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OFF THE RECORD


Johnny Chiodini, GameSpot UK When he wasn’t exercising, Chiodini kept the industry amused with regular smack-talking video updates


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Lewis Rayne, The Average Gamer Rayne says he’s lost almost 10kg and celebrated the contest’s end with a “well-earned cider”


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Neil Gorton, Ginx TV


Chiodini’s arch nemesis has developed a brand new form of “martial arts”. And washed his chest.


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Nick Gibbs-McNeil, Pitch Black The online media firm’s MD managed to lose weight without giving up beer or his usual diet


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Paul Rayment, Dubit Ltd Angus’ owner certainly seems to have made more progress than his pet


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Richard Boobyer, GameStation The Cwmbran store manager says he has lost over half a stone and feels “healthier and happier” now


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Seb Ford, GameSpot UK Inventor of the Camera Bag Tricep Curls, Ford’s progress rivals that of his GameSpotco-workers


Steve Hogarty, Official Nintendo Magazine No, these are not photos from Hogarty’s burgeoning modelling career – they’re just for us


FROM THE ARCHIVE... TWELVE YEARS AGO MCV August 13th 1999


NEWS MCVco-sponsors ECTS and signs up to present the trade show’s highest award: the 1999 MCV Best of British Award… Sega joins forces with BskyB in a deal that will see the Dreamcast and the SkyDigital set-top box packaged together... SCi bags the rights to produce video games based on The Italian Job... Future Publishing dominates the half-year ABCs with sales led by Official PlayStation Magazine, which shifts over 385,000 copies per month...


the industry. The current members are...


Steve Owen, Games Press The site’s technical director proudly tell us he fits into 34-inch trousers for the first time in 11 years


CHARTS: ALL FORMATS 1. Driver.....................................................GT Interactive ............................PSX 2. Syphon Filter....................................Sony ................................................PSX 3. Silent Hill............................................Konami ..........................................PSX 4. Gran Turismo......................................Sony ................................................PSX 5. Colin McRae Rally..........................Codemasters......................PSX, PC


AND FINALLY


In the latest Bluffer’s Guide, MCVprovides a rundown of everything you could possibly need to know about Pokémonbefore the franchise finally arrives in the UK. Nintendo’s UK distributor THE predicts the first games – Pokémon Redand Blue– will shift 1m units by the end of the year, and another 3m in 2000.


Don McCabe, CHIPS


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Gurdeep Hunjan, Sainsbury’s


Nick Sultanti, Morrisons


Anthony Stocker, Argos


James Cooke, Best Buy


Christopher Rogers, Dixons Retail


Keith Sharpe, Play.com


Stephen Staley, Gameseek


Azeem Sadiq, Comet


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