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    Emma Kidwell
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Updates » Serious
Devs should make it easier to play shooters without firing guns 4
by Emma Kidwell [03.26.18]
Campo Santo's programmer Ben Burbank explains how he plays shooters without pulling the trigger, and explains how devs can accommodate for a pacifist playstyle.
Serious, Design

Obituary: Former Visceral dev Walter Huang  
by Alissa McAloon [03.26.18]
Walter Huang spent close to 13 years at Electronic Arts, mostly with the team at Visceral Games, working on titles such as Battlefield: Hardline and Dead Space.
Serious

LGBTQ devs & players speak up about the need for authentic queer culture in games  
by Alex Wawro [03.23.18]
 "For many of the [queer] people we talked to, when they were young...games were safe," said Playing With Pride producer Matt Baume at GDC today. When they got older, that changed."
Serious, GDC

One Life Left x GDC podcast: PlayerUnknown, pro wrestling, and positive death  
by Staff [03.23.18]
Gabby DaRienzo, Brendan Greene, and other incredible guests join One Life Left's Ste Curran & Ann Scantlebury & Gamasutra editor-in-chief Kris Graft as they bring the best bits of GDC 2018 to you.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Podcast, Video, GDC

How a lack of control fosters empathy in Bury Me, My Love 3
by Emma Kidwell [03.22.18]
Bury Me, My Love's Florent Maurin spoke at GDC to explain how designing outside of conventional norms helps create a feeling of helplessness.
Smartphone/Tablet, Serious, Design, GDC

Obituary: Toys 'R' Us founder Charles Lazarus  
by Alissa McAloon [03.22.18]
Charles Lazarus, the founder of the toy and game retailer Toys ‘R’ Us, has passed away at the age of 94.
Serious

Laralyn McWilliams on rediscovering creativity following trauma 3
by Simon Parkin [03.22.18]
“When you are in times of distress you feel lost and broken, because you can’t set aside fear and anger," she said. "And if you feel broken your creative work is broken.”
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Production, GDC

Fight for Star Control ownership escalates after settlement offer leaks  
by Emma Kidwell [03.21.18]
Creators of Star Control Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III are being sued by game and software development company Stardock for trademark infringement.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Game Workers Unite to Jen MacLean: 'We want to work with you' 5
by Katherine Cross [03.21.18]
A member of Game Workers Unite sits down to discuss the organization's movement during GDC.
Serious, Business/Marketing, GDC

The Internet Archive uploads handheld retro games 1
by Emma Kidwell [03.20.18]
The Internet Archive adds handheld LCD games for players to access through a web browser.
Serious, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Designing more social multiplayer games via the Trust Spectrum 17
by Gamasutra Community [03.20.18]
Working with Google, vetern game dev Raph Koster shares a design lens and framework (built on extensive research, prototypes, & metrics) for designing prosocial games that build trust between players.
Social/Online, Serious, Design

GDC 2018 is this week! Follow along on Gamasutra's official event page  
by Staff [03.16.18]
Game Developers Conference 2018 is here, and Gamasutra reporters will be onsite bringing you loads of stories. Follow along on our event page here!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Opinion: So what *does* the science say about games and violence? 1
by Katherine Cross [03.16.18]
In the wake of renewed debate about violence and video games, Gamasutra contributor Katherine Cross dons her academic cap and examines what the sciences have to say on the subject.
Serious

Reminder: Know and abide by your GDC Code of Conduct! 4
by Staff [03.16.18]
With GDC 2018 kicking off next week, GDC general manager Katie Stern is here to highlight the official code of conduct for GDC and all of its related events.
Serious, GDC

At GDC 2018, get expert insight on how to teach game dev around the world  
by Staff [03.15.18]
At GDC 2018, educator and American University Game Lab director Lindsay Grace digs into some important questions for game dev educators around the world.
Serious, GDC

Opinion: Trump's video game 'summit' reminds us who the enemy is 28
by Katherine Cross [03.14.18]
In the wake of last week's White House summit on violent video games, Gamasutra contributor Katherine Cross reflects on where the problems really lie -- and what the game industry can do about it.
Serious

Learn to better fight toxicity from the new Fair Play Alliance at GDC 2018  
by Staff [03.14.18]
Heads up, game makers: the 2018 Game Developers Conference starts Monday, and this year organizers are excited to welcome a lineup of great talks from the folks at the Fair Play Alliance!
Serious, Design, GDC

IGDA: Blaming gun violence on games is a distraction, but a chance to educate  
by Alissa McAloon [03.09.18]
Jen MacLean told MSNBC that blaming video games for gun violence was 'clearly a distraction,' but that the reopened discussion presents an excellent chance for the industry to educate the public.
Social/Online, Serious, Video

White House meeting over violent video games accomplished little, say attendees 13
by Emma Kidwell [03.08.18]
A roundtable discussion held at the White House today with game industry representatives discussing gun violence, violent video games, and school safety following the Parkland school shooting seems to have accomplished little.
Console/PC, Serious, Business/Marketing, Video

Op-Ed: Australia's gambling crackdown signals choppy waters for loot boxes 1
by Katherine Cross [03.08.18]
"The outrage swelling up in Australia about slot machines is...a flashing warning sign for anyone who wants to promote anything that even smacks of gambling," writes contributor Katherine Cross.
Serious, Business/Marketing