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FeatureSteam's content policy is both arrogant and cowardly

Having appointed itself the god-king of PC gaming, Valve is vacating the throne.

FeatureXbox One X promises a strong and stable line-up

But does it have the vision to excite?

FeatureA call to arms for the UK fighting game community

"Put aside the petty bickering and embrace a new outlook."

FeatureSteam Greenlight had to go, but its replacement might just work

Direct is a reasonable solution to one of Steam's most serious problems

FeatureThe importance of games in difficult times

Alexis Kennedy on games, empathy and happiness.

FeatureBethesda's anti-consumer review policy comes as no surprise

And reminds us not to pre-order video games.

FeatureLife after console generations has one big upside

Why should we welcome PlayStation Neo and Xbox Scorpio? There is a reason.

FeatureSonic boom: Ellie Gibson on nostalgia, novelty, and that 9/10

Look, at least it's not another Pokemon Go article.

FeatureNX is different, and different is Nintendo's best option

Perhaps its only option for staying in the hardware game.

FeatureActually, Pokémon Go isn't really a Nintendo game

But it's still great news for Nintendo.

FeatureWhy I play video games

Or the special whatness that makes them so special.

FeatureJon Blyth on: Pubs vs video games

"'Another hoppy IPA!?' is this industry's 'Oh, they've put in a horde mode.'"

FeatureNintendo's painful metamorphosis leaves fans reeling

A new Metroid and a new Animal Crossing should have kept the faithful happy, but instead they're up in arms.

FeatureMicrosoft's difficult choice at E3 2015

Will Phil Spencer try to save Xbox One, or push for the cross-platform future?

FeatureWe need to talk about emulation

The assumption that old games have no value indulges our nostalgia but is killing the industry.

FeatureJon Blyth on: Morality

"I love my friends."

FeatureJon Blyth on: Fixing Far Cry 4

"Time is like location, but for watches."

FeatureGames of 2014: Destiny

Xur, you are being hunted.

FeatureBuilding Better Worlds - an MMO Tale

From the archive: If you come at the king, you best not miss.

FeatureRich Stanton on: GTA's growing pains

The tone problem in Rockstar's classic series.

FeatureMoving targets: the scattergun politics of Far Cry 4

Ubisoft Montreal's latest could be a fine portrayal of a country under siege, if only it stopped to breathe.

FeatureThe Nintendo difference: Wii U's first two years

It's struggled in the marketplace, but Nintendo's console has remembered something its competition seemingly forgot.

FeatureWho needs games: PlayStation 4's first year

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

FeatureEverything not saved will be lost

What Destiny tells us about life, the universe, and everything.

FeatureDeath to the mini-map

Why it's time to tear up the open world genre's greatest crutch.

FeatureThe problem with video game guns

Is that lots of them are boring.

FeatureLet's have more games that show rather than tell

Shadow of Mordor becomes great, but introduces itself poorly.

FeatureFIFA 15 Ultimate Team: time for a shake-up?

Our resident obsessive is still playing, but gradually losing interest.

FeatureJapan's slumbering giants awake at Tokyo Game Show

Metal Gear and Final Fantasy prove there's still plenty to get excited about from gaming's spiritual home.

FeatureSometimes I wish more games were just a vertical slice

Always leave them wanting more, not less.

FeatureWhy we need more developers like Zoe Quinn

To reach their full potential, games need to stop empowering the player and embrace the raw and personal.

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.

FeatureUnsubscribe?

EA's Access service is good value, despite what Sony says - but it's still a less than ideal solution.

FeatureWhen too much is not enough

Crowdfunding has freed developers from old production models, but at what cost?

FeatureYou've got male

Marvel just announced that Thor is becoming a woman, but games don't need sex changes to be better at diversity.

FeatureThe best games of 2014 are actually from 2013 - and that's okay

Why the flood of remasters and remakes should be embraced.

Feature"It's not historically accurate!"

Why arguing against women appearing in games to preserve historical accuracy is silly.

FeatureThe sickening side of the Steam summer sale

Hey, check out that gift horse's mouth...

FeatureEnding the Minecraft fantasy

Notch is right to clamp down on paid Minecraft servers, but at what cost?

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.

FeatureAssassin's Creed Unity is a backward step for progressive games

'They're not avatars' defence sends the wrong message.

FeatureSony had more wow moments, but Microsoft has closed the competence gap

A lack of 2014 titles on both sides of the console war favours Xbox.

FeatureThe art of the E3 press conference

A handy guide for puzzled executives turned showbiz frontmen.

FeatureWatch Dogs: stuck in the unfunny valley

Open-world games are often better when they lighten up.

FeatureThe end of gimmicks?

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

FeatureBetter without Kinect

Microsoft makes the best of a bad situation.

FeatureLocal multiplayer is gaming's holy grail

And, until recently, the industry had completely forgotten about it.

FeatureGame Boy got soul

How the simple heart of Gunpei Yokoi's Game Boy has a legacy that goes beyond hardware.

FeatureThe silent composer

Marty O'Donnell's departure is a shock, but also a reminder that music in games is more important than ever.

FeatureThe numbers game

Why Amazon's use of Metacritic scores is a terrible idea.

FeatureGround Zeroes shows open worlds how to be open

By getting back to Mother Basics.

FeatureGames are squandering their potential to truly immerse us

To create truly believable worlds, they need to let go of what's safe.

FeatureDown the replay rabbit hole

Why Ken Levine's plan for endlessly replayable narrative could be a risk not worth taking.

FeatureTwitch is the gaming revolution that can't be owned

How gaming video is a game in itself.

FeatureBe advised: I was wrong about Titanfall

If you're feeling jaded and dismissive, like I was, then pay attention.

FeatureThe Hearthstone you didn't get

Looking back at the way Blizzard changed card values during the closed beta.

FeatureConsole developers need to look at Dungeon Keeper and learn

Mobile gaming is a joke. Don't become the next punch-line.

FeatureSavour the Wii U and Vita - they're our new Dreamcasts

Commercial success may evade them, but these ailing consoles are future classics.

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.

FeatureValve plays the long game again

Steam Machines are about protecting the PC, not beating consoles.

FeatureIs 2014 the year of virtual reality?

Come in Luigi, your time is up - why Oculus Rift is the true next-gen experience.

FeatureBeyonce's onto something, you know

Her new album-out-of-the-blue is a cool idea that would work brilliantly for games.

FeatureIn praise of early adopters

Let's hear it for friends who splash out on day one.

FeatureWhat happens when free-to-play games aren't free?

Microsoft's misappropriation of free-to-play mechanics is at the head of a broader problem this generation.

FeatureThe fall and rise of the franchise titans

With Assassin's Creed and COD sales slowing, their next-gen successors are waiting in the wings.

FeatureYou're in charge!

From vital patches to game cancellations, players are often intimately involved.

FeatureSaints Row 4: a fun game that makes serious points

Beneath the parody, there's a brilliant game about friendship, sex and strong women.

FeatureThe strongest next-gen line-up from the unlikeliest source

Why the Wii U is the best next-gen choice this Christmas.