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Neil West - MEGA Issue 1

Neil West was an Editor who worked on Future Publishing titles such as Sega Power, Mega and Next Generation.

ProfileEdit

Neil worked on Sega Power in 1990, becoming deputy editor. He also contributed to several other Future Publishing titles like Commodore Format, Amiga Format and Amiga Power. It was during this time that he also appeared many times on games tv shows such as GamesMaster, co-commentating with host Dominik Diamond on the latest games challenge. He also co-hosted, with Jane Goldman, the Games World reviews show 'House of Games' that was broadcast on satellite TV.

During the end of 1992, he was given responsibility of launch Editor of Mega. Edited the "Official Sega Megadrive Power Tipsbook", which was released in 1994. He left Mega and the UK to work in the United States. In 1995 he launched the respected US games magazine Next Generation, holding the position of editor-in-chief. Under his guidance, the magazine offered exclusive coverage, including interviews with the people in the industry. In 1996 Marketing Computers magazine ranked him the US's most influential interactive entertainment journalist.

He would return to the UK in 1998 to take over the Editor's position on multi format magazine Arcade. He left the games industry in 1999 to manage garageband.com as Editor & Publisher (Garageband.com was a band filter company for the music industry). In 2002 he decided to take time out to travel the world. He produced his own website neilwest.com, which features articles and pictures of his travels. The website's moto: "Whatever it takes to have a nice day" ...

Magazine careerEdit

Sega Power

  • Deputy Editor 1990-1992

Total

  • Contributor (Feb 1992 - )

Mega

  • Editor (Oct 1992 - Oct 1993)
  • Contributor (Nov 1993 - Aug 1994)

GamesMaster

  • Contributor (Jan 1993 - )

PC Gamer

  • American Editor (Dec 1993 - Jan 1994) - 2 Issues
  • Contributing Writer (Feb 1994 - )

Next Generation

  • 1995-

Arcade

  • Editor (Dec 1998 - Sep 1999) - 10 Issues

ReviewsEdit

Game Title Format Magazine Published Ove (%)
NHLPA Hockey '93 Mega Drive MEGA Issue 1 17 Sep 1992 92
Prince of Persia Mega CD MEGA Issue 1 17 Sep 1992 41
ThunderForce IV Mega Drive MEGA Issue 1 17 Sep 1992 81
Sonic 2 Mega Drive MEGA Issue 2 15 Oct 1992 94
Thunderstorm FX Mega CD MEGA Issue 2 15 Oct 1992 80
Greendog Mega Drive MEGA Issue 2 15 Oct 1992 57
Predator 2 Mega Drive MEGA Issue 2 15 Oct 1992 28
Super High Impact Mega Drive MEGA Issue 2 15 Oct 1992 39
John Madden Football 93 Mega Drive GamesMaster Issue 1 03 Dec 1992 90
Lotus Turbo Challenge Mega Drive GamesMaster Issue 1 03 Dec 1992 79
Krusty's Super Fun House Amiga GamesMaster Issue 2 21 Jan 1993 80
B.O.B. SNES GamesMaster Issue 6 20 May 1993 75
SpikeOut Arcade Arcade Issue 1 17 Nov 1998 100

ArticlesEdit

MEGA Issue 1 - (September 1992)

  • Interview: Is Kryten any good at Thunder Force III, or what? - 2 pages (16-17)
  • More than just a game - 4 pages (18-21)

MEGA Issue 2 - (October 1992)

  • Why Are Carts So Expensive? - 1¼ pages (6-7)
  • Interview: So Does Dominik Diamond really know what he’s talking about, or what? - 2 pages (18-19)

GamesMaster Issue 4 - (April 1993)

PC Gamer Issue 1 - (December 1993)

  • Opinion - page 37

PC Gamer Issue 3 - (February 1994)

  • Opinion - page 31

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