Official Dreamcast Magazine (UK)

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Official Dreamcast Magazine
Publisher: Dennis Publishing
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Backed systems: Sega Dreamcast
First issue date: 1999-09-02
Last issue date: 2001-06-21
Number of issues: 21 (23)
Frequency: Monthly
Circulation:
  • 50,653 (1999-07—1999-12)[1]
  • 51,805 (2000-01—2000-06)[2]
  • 52,157 (2000-07—2000-12)[1]
  • 46,294 (2001-01—2001-06)[2]
ISSN: 1467-6265

The United Kingdom edition of the Official Dreamcast Magazine was a monthly magazine dedicated to the Sega Dreamcast which ran from September 1999 to July/August 2001. Though not the longest running Dreamcast magazine, it was the most popular, mostly due to the fact it was endorsed by Sega and came bundled with DreamOn demo discs (one of which featured a full game, Sega Swirl and another issue came bundled with Planet Ring).

Though the magazine kept up a strong userbase for most of its lifetime, towards the end problems started to occur with the manufacturing of the demo discs. As Dreamcast support was dwindling in favour of the PlayStation 2, the publishers struggled to fill the discs with new demos, and in fact the final issue simply had "the best" demos from previous issues. Despite claims that the magazine would keep going as long as new Dreamcast games were released, it finished abruptly when no content could be found for the discs and future backing from Sega looked unlikely.

The fact that Sega endorsed the magazine also meant ODM was unable to criticise games fully, so even the poorest of Dreamcast games often received praise from parts of the review, even if the end score was low. It was, however, more up to date than rival magazines as it could access information directly from Sega themselves.

Ratings

Main article: Official Dreamcast Magazine (UK)/Ratings.

Back issues

Issue PDF Name Date Price Barcode Extras
0 Logo-pdf.svg Special Issue 1999 1999-09-02 £4.994.99 Dream On Preview
preview Logo-pdf.svg Taster 1999-xx-xx
1 Logo-pdf.svg November 1999 1999-09-30[3] £4.994.99 9771467626003-11 Dream On Volume 2
2 Logo-pdf.svg December 1999 1999-11-11[4] £4.994.99 9771467626003-12 Dream On Volume 3
3 Logo-pdf.svg January 2000 1999-12-09[5] £4.994.99 9771467626003-01 Dream On Volume 4
4 Logo-pdf.svg February 2000 2000-01-13[6] £4.994.99 9771467626003-02 Dream On Volume 5
5 Logo-pdf.svg March 2000 2000-02-10[7] £4.994.99 9771467626003-03 Dream On Volume 6
6 Logo-pdf.svg April 2000 2000-03-09[8] £4.994.99 9771467626003-04 Dream On Volume 7
7 Logo-pdf.svg May 2000 2000-04-06[9] £4.994.99 9771467626003-05 Dream On Volume 8
8 Logo-pdf.svg June 2000 2000-05-11 £4.994.99 9771467626003-06 Dream On Volume 9
9 Logo-pdf.svg July 2000 2000-06-08[10] £4.994.99 9771467626003-07 Dream On Volume 10
10 Logo-pdf.svg August 2000 2000-07-06[11] £4.994.99 9771467626003-08 Dream On Volume 11
11 Logo-pdf.svg September 2000 2000-08-03[12] £4.994.99 9771467626003-09 Dream On Volume 12
12 Logo-pdf.svg October 2000 2000-09-07[13] £4.994.99 9771467626003-10 Dream On Volume 13
13 Logo-pdf.svg November 2000 2000-10-05[14] £4.994.99 9771467626003-11 Dream On Volume 14
14 Logo-pdf.svg December 2000 2000-11-02[15] £4.994.99 9771467626003-12 Dream On Volume 15
15 Logo-pdf.svg January 2001 2000-11-30[16] £4.994.99 9771467626003-01 Dream On Volume 16, Planet Ring
16 Logo-pdf.svg February 2001 2001-01-04[17] £4.994.99 9771467626003-02 Dream On Volume 17; Poster
17 Logo-pdf.svg March 2001 2001-02-08[18] £4.994.99 9771467626003-03 Dream On Volume 18
18 Logo-pdf.svg April 2001 2001-03-08[19] £4.994.99 9771467626003-04 Dream On Volume 19
19 Logo-pdf.svg May 2001 2001-04-05[20] £4.994.99 9771467626003-05 Dream On Volume 20
20 Logo-pdf.svg June 2001 2001-05-24 £4.994.99 9771467626003-06 Dream On Volume 21
21 Logo-pdf.svg July 2001 2001-06-21[21] £4.994.99 9771467626003-07 Dream On Volume 22

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://mediatel.co.uk/news/2001/02/19/gaming-titles-suffer-further-decline/ (Wayback Machine: 2020-08-06 23:50)
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://mediatel.co.uk/news/2001/08/17/jan-june-2001-abcs-performance-by-publisher/ (Wayback Machine: 2020-08-07 00:27)
  3. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "Special Issue 1999" (UK; 1999-09-02), page 130
  4. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "November 1999" (UK; 1999-09-30), page 130
  5. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "December 1999" (UK; 1999-11-11), page 122
  6. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "January 2000" (UK; 1999-12-09), page 130
  7. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "February 2000" (UK; 2000-01-13), page 122
  8. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "March 2000" (UK; 2000-02-10), page 130
  9. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "April 2000" (UK; 2000-03-09), page 130
  10. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "June 2000" (UK; 2000-05-11), page 10
  11. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "July 2000" (UK; 2000-06-08), page 8
  12. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "August 2000" (UK; 2000-07-06), page 6
  13. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "September 2000" (UK; 2000-08-03), page 6
  14. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "October 2000" (UK; 2000-09-07), page 6
  15. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "November 2000" (UK; 2000-10-05), page 6
  16. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "December 2000" (UK; 2000-11-02), page 6
  17. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "January 2001" (UK; 2000-11-30), page 8
  18. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "February 2001" (UK; 2001-01-04), page 6
  19. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "March 2001" (UK; 2001-02-08), page 6
  20. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "April 2001" (UK; 2001-03-08), page 6
  21. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "June 2001" (UK; 2001-05-24), page 6


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