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In this latest round-up, industry notables write about sexy time in games, stickiness in MMOs, design tool quests, the Global Game Jam, and preorder sales.
Here are the top blogs for the week:
This Week's Standout Expert Blogs
- A Global Game Jam 2010 Report
Everybody loves the Global Game Jam! Eric Hardman reports on the proceedings of the event that took place at Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center, just one of dozens of simultaneous game creations events this past weekend.
- Quest For The Perfect Design Tool
This may not sound as majestic as "Quest for Glory" or "Quest for the Crown" or "Quest for Fire" or "Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty," but it's probably a lot more applicable to the specific needs of modern game designers.
- Sexy Time in Games
What time is it in games? It's sexy time in games! However, Benjamin Quintero believes it may be that particular time in games too often, and too...extremely.
- Organic Indie Preorder Pack Postmortem
Based on the headline of the previous post, I can see how your brain might have spent a split second reading this post's headline slightly incorrectly, but what it's actually about is a highly successful limited-time preorder bundle of indie games Overgrowth
and Natural Selection 2
, which paid off big for both teams.
- "Stickiness" In Games, or: Why you can't beat WoW
To my surprise, Stickiness In Games has little, if anything, to do with Sexy Time In Games. As it turns out, this post deals with the growing success of World of Warcraft
, as its swelling subscription figures create ever-tighter bonds amongst its player base. Wink.