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This Week's Standout Member Blogs
- Realism and the Relation to Controversy
Why do similar depictions of violence in different games create such different reactions? Robert Weidner posits that it has a lot to do with context -- in particular, the level of surrounding realism.
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In a short, straightforward post, Glenn Storm asserts that without a practical understanding of experience and how it responds to our designs, the craft of game design cannot evolve. Intentionally, it's the resulting comment thread that's the real point of the post.
- Opinion: We Need "Celebrities"
Does the game industry have a celebrity deficiency relative to other entertainment forms, and is it harmful? Aspiring marketer Joshua Lin offers his take.
- Business as Usual
Inspired by the recent financial troubles suffered by Edge of Twilight
developer Fuzzyeyes Studio, Logan Dwight reflects on the structure of business relationships in the video game industry, wondering if our priorities aren't fundamentally skewed.
- Video Games Writing: Where We Are and What We Need
Video game writing isn't actually as bad as many claim, argues Craig Stern, but there's certainly room for improvement. One problem may be in our inconsistency of expectations.