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Video: Improving our games through subversive diversity  
by Staff [02.16.17]
Game devs Catt Small and Shawn Alexander Allen take the stage at GDC 2016 to talk about how you can create more diverse and inclusive games, and why that's a valuable thing you should be doing.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design, Video, Vault

Step up your teaching game by attending GDC 2017's Education Summit  
by Staff [02.16.17]
Don't miss out on these great education-focused talks that will be taking place during the Education Summit at GDC 2017 later this month!
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, GDC

Over 100 tech companies sign brief detailing harms of US travel ban  
by Alissa McAloon [02.06.17]
Update Zynga, Microsoft, Google, Bungie & 100+ other tech companies signed a legal brief on Sunday to oppose the selective travel and immigration ban put in place by the President of the United States.
Serious

Obituary: Ember Entertainment tester Wesley Warren Olson  
by Chris Kerr [02.06.17]
Ember Entertainment tester Wesley Warren Olson has passed away at the age of 30.
Serious

If you're attending GDC 2017, don't miss the Nite to Unite charity gala  
by Staff [02.01.17]
As the game industry prepares for GDC 2017 in San Francisco next month, organizers would like to quickly remind attendees about the Nite to Unite charity gala taking place alongside the event.
Serious, Business/Marketing, GDC

Jordan Mechner and Mark DeLoura to receive top honors at the GDC Awards!  
by Staff [01.30.17]
Veteran game developer Jordan Mechner (Karateka) and game industry advocate Mark DeLoura will be honored with the Pioneer and Ambassador awards at the 17th annual Game Developers Choice Awards!
Serious, Business/Marketing, GDC

Why games are a key focus in UNESCO's efforts to promote world peace 1
by Alex Wawro [01.25.17]
It's difficult to have empathy if you can't put yourself into somebody else's perspective," researcher Paul Darvasi tells Polygon. "Video games allow you to assume perspectives in an embodied form."
Serious

With the ACA in jeopardy, IGDA urges U.S. devs to call Congresspeople 5
by Alex Wawro [01.24.17]
With U.S. gov't leaders moving to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare"), The IGDA is exhorting devs in the U.S. to contact their Congresspeople and express their thoughts on the matter.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious

Peace-builders are using game dev workshops to teach kids how to work together  
by Alex Wawro [01.23.17]
"Games-based learning is ideal because of how critical narrative is to both games and to intercultural dialogue," says Ariam Mogos, founder of the Nairobi Play Project.
Serious

Devs preparing for protests celebrate games' power to aid positive change 15
by Alex Wawro [01.20.17]
"I keep making games," game designer Alex Zandra Van Chestein tells Waypoint. "it's important now more than ever to fill the world with positive representation and inclusive works."
Serious

PSA: Tomorrow is your deadline to register early for GDC 2017!  
by Staff [01.17.17]
With just over 24 hours to go before early registration for Game Developers Conference 2017 ends tomorrow -- Wednesday, January 18th at 11:59 PM Pacific, now's the time register at a discounted rate!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

7 educational games that every developer should study 15
by Stefanie Fogel [01.05.17]
We reached out to some game devs who are also educators, or who work in educational software, and asked them to name some of the educational games that are most instructive to designers.
Console/PC, Serious, Art, Design

Come to GDC 2017 and learn how to write better, richer game characters  
by Staff [01.03.17]
At GDC 2017 Treachery in Beatdown City dev Shawn Allen will talk about how he approached creating dozens of characters of various ethnicities in a fictional NY, and how he too has stumbled. 
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Design, GDC

The Making of GOP Arcade's Voter Suppression Trail 11
by Phil Hornshaw [12.07.16]
"Oregon Trail is an insanely slow game, very frustrating," says Chris Baker of GOP Arcade. "We matched the feeling of the original quite closely."
Indie, Serious, Design, Business/Marketing

The state of educational games in the Minecraft era 4
by Richard Moss [10.18.16]
Minecraft, Kerbal Space, and even Civilization all have instructional spin-off versions. But do educators know how to integrate games into the classroom? We got the takes of some educational game devs.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Design, Business/Marketing

See how Girls Make Games supports girls who want to be game makers 1
by Staff [10.12.16]
Artifact Studios has released Girls Level Up, a brief documentary about LearnDistrict cofounder Laila Shabir and the Girls Make Games summer camp she launched years ago to help girls learn game dev.
Serious, Business/Marketing, Video

Eco is a Minecraft-like with an environmental, educational twist  
by Lena LeRay [10.12.16]
While it shares Minecraft's basic gameplay loop of harvest/gather/plan/build, Eco is designed to teach kids to collaborate and solve problems while being mindful of protecting the environment.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Design, Video

Games For Change expands student game dev contest about real-world issues  
by Alex Wawro [10.11.16]
The Games For Change organization is preparing to host its second Student Challenge next year in more cities, with more resources and more programs to help kids make games about real-world issues.
Serious

GDC 2017 opens for registration with new features!  
by Staff [10.05.16]
Now's your chance to sign up for the world's largest and longest-running event for game developers: Game Developers Conference 2017 is now open for registration!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Today is the last day to submit talks for the Summits and VRDC at GDC 2017!  
by Staff [09.23.16]
GDC organizers want to remind you that today is the last day to propose a talk for one of the Game Developers Conference 2017 Summits or the VR-focused VRDC at GDC 2017!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, VRDC, GDC