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Here are the top member blogs for the week:
This Week's Standout Member Blogs
- Indie Summer Pack - Is it possible for other Indie Game Bundles to have some success?
Different Pixel's David Amador looks at the Indie Summer Pack promotion and asks, "Is it possible for other non-Humble Bundlepacks to have some success? Or are the rest of them bounded to fail?"
- Nickeled and Dimed
In this opinion post, Joshua Sterns says advertisements are under utilized in games, and says they're a solution to the rising costs of development that does not burden the customer base.
- Taking Turns (Or Yes, It Is Your Job to Make Me Have Fun)
Robert Walker examines turn-based combat in games like Dragon Quest
and Final Fantasy
, and suggests approaches we can take to improve its appeal.
- Making a Game in 10 Days
Australian indie developer James Bowling of Last Level Games attempts to make a complete and releasable game in 10 days with no artist and sound engineer, and share his experience.
- Pitch Worlds, Not Mechanics
"Can mixing up the order in which we conceptualize our games result in better experiences for the player?" asks Finlay Thewlis in this exploratory article.