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U.S. government backs summit to unite teachers and game makers 8
by Alex Wawro [04.14.15]
The U.S. Dept. of Education will help host the first-ever "Games for Learning Summit" to try and bring educators and developers together to discuss how to best design games for use in the classroom.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Adding debt to your daily Scrum 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.14.15]
"After being stung by it a few times... Iíve added a fourth question that everyone is expected to answer in daily Standups: What debt have I incurred?"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

Blog: A living guide to the GDC vault 8
by Gamasutra Community [04.10.15]
A project from Schell Games developers to rate GDC Vault talks by quality, "in the hopes that it will help you find the gold nuggets in the vast expanse that is the GDC Vault."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Where Games Go To Sleep - The game preservation crisis 44
by John Andersen [04.09.15]
A look into the state of classic game preservation circa 2011, this feature delves into 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

Video: Stanford seminars examine the societal impact of games  
by Alex Wawro [03.31.15]
Stanford is publicly sharing videos from its Interactive Media & Games Summit, an ongoing series of open lectures on how games intersect with art, healthcare, education and other aspects of society.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Unity creates educational resources, makes engine free to teachers  
by Christian Nutt [03.23.15]
Unity 5 can head to high schools complete with a curricular framework for teaching the engine, and standards aimed at integrating with school curricula.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Student/Education

Testing in a Scrum team  
by Gamasutra Community [03.23.15]
"I will discuss what types of testing I think should be done by a Scrum team, and what types could be done by someone outside of the team."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

New Chicago summit aims to raise awareness about video game law  
by Alex Wawro [03.20.15]
Two Chicago-based law students are looking to raise awareness among developers about the state of video game law by organizing the first annual Chicago Video Game Law Summit next week.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

The UK's new budget includes two funds for game studios 5
by Christian Nutt [03.18.15]
A Prototype Fund designed to help game startups get off the ground and the Skills Investment Fund, which provides matching funds for training initiatives both made it in.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

This Week in Video Game Criticism: The Limits of Games with Stories  
by Kris Ligman [03.16.15]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging from the limits of games with stories to the psychological effects of game violence.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Serious, Design, Production

150 books for game devs 11
by Gamasutra Community [03.13.15]
"We have been building a big list of books about video games. It features more than 150 books dealing with the history of videogames, biographies, Game Design, Serious Games, videogames studies & analysis..."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design, Business/Marketing

GDC 2015 and the battle for headlines: An analysis  
by Gamasutra Community [03.12.15]
A media analysis that shows what kind of coverage GDC got as compared to other industry events -- and whether it was Unreal Engine or Unity that got the most play during the show.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Adaptive audio for smartphone games 4
by Gamasutra Community [03.12.15]
"We developed a very simple, user-focused, adaptive method of switching the music based on when the player was interacting with the game or not." And here's how.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Audio

Six simple steps to nailing your post-GDC follow-ups  
by Gamasutra Community [03.11.15]
"Like many others you probably feel as if the show went wonderfully and you are on top of the world. We're going to walk you through how you deal with putting yourself in the best position to do just that."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Unorthodox tips for improving your programming skills 40
by Gamasutra Community [03.10.15]
There are "plenty of good resources out there that teach the technical skills"; this post concentrates on "the more personal lessons that you often only learn through experience or trial and error."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming

4 vital contract terms when hiring a game dev contractor  
by Gamasutra Community [03.09.15]
"Without a written contract, many of these issues (and others I didnít address) are left unresolved. Before entering into a working relationship, get it in writing. It can benefit all parties involved."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Women share their #1ReasonToBe in games, in a powerful GDC panel 2
by Simon Parkin [03.06.15]
Eight women received standing ovations after describing their experiences working in the video game industry at the #1ReasonToBe panel at GDC in San Fransisco last night.
Serious, Production, GDC

Unity 5 released with upgrades, full-featured free version 57
by Christian Nutt [03.03.15]
This morning, Unity released the latest version of its engine, which it announced a year ago -- and Gamasutra talks to CEO John Riccitiello about the competition, and his plans for the company.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Business/Marketing

Online community and culture wars: What do we know? Exclusive 4
by Leigh Alexander [03.02.15]
What can we learn from the significant community challenges the gaming community faces? Online gaming veterans Raph Koster, Gordon Walton and Rich Vogel share fascinating sociological lessons.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Serious, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC

Unreal Engine 4 is now free-to-download for everyone 63
by Christian Nutt [03.02.15]
You'll still pay a royalty on any commercial projects you make, but say goodbye to subscription fees -- the popular engine is now completely free to try.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Business/Marketing, GDC