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This Week's Standout Member Blogs
The myth of casual competition
Daniel Steckly looks at whether or not casual gaming is taking money from the AAA market. SPOILER WARNING: It's not.
Modern gaming trends: Achievements
Achievements are everywhere these days, and many players will spend hours trying to get them all. Corey Moore asks, "Are achievements really a good measure of player accomplishment? How do they affect the gaming experience?"
Disrupted familiarity as game-specific storytelling
Games have the capability of immersing the player in an environment and creating a familiarity not possible in movies or novels. Alfred MacDonald believes that playing with this familiarity as a storytelling device is unique to video games and part of game design as an art.
Building better tools for game design
The barrier of entry for game design and development has been significantly lowered since the days of Pong
, argues Aleksander Adamkiewicz. Unfortunately it's still not low enough for most people to participate in the process.
The price of personalization
Giving players freedom of choice when playing a game seems like a no-lose situation. But Josh Bycer says that choice is one of the major causes of imbalanced game design.