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The Fire Fades: Dealing with the scourge of burnout in game dev 8
by Joel Couture [02.09.18]
Gamasutra speaks with a medical professional and a handful of devs about their personal stories of burnout, and how, as an industry, we can better prevent the awful practices that lead to it.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Production

Report: Gameloft closes New Orleans studio, layoffs at Gameloft Madrid 1
by Alissa McAloon [02.07.18]
Update:Gameloft has reportedly closed its New Orleans office and laid off roughly 40 staff members in the process. A source tells Gamasutra that Gameloft Madrid recently laid off 50 devs as well.
Serious

Germany is considering a ban on loot boxes 6
by Emma Kidwell [02.06.18]
The German Youth Protection Commission stated that it's now considering a ban on loot boxes after research conducted by the University of Hamburg found too many elements of gambling in video games. 
Serious, Business/Marketing

Kids' prosthetics nonprofit Limbitless receives free GDC Play space at GDC 2018!  
by Staff [02.06.18]
Organizers have donated space in the GDC Play area, where Limbitless will be showcasing some of its prosthetics tech -- and how games are being used to help kids learn to use those prosthetics.
Serious, GDC

Is it right to classify excessive video game play as a health disorder? 2
by Emma Kidwell [02.05.18]
In a piece published by The Guardian, industry figures give their opinions about the World Health Organization's decision to include "gaming disorder" in its draft of the next diagnostic manual.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Capcom lays off workers at Dead Rising studio  
by Emma Kidwell [02.05.18]
Capcom Vancouver employees have been hit with layoffs after a studio restructuring affected 30 percent of the studio.
Serious, Business/Marketing

How Tetris was discovered in America 1
by Emma Kidwell [02.02.18]
Experienced video game historian Norman Caruso has published a new video to his Gaming Historian YouTube channel which breaks down the story of Tetris.
Serious, Design, Video

Valve suspends Counter-Strike co-creator after arrest for sexual exploitation of a child  
by Alissa McAloon [02.02.18]
Valve has suspended Counter-Strike co-creator Jess Cliffe following his arrest for sexual exploitation of a child.
Serious

PSA: 2 days left to register early for GDC 2018 at a discounted rate!  
by Staff [01.29.18]
With just over 48 hours to go before early registration for Game Developers Conference 2018 ends Wednesday, January 31st at 11:59 PM Pacific, now's the time register at a discounted rate!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Study examines how the top 100 bestselling games portray drug use  
by Emma Kidwell [01.25.18]
Addiction awareness organization Archstone published a study examining the top 100 bestselling games per console to investigate the types of drug use present per game.
Serious

PSA: GDC 2018 attendees, book your travel and accommodations!  
by Staff [01.25.18]
If you're planning on attending GDC 2018 in March, book your travel and accommodations sooner rather than later -- you can access discounted rates via the GDC Travel hub!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Court rules illegal bot makers must pay $1.3 million to Twitch  
by Emma Kidwell [01.24.18]
A California judge has ordered illegal bot makers Michael and Katherine Anjomi to permanently shut down their operations and pay Twitch a total of $1,371,139.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Video: Examining educational games through the lens of 'fun'  
by Emma Kidwell [01.23.18]
In this 2015 GDC talk, GlassLab's Erin Hoffman presents a new theory of "fun" by positing fun as shorthand for a very complex psychological process by which humans convert stress into satisfaction through insight.
Serious, Design, Video

Minecraft: Education Edition introduces chemistry update  
by Emma Kidwell [01.22.18]
Microsoft announces the introduction of chemistry into Minecraft: Education Edition, featuring new crafting tools designed to explain different chemistry concepts to students.
Serious

Parents, don't forget to register for childcare at GDC 2018!  
by Staff [01.22.18]
Reminder: If you're planning to bring kids with you when you attend GDC 2018, the advance deadline to register for the KiddieCorp on-site childcare program is February 20th -- less than a month away!
Serious, Business/Marketing

How Shooty Skies dev Mighty Games aims to do serious games right 1
by Katherine Cross [01.18.18]
Contributor Katherine Cross chats with the team at Australian indie Mighty Games about their new serious games branch, Mighty Serious, and the ethics of making F2P games about real-world issues.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design, Business/Marketing

ESA rebukes U.S. President's 'shithole countries' comment 11
by Alissa McAloon [01.12.18]
The Entertainment Software Association calls Trump’s comment 'repulsive', saying that it condemns the 'backward thinking' represented by the comment.
Serious

Star Citizen devs file motion to dismiss Crytek lawsuit 1
by Alissa McAloon [01.08.18]
The developers of Star Citizen have filed a motion to dismiss Crytek’s original suit, claiming the breach of contract allegations “sacrifices legal sufficiency for loud publicity.”
Serious, Business/Marketing

Civilization V mod adds realistic superintelligent AI research 5
by Emma Kidwell [01.04.18]
Researchers from the University of Cambridge's Centre for the Study of Existential Risk has released a mod for Civilization V introducing superintelligent AI into the game. 
Serious, Programming

Supercell CEO, NYU Game Center director to speak at GDC 2018 Vision Track!  
by Staff [01.04.18]
GDC 2018 welcomes Supercell CEO Ilkka Paananen and NYU Game Center Director Frank Lantz to speak as part of the Vision Track, a series of mini-keynotes designed to provoke and inspire GDC attendees!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, GDC