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OFF THE RECORD


This week, we meet a robotic Stephen Fry, the Doctor and the next Slash. Plus, your chance to win Sony’s new Wonderbook peripheral and our search for the Ultimate Hitman Assassin continues


THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW Last weekend’s MCM London Comic Con once again invited fans of gaming, comics, movies and more to the ExCeL centre for another festival of cosplay, collectibles and uncontained geekery. A record 70,000 people attended. There were many celebrity appearances, but the guest of honour was Doctor


Who’s Matt Smith, who answered fan questions in a panel to promote the release of the latest DVD.


Gaming had a massive presence, too. In addition to some stunning costumes, there were queues across the show floor for the chance to go hands on with Wii U, Hitman: Absolution, Tomb Raider, Star Trek, Ni No Kuni, Borderlands 2and more. Namco Bandai even reports that its booth enjoyed its biggest MCM attendance to date.


FRYING TONIGHT Future Publishing invited the games industry to London’s Park Plaza near Westminster Bridge for the 30th Anniversary HMV GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards.


The night was hosted by comedian


Ed Byrne, who was upstaged by a robotic version of Stephen Fry – controlled and voiced by the QIhost remotely from his home.


And, of course, the ceremony was


bookended by a not inconsiderable amount of drinking. MCV’steam barely made it out of their alive. We say ‘alive’, we do of course mean ‘upright’.


RETAIL ADVISORY BOARD MCV takes soundings from its Retail Advisory Board on the biggest issues in


Anna-Marie Mason, GAME, Gamestation


James Morton, Blockbuster


Jon Hayes, Tesco


Craig Thirkell , Asda


Graham Chambers, Amazon


Sarah Jasper, The Hut


Phil Moore, Grainger Games


Igor Cipolletta, ShopTo


Dermot Stapleton, Get Games


Andy Pinder, HMV


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November 2nd 2012


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