I remember, by sheer chance, finding the very first issue in the Virgin Megastore in Norwich (that's how long ago it was) and bought it immediately. Even at six quid for a magazine that only contained 100 pages, a coverdisc I never really played much and was only going to be quarterly, I thought it was a fantastic idea that deserved support. It never was quarterly, though, and due to the overwhelming demand it immediately became bi-monthly, then six-weekly, then monthly, then every four weeks, all within the space of what, seven or eight issues, if that? I never expected it to be such a success but I was pleased it was doing so well, but of course Live Publishing going under looked like ending things rather prematurely.
As we all know, Imagine Publishing stepped in and the magazine really is better than it's ever been. It's come a long way from its early days; the writing is better, the magazine has a lot more balance in terms of the machines and games it covers, and it looks extremely professional while maintaining its own identity. In fact it's one of the few games magazines that really does have its own character.
I've got every single issue and I don't intend to stop my subscription for quite a while yet. A big thanks to everybody who has ever contributed to the magazine in the last seven or so years and long may the good work continue.