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Column: 'Blogged Out: Spam, Acclaim, Instancing'

In another of today's main features, regular columnist Jim Rossignol presents this week's 'Blogged Out', a news report that looks at the world of developer blogging and t...
In another of today's main features, regular columnist Jim Rossignol presents this week's 'Blogged Out', a news report that looks at the world of developer blogging and the conversations being had with the community at large. This week, the column looks at multiple subjects, including Manifesto Games CEO Greg Costikyan's comment on the revitalized Acclaim Entertainment: "But of course we now have the new Acclaim, which has about as much relationship to the old Acclaim as the new Atari to the old Atari. Personally, I'd think Acclaim would have negative brand value about now, but then, what do I know. The new Acclaim will apparently import Korean MMOs to the US. My first reaction is "that trick never works"--it's been tried, and it doesn't work. But apparently what Marks wants to bring isn't PvP hardcore titles but casual titles, presumably like Kart Rider, which make money by selling in-game crap instead of charging a subscription. Okay, maybe--but in the US, casual game players, at the moment at least, like single-player titles, and multiplayer hasn't worked real good in the casual downloadable market." You can now read the full Gamasutra column on the subject, which also includes discussion of MMO "instancing" and spamming (no registration required, please feel free to link to the article from external websites).

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