Spotlight: The magic of Star Wars, Battlefield 3, game patches, shiny things, and more

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The Community Spotlight features some of the best unedited articles that didn't quite make the front page. This week, we celebrate the interactive magic of Star Wars, collect shiny things, write a letter to Battlefield 3 console players, and discuss the rising frequency of game updates and patches. Join us. And stay on target.

Playing it old school: The interactive magic of Star Wars
By Stan Rezaee
While Stan wrote this piece last week, it's especially appropriate now, as legendary Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie died today. Stan takes a look back at the film series' licensed titles released before the year 2000, including one of my favorites, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron. Cut the chatter and check it out.

What type of gamer are you?
By Ross Rasmussen
"At one point," Ross writes, "I could get every ring in Sonic the Hedgehog and finish the game with a few dozen lives stocked up." Ross details his video-game scoring battles with his brother, which has bled into today's war for Achievement points. He wonders whether obsessing over these sometimes arbitrary challenges is a good thing.

Collecting shiny things is the ultimate self-improvement plan (in games)
By Marcos Valdez
Our latest Bitmob Writing Challenge has provoked some fantastic analysis, including this article. Marcos compares the extrinsic reward systems of several different games, examining how they motivate players to continue. Interesting stuff.

Dear Battlefield 3 console players: Smarten up, would you?
By Jeff Heilig
Jeff is sick of dealing with the noobs in Battlefield 3…at least, the ones on consoles. He's honed his skills against veteran PC players, so the relative (and obvious) inexperience of some console gamers drives him nuts. Do you agree or disagree?

Are anytime updates allowing game studios to put out a lazy product?
By Michael Forster
Michael bemoans how often he has to set his gaming plans aside to wait through yet another patch or automatic update. While he acknowledges that patches are sometimes necessary, he writes, "A required update not only kills the excitement but also takes from my already short gaming time." What do you think?

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