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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

Rocket League will now be used to teach kids important life lessons  
by Alex Wawro [04.07.16]
The long-running iD Tech series of scholastic summer camps for kids has teamed up with veteran developer Psyonix to incorporate its surprise 2015 hit Rocket League into iD Tech's educational programs.
Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Video: Game industry all-stars reflect on 30 years of making games  
by Staff [04.05.16]
From Chris Crawford to Palmer Luckey, game industry luminaries reflect on how game development has changed in the past 30 years in this special "Flash Backward" at the 30th edition of GDC this year.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

GDC & VRDC 2016 talks are now available to watch on the GDC Vault!  
by Staff [04.05.16]
Game Developers Conference officials are happy to announce that the many talks and presentations delivered by game industry notables last month at GDC 2016 are now available to watch on the GDC Vault!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Vault, GDC

Reminder: GDC Europe 2016 call for talks closes on Friday!  
by Staff [03.31.16]
Just a quick reminder that the call for submissions to present lectures and panel sessions at the Game Developers Conference Europe in August ends tomorrow: Friday, April 1st, at 11:59 PM Pacific.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Valve loses Australian legal battle, found guilty of breaking consumer law 5
by Chris Kerr [03.29.16]
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has won its legal battle against Valve after suing the company over its Steam refund policy.
Console/PC, Serious, Business/Marketing

GDC Europe 2016 announces dates and calls for papers  
by Staff [03.25.16]
GDC organizers have put out the call for submissions to present lectures and panel sessions at the 2016 Game Developers Conference Europe, which will run August 15-16 in Cologne, Germany.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Don't Miss: Where Games Go To Sleep - Our game preservation crisis 44
by John Andersen [03.21.16]
This classic feature delves into the state of game preservation (in 2011) and shares strange tales of what happened to Atari's source code, the surprising rescue of Sonic Spinball, and much more.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Serious, Business/Marketing

In the wake of record-breaking attendance, GDC reveals 2017 dates 2
by Staff [03.21.16]
The 30th edition of GDC has come to a close, and in its wake organizers confirm it hosted over 27,000 attendees (a new record!) and will return (with VRDC!) in 2017 from February 27th to March 3rd.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, GDC

Michael John: Games are a great way to explore complex social issues 2
by Chris Baker [03.18.16]
In his GDC talk, Michael John observed that video games are fundamentally similar to activism. "Games are about verbs acting on a system," he said. "That's also what it means to be an activist."
Serious, Design, Business/Marketing

The risk of games that seek to create empathy 7
by Simon Parkin [03.17.16]
While the power of game mechanics imbues the video game medium with tremendous story-telling power, it can result in a clash between a creator's intended message, and the one that is being communicated by the design.
Serious, Design, GDC