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Gamasutra Expert Blogs: From Corporate Criticism To Giving Horror A Face

In highlights from Gamasutra's Expert Blogs, industry notables write about diverse topics, including the monsters of Amnesia: The Dark Descent, as well as the recent faults of major game corporat
[In highlights from Gamasutra's Expert Blogs, industry notables write about diverse topics, including the monsters of Amnesia: The Dark Descent's, a satirical look at MMOs, and some recent criticisms of corporations like Nintendo and Sony.] 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 on Gamasutra. Member 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 - Amnesia: The Dark Descent: Birth of a Monster - Part 1 (Thomas Grip) In part one of a series of pieces on Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Frictional Games co-founder Thomas Grip and artist Jonas Steinick Berlin outline the creative process behind one of the game's grotesque creatures. - Lacrosse Fans Manipulating the XBLIG Rating System (Robert Boyd) Frustrated by a number of users that purposefully manipulated the ratings on the Xbox Live Indie Games marketplace, Robert Boyd expresses his concerns over the instability of the current ratings system. - Rats! - A Day In A MMO Hero's Life (Joao Beraldo) Joao Beraldo pokes fun at MMORPGs with a satirical piece that emphasizes the ridiculous elements of this popular genre. - A Problem Solution: Standardized Work (Andrew Grapsas) Andrew Grapsas outlines the importance of standardized work to help prevent recurring problems in the midst of a game's development. - Sony And Nintendo Don't Even Understand The Threat They Face (Nicholas Lovell) Nicholas Lovell argues that Nintendo and Sony have blinded themselves to the significance of the Internet and indie development in the industry, encouraging both companies to open their eyes and adapt to inevitable changes in the marketplace.

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