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Learn about AR and VR's unique therapeutic potential at XRDC 2018!  
by Staff [09.20.18]
Come out to XRDC in San Francisco next month to learn from leaders at forefront of therapeutic VR/AR aps about treating chronic pain, improving mood with neurofeedback, and more!
VR, Serious

Video: Lessons learned from trying to gamify death  
by Staff [09.19.18]
At GDC 2012, game dev Margaret Robertson explains how UK studio Hide&Seek was asked to make a documentary game about the discovery of a corpse in a busy London block of flats -- and what they learned.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Design, Video, Vault

At XRDC, study the healing effects of swimming with VR dolphins!  
by Staff [09.18.18]
Come out to XRDC next month and see Dolphin Swim Club's Marijke Sjollema & Benno Brada break down how the Club (a nonprofit that crafts therapeutic VR experiences) works and what it's learned!
VR, Serious, Design

Games4EU launches, highlights Brexit's negative impact on UK games industry 3
by Emma Kidwell [08.13.18]
The anti-Brexit organization Games4EU has launched today, campaigning to demonstrate the negative impact leaving the European Union will have on the UK games industry.
Serious, Business/Marketing

AbleGamers donates $10k worth of accessible game gear to NOLA kids hospital  
by Alex Wawro [07.12.18]
The charity gave ~$10k worth of training and accessible video game equipment to the New Orleans Children's Hospital, and Microsoft's new Xbox Adaptive controller seems to have been among the gifts.
Serious, Business/Marketing

ArenaNet firings inspire IGDA to remind devs: Ask about harassment protection 13
by Alex Wawro [07.09.18]
International Game Developers Association chief Jen MacLean updated her company blog today with a post offering "Questions You Should Ask For Your Protection" if you're a game dev on social media.
Console/PC, Serious

Come to XRDC and learn firsthand how VR is best used in education!  
by Staff [06.19.18]
Hey devs, come to XRDC in San Francisco this October to hear the results firsthand of Foundry10's studies conducted with over 3,000 adolescents using VR in educational settings.
VR, Serious

'Gaming Disorder' officially listed in World Health Organization diagnostic doc 5
by Alissa McAloon [06.18.18]
The World Health Organization has finalized the draft for the 11th International Compendium of Diseases (ICD) revision, including a disorder involving video game addiction within its pages.
Serious

New XRDC Healthcare Report offers insight into how AR/VR/MR is shaping medicine  
by Staff [06.06.18]
This insight-laden survey of experts offers fresh insight into how AR/VR/MR is being applied in cutting-edge medical efforts like drug discovery and therapy. Download your copy for free!
VR, Serious, VRDC

Ex-Microsoft exec J Allard speaks to the game industry's inherent burnout problem  
by Alex Wawro [06.01.18]
"Staff will often sacrifice much more than should be required of them," ex-Xbox exec J Allard told Gamasutra. "If the work/life balance isn’t healthy, they will naturally grow to resent the dynamic."
Console/PC, Indie, Serious

The great video game exodus 44
by Simon Parkin [05.31.18]
Video game developers are leaving the industry at a steady rate after 3-6 years of work. Why?
Console/PC, Serious, Business/Marketing

Video: How inequality (both real and virtual) shapes player behavior  
by Staff [05.30.18]
At GDC 2018 game dev Julia Keren-Detar explored how inequality within game systems can change the behavior of players, and how studying these changes can help devs make better design decisions.
Serious, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Teachers can now access an educational version of Cities: Skylines  
by Alex Wawro [05.29.18]
Edugaming startup TeacherGaming has teamed up with publisher Paradox Interactive to bring an educational version of Colossal Order's Cities: Skylines city-building game to classrooms around the world.
Console/PC, Serious, Business/Marketing

Opinion: So, you want to talk about porn on Steam 11
by Katherine Cross [05.24.18]
"There is simply no cure that isn’t worse than the disease," writes Katherine Cross of Steam's attempted porn crackdown. "Valve is condemning itself to learn this age-old truism the hard way."
Serious, Business/Marketing

Opinion: Illuminating the shadowy group celebrating Valve's latest censorship drive 25
by Katherine Cross [05.22.18]
Gamasutra contributor Katherine Cross digs into the history and agenda of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, a right-wing advocacy group gleefully campaigning for Valve to censor Steam games.
Serious

ADL partners with Global Game Jam, NYU's Game Center to reduce hate in games  
by Emma Kidwell [05.18.18]
The Anti-Defamation League partners with the Global Game Jam, NYU's Game Center, and IGDA in an effort to reduce hate and bias in the games community.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Senate votes to halt the FCC's repeal of net neutrality 4
by Alex Wawro [05.16.18]
Now that the motion to halt the FCC's dissolution of net neutrality rules has (narrowly) passed in the Senate, it goes to the House of Representatives for a vote, and then on to the President's desk.
Serious

Satirical game used to push back against German ban on Nazi symbols 2
by Alex Wawro [05.14.18]
While the ban against Nazi imagery in games and other media remain in place, 'the decision of the Attorney General’s Office can be seen as an important signal' that it can be challenged.
Serious

Video: Reclaiming your creative drive in the face of hardship 1
by Staff [05.10.18]
In this 2018 GDC session, game designer Laralyn McWilliams provides tools to recognize when you're deep in the well of darkness and goes into methods to help reclaim your creativity.
Serious, Production, Video

A (slightly) different way to think about games and art 9
by Matthew Burns [04.18.18]
"At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if one or another specific game is regarded as art, nor does it matter if 'games' 'are' 'art,' whatever that even means", argues game dev Matthew Burns.
Serious, Business/Marketing