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THE OFFICIAL XBOX MAGAZINE XBOX 360 9 Issue 89 September What we do We re in print, online, on your Xbox and on your ipad THE MAGAZINE OXM is the UK s biggest games magazine, bringing you the hottest news first and games to play every month. Subscribe and never miss an issue: details on page 70. Contact information 2 Balcombe Street, London, NW1 6NW Tel: Fax: Editorial Team Editor: Jon Hicks (Gamertag: OXM Jonty) Art editor: Curtis Phillips-Cozier (Gamertag: OXM DJ Coziee) Deputy editor: Mike Channell (Gamertag: OXM MightySeven) Production editor: Jenny Meade (Gamertag: OXM RockOn) Deputy art editor: John Finbow (Gamertag: OXM Roll n Go) Staff writer: Jon Blyth (Gamertag: OXM Log) Staff writer: Matt Lees (Gamertag: OXM JamSponge) Online editor: Edwin Evans-Thirlwell (Gamertag: OXM ETBoy) Digital Team Disc Production Manager: Scott Gilchrist Developer: Anthony Willcox London Studio Manager: Liam Staines Assistant Producer: Gavin Murphy Technical Manager (Online): Kornel Lambert Technical Support Assistant (Online): andrew Taylor Digital Designer: Luc Pestille Contributors Writing: Rich McCormick, Tamoor Hussain, Cameron Lewis, Zack Renner, Andy Farrant, Will Porter, Martin Davies, Sami Khayat, Noah Aldhous Design: Alan Johnson Subbing: Emma Johnston Special thanks Ben Lawrence and Matt Roche at 2K, Steve Gibson and Anthony Burch at Gearbox Advertising and marketing London Sales Director: Malcolm Stoodley ( ) Digital Advertising Manager: Andrew Church ( ) Account Manager: Alistair Williams ( ) Sales Director: Nick Weatherall ( ) Trade Marketing Executive: Matt Cooper Senior Product Manager, Subscriptions: Adam Jones International Licensing Director: Regina Erak Rights Rights Manager: Laura Moorcroft Production Production Manager: Mark Constance Production Co-ordinator: Marie Quilter Senior Editorial Group Senior Editor, Games: Tim Clark Group Art Director, Games: Graham Dalzell Management Publisher: Richard Keith Group Publishing Director: Simon Maxwell Distribution Seymour Distribution Ltd, 2 East Poultry Avenue, London, EC1A 9PT ( ) About the magazine Xbox 360: The Official Xbox Magazine is published by Future plc, under licence from Future s US subsidiary. 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