From the dawn of time: ugvm 07

It’s been a while since I “reprinted” any of ugvm. In Issue 07, the last under my editorship, we looked at multiplayer game etiquette, the CD32, the NeoGeo Pocket Colour, and about ten million game reviews. Including Knights of the Old Republic, a pre-cursor to Mass Effect – a game I’m currently enjoying very much.

Anyhoo – the magazine!

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Namechecked on Radio 1

In what is perhaps the least impressive claim to fame ever (and it’s not even the first time it’s happened to me), my text message was read out on Radio 1 this morning. I had to put “Comedy” Dave right about his suggestion that the new millennium started in 2000, when it actually started in 2001. Oh, the hilarity.

That’s the text message I sent, and this is a clip from the Chris Moyles show. I’m about 2:05 in.

The Chris Moyles Show

From the dawn of time: ugvm 06

It’s been quite a while since I posted one of these up. Issue 06 was out “violence special”, with Vice City, Bloodrayne (they made a film out of that, dontchaknow), light guns and the massacre of the Vic 20. Good times.

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There’s even a bit about how to get yourself a picture of Jim Taylor naked. God only knows why we stopped making this magazine with promises like that.

From the dawn of time: ugvm 05

Since it was April when Issue 05 came out, we included an April Fool. Amazingly, some people actually fell for it. Idiots.

We also had an interview with Jon Ritman (of Head over Heels and Match Day fame)! Top celebrities all wanted to be in our little magazine, of course.

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From the dawn of time: ugvm 04

Time for another one of these, I think. There was a bit of fallout from the text adventures feature in issue 03, and the cover art was stepped up a notch. Reading it now, I’m reminded of a couple of great (but probably forgotten) gems – Doshin the Giant and Pac-Man Collection. Ah, fun times.

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From the dawn of time: ugvm 03

I think with Issue 03, our retro issue, we really hit the big time. The ugvm site got slashdotted, the bandwidth costs spiralled to £244 for just one weekend, and we were swamped with emails.

Mostly complaints about Tim saying interaction fiction was dead, which he didn’t quite say, but still – the publicity took us to over 10,000 subscribers. 10,000! Thats more than many print-based magazines!

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EDIT: Oh, and look at my anti-prediction there on Page 2. “You wouldn’t see any high street magazines devoting a whole issue to old games, would you?”. Soon after, there was a Retro Edge, Retro GamesTM, and then Retro Gamer! We started it all, folks.

From the dawn of time: ugvm 02

Here’s another issue of everyone’s favourite free downloadable gaming magazine that no longer exists!

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From the dawn of time: ugvm 01

Remember that magazine I used to edit? Years and years ago? Of course you don’t. You probably weren’t born then. Well, using the great online service Issuu, I’ve brought them back from the dead!

There aren’t any new issues, but you can “enjoy” reading all the old ones again, and shed a little tear for the time when we were at the forefront of online gaming magazine technology. Or something.

Behold: Issue 01!

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