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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
Last issue date: 2001-07
Number of issues: 22
Frequency: Monthly
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.

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#preview: "Taster"
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#0: "Special Issue 1999"
(1999-09-02, £4.99)
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#1: "November 1999"
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#2: "December 1999"
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#3: "January 2000"
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#4: "February 2000"
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#5: "March 2000"
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#6: "April 2000"
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#7: "May 2000"
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#8: "June 2000"
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#9: "July 2000"
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#10: "August 2000"
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#11: "September 2000"
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#13: "November 2000"
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#14: "December 2000"
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#15: "January 2001"
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#16: "February 2001"
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#17: "March 2001"
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#18: "April 2001"
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#19: "May 2001"
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#20: "June 2001"
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#21: "July 2001"
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References


Sega-related magazines published in the United Kingdom
Future Publishing S: The Sega Magazine (1989-1990) | Sega Power (1990-1997) | Mega (1992-1994) | Sega Zone (1993-1994) | Saturn+ (1995-1997) | Saturn Power (1997-1998) | DC-UK (1999-2001) | DC-Tips (1999)
Paragon Publishing Sega Pro (1991-1996) | Sega XS (1993-199x) | Mega Power (1993-1995) | Dreamcast Magazine (1999-2002) | Dreamcast Solutions (1999)
EMAP MegaTech (1991-1994) | Mean Machines Sega (1992-1997) | Sega Magazine (1994-1995) | Sega Saturn Magazine (1995-1998)
Impact Magazines Sega Force (1992-1993) | Sega Force Mega (1993-1994) | Sega Master Force (1993) | Mega Machines (1993-1994)
Maverick Magazines Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (1992-1995) | Mega (1994-1995) | MegaTech (1994)
Dennis Publishing Sega Zone (1992-1993) | Official Dreamcast Magazine (1999-2001)
Europress Interactive Mega Action (1993-1994)
Rapide Publishing Total Saturn (1996-1997)
Quay Magazine Publishing Dreamcast Monthly (1999-2001) | Dreamcast Strategies (1999)
Magical Media Mr. Dreamcast (2000)