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Oli Welsh


Oli is the editor of Eurogamer.net and likes to take things one word at a time. His friends call him The European, but that's just a coincidence. He's still playing Diablo 3.

FeatureWho needs games: PlayStation 4's first year

It was the console that could do no wrong - but software was another matter.

FeatureSnake moves with the times, Lara doesn't

The Tomb Raider deal dominated headlines, but Metal Gear's move onto Steam is the true harbinger.

FeatureRob Pardo's legacy of steel

Blizzard's outgoing design chief has an eye for detail that will be keenly missed.

FeatureDirectly to you: Nintendo wins E3 on its own terms

New games, fresh thinking and brilliant PR bring the Kyoto giant bang up to date.

FeatureThe art of the E3 press conference

A handy guide for puzzled executives turned showbiz frontmen.

FeatureSee how Valve predicted the future of PC gaming in 2008

From the archive: Newell and company's vision seemed dramatic at the time.

FeatureThe end of gimmicks?

Kinect's failure suggests a bright future for game hardware served straight - no chaser.

FeatureBlizzard versus the hostility of MOBAs

"We will keep attacking this problem until it's gone."

FeatureThe Crew levels up the CarPG

Grinding gears in Ubisoft's open-road MMO.

FeatureThe Elder Scrolls Online renounces the grind

But can you really have a traditional MMO without it?

Feature10 Moments That Made World of Warcraft

From the archive: Key events from WOW's first five years.

FeatureIwata isn't Nintendo's problem. It's Miyamoto

A lack of new game ideas is what's holding Nintendo back.

FeatureStories with dice: the thrill of old-school D&D

When is a role-playing game not a role-playing game? Most of the time, it turns out.

FeatureWatch us play early access hit Rust

Twitch stream of the sandbox survival game starts at 1pm UK time.

FeatureThe Super Mario Bros. Story

From the archive: a series retrospective.

EGXEGX 2013: Game of the Show

Counting down the top 10, as voted for by showgoers.

FeatureI've decided which console I'm buying this year...

And it's another PS3, writes Oli Welsh.

FeatureThe Division: Massive by name...

The quiet Swedish studio breaks cover with a smart new wave MMO.

FeatureThe Witcher 3: the other monster hunter

The new antagonists aren't the only Wild Hunt in this impressive role-player.

FeatureWitness The Witness

Jonathan Blow explains why his PS4 puzzle adventure doesn't need explaining.

FeatureDestiny: how to save online worlds

Bungie doesn't like to call its new game an MMO, but it might revolutionise them anyway.

FeatureBreaking the link to the past: Zelda's Eiji Aonuma

The veteran producer on revising Wind Waker, escaping tradition and finding Nintendo's future.

FeatureVorsprung durch Forza

Now featuring IndyCar, can the sheer rationality of Turn 10's latest racer prop up Xbox One?

FeatureNintendo retreats into its shell at E3

The games are fun, of course - but you can't answer crisis with paralysis.

FeatureGran Turismo 6 preview: The turning point

It might look production-line, but this sequel shows a subtle yet real change of philosophy at Polyphony Digital.

FeatureOh! What a lovely Warface

Crytek's free-to-play shooter has a silly name, but deadly serious ambitions.

FeatureDust 514's new frontier

As CCP's trailblazing online shooter goes live, we visit a developer on the edge. But of what?

FeatureDefiance: the console MMO that might just work

A day's play on Trion's ambitious TV tie-in.

FeatureTomb Raider: the model of a modern megagame

Will Lara find or lose herself amid all - and we do mean all - the trimmings of a 2013 blockbuster?

FeatureSaturday Soapbox: The loneliness of the long-distance MMO

WOW finally has real competition, but has it arrived too late to save the genre?

FeatureGrid 2 Preview: No Assists Please, We're British

Codemasters takes a couple of interesting risks with the return of its tarmac racer.

FeatureJohn Carmack on Virtual Reality - Uncut

By popular demand, a complete transcript of our E3 interview.

FeatureGame of the Week: Spec Ops

Someday this war's gonna end...

FeatureEurogamer's Best of E3 2012

Game of the Show, Best Tech, Best Publisher and more.

PodcastThe Eurogameological E3 Podcast - Final Day!

John and Oli are joined by Gus Mastrapa for Carmack, Sim City, Wonderbook and more.

FeatureJohn Carmack and the Virtual Reality Dream

VR is back - and it works! We chat to id's mad professor and try his amazing homebrew headset.

