GMA 2011 FINALISTS: Best Games Magazine

There are just over five weeks to go until the biggest night of the year for the UK’s games media. In the run-up to the big event on Wednesday October 26th at Vinopolis, we’re providing a series of features profiling those media brands and individuals in the running for an award.


Following a redesign launched at E3 in June, the new-look Edge features an expanded selection of content focused on the art of video game creation, alongside its renowned slate of market-leading reviews, interviews, features and opinion columns, delivered with the most sophisticated production values in the magazine’s 19-year history.


games™ has shown itself to be one of the most esteemed and trusted magazines in the video game industry. High production values and a passionate team combine to make it a top quality publication that genuinely celebrates all areas gaming. Unflinching and unbiased opinion elevates its status to one of the most respected in the business. With sections dedicated to retro gaming, market news, and recruitment, games™ is a magazine for those who truly love gaming.


The UK’s only unofficial Nintendo magazine, NGamer is a haven of impartiality, irreverence and industry baiting. Flying the flag for die-hard Nintendo fans who are just as likely to buy Mario Kart Wii as a fiercely technical Japanese train-driving sim, NGamer is never afraid to speak its mind – often while jabbing you in the chest before falling asleep in the corner. Boasting some of the finest Nintendo writers in the land, NGamer is also unique in featuring regular contributions from the ghosts of both Charlton Heston and Geoffrey Chaucer.

Official Xbox Magazine

Now in its sixth year, OXM is the UK’s best-selling games magazine, and maintains a loyal fanbase thanks to its unrivalled access, top-class writing and readiness to cover anything related to Xbox 360. In the last year it’s revealed the precise combination of diet, exercise and death required to look like a Boomer, wired up volunteers to heart monitors to find out why Dead Space 2 is so scary, and polled the industry to reveal the best way to get a job in games. It covered a lot of games, too: massive blockbusters, alarming indie titles and everything in between.

Official PlayStation Magazine UK

The leading UK magazine for all things PlayStation, OPM is filled with strong opinions and mixes award winning editorial and design. It might be Official in name but its opinions are all its own. Whether it’s taking a holiday in Home, getting LBP 2 tips direct from Media Molecule or visiting the set of Uncharted 3, OPM uses the best writers in gaming journalism to create a wealth of funny, insightful and authoritative content.

Retro Gamer

Retro Gamer is unlike any other video game magazine on the market. Equally loved by both its readership and the many developers it constantly interviews, it combines high production values with the Crash and Zzap! sense of humour of old to create a magazine that immediately stands out on the shelves. Thoroughly researched and covering a wide remit of the world’s greatest games, from Pac-Man to Grand Theft Auto, it touts itself as an essential read for anyone with an interest in video games thanks to its in-depth coverage and extremely knowledgeable staff.


The Games Media Awards 2011, in association with Grainger Games, take place on Wednesday October 26th at the super chic Vinopolis venue near Borough Market. Greg Davies, top stand-up and star of The Inbetweeners, will be the host for the evening.

Grainger Games has signed up as headline sponsor of the event, with other sponsors already signed up including Microsoft, Codemasters, EA, Sony, Ubisoft, Nintendo, OnLive, Namco Bandai, Trion Worlds, Gamescom, Nordic Games, Konami, Sega, NC Soft, Rising Star Games, Green Man Gaming, Games Tribe, 2K Games and Venatus Media.

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