Spotlight: Speed Runs, Project $10, and Blazblue

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The Community Spotlight is a showcase for some of the best articles that just didn't quite make the front page. This week we look at speed runs and increased longevity in games.

Think You're Pro? Think Again
By Camaren Crook
Tool-assisted speed runs are hilarious to watch. Do you think you could make Mario do a spin over snapping clamshells for a full five minutes? Probably not, but thanks to emulators, we can see crazy gamers all over try to best each other in increasingly difficult displays of skill and ROM-hackery.

Game Reviews: A Reflection on the Trends
Kenny Yeager
Reviewing games is no longer a boring bullet list process of the pros and cons. Critics approach games from various points of view and often do not assign an arbitrary rating to them. This is the evolution of game criticism, but Kenny thinks it is just the beginning.


Taking Project $10 a Step Further
By Frank Anderson
Frank thinks he might be able to solve the problem of developers versus used games. Strangely, his idea incorporates 3G accessibility in all new consoles. I have a hard enough time getting my apps to update over a 3G network. What would it be like to download games that way?

A Minecraft Story: A Journey of Volcanic Proportions
By Marcel Hoang
Just when he thought he'd seen everything he could in Minecraft, a simple cartographer application opened Marcel's eyes to a looming volcano very near his house. His exploration of this fiery mountain makes me want to give Minecraft a try.

Concept Album: Blazblue: Continuum Shift
By Marcel Hoang
The most defining element of Guilty Gear games is their soundtrack. Blazblue, a fighting game from the same developers as the original Guilty Gear, keeps that idea alive in its fluid and character-oriented soundtrack.

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