Crimson Alliance is one of the first games on XBLA to use microtransactions. It also went for a different angle on the action RPG, by emphasizing action much more than role playing or stat building. It turned out that one of the most important variables to fans enjoying both of these was the messaging--which developer Certain Affinity feels could have gone much better.
We talk a lot about companies doing things well, or poorly--but how often do we celebrate the people that power our industry? Our third annual list of the best and brightest in the industry tried to do just that. heron we present 50-plus game developers that made big waves in 2011 and beyond.
The game entity is a venerable but aging part of game development. But we're still using it! This article discusses where the game entity has been, where it's going, what we're doing with it, and why.