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Don't Miss: Self-promotion for game developers 23
by Gamasutra Community [07.15.16]
Industry vet Raph Koster (Star Wars Galaxies) explains in this timeless post how self-promotion is neither dishonest nor tacky -- and explains how you should step up and take credit for your work.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Life Is Strange leads this year's Games For Change award winners  
by Alex Wawro [06.24.16]
Last night Dontnod Entertainment took home multiple awards for its 2015 gameLife Is Strangeat the 13th annual Games For Change Festival's award ceremony in New York.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Obituary: Othello creator Goro Hasegawa 1
by Alex Wawro [06.23.16]
News is circulating this morning that Goro Hasegawa, widely credited as the inventor of the board game Othello, passed away this week in Japan at the age of 83.

First standalone VRDC debuts in November, call for talks now open  
by Staff [06.22.16]
GDC organizers are proud to announce that thefirst ever standaloneVirtual Reality Developers Conference, the premier event for VR/AR creators, will be held this November in San Francisco.
VR, Smartphone/Tablet, Serious, Business/Marketing, GDC

Blog: Why it's been an exciting month for accessibility in games  
by Gamasutra Community [06.21.16]
"Accessibility in gaming is never a dull field to be working in," writes game accessibility advocate Ian Hamilton. "The past month - mid May to mid June - has been no exception."
Serious, Design

GDC Europe and Gamescom team up for second annual Women In Tech Day  
by Staff [06.10.16]
GDC officials are happy to renew a partnership with gamescom to help put on the second annual Women in Tech Day in Cologne, Germany on August 17th, immediately following GDC Europe.
Serious, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Video game voice actors' union calls on state regulator to improve working conditions 6
by Alex Wawro [06.06.16]
Last month the SAG-AFTRA actors' guild published an open letter to California state regulators requesting an investigation into unsafe working conditions in the video game voice acting industry.
Serious, Business/Marketing

How to facilitate the brainstorming process  
by Gamasutra Community [05.10.16]
"Team leaders can easily find themselves trying to stop a runaway train. Fortunately, there are ways for producers and game designers to mitigate or even prevent these dynamics from occurring."
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

Don't miss: 10 tips for increasing the effectiveness of producers 6
by Tristan Donovan [05.09.16]
Producers from Bigpoint, Sega, RedBedlam, and Cartoon Network share the most important things to bear in mind when trying to get a full-featured game done on time.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

The basics of quick and effective meetings 6
by Gamasutra Community [05.05.16]
"Most every team that Ive ever worked with hated meetings. They viewed them as a counterproductive waste of time where lots of people talk, everyone smiles and nods, then each person goes back to his or her desk."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

Nintendo is selling off its ownership stake in the Seattle Mariners 1
by Alex Wawro [04.27.16]
Former Nintendo of America frontman Howard Lincoln has confirmed plans today to step down as CEO of the Seattle Mariners as Nintendo moves to sell off its majority stake in the team.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Crytek doubles down on the movie business with standalone Film Engine  
by Alex Wawro [04.26.16]
CryEngine developer Crytek has formed a new company around Film Engine, a suite of "real-time cinematic production software" aimed squarely indie, big-budget, and VR filmmakers.
VR, Serious, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The top 10 weird children of games and neuroscience 26
by Erin Robinson [04.25.16]
In this classic 2011 feature, indie game developer and former neuroscience researcher Erin Robinson takes a look at ten notably interesting studies to see what they can teach us, as game makers.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Serious, Design

Steam expands its streaming movie biz with Lionsgate partnership 6
by Alex Wawro [04.25.16]
Valve bolsters its streaming movie business in a big way this week via a new partnership with Lionsgate that will see over 100 movies added to Steam's catalog, with more to come in the months ahead.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Obituary: Veteran Finnish game developer, Antti Kallioinen, passes away  
by Chris Kerr [04.15.16]
Veteran Finnish game developer Antti Kallioinen has passed away suddenly at the age of 42.
Console/PC, Serious

Registration is now open for GDC Europe 2016!  
by Staff [04.14.16]
Game makers, take note: You can now register early at a discounted rate to attend this year's GDC Europe, which will once again be held in Cologne, Germany August 15th and 16th.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Shedding light in the dark tunnel of game innovation  
by Gamasutra Community [04.13.16]
"If we look to games that have done something new, at the system level, we can draw lessons that help us approach this difficult challenge. Following is a rubric of four questions that can provide a framework for creating new games."
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design

Wargaming could create eSports union to protect pro players 1
by Chris Kerr [04.12.16]
"We looked at some options and the best one is to help the pro players create a union for themselves. We have to do it, there will be issues, maybe we aren't ready, but we will find a way.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Senator Al Franken questions Oculus' data collection, calls for transparency  
by Chris Kerr [04.11.16]
"Consumers must be able to make informed decisions about whether and with whom then share such sensitive information."
VR, Serious, Business/Marketing

Opinion: So you want to write a trans character 29
by Katherine Cross [04.08.16]
Gamasutra contributor Katherine Cross offers a thoughtful look at how writer Amber Scott succeeded in portraying an authentic transgender character in Beamdog's Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design