electronic Gaming Monthly

May 2006 cover
Type Video game magazine
Format Paper magazine

Owner Jim Louderback
Publisher Ziff Davis Media
Editor Dan "Shoe" Hsu
Founded Summer 1989, by Steve Harris
Language English
Price US$5.99 CAN $7.99
Headquarters San Francisco, California
ISSN 1058-918X

Website: egm.1up.com

Electronic Gaming Monthly (often abbreviated to EGM) is an American video game magazine. It is published by Ziff-Davis as part of the 1UP Network and releases 12 issues a year (and an occasional extra "13th" issue for the Christmas season, also known as the "Smarch" issue, a reference to an episode of The Simpsons).[citation needed] Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Image File history File links EGM_200. ... Computer and video games redirects here. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Ziff Davis Media Inc. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... ISSN, or International Standard Serial Number, is the unique eight-digit number applied to a periodical publication including electronic serials. ... A video game magazine is a magazine that talks about video games on PC, other computers or video game consoles. ... Ziff Davis Inc. ... ... Several memes (often neologisms) that started on The Simpsons have now become mainstream words or sayings. ... Simpsons redirects here. ...


EGM concentrates on news regarding current video game consoles (see magazine content for detailed information). The December 2006 issue introduces new sections, expanded reviews, and focuses more on the acronym of the magazine's title in a redesign. This is the first issue redesign since June 2003. EGM has said that the reason for the design shift is to keep more in line with the site layout of their website, 1up.com. Game console redirects here. ... Electronic Gaming Monthly (often abbreviated to EGM) is an American video game magazine. ... December 2006 is the twelfth and final month of the year and will begin in 2 day(s). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Backronym and Apronym (Discuss) Acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations, such as NATO, laser, and ABC, written as the initial letter or letters of words, and pronounced on the basis of this abbreviated written form. ... June 2003 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December Events June 1, 2003 The Group of Eight summit opens in Evian, France to tight security and tens of thousands of protestors. ...


In 1994, EGM spawned EGM2. EGM2 focused on expanded cheats and tricks (i.e. with maps and guides). The spin-off publication eventually became Expert Gamer, and, finally, to the defunct GameNOW. Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Cover of the first issue of EGM2 (#1, July 1994): Super Street Fighter II vs. ... Cover of the final issue of Expert Gamer (#88, October 2001): Mario Kart: Super Circuit. ... Cover of Issue #18 (April 2003): The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Cover of Issue #20 (June 2003): Mega Man 15th Anniversary Special (collectible cover 2 of 2) The infamous Final Fantasy VIII screenshot GameNOW (occasionally abbreviated to GN) is a United States-based video game magazine that was...

Contents

Staff

Writers for the magazine, past and present, include founder Steve Harris, long-time editor-in-chief Ed Semrad, Martin Alessi, Ken Williams (Sushi-X), "Trickman" Terry Minnich, Danyon Carpenter, Mark "Candyman" LeFebvre, Mike Weigand a.k.a Major Mike (now Managing Editor at GamePro), Al Manuel, Andrew "Cyber-Boy" Baran, Howard Grossman, Mark "Mo" Hain, Mike Vallas, current 1 UP network Editorial Director Dan Hsu (aka "Shoe"), current EGM Editor-in-Chief James Mielke, artist Jeremy "Norm" Scott, Shawn "Shawnimal" Smith, Kelly Rickard, John Davison, Kraig Kujawa, Dean Hager, and Mark Macdonald (who later went on to become director of Gamevideos.com before leaving Ziff-Davis). Currently, EGM features: Todd "The Sports Game Guy" Zuniga, Crispin Boyer, John Ricciardi, Jennifer Tsao, Greg Sewart, Michael Donahoe, Demian Linn, Greg Ford, and Shane "Mangod" Bettenhausen. GamePro is an American video game magazine published monthly. ... Dan Hsu is currently editor-in-chief for the video-game magazine Electronic Gaming Monthly. ... Jeremy Norm Scott is the creator of the comic strip Hsu and Chan that appears the video game magazine Electronic Gaming Monthly. ...


