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Paul Dean


Paul writes freelance articles about all sorts of things, but gaming has always remained close to his heart. He is one half of the board games show Shut Up & Sit Down and tweets as @paullicino.

FeatureValkyria Chronicles remains one of the finest games of its generation

Revisiting a classic on the release of its remaster.

FeatureRimWorld: Can you make your game up as you go along?

When the emergent are themselves emerging. Ooo, meta.

FeatureThe Paradox of Fredrik Wester

What's behind one of gaming's most fascinating companies?

FeatureMad man in Wyoming: The voice behind one of this year's most fascinating games

Rich Sommer talks Firewatch, voice acting and even board games.

FeatureFiraxis opens its doors at the first Firaxicon

The strategy studio hosts its fans.

FeatureGearbox's Battleborn throws the FPS and MOBA genres together

But the mix looks like it'll take some time to get right.

FeatureComing home? The return to SimCity

A year on from from its disastrous launch, our reviewer heads back to see what's changed.

FeatureHow the developers of Endless Legend see the end in sight

Even if their Early Access peers may not.

FeatureThe Story of DOTA

How a bastard mod became its own genre.

FeatureCasting spells - and votes - in Magicka: Wizard Wars

Paradox's mad multiplayer game has its own take on democratic development.

FeatureGames of 2013: Dota 2

Towering example.

FeatureDoom retrospective

From the archive: 20 years of the game that didn't just change gaming forever - it changed gamers.

FeatureInside Paradox, the strangest company in video games

The story of the Swedes who say what they think.

FeatureFirst contact with Arma 3

As Bohemia waits to roll out the campaign, Paul Dean looks at what's there ahead of the review.

FeatureCapturing the dragon: the music of Jeremy Soule

One of the industry's leading composers on classical influences, taking over YouTube, Kickstarting a symphony and the meaning of life.

FeatureImpire preview: The devil's in the details

It's not Dungeon Keeper, but Cyanide's RTS summons the spirit of Molyneux's classic.

FeatureHow Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage is a yet another medley of Borderlands 2 madness

Writer Anthony Burch on how the new DLC is a “pot pourri” of insanity.

FeatureMineZ: Zombie survival, Minecraft-style

The discerning player's choice.

FeatureBoard Games Are Back

Our heritage is catching up with us.

FeaturePlanetSide 2 Preview: Tomorrow's Shooter, Today

Talking apps, technology and longevity.

FeatureX-Wing Retrospective

When the Force was still with us.

FeatureXCOM: Enemy Unknown Preview: First Contact

Hands-on with the unknown unknowns.

FeatureTorchlight 2 Preview: The Devil's Work

As Diablo enthrals, another dungeon crawler waits in the shadows.

FeatureRetrospective: Diablo

Sympathy for the Devil.

FeatureThe Mythology of Diablo

Chris Metzen talks about tie-in The Book of Cain - and the origins of Blizzard's darkest world.

FeatureEnd of Nations Preview: The World at War

The teams behind Rift and Command and Conquer prepare the RTS MMO.

FeatureDota 2 Beta Preview

Changing lanes?

FeatureLeague of Legends: Dominion

LoLers divide and conquer.