As Amirkhani traipses about America, learning about GAME DEVELOPMENT and silly things like HIMSELF. Recently, he learned that criticism in game reviews is best done constructively:
[A] good review needs to be honest without agenda and offer a snapshot into the design mentality; something that a lot of reviewers can’t provide because they’re so distanced from the actual creation process. Without an understanding of how design elements, good or bad, can make it into a game against the designer’s intent, there’s no place for overly chastising critiques that decry the creators more than the product.
Amirkhani, Justin. “Be Like Burch” (July 3, 2012) <http://gamerunplugged.com/?p=724>.
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