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Why you want cross-functional team members  
by Gamasutra Community [11.24.14]
"You are hurting the agility of your company or project if you have an over-reliance on the concept specialization and aren’t encouraging teams to work collaboratively to spread knowledge and skills."
Production, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Congratulations! You're a game dev lead...Now what? 20
by Gamasutra Community [11.13.14]
A guide from Insomniac's Mike Acton: "Congratulations! You’re a lead. Now what? In general, whatever skills you’ve demonstrated that got you to this point aren’t the same things you’ll be doing from here on out."
Production, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Video: Going beyond graphics to reach visually impaired players  
by Staff [11.10.14]
A group of developers and advocates join together to share advice at GDC 2014 on how developers can make games that are accessible and appealing to a vastly underserved market: the visually impaired.
Audio, Video, Smartphone/Tablet, Social/Online, Indie, Serious, Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, Vault

Learn how thatgamecompany recruits top talent at GDC 2015  
by Staff [11.07.14]
Thatgamecompany's Sunni Pavlovic has a truckload of experience finding and retaining top game dev talent, and she's coming to GDC 2015 to explain how she does it -- and how you can do it too.
Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, GDC

Using games to treat anxiety, autism 1
by Christian Nutt [10.29.14]
"The program starts to not feel like a game ... It feels real. You know it is an alternate reality, but you feel the same emotions you would feel in the actual situation you are practicing."
Design, Console/PC, Serious

New social issue games tackle education, big pharma Exclusive 26
by Leigh Alexander [10.24.14]
Subaltern Games' No Pineapple Left Behind and Twice Circled's Big Pharma are two new games that represent a humorous, provocative approach to social issues.
Design, Programming, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Exclusive

Google now embeds information about games in search results  
by Christian Nutt [10.23.14]
The dominant search company has expanded its "Knowledge Graph" program to serve up info on games from a simple search.
Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Learn to make multiplatform games and protect your IP at GDC Next  
by Staff [10.23.14]
Attorney Mona Ibrahim explains how to avoid IP lawsuits and Owlchemy Labs CEO Alex Schwartz reveals everything you need to know about multiplatform development at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC.
Business/Marketing, Production, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet


Creating Virtual Reality Games: The Fundamentals 16
by Sébastien Kuntz [05.23.13]
As VR heats up again thanks to the emergence of the Oculus Rift, Gamasutra presents a ten-year veteran's take on best practices for developing immersive games using this technology.
Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie

Games With The Power To Offend: Surviving And Stoking Controversy 20
by Michael Thomsen [08.24.10]
Developers, execs and PR talk some of gaming's top controversies -- from Six Days in Fallujah to Resident Evil 5 -- how they handled them, and how they might be avoided in the future.
Business/Marketing, Design, Serious

From Research To Games: Interacting With 3D Space 7
by Joseph LaViola Jr. [04.22.10]
While 3D interfaces are just taking off for consumers, years of research have been poured into the field. Dr. Joe LaViola of the University of Central Florida shares detailed academic findings about building useful and fun ways to interact with games.
Design, Programming, Art, Serious

Persuasive Games: Shell Games 23
by Ian Bogost [03.03.10]
Just what will the achievementization of the world mean? Author and game designer Ian Bogost ponders Jesse Schell's DICE talk and blends his interpretation with research. Will it work... and, more importantly, is it good?
Design, Serious

Moving Hardcore Gaming To The Web: Making History 31
by Matt Seegmiller [01.05.10]
Can you take your game into the browser and gain in the process? Developer Muzzy Lane (Making History series) discusses the challenges and advantages of this approach in this in-depth tech-oriented article.
Business/Marketing, Design, Programming, Serious, Social/Online


Cross-Functional People  
by Charles Palmer [11.21.14]
Production problems abound when you rely too heavily on specializations. This blog lays out a few of the pitfalls of over-reliance on specialization and the advantages of breaking free.
Production, Console/PC, Serious, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Quit the Grind: New Ways to "Level"  
by Zack Wood [11.21.14]
Any RPG fan knows the feeling when battle stops being fun and starts being work, when you're just grinding because you feel you have to. But it isn't necessary- just look at what some of the classic RPGs have done to keep "leveling up" fun!
Design, Production, Art, Console/PC, Serious, Indie

