[In highlights from Gamasutra's Expert Blogs, industry notables write about diverse topics, including the ultimate Japanese RPG, learning from mainstream anime and avoiding game design filler, and more.]
In our weekly Best of Expert Blogs column, we showcase notable pieces of writing from members of the game development community who maintain Expert Blogs
-- also highlighted weekly -- can be maintained by any registered Gamasutra user, while the invitation-only Expert Blogs
are written by development professionals with a wealth of experience to share.
We hope that both sections can provide useful and interesting viewpoints on our industry. For more information about the blogs, check out the latest official posting guidelines
Here are the top blogs for the week:
This Week's Standout Expert Blogs
The Ultimate JRPG? - The Results Of An Informal Survey Plus A Game Idea
Zeboyd Games' Robert Boyd (Cthulhu Saves the World
) looks at the results of an informal survey on what fans want in their "ultimate JRPG", and an idea for a game that might match those desires.
RE: Passionate Frustration: Tale Of Tales' Dark Journey
In this "open letter" (and a response, hence the "RE:" on the title), Sergio Rosa discusses points you can read on "Tale Of Tales' Dark Journey"
. This is a discussion about games as art, tech, and storytelling mediums.
Driving in Mongolia: A Digital Poet's Accidental Transformation Into Indie Art Game Creator
Jason Nelson shares his personal journey from digital artist to indie art-game creator. With work which polarizes audiences, an inbox filles with hate/love mail, hereflects on his adventure in combining poetry, art, and the bizarre within indie games.
Avoiding Filler In Game Design
Tedium is something that should be avoided in game design. Josh Bycer presents a case study in what designers can learn to avoid from mainstream anime.