Personalities featured in the magazine include gossip columnist "Quartermann," (or Q-Man or The Q) originally penned by Steve Harris and assisted by Ed Semrad, Danyon Carpenter, Andrew Baran and Chris Johnston.[citation needed] More recently, Quartermann has been penned by former editorial director John Davison and executive editor Shane Bettenhausen.[citation needed] Many items from the column have indeed come to fruition (such as the impending announcement of a competing game console by Microsoft, which eventually became the Xbox), though many have not (Panzer Dragoon sequel on Sega Dreamcast). Controversy followed the magazine in April 2000 when the column speculated on a port of Metal Gear Solid (PS1) for the Dreamcast, with many gaming news outlets (including international ones) taking this as fact and reporting it as their own, leading to a virtual scolding by the columnist a month after for this practice. Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... The Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ... Panzer Dragoon is a series of video games by SEGA, created first by its internal Team Andromeda and later, the Smilebit development team. ... This article is about the video game company. ... The Dreamcast , code-named White Belt, Black Belt, Dural, Dricas, Vortex, Katana, Shark, and Guppy during development) is Segas last video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. ... This article is about the original PlayStation game. ... For other uses, see PlayStation (disambiguation). ...


Another long-time personality is Seanbaby who pens the "Rest of the Crap" section found at the end of the magazine. The column reviews poor-quality games or includes more unorthodox columns and lists. Favorite targets include the "Barbie" games, as well as games based on the TV show That's So Raven, cosplayers, and those who frequent gaming tradeshow E3. Sean Reiley (born June 15, 1976), better known by his nickname Seanbaby, is an American writer best-known for his comedy website. ... Information Occupation See: Barbies careers Family See: List of Barbies friends and family Created by Ruth Handler Barbie is a best-selling fashion doll launched in 1959. ... Thats So Raven is an American Emmy Award-nominated[1] sitcom television series broadcast on the Disney Channel. ... Cosplayers Cosplay ), a portmanteau of the English words costume and play, is a Japanese subculture centered on dressing as characters from manga, anime, tokusatsu, and video games, and, less commonly, Japanese live action television shows, fantasy movies, Japanese pop music bands, Visual Kei, fantasy music stories (such as stories by... E³ logo The Electronic Entertainment Expo, commonly known as E³, was an annual trade show for the computer and video games industry presented by the Entertainment Software Association. ...


Perhaps the most infamous personality is "Sushi-X", a pseudonym for a reviewer (and, at times, someone who had a mini-letters section) who was modeled after Taco-X of the multi-panel review team of the Japanese publication Famitsu, which inspired EGM's own review style. A supporter of fighting games (Street Fighter in particular) and detractor of RPGs and portable systems, Sushi-X was originally David Siller in the early years and then taken over by Ken Williams for almost a decade. EGMs resident review ninja: Sushi-X Sushi-X was a popular character played by many Electronic Gaming Monthly and GameNOW editors. ... Cover art for Issue 1 of Famitsū magazine, June 1986, then known as Famicom Tsūshin Famitsū abbreviated ファミ Fami) is a Japanese video game magazine published by Enterbrain, Inc. ... Screenshot of Street Fighter (arcade version). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


After Ken's departure the moniker was used by several people through the years until phased out by Ziff Davis as a "maturing" of the magazine; initially, the magazine did seem to have planned to have another fictional character, Elephant Sak (or E-Sak) which was the name of a created character by the editors from the game WWF Attitude, take over Sushi-X. The magazine teased the audience with a highlighted silhouette of the character in the photo box as the next reviewer in the issues from the last half of 1999. This never came to fruition. WWF Attitude is a professional wrestling video game released by Acclaim Entertainment in 1999 for the PlayStation and Nintendo 64. ...


More recent "mascots" for the magazine include a Space Invaders alien, which acts as an anchor to any written work in the mag as well as symbolizing reactions from games from E3 ("Awesome", "Terrible", etc.). Additionally, there is also a robot handed out as a trophy for their yearly awards as well as an award named after Tobias Bruckner from Turok: Evolution, which is given as dubious honors to the worst aspects of the past year in gaming. Space Invaders ) is an arcade video game designed by Tomohiro Nishikado in 1978. ...


Magazine content

EGM features news coverage on current video game consoles including, at the moment, the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii consoles. It also currently covers the portable gaming systems Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable, in addition to reviews and previews for the games released on the aforementioned consoles. Computer games were once more prominent but are now just occasionally mentioned, as these are the territory of EGM's sister publication, Games for Windows: The Official Magazine. Cell phone games have recently seen coverage on the magazine as well, though this has been rare as well. Game console redirects here. ... It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ... The PlayStation 3 , trademarked PLAYSTATION®3,[3] commonly abbreviated PS3) is the third home video game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment; successor to the PlayStation 2. ... The Wii (pronounced as the pronoun we, IPA: ) is the fifth home video game console released by Nintendo. ... NDS redirects here. ... The PlayStation Portable , officially abbreviated as PSP) is a handheld game console released and currently manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. ... This article needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ... A mobile game is a commercial product that is distributed to the customer using mobile operators network. ...