Alien: Isolation Technical Observations  
by Jack Pritz [11.21.14]
Technical Observations of Alien: Isolation.
Design, Programming, Console/PC, Serious

Analysing Gamification with the SAMR Model  
by Andrzej Marczewski [11.21.14]
SAMR is a great analytical model used by those in education to assess the impact of new technology. It seemed to me like it would be rather handy for gamification as well!
Design, Serious

When Helping Harms 4
by Larry Carney [11.19.14]
A look at recent events in the Swedish games industry, and how the consumer can be harmed when a content creator and an industry merely desire to do the right thing.
Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Art, Serious


DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore — Singapore, Singapore
[11.24.14]
Lecturer, Department of Game Software Design and Production


Blizzard Entertainment — Irvine, California, United States
[11.24.14]
Art Training Manager
Blizzard Entertainment is a wild, creative place to work with a rich and passionate art community. We are looking for someone with a strong art-centric background who is passionate about helping individuals and teams grow. Is that you? The art training manager will be responsible for working with Blizzard art leadership to develop content and deliver training to meet our production needs, including proprietary tools, workflows, and processes.

Blizzard Entertainment — Irvine, California, United States
[11.24.14]
Creative / Artistic Recruiter
Hi, Blizzard Entertainment recruiting here. If you’re reading this, chances are good you’re a recruiter, so let’s talk a little shop. Successfully recruiting within this passionate and creative environment takes a unique blend of listening and responsiveness, an appreciation for the artistic temperament and for gaming culture in general.

Blizzard Entertainment — Irvine, California, United States
[11.24.14]
Art Director (World of Warcraft)
Reporting to the senior art director, the art director will be their key partner in the execution of World of Warcraft’s (WoW) art. The art director role requires you to ignite others both as a leader and as an artist. As a leader you will be a motivational catalyst for the art team. As an artist, you will help define the look of new characters, environments, and architecture in the WoW style. In addition to channeling the visual direction of our senior art director to the art team, the role will act as one of the key communications conduits for design and programming.

Blizzard Entertainment — Irvine, California, United States
[11.24.14]
Lead Concept Artist (World of Warcraft)
The lead concept artist must have a rich imagination coupled with a high degree of artistic skill. Their core responsibility is to lead a team of concept artists to create project defining artwork that expands on World of Warcraft’s (WoW) art style.

Blizzard Entertainment — Irvine, California, United States
[11.24.14]
Environment Artist (World of Warcraft)
Blizzard Entertainment is looking for an exceptionally skilled environmental artist to work on the award winning game, World of Warcraft. The ideal candidate has experience modeling and texturing assets for a diverse visual range of environments.

Blizzard Entertainment — Irvine, California, United States
[11.24.14]
Senior 3D Character Artist (World of Warcraft)
Blizzard Entertainment is looking for an exceptionally skilled senior 3D character artist to join the World of Warcraft team.

Blizzard Entertainment — Irvine, California, United States
[11.24.14]
Concept Artist (Hearthstone)
Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a 2D artist to work on their newest title Hearthstone. The focus for this position will be on providing the art needed to help realize the vision for the game from initial concept to practical application. Responsibilities include creating of concepts that support / further the vision of the game, painting textures for use on in-game assets and working to provide a consistent aesthetic for the team. The ideal candidate has a firm grasp of composition, color, painting, and visual design.

Blizzard Entertainment — Irvine, California, United States
[11.24.14]
3D Artist (Hearthstone)
Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a 3D production artist to work on their newest title Hearthstone. The focus for this position will be working closely with the 2D artists on the team to bring their vision to life in game. Responsibilities include creating 3D models in the fun / whimsical style that is synonymous with Hearthstone, painting textures for use on in-game assets and working to maintain a consistent aesthetic across all of the assets in the game. The ideal candidate has a firm grasp of composition, color, painting, visual design, and the ability to convey all of these in their 3D models.

Blizzard Entertainment — Irvine, California, United States
[11.24.14]
Lead 3D Character Artist (Overwatch)
Kerrigan, Raynor, Tyrael, Diablo, Arthas, Thrall…these are just a few of the epic characters that inhabit our worlds. Each one is as iconic and unforgettable as the last, and each one was brought to life by the hand of a talented artist. And now it’s your turn… As lead character artist for Blizzard’s next amazing game, you will lead the team that brings future legends to life.