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Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (often abbreviated to OPM) is a now-defunct international video game magazine, originally published by Ziff Davis Media. The magazine focused on PlayStation culture, including gaming on the original Sony PlayStation, the PlayStation 2, the PlayStation 3, and the PlayStation Portable. It was popular in part for its inclusion of a playable demo disc with each issue, licensed by Sony Computer Entertainment America. The magazine ran began production in September 1997 and ended with the January 2007 issue.

Staff

The final incarnation of the OPM staff included:
  • Editor-in-chief – Tom Byron
  • Managing editor – Dana Jongewaard
  • Senior editor – Joe Rybicki
  • Previews editor – Thierry "Scooter" Nguyen
  • News editor – Giancarlo Varanini
  • Art director – Ryan Vulk
  • Associate art director – Alejandro Chavetta
  • Disc editor – Logan Parr
  • Editorial director – John Davison
Past members included:
  • Managing editor – Gary Steinman
  • Managing editor – Din Pérez
  • Managing editor – Dan Peluso
  • Reviews editor – Chris Baker
  • Associate editor – Mark MacDonald
  • Editor-in-chief – Wataru Maruyama
  • Editor-in-chief – Kraig Kujawa
  • Editor-in-chief – John Davison


Demo discs

OPM was the first gaming magazine to include a disc that featured playable and non-playable demos of PlayStation games. Beginning with issue one, each magazine came with a disc containing PlayStation game demos/videos. For example, the 23rd issue of the magazine, from August 1999, contained playable demos of Final Fantasy VIII, 3Xtreme, Tiny Tank, Jade Cocoon: Story of the Tamamayu, Macross VF-2, Centipede, You Don't Know Jack, and Ultimate 8-Ball. Beginning with issue 49 (October 2001), the magazine came with a PlayStation 2 demo disc. Issues 50, 52, and 54 were the last issues to include PlayStation 1 demo discs.

OPM has released one PlayStation Portable demo, Killzone Liberation. It was available only with the purchase of retail copies rather than subscription issues. The magazine was discontinued before any plans to release a PS3 demo disc were announced (possibly because of the price of Blu-ray Discs).

International editions

Similar international editions of the magazine exist in Finlandmarker, the United Kingdommarker, the Republic of Irelandmarker, Germanymarker, Francemarker, Italymarker, Spainmarker, Belgiummarker, Portugalmarker, and Australia. The Belgian edition is also published in the Netherlandsmarker.

The Australian edition was originally published by Next Media bi-monthly, but eventually became a monthly magazine. APC published the magazine after issue 18. It is currently published by Derwent Howard and is edited by Narayan Pattison.

The UK version was called Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK and has now reached its end with its 100th issue. The staff at the time of the final issue was
  • 'Acting' editor – Andy Hartup
  • Art editor - Mark Mitchell
  • Editorial assistant - Kim Richards


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