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This Week's Standout Member Blogs
Apps on Steam and indie game creation
Svein-Gunnar Johansen believe that Valve's decision to sell productivity apps on Steam presents an unexpected opportunity for creating buzz about indie games.
Mass Effect: Meaning through design
How does game design outside the realm of story or dialogue communicate meaning to the player? Basil Allen provides an analysis of the information within Mass Effect 2
's design and comparisons to Mass Effect 1
Why should anyone be a game designer?
Why should anyone be a game designer? Games haven't always had a good rep in the press. So you may have found yourself asking, "Why be a game designer?" You already love the artform - so what other reasons are there? Jay Bedeau offers three reasons.
Immersion: Getting into the game
Neuroscientist at the Douglas Institute and McGill University, Ian Mahar, discusses how immersion works in the mind of a gamer.