I think about a world to come where the books were found by the golden ones, written in pain, written in awe by a puzzled man who questioned, "What are we here for?" All the strangers came today and it looks as though they're here to stay.

-David Bowie "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Monday, April 5, 2010

March Mayhem Developer's Showdown

Gamers might find themselves in this March Madness tournament courtesy of The Escapist. The March Mayhem Developer's Showdown pits a variety of game developers against one another in the competition of the best developer.

The Final Four pitted three of my favorite developers against one another. Blizzard, the makers of the Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo series, fought valiantly but finally lost against BioWare, the developers responsible for the Mass Effect games and Dragon Age, while Valve, the innovative designers of the Halflife, Counter-Strike, Team Fortress and Left 4 Dead series, dominated annoying and superfluous Zynga, who cursed the world by developing Farmville, Mafia Wars and Vampire Wars (these are the people responsible for all the stupid Facebook invitations daily).

My prediction is that BioWare is going to win. They've started off with a decent lead, and I've heard more ravings about Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age in the last year than even the magnificent Left 4 Dead 2. If it were up to me, however, Valve would win. Even if Valve couldn't lay claim to some of the most entertaining games in the business, which it can, the content-delivery system called Steam is reason enough to consider these folk the best developers. I would have chosen Blizzard over BioWare as well because they innovated the world of on-line playing with BattleNet and World of Warcraft.

The final battle between Valve and BioWare is being waged now. You can vote here.

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