The first issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly came out in the summer of 1989, featuring Mega Man 2 as its cover story. The third issue famously featured a then-obscure Fabio on the cover for the game Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors II and yet another issue featured Bruce Willis as Hudson Hawk in Issue 23, promoting the game based on the movie of the same name, along with Jean-Claude Van Damme reprising his role as Colonel Guile from the movie to promote Street Fighter: The Movie on the cover of Issue 75. This article is about the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Famicom game. ... Fabio Lanzoni (born March 15, 1959), widely known simply as Fabio, is a male fashion model who appeared on the cover of hundreds of romance novels throughout the 1980s and 1990s. ... Walter Bruce Willis (born March 19, 1955) is a Golden Globe- and double Emmy-winning German-born American actor and singer. ... Hudson Hawk is a 1991 film, directed by Michael Lehmann. ... Van Damme redirects here. ...


After the editorial, the magazine begins with the letters section, followed by Press Start, which includes newsbits, previews of upcoming games, and developer interviews. This is then proceeded by their features for the month (including the cover story), then the review section. The issue ends with more light-hearted fare such as Seanbaby's "Rest of the Crap", Jeremy "Norm" Scott's "The Adventures of Hsu and Chan" comic, and a transcript of a debate on a current topic, among others. Chan (left) and Hsu (right) in a panel from the February 2005 (EGM #188) strip Trouble at Port! Hsu and Chan is a comic created by Jeremy Norm Scott that appears in the video game magazine Electronic Gaming Monthly. ...


Until 2005, the magazine also had a cheats and tricks section named "Tricks of the Trade", originally ran by Terry "Trickman" Minnich and proceeded by David Hodgson in the early 2000s.


Issues from the early 1990s also featured heavy coverage on arcade games and international games (particularly from Japan and Europe), complete with full previews and hints and tricks, although this has been scaled back in recent years to a single page for the international section, with the Arcade Action section essentially defunct. Similarly, a more "general entertainment" section rounded out the magazine at this period of time as well, including reviews of comic books, movies, and gadgets. A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of...


Throughout much of its publication, the magazine has included multiple covers (including the South Park issue, as well as the Kingdom Hearts II intro issue, the Xbox 360 intro, the 200th issue, the Gears of War issue),and the Super Smash Bros. Brawl issue. mini-posters for then-current games with the newsstand issues, as well as occasional one-page extras such as alternate game box cover art slips and calendars for such titles as Jade Empire and God of War. This article is about the TV series. ... Kingdom Hearts II ) is an action role-playing game developed by Square Enix and published by Square Enix and Buena Vista Games (now Disney Interactive Studios) in 2005 for the Sony PlayStation 2 video game console. ... Gears of War is a tactical third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games (the creators of the Unreal series) using Unreal Engine 3. ... Jade Empire is an action RPG developed by Canadian developer BioWare. ... This article is for the PlayStation 2 game. ...


Occasionally, the magazine also leaves secret messages in their writing, deciphered by combining the first letters found in every sentence in a paragraph. For the most part, the messages were simple ones such as "EGM Rules", although rumor has it that the messages sometimes took pot-shots at their competitors and non-favored game companies.[citation needed]


From October 2004 to January 2005 (and including 2004's "Smarch" issue), the magazine included DVDs with newsstand issues, which gained both positive and negative feedback. Positive feedback was mostly received for having plenty of features and interesting Bonus Material, like a Seanbaby video diary of E3, clips of the top upcoming games, desktop wallpapers, MP3s by game-inspired artists, and exclusive or rare episodes of internet phenom Red vs. Blue, but negative feedback was also received for increasing the price of newsstand issues including the DVDs, as well as not being available with subscriber issues (this last point is also a consistent complaint about the mini-posters, although posters have been included with subscriptions in recent years). DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... For other uses, see MP3 (disambiguation). ... For divisions in United States politics, see Red states and blue states. ...


