In highlights from Gamasutra's Expert Blogs
, industry notables write about diverse topics, including Facebook's new game policies, Kinect concerns, and the importance of randomness.
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Here are the top blogs for the week:
This Week's Standout Expert Blogs
- Things They Won't Tell You: New Facebook Policies
Following the recent changes
to Facebook's policy on game notifications, Anatoly Ropotov breaks down the specifics of these new rules and spells out what these changes mean for Facebook game developers.
- Survivor: The Medallion Of Power Has A Flaw
Patrick Moran compares elements of the Survivor TV series to game design, specifically focusing on Survivor: Nicaragua's Medallion of Power, and how it alters the way contestants or players approach challenges.
- Why I'm Skeptical Of Kinect
Robert Green expresses his concerns with Microsoft's Kinect hardware, listing several factors that may harm the device's overall appeal when compared to a standard controller.
- The Digital Download Future
As game digital distribution becomes increasingly more popular, Tadhg Kelley pines for a day when retail plays a much smaller role in the software market.
- Perceptions of Randomness, Social Games And Game Design
Using an article from Manifesto Games' CEO as reference, Michael Fergusson discusses how elements of randomness can benefit game design, and how they can hinder it if used incorrectly.