THE BIG NEWS STORY: OXM 150TH ISSUE
The venerable magazine you’re holding has celebrated all things Xbox since 2002. Join us as we kick the tyres on a massive milestone
Ah, paper, you beautiful, tempestuous beast. We love the feel of your pages as you flick through our fingers, the smell of your ink fresh off the printer and the jaunty way to recline on our coffee tables. Magazines are brilliant, gaming magazines even better, and Official Xbox Magazine the best. The internet is great and all (apart from the general lack of grammatical consistency, the constant need to fish for clicks, and the lack of ethical awareness among a new breed of games coverage creators, but hey we won’t judge), but there’s nothing out there that scratches a gamer’s itch like some old-fashioned papyrus.
And when we say old-fashioned we mean it too. OXM has been a constant companion for Xbox owners for a decade and a half. It’s been a bastion of know-how when needed, and crafted huge exclusives, using topnotch access to the biggest games and the most influential creators, for the best gaming machine.
To celebrate reaching our 150th issue, we decided to look back over some old covers, and the games that graced them. Why the hell did we decide to do a feature like this, involving complicated stats and lots of counting, when we don’t remember how to use Excel? We aren’t sure, but looking back over our old issues and seeing how right and wrong we’ve been was good fun. Sure, we didn’t always pick a winner, but that’s the nature of this industry. We wouldn’t change it for the world.
PGR Out very first issue lead with a blowout feature and review of Project Gotham, plus a massive Halo review.
Fable The Xbox’s epic adventure series made for an equally epic cover to mark our one-year anniversary.
issue #023 Before Forza, PGR was the essential Xbox racer. We also included details of StarCraft: Ghost, which was later canned.
issue #004 Blinx was the new face of Xbox back in June 2007. We’re kind of glad that didn’t pan out.
St ar Wars KOTOR KOTOR had the epic storyline we all want from a Star Wars game, and tons of lightsabers.
Half-Life 2 The shooter that redefined shooters on PC came to Xbox. We still like Halo more. Sorry, Half Life fans.
issue #036 Master Chief’s giant head was the perfect way to celebrate three years of making OXM. Matt Gilman