April Fool's

EGM is also notorious for its April Fool's pranks, with many readers sending threatening letters to EGM. Their most popular jokes have included: Electronic Gaming Monthly is famous for April Fools Day jokes. ... April Fools Day or All Fools Day, though not a holiday in its own right, is a notable day celebrated in many countries on 1 April. ...

  • 1992: The legendary Sheng Long code for Street Fighter II in which players had to complete near-impossible tasks all the way through the final boss, M. Bison: Once there, the player could neither touch nor be touched by the boss for ten rounds, but at the end of this period the character Sheng Long would jump into the screen, destroy M. Bison, then challenge the player, this is EGM's first (and possibly most infamous) prank.
  • 1998: "All Bonds" cheat in GoldenEye 007
  • 2000: The announcement of the new game system Giga Intellivision from Mattel, complete with "Sense Heightening Interactive Technology" (S-H-I-T), which was supposedly more powerful than the then-upcoming PlayStation 2's Emotion Engine, complete with the tagline, "Feel it, Sony". Because the same issue came with the announcement of the mature-rated Conker's Bad Fur Day from perceived squeaky-clean Nintendo, additional controversy arose because many people believed that the Conker announcement was, in fact, the joke.
  • 2001 issue included a small article in which the writers announced that Sega had found a warehouse full of old Sega Neptunes and was selling them on a website. The site referenced redirected to an online shopping site, where internet users were greeted by an "April Fools!" after adding the product to the cart.
  • 2002: Super Smash Bros. Melee's "Unlock Sonic and Tails" code, where players had to defeat 20 opponents in Cruel Melee mode. The prank went widely believed for months, to a point where rival magazine Nintendo Power had to create a blurb to try and explain the origin of the rumor. It also ended in retribution for readers who wanted their favorite Sega characters duking it out with Nintendo's characters, which would seem like a play on their rivalry back in the 1990s. After the prank was revealed, EGM held a contest where those who sent in videos of their Cruel Melee battles with over 20 KOs would win a copy of Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. In the November 2006 issue (#209), an article named "the BIG ones" suggests Sonic will reappear as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which turned out to be true.[citation needed]
  • 2003: The topless cheat for Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball in which you were supposed to go to a career mode and reset the game while at the same play no beach volley ball and return to the menu and in the suit-selection menu there would be a topless feature, this confused many people, some attempted it and sent several angry letters.
  • 2004: A small false preview for a The Lord of the Rings Kart-Racer that EGM claimed for it to be one of the first games for the PSP. There was a small clue in the fake game-screen, it showed the lap times that the total time would add up to 4/1/04 subliminally saying April Fools Day.
  • 2005: EGM told readers if they preordered the upcoming realistic-looking Legend of Zelda game (which would eventually be called The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess) they would receive a copy of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker with updated graphics equal to those of the new game, accompanied by a screenshot. Ironically, Anime Insider believed the prank and published a small article telling people about the supposed preorder deal in the video game section, and many readers of the magazine were left infuriated that they had asked game stores about it only to get a puzzled look in return.
  • 2006: A report stating that Apple was making a portable gaming device called the iGame, as well as an idea that Apple will sell games for it. However, Apple now sells games for the iPod as part of the iTunes Music Store, which eventually did prove some of the article true.
  • 2007: A preview for Mushroom Kingdom Hearts, a new game in the Kingdom Hearts series, exclusive to the Wii and the third installment into the Kingdom Hearts Series (fourth if the side-story Chain of Memories is to be counted). The game would star numerous Disney characters as well as exactly 41 characters from Nintendo properties such as Mario, who would be a playable character.
  • 2008: A preview for Lego Halo

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The Greatest 200 Videogames of Their Time

As a celebration of their 200th printed issue, Electronic Gaming Monthly released their list of "The Greatest 200 Videogames of Their Time." They ranked the games based on how much of an impact the titles originally had on arcade or consoles, rather than a compilation of games based upon how well they hold up today.


