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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.
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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

Tomorrow is the deadline to submit talks for the Summits and VRDC at GDC 2017!  
by Staff [09.22.16]
The call for talk submissions for the VRDC and the specialized Summits that help open the 2017 Game Developers Conference closes this Friday, September 23rd at 11:59 PM Pacific!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, VRDC, GDC

Don't Miss: Jesse Schell speaks to games' power for peace 3
by Leigh Alexander [09.21.16]
In a moving keynote at the 2011 Games for Change event, veteran game dev Jesse Schell advocated games' power to create peace, and the concept of media as an expression of care for others.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design

Alt.Ctrl.GDC needs your unique alternative controller games!  
by Staff [09.21.16]
The ever-popular ALT.CTRL.GDC is returning for GDC 2017, and seeking submissions until Dec. 2nd for one-of-a-kind game peripherals, contraptions and novelties which enhance game experiences!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design, GDC

The GDC 2017 Education Summit seeks great talk submissions!  
by Staff [09.14.16]
Got a good idea for a talk that would fit in well at the 2017 Game Developers Conference Education Summit? Great news: Now's the time to submit it & potentially become a GDC 2017 speaker!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, GDC

GDC Europe 2016 starts next week, so get ready!  
by Staff [08.11.16]
With GDC Europe 2016 kicking off next week in Cologne, Germany, organizers would like to briefly highlight some of the things you should know about before you get to the show!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, GDC Europe

Video: Tackling real-world problems through game design in Life Is Strange  
by Staff [08.05.16]
At GDC 2016, Michael Koch and Raoul Barbet (co-directors of Dontnod's episodic game Life Is Strange) explore how the interactive nature of video games can be used to tackle difficult subject matter.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design, Video, Vault

GDC 2017 seeks your best Business and Production talk submissions  
by Staff [08.05.16]
Hey devs, GDC organizers are looking for great submissions of interesting, cutting-edge Production or Business talks for the GDC 2017 Main Conference, from now through August 18th.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Heads up, devs: Gamescom organizers are tightening security this year  
by Alex Wawro [08.02.16]
Gamescom organizers say that "due to the terrible incidents of the past weeks," this year's event will have stricter security measures that include bag checks and bans on weapon-like items.
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Don't miss this year's Women in Tech Day from GDC Europe and Gamescom  
by Staff [08.02.16]
You can now register to attend the limited-capacity event (put on by GDC Europe in partnership with gamescom) which takes place immediately after the close of GDC Europe, on Wednesday, August 17th.
Serious, GDC Europe

Political snarls drive prominent game educators out of Wisconsin 3
by Alex Wawro [07.26.16]
Frustrated with an inhospitable political climate, University of Wisconsin-Madison game researchers/educators Constance Steinkuehler and Kurt Squire are planning to decamp for California.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Come to GDC Europe and learn how to make the industry more diverse  
by Staff [07.22.16]
In a GDC Europe session titled simply "Who Needs Diversity? Everybody!" developers, journalists and academics will discuss how to make the industry a more diverse, welcoming place.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, GDC Europe

GDC 2017 announces call for submissions  
by Staff [07.21.16]
Heads up game devs: GDC 2017 officials have opened the annual Call for Papers for the GDC 2017 Main Conference, from now through August 18th.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Survey: The UK and Sweden remain Europe's top game dev hot spots  
by Staff [07.19.16]
Today GDC Europe officials dive deeper into the results of the 4th annual European State of the Industry Survey to suss out who, exactly, Europe makes games for -- and where European devs believe the best games are being made.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Sales double at GameStops that are now PokeStops, says company chief  
by Alex Wawro [07.18.16]
GameStop chief J. Paul Raines recently told CNBC that the retail chain has seen sales double after hosting Pokemon Go-themed promos in 462 stores that are also featured in-game as Pokestops or gyms.
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