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Encyclopedia > Official Xbox Magazine
Official Xbox Magazine
Editor Francesca Reyes
Categories Xbox 360
Frequency 13 yearly
Circulation 66,894/month (UK)[1]
First issue 2001
Company Future Publishing
Country U.S.A
Language English
Website Official Website
ISSN 1534-7850

Official Xbox Magazine is a monthly video game magazine which started in November 2001 around the launch time of the original Xbox. A preview issue was released for E3 2001, with another preview issue for November 2001. The first issue to include a demo disc was Volume 1, December 2001. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (640x836, 560 KB) Summary This is the latest issue of the Official Xbox Magazine, with their logo changed after the launch of the XBOX 360. ... It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ... Most circulated periodical magazines in the U.S. as of 2003. ... Future Publishing (FTSE:FUTR) is a magazine publishing company based in Bath, UK. Future Publishing employs more than 1,500 people worldwide, and is one of the largest publishing houses in the UK. It is responsible for publishing over 150 magazines, in the UK, US, France and Italy. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... 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. ... For other uses, see November (disambiguation). ... This article is about the year. ... The Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ...


The magazine is bundled with a disc that includes game demos, preview videos and trailers, and other content, such as game or Xbox updates and free gamerpics. For those without broadband and Xbox Live access, the discs also provide the software for the Xbox 360 for backward compatibility of original Xbox games. DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... Demo disc released with a magazine. ... For other uses, see Video (disambiguation). ... Broadband in telecommunications is a term that refers to a signaling method that includes or handles a relatively wide range of frequencies, which may be divided into channels or frequency bins. ... Xbox Live is a subscription-based online gaming service for Microsofts Xbox and Xbox 360 video game consoles. ... It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ... The Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ...


The magazine features previews, reviews, and cheat codes for Xbox games. On November 22, 2005 the Xbox 360 was released, and the magazine began including Xbox 360 game reviews, previews, and Xbox 360-compatible games on the demo disc. A review is a piece of writing that discusses the authors opinion on a piece of publication, such as a movie, video game, musical composition, or novel. ... For other uses, see Cheat code (disambiguation). ... is the 326th day of the year (327th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ...


The current editor-in-chief is Francesca Reyes, while the UK version is edited by Jon Hicks. The US magazine's executive editor is Paul Curthoys and the senior editors are Dan Amrich, Ryan McCaffrey. Several subsidiary magazines of the UK version are published in other parts of the world, such as those to the rest of Europe, Australia, and Brazil. OXM is the sister magazine to PC Gamer, although OXM rates games out of 10.0 at 0.5 incremental points, compared to PC Gamer which rates games on out of 100% with 1% increments. OXM used to host several pages for a Review Roundup, which was a summary of all previous game scores, but due to the sheer number of games that have been reviewed since then, it is now included within every OXM demo disc, beginning with the August 2006 issue. The Editor in chief is a publications primary editor. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... PC Gamer is a magazine founded in 1993 devoted to PC gaming and published monthly by Future Publishing. ... August 2006 is the eighth month of that year, and has yet to occur. ...


The Official Xbox Magazine is dedicated to review every single Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox Live Arcade, downloadable content, and expansion pack title that ever comes out no matter how small or unpopular the game is.

Contents

Monthly Sections

On the Disc

Every issue contains a demo disc with both Xbox 360 and Xbox Live Arcade games. Each demo contains unlockable content like gamer pics and hidden demos. There is also a sim-like game called 'OXM Universe'. Gamers play the games on disc and view the videos on the disc to gain points,but only 800 points are needed for the unlockable content. The points have another use in which gamers use their points to research and build equipment for the in-game game 'OXM Universe'.


We Heart Xbox

In this section, new games which are not yet shown to the mainstream public or user-modified hardware such as consoles or faceplates are shown here.


Message Center

Besides showing readers' mail, the OXM crew reveals their 'Top 5' things on their mind at the moment.


XBOX Next

In this section, upcoming Xbox games are highlighted and previewed.


Features

In this section, games may get prolonged previews, or OXM may have an exclusive 6-10 page review for a certain game. There may also be special featured content like Issue #77's 'HDTV Buyer's Guide'. High-definition television (HDTV) means broadcast of television signals with a higher resolution than traditional formats (NTSC, SECAM, PAL) allow. ...


XBOX Now

This is the section where every Xbox game, Xbox 360 game, Xbox Live Arcade game,and piece of downloadable content is reviewed.