Super Mario Bros. topped the list; among the 200 games are ten starring Mario, including four titles in the top twenty. Pac-Man followed at number two, with Street Fighter II, Tetris, and The Legend of Zelda completing the top five. Only three games from the 2000s are featured in the top forty. The games are: Grand Theft Auto III at number nine, Halo: Combat Evolved at number 18, and Phantasy Star Online at number 21. This article is about the Super Mario Brothers video game for the NES. For other uses, see Super Mario Bros. ... Mario ) is a video game character created by Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto and the official mascot of Nintendo. ... Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and licensed for distribution by Midway Games in 1979. ... Street Fighter II ) is a 1991 competitive fighting game by Capcom. ... Tetris (Russian: ) is a falling-blocks puzzle video game, released on a large spectrum of platforms. ... This article is about the first game in the series. ... This article is about the decade of 2000-2009. ... Grand Theft Auto III (sometimes abbreviated as GTA III or GTA3) is an action computer and video game developed by DMA Design (now Rockstar North), published by Rockstar Games in October 2001 for the PlayStation 2 video game console, May 2002 for Windows-based personal computers, and in November 2003... Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. ... Phantasy Star Online (PSO) is an online Action RPG title, originally released for Dreamcast in 2000. ...


Review philosophy

EGM's review scale is based on a letter grade system in which each game receives a grade that indicates the quality of the game. Games are currently reviewed by a team of three members (originally four until the year 2000) out of a pool of editors who are known as "The Review Crew." They each assign a grade to the game and write a few paragraphs about their opinion of the game. The magazine makes a strong stance that a grade of C is average. Towards the top of the scale, awards are given to games that average an B- or higher from the three individual grade: "Silver" awards for games averaging a grade of B- to B+; "Gold" awards for games averaging a grade of A- or A; and "Platinum" awards for games with three A+ grades. (This award has not yet been given under the revamped system). The current letter grade system has replaced a long-standing 0-10 scale as of 2008.


In addition, they give the game (or multiple games in the event of a tie, as with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for Xbox and NCAA Football 2006) with the highest average score for that issue a "Game of the Month" award. If a "Game of the Month" title receives a port to another console, that version will be disqualified from that month's award, such as with Resident Evil 4, which won the award for the Nintendo GameCube version and subsequently received the highest scores for the PlayStation 2 port months later. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the fifth video game in the Grand Theft Auto series. ... NCAA Football 2006 is a American college football video game. ... Resident Evil 4, known in Japan as biohazard 4 ), is a third-person shooter, published and developed by Capcom. ...


In 2003, EGM has also begun giving games that earned unanimously bad scores a "Shame of the Month" award. As there isn't always such a game in each issue, this award is only given out when a game qualifies.


Originally, a team of four editors reviewed all the games. This process was eventually dropped in favor of a system that added more reviewers to the staff so that no one person reviewed all the games for the month.


Though the scores range from 0-10 (on the previous numerical scale), the only games that the magazine gave a zero to so far were Mortal Kombat Advance, The Guy Game, and Ping Pals. Mortal Kombat Advance is a fighting game for the Game Boy Advance. ... The Guy Game is an adult video game for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC. Presented in a trivia gameshow style supporting up to four players, it consists of 20 episodes containing about 1000 questions. ... Ping Pals is a chat/accessory program developed by WayForward Technologies and published by THQ for the Nintendo DS. It was released on December 8, 2004 in North America. ...


Platinum awards

There have been many Silver and Gold awards given at EGM over the years but the prestigious "Platinum" award has been rarely given. To date, EGM only has a recorded 14 Platinum-worthy games (again, not including games in the era when games scoring 9.0 or up were given the same-named award)-- Japanese gaming publication Famitsu and British gaming magazine Edge are some of the few magazines that have given fewer games 'perfect' scores. These games in chronological order of when they were reviewed are as follows: Cover art for Issue 1 of Famitsū magazine, June 1986, then known as Famicom Tsūshin Famitsū abbreviated ファミ Fami) is a Japanese video game magazine published by Enterbrain, Inc. ... Edge is a multi-format computer and video game magazine published by Future Publishing in the United Kingdom. ...

* Both the PS and DC versions of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 earned 10-averages but are treated as one game in EGM's records as the Dreamcast version was only reviewed by a single reviewer whereas the PlayStation game was handled by the standard team of 3 This article is about the original PlayStation game. ... The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was a video game released in 1998, and the first Zelda game for the Nintendo 64. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Gran Turismo 2 (commonly abbreviated to GT2) is a racing game for the Sony PlayStation. ... Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2, often called THPS2, is the second game in the Tony Hawks series. ... Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. ... Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (released in October 2002) is the fourth video game in the hit Grand Theft Auto series. ... This article is about the game. ... Halo 2 is a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie Studios. ... Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the fifth video game in the Grand Theft Auto series. ... BioShock is a first-person shooter[10] video game by 2K Boston/2K Australia (previously Irrational Games),[11] designed by Ken Levine. ...


