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PSM, 100% Independent PlayStation 2 Magazine is a monthly magazine devoted to Sony consoles and games. It is the only PlayStation-specific magazine in the US apart from Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine, the oldest currently in production (by a month), and also the one with the highest circulation.

Future Publishing also produces magazines in several European countries titled PSM (the UK edition is currently called PSM2). While the magazines occasionally share similar visual designs, they all have different editorial teams and do not share any editorial content.

History

PSM was the final major magazine launch by Imagine Publishing, the original name of Future's US division. It followed after Ultra Game Players, PC Gamer, Next Generation, and the online Imagine Games Network, and like these magazines, PSM borrowed a great deal of its design from Future's British mag stable, ensuring a unique look for the US market. Much of the original staff (including editor-in-chief Chris Slate, the longest-tenured game-mag EIC currently in the industry) jumped over from the original Game Players, and many more joined the staff once Ultra Game Players ran its course.

For its first year or so, PSM was marketed towards a relatively young audience in order to compete for GamePro's share of the marketplace. Issues came packed with disc-tray or memory-card stickers, screenshot captions were mostly humorous, and the covers were all original creations by comic-book artists with official company art only rarely used. However, as the PlayStation's audience proved to skew older than those of other game systems, PSM began to slant more hardcore in its coverage, although its Brit-mag design and flippant captions are still in full force today. (Imagine made one more attempt at the children's audience with PS Max in 1999, but that went nowhere fast.)

PSM's average paid circulation in 2005 was 312,215. Its readership has surpassed OPM's for most of the decade in the US, despite its "unofficial" status.


PSM Index

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Hol
1997 1 2 3 4
1998 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
1999 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
2000 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
2001 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53
2002 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66
2003 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79
2004 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92
2005 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105
2006 106 107 108 109 110


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    Title:PSM
    Categories: Console/PC video games
    Frequency: Monthly
    First Issue: Sept 1997
    Final Issue: May 2006
    Country: United States

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