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VRDC Fall 2017 adds fresh talks on Cyan's Obduction and VR in healthcare  
by Staff [05.03.17]
Come to VRDC Fall 2017 to see a smorgasbord of great VR-focused talks, including a practical guide to VR in healthcare and Cyan's postmortem of bringing its FMV-rich game Obduction into VR.
VR, Serious, Design, VRDC

FoldIt dev has a new game that's helping map the human brain  
by Alex Wawro [04.24.17]
"You can see this as symbiosis -- computers learn from what people are doing and they do better," Center for Game Science director Dr. Zoran Popovic tells The New York Times about its new game Mozak.
Social/Online, Serious, Design

Blog: A creative way to give basic audio inputs narrative meaning  
by Gamasutra Community [04.17.17]
How one team hacked together an interactive journey driven by microphone inputs, bringing together the audience, performer, and experience.
Serious, Design

Don't Miss: How would the Affordable Care Act repeal impact indie devs? 20
by Lexi Pandell [03.24.17]
"After all the talk about small business and creating jobs, anything that makes it scarier to strike out on your own and start a new business is a loss to our entire economy."
Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Heads up, devs: New travel restrictions bar electronics on some U.S.-bound flights  
by Alissa McAloon [03.21.17]
Due to new travel restrictions, some international developers headed into the U.S. won't have access to laptops, cameras, or game consoles in the flight cabin.

Proposed presidential budget cuts could hurt game development and education  
by Alissa McAloon [03.16.17]
The proposed budget put forth by President Trump yesterday could hurt educational game development programs that rely on funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Serious, Production

Why the CIA is using games to train its operatives  
by Alex Wawro [03.15.17]
"People playing a game, together they're experiencing the designers' mental model of insurgency in Afghanistan and sharing that model," CIA analyst and game designer Volko Ruhnke told Ars Technica.
Serious, Design

Oculus CTO John Carmack is suing Zenimax for $22.5M 4
by Alissa McAloon [03.09.17]
UPDATE John Carmack has filed a lawsuit against Zenimax, seeking damages that equal the amount he is still owed from the 2009 sale of id Software.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Reminder: Register for GDC 2017 by tomorrow to avoid paying full price!  
by Staff [02.24.17]
With just over a day left until your window to register for GDC 2017 at less than full price closes, conference organizers are encouraging anyone interested in attending to register now!
Serious, GDC

If you're coming to GDC 2017, know your GDC Code of Conduct!  
by Staff [02.23.17]
GDC 2017 is happening next week! As we prepare for the show, GM of GDC events and all-around Boss Lady Meggan Scavio is here to highlight the official code of conduct for GDC and its related events.
Serious, GDC

Coming to GDC 2017 next week? Use these travel tips and discounts!  
by Staff [02.23.17]
GDC officials have worked with local transit companies to arrange special discounts for GDC 2017 attendees! Also, they want to encourage attendees to get out and enjoy San Francisco during the how.
Serious, GDC

Ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike raises fresh questions about game dev unions 2
by Alex Wawro [02.22.17]
"What if actors get royalties and the programmers don't? You can imagine what that could trigger," composer Tommy Tallarico told Motherboard. "The reality is that it should."

Video: Improving our games through subversive diversity  
by Staff [02.16.17]
Game devs Catt Small and Shawn Alexander Allen take the stage at GDC 2016 to talk about how you can create more diverse and inclusive games, and why that's a valuable thing you should be doing.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design, Video, Vault

Step up your teaching game by attending GDC 2017's Education Summit  
by Staff [02.16.17]
Don't miss out on these great education-focused talks that will be taking place during the Education Summit at GDC 2017 later this month!
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, GDC

Over 100 tech companies sign brief detailing harms of US travel ban  
by Alissa McAloon [02.06.17]
Update Zynga, Microsoft, Google, Bungie & 100+ other tech companies signed a legal brief on Sunday to oppose the selective travel and immigration ban put in place by the President of the United States.

Obituary: Ember Entertainment tester Wesley Warren Olson  
by Chris Kerr [02.06.17]
Ember Entertainment tester Wesley Warren Olson has passed away at the age of 30.

If you're attending GDC 2017, don't miss the Nite to Unite charity gala  
by Staff [02.01.17]
As the game industry prepares for GDC 2017 in San Francisco next month, organizers would like to quickly remind attendees about the Nite to Unite charity gala taking place alongside the event.
Serious, Business/Marketing, GDC

Jordan Mechner and Mark DeLoura to receive top honors at the GDC Awards!  
by Staff [01.30.17]
Veteran game developer Jordan Mechner (Karateka) and game industry advocate Mark DeLoura will be honored with the Pioneer and Ambassador awards at the 17th annual Game Developers Choice Awards!
Serious, Business/Marketing, GDC

Why games are a key focus in UNESCO's efforts to promote world peace 1
by Alex Wawro [01.25.17]
It's difficult to have empathy if you can't put yourself into somebody else's perspective," researcher Paul Darvasi tells Polygon. "Video games allow you to assume perspectives in an embodied form."

With the ACA in jeopardy, IGDA urges U.S. devs to call Congresspeople 5
by Alex Wawro [01.24.17]
With U.S. gov't leaders moving to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare"), The IGDA is exhorting devs in the U.S. to contact their Congresspeople and express their thoughts on the matter.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious