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50 Best Developers In The World

Originally printed in games™ 157 How do you judge greatness? As we took on the task of listing and judging the best developers in the world, we found that simply running them off the top of our heads wasn’t particularly satisfying. We needed a metric to cut through personal preferences...

League Of Legends – the blockbuster in the shadows

It doesn’t get the attention of Call Of Duty or even World Of Warcraft, so how did Riot’s MOBA phenomenon become the most played game on the planet? In December 2014, 27 million people watched the League Of Legends finals in Seoul. That’s more than the number of people that...

Has Steam Become Too Powerful?

We’ve never really had much cause to question Valve’s distribution service until recent months. Its large catalogue of games, frequent sales and support for indie developers has made it an increasingly attractive place for game makers and players to call home. The influence of Steam could even be argued to...

The future of Total War

Creative Assembly has been busy. Since Shogun: Total War launched what has become a staple series for strategy players across the world in 2000, no less than eight ‘full’ games – and no end of expansions – have been released upon a hungry public. The most recent, Total War: Rome...

The future of game audio

As the games industry grows and begins spilling over into mainstream media, we’re starting to get gaming rockstars – whether they’re developers, voice actors, designers or composers, the people working on games are starting to become household names. But what about the sound designers? How many of them do you...

Is social stigma hurting League Of Legends?

Speaking to games™ as we investigated the rise of League Of Legends and pondered why pro gaming has yet to take off in the UK in the same way it has in the US and Far East, Pro Gamers pointed to a social stigma as the recurring reason why LOL...

9 strangest RTS weapons of war

Real-time strategy games tend to play it pretty straight – your toys are usually fairly standard. But sometimes, just sometimes, the RTS likes to smash that inherent sensibility to bits… 1. War Bears The bear is a symbol of Soviet Russia – depicting power, strength and resilience. Red Alert 3...

Going Beyond Infinity – The last days of Robotoki

Around 20 January 2015, Robotoki Studio closed its doors, putting on hiatus the game it had been working on, Human Element. Just prior to this event we chatted with studio founder and former Infinity Ward community manager and creative strategist Rob Bowling to find out what the game was all...