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This Week's Standout Expert Blogs
Guide To Becoming An Independent Game Developer
If you've made the decision to go indie, or you're just idly considering it, Alistair Doulin's primer of key independent development concepts is worth a read. And it's worth noting that many of his tips apply just as strongly to larger-scale development.
ESD Publishers Boycott Valve's Steam Service. Seriously?
It's almost impressive how much controversy Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare 2
has managed to drum up from nearly every conceivable corner -- including, unexpectedly, digital distributors. Longtime developer Derek Smart explains why those companies are barking up the wrong tree, and how Steam got where it today.
How To Project Decals
In another of his supremely practical technical pieces, Wolfire founder David Rosen lays out his method for inexpensively projecting decals onto complex geometry.
Comparative Ludology: A Case Study Using The Sims and Total War
How are The Sims
and Empire: Total War
alike? What could they learn from each other? Probably more than you think, in both cases. Taekwan Kim offers a compelling analysis stretching from the macro level to the micro level.
Space of Possibility and Pacing in Casual Game Design
Casual game design has not yet been sufficiently addressed in serious analytic writing, argues Mark Venturelli, who aims to start correcting the problem with this adaptation of a presentation from this year's SBGames in Brazil.