PodcastThe Eurogameological E3 Podcast - Day 2

Bertie joins Oli and John for Nintendo chat. Plus: Snoop Dogg!

FeatureNintendo Land: Roll Up, Roll Up?

Wii U's marquee mini-game collection is good fun, but falls flat at E3.

PodcastThe Eurogameological E3 Podcast - Day 1!

Welsh and Teti ride again. Matt Martin sits in.

FeatureBehind Closed Doors with Beyond: Two Souls

We see the first footage of Quantic Dream's paranormal thriller and talk to David Cage about directing Ellen Page.

FeatureForza Horizon Preview: The Open Road Dream

Top UK talent and Turn 10's tech present a festival of music and open-world racing.

FeatureKinect's Journey

Can Fable: The Journey, Kinect's biggest game yet, usher in a new era for Microsoft's motion controller? "It was never going to be easy," Lionhead tells us.

PodcastEurogamer.net Podcast #113: Diablo 3

Oli, Donlan and Champ talk skills, auctions, internets and Anna the Ukrainian.

FeatureGame of the Week: Diablo 3

Tempus fugitaboudit.

FeatureAlways Online: What Diablo 3's Battle.net Does Right

It's had a rough start - but Blizzard has put together a world-beating online service.

FeatureGame of the Week: Minecraft 360

In praise of platform exclusives.

FeatureSonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed Preview: The Saviour of Arcade Racers

Can PGR talent and Sega's mascot breathe life into a fading genre?

FeatureSpectrum Made Me

The Sinclair ZX Spectrum is 30 today. Oli remembers the cheap British computer that changed his life.

PodcastEurogamer.net Podcast 109: Fez! Trials! Witcher!

Oli and the Toms talk XBLA's greatest and the world's worst tutorial before playing some music!

FeatureGame of the Week: Fez

Today is special day! Adventure is ready!

FeatureGame of the Week: Sine Mora

Forget Operation Raccoon City - this is the future of East/West game development.

PodcastEurogamer.net Podcast 105: WOW Pandas!

All the gossip from our trip to Blizzard HQ last week.

FeatureGame of the Week: Journey

If only you could talk to the people?

FeatureThe Essential PlayStation Vita

Your guide to the launch line-up and everything else you need to know.

FeatureShootMania Storm Preview: Mods and Rockets

Nadeo's community shooter harks back to the 90s heyday of the FPS mod.

FeatureGame of the Week: Catherine

You can't buy me love.

FeatureKingdoms of Amalur Preview: Action Speaks Louder

How to sell a fantasy epic, post-Skyrim? With combat that doesn't suck.

FeatureGame of the Week: Quarrel

"Wouldn't you prefer a good game of chess?"

PodcastEurogamer.net Podcast #96: Star Wars The Old Republic

Speak, or speak not. There is no mumble.

FeatureGame of the Break: Super Crate Box

Very nice thanks, and you?

FeatureGames of 2011: Xenoblade Chronicles

The year's nicest surprise.

PodcastEurogamer.net Podcast: Nintendo Fanboy Special

Mario! Zelda! Mario Kart! Animal Leader!

FeatureRainbow 6 Patriots Preview

Can shock factor put Ubi's tactical shooter back on top in 2013?

FeatureGame of the Week: Rayman Origins

Why 2011 wasn't a patch on 2001 - and how Rayman, of all people, can help.

FeatureThe Secret World Preview

One day with Funcom's (post-)modern MMO.

FeatureGame of the Week: Uncharted 3

Raiders of the lost art.

PodcastEurogamer.net Podcast #88

BlizzCon! Sonic! The internet versus the physical world!

FeatureBlizzard's Mike Morhaime Interviewed

The boss talks pandas, free-to-play and the clash of the DOTAs.

FeatureWorld of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Preview

Can pandas and Pokémon save WOW from itself?

FeatureEG Expo Editors' Game of the Show: Guild Wars 2

ArenaNet is ready to take MMOs forward.

FeatureOnLive Launches in the UK

We talk to CEO Steve Perlman about the game streaming service.

FeatureSaturday Soapbox: Are Games Racist, Sexist - Or Just Bad?

The medium must earn the right not to be regarded with suspicion.

FeatureGame of the Week: Radiant Silvergun

Remembrance of things past.

PodcastEurogamer.net Podcast #83

Syndicate! 3DS cradle! El Shaddai!