[In highlights from Gamasutra's Expert Blogs, industry notables write about diverse topics, including metrics used in BloodRayne: Betrayal's development, gimmicky consoles, and more.
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Here are the top blogs for the week:
This Week's Standout Expert Blogs
- On The Productive Use Of Metrics In The Development Of Gory Vampire Games
WayForward Technology programmer Jeff Lee shares some of the metrics his studio employed ("in reasonably gory detail") when creating upcoming PSN/XBLA game BloodRayne: Betrayal
- Gimmick or Not? Wii, 3DS, Xbox Kinect, PS3 Move, Wii U
The word gimmick gets thrown around a lot, but what pieces of hardware really deserve this description? Developer Ian Fisch looks at the latest consoles and motion control platforms to decide which merit the label.
- "Gamers" and "Game Players"
Dividing groups of people into two more or less opposites can be illuminating. Video gamers have made Lewis Pulsipher realize that there are different ways to approach game playing "as a part of your life". Are games a lifestyle, or just a part of life?
- Distilling The Elements of Old-School Design
The term "old-school" encompasses multiple game mechanics, both good and bad, and Josh Bycer argues that understanding the differences between the two is an important lesson on game design.