Long read: Who is qualified to make a world?

In search of the magic of maps.

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

GTA IV still top of the UK charts

Ahead of Age of Conan and Haze.

Grand Theft Auto IV remained at the top of the UK All Formats chart for the fourth straight week, beating off strong challenges from Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures and Haze, which debuted at two and three respectively.

It was especially good news for Eidos and Funcom, with Age of Conan boasting the biggest PC game launch of the year, and the biggest-ever online-only title launch outside of the mighty World of Warcraft franchise. Ubisoft and Free Radical, meanwhile, will be heartened by the performance of the PS3-exclusive Haze, fresh from its critical mauling last week.

And despite the controversy over its high price point, EA notched up solid first week sales of Harmonix's long-awaited Rock Band, with a first week placing of six higher than many might have expected. According to Chart-Track, a quarter of those purchasing the game also bought the GBP 129.99 instrument control bundle.

But where's Wii Fit, we hear you cry. Nowhere, is the answer, with stock of the title in such short supply that the game crashed spectacularly from two last week, to outside of the Top 40 altogether. Further examination placed the title at 15 in the Wii chart.

Elsewhere, the chart is still awash with stalwarts such as Mario & Sonic at the Olympics (4), PES 2008 (7), Mario Kart Wii (8), FIFA 08 (9), Guitar Hero III (10), as well as a host of family/kid-friendly titles like Brain Training (13), Carnival (16), High School Musical 2 (18), Cooking Mama 2 (21), Ben 10 (22), Game Party (23), More Brain Training (25), Cooking Mama (26), Imagine Babies (27), Top Trumps (28), and Speed Racer (39). I remember when it used to be all fields...

Read 'em and weep, kids.