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Electronic Gaming Monthly (often abbreviated to EGM) is an American video game magazine being re-launched by EGM Media, LLC. It was previously published by Ziff Davis as part of the 1UP Network and released 12 issues a year (and an occasional extra "13th" issue for the Christmas season, also known as the "Smarch" issue, a reference to the "Treehouse of Horror VI" episode of The Simpsons).
EGM has concentrated on news regarding current video game consoles (see magazine content for detailed information). The December 2006 issue introduced new sections, expanded reviews, and more focus on the acronym of the magazine's title in a redesign. This was the first issue redesign since June 2003. EGM has said that the reason for the design shift was to keep more in line with the site layout of their once-owned website, 1up.com. In 1994, EGM spawned EGM 2. EGM 2 focused on expanded cheats and tricks (i.e. with maps and guides). The spin-off publication eventually became Expert Gamer, and finally the defunct Game NOW.
Publication of EGM was suspended on January 6, 2009, following the acquisition of the online element of the 1UP network by Hearst Corporation. It was announced that the January 2009 issue would be the final issue of EGM. On May 29, 2009, EGM founder Steve Harris announced that he has acquired print and online publishing rights for the magazine for relaunch in the second half of 2009. The "lost" February 2009 edition of EGM was the first issue released for the relaunch using a new digital publishing platform called Screen Paper, and appeared in March 2010. The first new print issue of EGM, boasting the magazine's original logo and a dual Ryu/Ken cover highlighting "The Street Fighter Legacy" appeared in April 2010. The first digital issue of the magazine's weekly companion publication, EG Mi, was released on April 27, 2010 and featured a Final Fantasy cover story.
Tropes In Use:
- April Fools' Day: Oh, boy. Every April issue has a trick.
- Expy: The magazine itself in the earlier days was modeled after Weekly Famitsu. Sushi-X's handle was even inspired by Taco-X (named after the Japanese word for octopus, not the Mexican food).