** Halo 2 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas were both given the commendation in the same issue (December 2004), receiving the distinction of being the only two Platinum-rated games reviewed in the same issue.


Game of the Year

The magazine also has its Game of the Year (along with other standard awards such as Game of the Year in a given genre or a certain console or technical accomplishments), which are usually announced in the March issue. Game of the Year winners since the magazine's inception are:

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International expansion

EGM en Español was released in Mexico in November 2002. It is published by Editorial Televisa and is edited by a different staff. Sometimes the content is more focused to the Latin American gaming crowd (e.g. soccer games have more attention than NASCAR or American football games), as well as the humor and other features. Sometimes it features jokes among the Mexican community (much of this is credited to Daniel Avilés, managing editor, who expands his particular humour on his blog and podcast) and supports the production with a poster insert every month. Adrián Carbajal “Carqui”, with a long experience in Mexican gaming magazines (prior to EGM en Español, he worked in now competitor publications Club Nintendo and Atomix), is the editor-in-chief since issue #1. Soccer redirects here. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ...


EGM was also published in Brazil as EGM Brasil by Conrad Editora since 2003. Since the last quarter of 2005, EGM Brasil is being published by Futuro Comunicação, a new company founded by André Forastieri, one of Conrad Editora's former owners. The magazine has gathered a strong user base along the years, featuring (or having featured) well-known gaming journalists such as Pablo Miyazawa, Eduardo Trivella, Fabio Santana, Eric Araki, Théo Azevedo, Renato Viliegas, Odair Braz Junior, Orlando Ortiz, Ronaldo Testa, Rodrigo Guerra, Ronny Marinoto, Ricardo Farah and many others in its staff. Conrad Editora (also known as Conrad) is a book publishing company in Brazil. ...


In 2006 three other editions of EGM were published around the world. EGM Thailand is published by Future Gamer Company Ltd., EGM Singapore is published by MediaCorp Publishing and EGM Turkey is published by Merkez Dergi.


EGM online and EGM Live*

In 1995, EGM's first online website was nuke.com. It merged with gamespot.com in 1996 after Ziff-Davis purchased Sendai Media Group. In 2003, EGM created their current website, 1UP.com, and the gamespot.com brand was shunted to the CNET Networks. ...


EGM Live* is a podcast, done every Monday by the editors (usually 4 at a time) of EGM on 1Up.com, usually moderated by managing editor Jennifer Tsao or reviews editor Greg Ford. The usual crew of the podcast includes Shane Bettenhausen, Bryan "Fragile EAgle" Intihar, Crispin Boyer, Michael Donahoe(sometimes), and Dan Hsu with Mike Cruz manning the soundboards. The podcast is available for download at 1up.com or the iTunes music store. Dan Hsu is currently editor-in-chief for the video-game magazine Electronic Gaming Monthly. ... ... This article is about the iTunes application. ...


Much like other podcasts on the 1Up network, the program can include discussion of various message board topics, an analysis of new games being reviewed, a mailbag section, a deeper look into the most recent issue of the magazine, or interviews with special guests such as Marcus Henderson and Ted Lange from Harmonix and Cliff Bleszinski from Epic Games. Harmonix is a game developer for the PlayStation 2. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Epic Games, also known as Epic and formerly as Epic MegaGames, is a computer game development company based in Cary, North Carolina, United States. ...


EGM Live* also has a weekly trivia contest, wherein a randomly selected 1UP.com member who answered their question. There are generally three types of questions: an expository (eg., "Describe the ending of the arcade edition of Golden Axe"), straight trivia question (eg., "At what specific time period did current editor-in-chief Dan Hsu take time off from EGM [to work at gaming site gamers.com]?"), and an essay question in which the editors selling the top 3 answers and debate on air as to who gets the prize (eg., "What would you like in a future edition of Ratchet and Clank?"). Golden Axe is a side-scrolling arcade hack-and-slash game released in 1989 by Sega. ... Ratchet and Clank is a popular video game for the Playstation 2 developed by Insomniac Games, creators of the Spyro series for the original Playstation. ...


The "*" at the end of the name is to de-note that the podcast is not actually "live" in the general media sense. This has become a bit of an in-joke amongst those behind the podcast.


The podcast is usually recorded on Fridays and released Mondays or Tuesdays. The shows have run anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour.


