It was a momentous day when Mrs Pertwee uttered ’I think we should
buy Tristan a PlayStation’. At last, the reason why I had children was
apparent and I was more excited than Tristan.
However, choosing the right games is a tricky business when there are
thousands available. Which one will offer great playability, great
graphics, an interesting storyline and will not be too violent (that’s
Mrs Pertwee’s contribution, so I expect we may have to wait for Resident
Anyone who has a PlayStation will own some pretty duff games and, at
pounds 30 a time, it starts to annoy. How do you sort out the good from
the bad? The answer is to find a PlayStation magazine that you
I approached PlayStation World with great interest. All the other
PlayStation magazines I had ever read took just that one step too far
into complete addict/nerd world.
Browsing through the magazine, I liked what I saw. The reviews section
captured the essence of the games and delivered an unbiased appraisal
that I believe I can trust (although I don’t think I’ll be rushing out
for Jet Rider 3 since it scored a pathetic two out of ten).
I became very excited about the ’Handy hints’ section as it included my
new purchase, Tomorrow Never Dies. The section was well laid out and
easy to follow - however, my cunning plan didn’t quite work as it made
Tristan even better than he already is.
What I liked most about the title was that it was free of those annoying
in-jokes that seem to treat everyone as geeks and people who may have
missed the first version of some game as lower forms of life. The
pictures were big enough to get an idea of the action and the magazine
wasn’t printed on bog paper.
I think PlayStation World has a good future; of course, the first issue
will always cover the good games, the real test will be a few months
down the line (remember the first Sunday Business?).
But enough of all this. A game of Ridge Racer 4 beckons and, I suppose,
another character-building thrashing by Tristan.
Edward Pertwee is the marketing manager of BT Cellnet
Publisher Computec Media
Print run 300,000
Price pounds 2.99
Ad rate full-page colour pounds 3,200
Target audience PlayStation users
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