Total Control Magazine Issue #1 was released in November 1998, and its featured cover story was the 1998 Tokyo Game Show. The launch issue of Total Control featured numerous news articles on the Dreamcast, including console pricing at the Japanese launch. A Tokyo Games Show ‘98 special report looks at Sega’s presence at the event, the hype building up around the new console, and a fairly in-depth look at the advertising campaign featuring Mr Yukawa and the proposed launch titles. Sonic Adventure gets a double-page spread, while July and Blue Stinger are shown off in the Foreign Office import news section. Other non-Dreamcast highlights include an interview with Team 17, a feature on movies based on games and reviews of 1080 Snowboarding (N64), Rainbow Six (PC) and Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus (PS1).
- This rare first issue features a metallic silver front cover which shows signs of scuffing
- Graded a 7.5 in very good condition.
- All pages are intact with tight binding and no rips, tears, creases, or folds.
- Overall this is an excellent first-issue example.
Total Control was a multi-format print magazine that was sold in the UK between November 1998 and September 1999. Published by (the now defunct) Rapide Publishing, Total Control was marketed as a mature magazine aimed squarely at twenty-somethings with disposable income and, as such, had a more adult style than some other magazines available at the time. The late 1990s saw a glut of print magazines come and go, and Total Control had stiff competition from publications like Arcade, CVG and Edge, the latter of which is the only one still going at the time of writing. Total Control lasted only 11 issues due to Rapide Publishing going into administration just before issue 12 could hit the newsstands. Still, in this brief run, it managed to pack in a ton of high-quality Dreamcast-related content. This is no doubt down to the fact that it existed in that golden period between the Japanese and US launches and died right before the PAL release – as illustrated, rather poignantly, by the blue swirl adorning the final issue’s cover.