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Interview: We talk to Arrowhead co-founder Emil Englund.

Lights, Camera, Action! It’s hard to think of anyone getting ‘bored’ of Magicka, not in the least the developers themselves, but everyone must move on eventually and the lovable Swedish studio is itching to move on to bigger and better things. One of these things is their new multiplayer-action title, The Showdown Effect. We talked to the lead game designer Emil Englund to find out...

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Preview: Eyes will narrow, men will grunt, and when the smoke clears, a hero will rise...

The ‘Showdown Effect’, a phenomenon associated with cheesy action movies that have more bullets than sense, is that bit where two people randomly encounter each other and just know they are going to fight for no apparent reason. The eyes narrow, mouth grimaces, and both parties slowly but surely reach for their weapons… annnnd action! It’s this kind of subtle play on things that’s fast...