XBOX 365

This section contains Xbox business articles,gaming news,'Hard Stuff' (A section that reviews contraptions related to an Xbox console), '2,000 Pennies or Less'(A section that shows the best cheap games that can be bought for either Xbox or Xbox 360), the codes of the month, 'Forza Showroom'(A little collumn that shows some of the best Forza Motorsport 2 car designs that people have made), a section for versing the OXM crew in games like Lost Planet, Halo 3, Gears of War, and more, 'Media Ho!' (a section that talks about movies,books,and other items related to games), 'Live Space' (A section which shows gamers'Xbox Live gamertags, 'Ask Dr. Gamer' (A section in which gamers ask a Health doctor gaming related information), and 'The (insert something here) of Xbox' (a section that talks about business and other things of the Xbox gaming world. The column 'The Business of Xbox' was written by Geoff Keighley through the May 2007 issue, but the column is currently written, on a less frequent basis, by Chris Morris. As of Issue #71, the end page rotates columnists, with guests including game creators Tim Schafer, Denis Dyack, and Randy Pitchford. Forza Motorsport 2 is a racing game developed by Turn 10 Studios, and the sequel to the original Forza Motorsport, for the Xbox 360 gaming system. ... Lost Planet is a video game created by Capcom exclusively for Microsofts Xbox 360. ... For the Nine Inch Nails release, see Head Like a Hole. ... 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. ... Geoff Keighley is a Canadian video game journalist. ... Chris Morris may refer to : Chris Morris (satirist) Chris Morris (activist) Chris Morris (basketball player) This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... Tim Schafer (born July 26, 1967) is an American computer game designer. ... Silicon Knights president Denis Dyack Denis Dyack (born July 14, 1966) is the president of Canadian-based video game company Silicon Knights. ... Randall Randy Pitchford II (also known as DuvalMagic) is one of four founders of Gearbox Software and under his guidance as President and CEO, Gearbox has grown from an idea into a leading independent game development studio who’s titles have sold over 12 million units worldwide earning gross revenues...


KOXM

KOXM is the weekly Official Xbox Magazine podcast, hosted by Dan Amrich and Ryan McCaffrey. The podcast recaps the week's past events and game releases, two trivia contests (Name That Xbox Sound Effect and Dan's Useless Trivia) for a prize (usually a tee shirt), and developer interviews. T-Shirt A T-shirt (or tee shirt) is a shirt with short or long sleeves, a round neck, put on over the head, without pockets. ...


Review system

From issue 1 (December 2001) through issue 52 (December 2005), Official Xbox Magazine used a 100-point system, scoring games out of 10.0 with .1 increments. All games receiving at least a 9.0 received an Editor's Choice award. Beginning with issue 53 (Holiday 2005), OXM switched to a 20-point scoring system, scoring games out of 10.0 with increments of 0.5. This ratings scale is detailed on the introduction page to every issue's review section. A score of 10.0 is not considered perfect, but is called "Classic" and is considered to be "one of those rare and very best of games." OXM's review scale does include a score of 11.0 (termed "Mecha Godzilla's Choice") as "Perfect," however the description for that score is "The unicorn. Will never happen. Never."


OXM's only 10's

Fight Night Round 3
Gears of War
BioShock
Halo 3
Call of Duty 4
Mass Effect
Grand Theft Auto 4

Fight Night: Round 3 is a boxing video game developed by EA Sports. ... 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. ... BioShock is a first-person shooter[10] video game by 2K Boston/2K Australia (previously Irrational Games),[11] designed by Ken Levine. ... For the Nine Inch Nails release, see Head Like a Hole. ... Call of Duty 4 is the rumored upcoming fourth title in the Call of Duty series of video games. ... This article is about the video game. ... Grand Theft Auto 4 is a computer game that is expected to be released by Rockstar Games at October 16, 2007 [1]. Speculation and rumours about the game are rife. ...


Note that 4 of these games (BioShock, Halo 3, Call of Duty 4, and Mass Effect) all were reviewed and awarded 10.0's within 3 issues, Nov-07, Dec-07, and Hol-07. Respectively, Halo 3 and BioShock were reviewed in November 2007's issue, Call of Duty 4 was reviewed in December 2007, and Mass Effect was reviewed in the 2007 Holiday issue.


The Staff of OXM acknowledged the density of 10.0's and had a section in the March 2008 issue where all four 10's were put up for debate. One staff member would argue that the game didn't deserve a 10 and another would argue that it did.


Xbox Live Marketplace and Arcade

Recently, OXM also has begun reviewing Xbox Live Downloadable Content (DLC), on a three-point scale: Buy, Fanboys Only, and Deny. The exception is The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles expansion pack in issue 70, which, due to the game's size, being "much more than a simple map pack" (Issue 70, Page x, Paragraph y) was reviewed on the normal 10-point scale, receiving an 8.5 (Great).


UK Edition

The UK edition was relaunched in September 2005 to pre-empt the launch of Xbox 360 in Europe. Its title was changed to Xbox 360: The Official Magazine. The original editor was Stephen Brown and the team consisted of Features Editor Gary Cutlack, Community Editor Ben Talbot, Reviews Editor Dan Griliopoulos, Operations Editor Vanessa Hards and Online Editor Graeme Boyd. For other uses, see September (disambiguation). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Stephen Brown may refer to: Adventures of Stephen Brown, a science-fiction series Stephen Brown (judge), a member of the British privy council Stephen Brown (athlete), a competitor at the 2000 Summer Olympics Stephen Brown (columnist), a contributor to The Standard, a business newspaper for Hong Kong Stephen Brown (composer...


Both the magazine and disc differ considerably from the US edition. The disc does not feature the game 'OXM Universe' but includes an interactive database of all reviews written after Issue 18.


