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This Week's Standout Member Blogs
Tutorials of Zelda: When do players get to "play?"
Cary Chichester examines his playthoughs for four Zelda
titles, comparing the time it takes for each game to end the tutorial and let him feel like he's really playing a Zelda
Shatter solved The Breakout Problem. Please don't keep making the same mistake.
The Breakout genre has a fundamental problem with lack of player agency causing long stretches of player boredom and frustration. Ron Dippold says Shatter
solved this problem -- please take heed if you're going to make a new Breakout
Applying social theory to games
Social games have been improving, but the social mechanics behind these systems have not evolved. Justin Nearing lays down the foundation of what true social gameplay is, and why you would want to create a true social experience within your product.
Ultima IV's success with narrative through gameplay
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
is one of the few games that tells a story largely through its gameplay. Radek Koncewicz takes a closer look at how it achieves this rare feat.
Conveying tragedy in the key of C Sharp
Using Shadow of the Colossus
as the primary example, Matt Waldron discusses how successfully conveying emotion in a game goes well beyond the commonly associated factors and penetrates all the way down to the efficacy of a game’s physics and coding.