[In highlights from Gamasutra's Member Blogs, our bloggers write about diverse topics, including suggestions for implementing DRM, the merits of Minecraft, and tips for creating humanistic AI.
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Here are the top member blogs for the week:
This Week's Standout Member Blogs
- The Ideal Copy Protection Or The DRM That Works
Roger Hagensen explores the most effective ways to implement DRM, and emphasizes the importance of adding value to legitimate copies of a game to incentivize customers to pay for the product.
- Our First Year Running A Small Game Business
After founding a new studio in Spain one year ago, Eloy Ribera reflects on the company's first year and provides some advice for those getting started at a new studio.
- Learning From Minecraft
In the wake of Minecraft
's undeniable success over the past few months, Damian Connolly examines the peculiar indie title and discusses why the game succeeds on multiple levels.
- On The Merits Of Save Importing - Is The Hassle Worth It?
Occasionally, role-playing games such as Mass Effect
or Baldur's Gate
allow players to import their save games from previous titles to continue with their previous character. While the idea sounds appealing in theory, Eric Schwarz argues the design and technical difficulties of implementing such a system may not be worth the effort.
- Surface Cues For Humanistic AI
Creating believable AI is a complicated task, and Ben Lewis-Evans discusses the importance of surface level cues that can make technology appear less like an automaton and more like a human.