Final issues of PSM3 and Xbox World out today

The final issues of PSM3 and Xbox World go on sale today.

As part of its final issue, the PSM3 team polled its readers and debated the ’50 greatest PS moments ever’.

The final issue also includes a list of the 25 greatest PlayStation games ever, voted for by the PSM3 team, a ten page PSM3 celebration feature, and lists including the mag’s Top 10 features ever, Worst 5 games ever and where departed staff members are now.

PSM3 editor Dan Dawkins has written a feature talking about the ‘making of’ PSM3, office secrets, the highs and lows, how things have changed and how the future looks.

Finally, included is a poster with all 161 PSM3 covers.

Meanwhile Xbox World rounds up the biggest, loudest, saddest, funniest, most shocking moments in Xbox history and gives GTA5, arguably the biggest Xbox game of 2013, one final, epic preview.

The team looks back at the history of Xbox World, highlighting everything from the best covers to the worst puns, and ex-editor Tim Weaver also reflects on his years in charge of Xbox World, revealing touching truths, and his special relationship with Master Chief.

Xbox World was launched by Computec Media in 2003, before being purchased by Future later the same year alongside sister mag PlayStation World (PSW).

PSM3 was launched by Future in 2000 as PSM2 and has published over 160 issues.

Buy the final issue of Xbox World online or on Apple Newsstand here (UK) or here (US).

Buy the final issue of PSM3 onlineor on iOS here (UK) or here (US).

Angry Birds – The Movie?

Angry Birds Movie

It appears that the Angry Birds phenomena will take its war against the hideous army of stationary green pigs to a theater near you. The game’s creators, Rovio Entertainment have hired producers for what will be a 3D computer-generated full-length film.

After an explosion of merchandise and even a union with the monolithic Star Wars brand, Rovio’s app-attacking avians will have the summer of 2016 targeted for their inevitable collision with the big screen. The Finland-based company has reportedly brought Despicable Me producer, John Cohen on board and executive producer, David Maisel, who has worked on Marvel’s Avengers solo films like Iron Man 1 & 2ThorThe Incredible Hulk, and Captain America: The First Avenger.

While your touchscreen finger will thankfully get a rest, what could Angry Birds bring to the box-office? (Without smashing it.)

Executive producer, David Maisel briefly describes the creative goals for the film:

“It has to be everything that you’d expect from an Angry Birds movie as a fan of the game, plus so much more with surprises, innovative things and twists,” said Maisel. “It’s something that we’ve worked already a lot on and we will over the next few years. It’s an experience that you’ll say, ‘Wow, I didn’t expect that.’ ”

At this point, barring a “kidnapped eggs” plot, expectations are still somewhat of a blank slate. However, the slingshot swine-slayers will clearly need to pull off the whole “angry” part throughout the whole film if they expect to live up to the name. It will be interesting to see how that gets accomplished in an animated family-friendly feature like this.

Produced and financed entirely by Rovio, this first leap into the film industry will cement the Angry Birds brand as a true multimedia presence. Given its degree of success, it could lead to app games giving comic books a run for their money as movie source material.