The current team includes Editor Jon Hicks (journalist), Staff Writer Gillen McAllister, Online Editor Ryan King and Community Editor Ben Talbot.


Criticism

One notable criticism of OXM can be seen in a Penny Arcade comic, where OXM is referred to as a "husk or peel for the demo disk" that should be "thrown away immediately upon removal.". The disk in question contained an exclusive demo for "Eternal Sonata". [1] This can be taken as either a criticism of the magazine's content and quality, or as a satiric comment on its existence as a print product in a space dominated by online outlets. However, it is most likely a display of Penny Arcade's enthusiasm for the "Eternal Sonata" demo, as opposed to a distaste for the magazine.


Favouring Microsoft

As an officially branded Xbox product, some have alleged the magazine is biased to first-party titles.[citation needed] However, Official Xbox Magazine is created under license by an independent, external company (Future US, publisher of gaming magazines including PC Gamer, PSM, and Nintendo Power); that licensing agreement lasts until 2011. [2] In the Magazine Stuff section of its Frequently Asked Questions list, OXM maintains that its content is not dictated by Microsoft. [3] Future US (formerly Imagine Media) is a United States media corporation specializing in targeted magazines and websites in the video games, action sports, music, and technology markets. ... PC Gamer is a magazine founded in 1993 devoted to PC gaming and published monthly by Future Publishing. ... PSM can be: Poste sanitaire mobile, an initialism for a French field hospital. ... Nintendo Power magazine is a monthly news and strategy magazine formerly published in-house by Nintendo. ...


Despite the allegations of favorable bias,[citation needed] recent high-profile first-party games Shadowrun and Crackdown received review scores of 7.0, which were on-par or lower-than-average ratings.[4] Currently, there is no statistical evidence to suggest that OXM's review scores are unusually favorable to Microsoft games. This article is about the pen & paper RPG. For other uses, see Shadowrun (disambiguation). ... This article is about the 2007 video game. ...


Controversy

Amuze, developers of Headhunter Redemption pointed certain factual errors in Official Xbox Magazine review, implying that the reviewer did not play enough of the game to write a proper evaluation of it.

Open letter to Official Xbox Magazine
Posted on Official Xbox UK Magazine forum
Sep 10, 2004
Dear Official Xbox Magazine (UK),
As a fiercely independent games developer, we totally respect the right of reviewers to make harsh but heartfelt criticism of games released to the public. But like all rights, this comes with responsibilities.
Foremost of these must surely be factual accuracy. In your review of Headhunter Redemption (Issue 34, October 2004), you claim that cut scenes "can't be skipped... Grrr!" This is incorrect: all cut scenes in the game are skippable. Grrr, indeed.
More mysteriously, you conclude your review by stating that "the odd bike chase succeeds in breaking up the on-foot action." There are no biking sequences in Headhunter Redemption: a fact that would be apparent to anyone who had actually played the game.
Naturally we would prefer everyone to appreciate our game as much as many other reviewers have done, but we will always try to learn from well-informed criticism. It is far harder to accept ill-informed, unprofessional journalism.
Perhaps in future you could show us, other developers and your readers this simple courtesy: if you can't be bothered to play a game, don't bother to review it.
John Kroknes
Philip Lawrence
Amuze.

Awards

On October 12 2007, the UK edition was awarded 'Best Xbox Magazine' at the Games Media Awards. [2] For other uses, see October (disambiguation). ... This article is about the year 12. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


Bonus materials

Some disks have come with additional material for Xbox games. Early issues' demo disk included a costume expansion to Dead or Alive 3. Some material seen only available for download on Xbox live was included on demo disks. Dead or Alive 3 is a fighting game in the Dead or Alive series. ...


In Issue #73, subscribers and buyers were given an exclusive demo for the Japanese RPG Eternal Sonata. Eternal Sonata , Trusty Bell: Chopins Dream) is an original role-playing video game created by tri-Crescendo, one of the developers of Baten Kaitos and Baten Kaitos Origins. ...


In Issue #74, subscribers and buyers were given an exclusive demo for Beautiful Katamari. Beautiful Katamari, to be released in Japan as Beautiful Katamari Damacy ), is a video game by Namco Bandai for the Xbox 360. ...


In Issue #77, subscribers and buyers were given a special demo for Guitar Hero III. The demo is also found in copies of Tony Hawk's Proving Ground. Guitar Hero III will be the third official installment in the Guitar Hero video game series. ... Tony Hawks Proving Ground (abbreviated as THPG and occasionally referred to as Tony Hawks Pro Skater 9) is a video game developed by Neversoft for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 video game consoles; by Page 44 Studios for the PlayStation 2 and Wii; and by Vicarious Visions...


In Issue #80, subscribers and buyers were given the Harmonix Track Pack 01: 3 exclusive songs for the popular video game Rock Band. Rock Band redirects here. ...


External links

References

  1. ^ Xbox 360: The Official Xbox Magazine: Print. Retrieved on 2008-04-21.
  2. ^ "Media stars hailed at the GMAs" (10 2007). MCV. Retrieved on 2008-04-22. 
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