Controversy

In its February 2004 issue, EGM featured an article about the PlayStation 2 game SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs. The article featured a large picture of what appeared to be Russian soldiers holding copies of the game. In reality, the image had been edited.[citation needed] The original picture showed a line of Russian Honor Guards at a memorial service, holding framed photographs of their fallen comrades during the ongoing operations in Chechnya.[citation needed] Many readers, including military veterans, found the image to be in poor taste and an insult to anyone who has served in the military. Protests began springing up on internet forums and an online petition was started asking for a formal apology.[citation needed] When a scan of the offending image was posted on a forum, Ziff Davis responded by sending a notice to forum claiming that the scan was "an infringement of Ziff Davis' copyright." This action simply added fuel to the fire, forcing Editor-in-chief Dan Hsu to issue a personal apology, which was posted on EGM's website and sent to individual forums. The apology also ran in the April 2004 issue of EGM. The apology stated that the image was altered without knowing its original context. Some readers were doubtful of this claim, given the seemingly obvious black bands on the photographs of the dead soldiers. PS2 redirects here. ... SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs is a tactical shooter video game for PlayStation 2 and the sequel for SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs. ... The Chechen Republic (IPA: ; Russian: , Chechenskaya Respublika; Chechen: , Noxçiyn Respublika), or, informally, Chechnya (; Russian: ; Chechen: , Noxçiyçö), sometimes referred to as Ichkeria, Chechnia, Chechenia or Noxçiyn, is a federal subject of Russia. ... Ziff-Davis Inc. ...


Editor-in-chief Dan Hsu created a controversy in issue #199, where he ran an editorial which accused several of his competitors of selling article opportunities in exchange for advertising contracts. Much of the controversy arose from the fact that he did not give the names of any of the perpetrators, leading some to believe it was all a publicity stunt; although admittedly, much more controversy would have occurred had the editor named names. However, if true, the practice is actually unfortunately not so rare in the industry: a recent Games for Windows: The Official Magazine podcast has revealed that certain publishers only allow a publication to get the exclusive first review of a game if the game was only guaranteed to receive a particular score. Furthermore, it is quite well-known that upon the release of PC game Doom 3, iD Software/Activision was known to fly reviewers in to their own offices with top computers to review the game, as well as an optimal environment (i.e., with drinks and snacks). Additionally, in the early to mid-90s, games company Acclaim Entertainment was also known to threaten to pull advertising after bad reviews of their games (particularly the game adaptation of the movie Total Recall) were printed in magazines. The November 2007 firing of Jeff Gerstmann from Gamespot which is rumored to be because of a poor review for a game that advertised heavily on the site has resulted in many people looking at Hsu's editorial and noting that Gamespot is not one of the sites mentioned at the bottom as not taking money for reviews. Doom 3 is a science fiction, survival horror, first-person shooter video game. ... id Software (IPA: officially, though originally ) is an American computer game developer based in Mesquite, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. ... Activision, Inc. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Total recall (disambiguation). ... Jeff Gerstmann (born August 1, 1975) is the former editorial director of the gaming website GameSpot. ... GameSpot is a video gaming website that provides news, reviews, previews, downloads, and other information. ...


Another minor controversy began in regards to issue #201, dated March, 2006. Pages 60 and 61 contained a large image of a man sitting on a toilet, pants around his ankles, with his hands on his crotch, which was covered by a magazine featuring characters from the game Rumble Roses XX. The simulated image of a man masturbating upset many people and so the magazine received many complaints for this graphic, not only because some thought it was in poor taste, but primarily because the issue's cover featured Disney characters Goofy and Donald, as well as Square Enix's character, Sora (all from Kingdom Hearts II). Some parents felt they could easily be fooled into buying the magazine for their children because of the family-friendly characters and a lack of warning of the magazine's content. EGM defended itself by claiming that these were using the magazine as a "substitute parent" and defiantly showed the picture a second time. Rumble Roses XX (pronounced Rumble Roses Double X) is a female fighting video game that was developed by YUKEs Future Media Creators and Konami for the Xbox 360. ... Masturbation is the manual excitation of the sexual organs, most often to the point of orgasm. ... Disney may refer to: The Walt Disney Company and its divisions, including Walt Disney Pictures. ... SQUARE ENIX (Japanese: スクウェア・エニックス) is a Japanese producer of popular video games and manga. ... Kingdom Hearts II ) is an action role-playing game developed by Square Enix and published by Square Enix and Buena Vista Games (now Disney Interactive Studios) in 2005 for the Sony PlayStation 2 video game console. ...


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