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Press Start: Prey 2 back on? GTA V map assembled? And more

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Plus, how game designers must deal with trolls, gamifying tourism and tragic news from Oculus RiftA selection of links, hand-picked by the Guardian games writers.We Hear The People Behind Dishonored Are Now Working On Prey 2 | KotakuThe long and strange saga of Prey 2 may have a new twist:...
Press Start: Prey 2 back on? GTA V map assembled? And more
Brian Reynolds: On Zynga, games, and the future

If 6th Graders Ruled The World: Learning From Historia

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In the simulation game Historia, 6th graders learn how their own decisions stack up to the past 4,000 years of civilization. PLAYMAKERS is an exploration of the experiences and innovations that are leading the way for learning design in the twenty-first century. Produced by Institute of Play, the seven...
If 6th Graders Ruled The World: Learning From Historia

Zynga & NewSchools team up to launch an accelerator for educational gaming startups

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BURLINGAME, CA.: Zynga cofounder Mark Pincus just announced that the gaming giant is launching an incubator for startups developing educational games. Pincus took to the stage this afternoon at the NewSchools Venture Summit, a major ed-tech conference. He revealed that Zynga will offer startups “innovating around games and the...
Zynga & NewSchools team up to launch an accelerator for educational gaming startups

As Zynga Stumbles, All Eyes Are Now On This Startup

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Will Harbin is Mark Pincus's worst nightmare. Here's why the CEO of upstart gaming studio Kixeye is such a threat to Zynga, the giant of social games. Zynga is having a lot of trouble trying to find a new business as its Facebook games stagnate or decline. One direction it's...
As Zynga Stumbles, All Eyes Are Now On This Startup
Protest stirs up GDC with 'God hates game designers' message
4 ways developers will use SmartGlass to enhance Xbox 360 experiences

Bafta announces 2012 Young Game Designer competition

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The British Academy's annual game creation competition kicks off today, offering 11-16 year-olds the chance to see their game prototyped by a professional game studioBafta has officially launched its 2012 Young Game Designers Competition. The annual event is open to children aged between 11 and 16, and the winning entrants...
Bafta announces 2012 Young Game Designer competition

Real Gamification Mechanics Require Simplicity And, Yes, Game Designers Can Do It

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Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly is a game designer with 20 years experience. He is the creator of leading game design blog What Games Are, and consults for many companies on game design and development. You can follow him on Twitter here. My gamification post two weeks ago (which described everything you...
Real Gamification Mechanics Require Simplicity And, Yes, Game Designers Can Do It

Distro Issue 68: PC game designers and the quest for compatibility

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Well friends, the week's end brings with it an issue of our tablet mag that's hot off the digital presses. PC gaming nabs the cover story this time out as we take a look at the task of insuring compatibility across a set of devices that adds customized models...
Distro Issue 68: PC game designers and the quest for compatibility

Defining Tetris: How courts judge gaming clones

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The fact that it's hard to tell which one is Tetris and which one is Mino bolstered the copyright infringement claim. Besides handling the rights and distribution for every official version of Tetris, The Tetris Company is also responsible for protecting the Tetris brand from unlicensed knock-offs. In the...
Defining Tetris: How courts judge gaming clones

Fast Company's Must-Attend Events In March 2012

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Fast Company's Must-Attend Events In March 2012
Google game designer says innovative ads are the future of gaming
In latest departure, Zynga loses its chief creative officer
Why isn't there more comedy in video games?
Experience Time Warp With MIT's New Special Relativity 3D Educational Game

Tech Weekly special: women in games - breaking the boys' club

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The representation of women in video games has become a hot topic over the last year, fed by controversies over Lara Croft, the Tropes vs Women Kickstarter and many other flashpoints. While current industry statistics show that female players now make up half the audience for games, there are still...
Tech Weekly special: women in games - breaking the boys' club
Zynga turns on the viral charm with FarmVille 2
Tomonobu Itagaki pleads for game designers to create games that change people’s lives

How adventure games came back from the dead

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Adventure games have been dead for a long time. First-person shooters killed them in the PC gaming market, then took their place as the dominant touchstone of PC gaming culture. That's why no one expected an adventure game like The Walking Dead, a point-and-click adventure from Telltale Games that...
How adventure games came back from the dead

Here’s a big career change: Gears of War 2 writer joins Zynga (exclusive)

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Joshua Ortega, a writer who worked on the Gears of War series, has joined Zynga as a “senior narrative designer” working on massively multiplayer online games. By itself, that isn’t a huge surprise. Lots of game developers are moving on from hardcore game companies to where the jobs are in...
Here’s a big career change: Gears of War 2 writer joins Zynga (exclusive)

Turning your room into a video game: Microsoft releases more details about IllumiRoom

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When we first heard about Microsoft’s IllumiRoom project that essentially turned living rooms into a viewing platform, it was pretty exciting to imagine the possibilities. Now, Microsoft has released more of its IllumiRoom research and it’s shaping up to be pretty bad-ass and potentially change the way we think of how video...
Turning your room into a video game: Microsoft releases more details about IllumiRoom

The Dark Side Of The Gamification Of Work

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I wrote for Wired: But some believe gamification may do more harm than good. Kathy Sierra, a game designer who has given talks on the dark side of gamification, tells Wired that game designers and scholars are almost universally against gamification. As Sierra points out, gamification replaces an intrinsic reward...
The Dark Side Of The Gamification Of Work
Mobile platform Yodo1 raises $2m to distribute Western games in China, starting with Hero Academy

Journey and the art of emotional game design

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Codemasters game design director Nick Harper on how a game can resemble a Hollywood movie and an Andy Murray tennis matchJourney is a phenomenal game. It represents one of those rare moments that makes us question everything about the medium. I want to try and look at it from both...
Journey and the art of emotional game design

Simple advice for creating social games

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Social games are revolutionising mobile games. Oscar Clark from Papaya Mobile (co-sponsors of GameHack) shares advice for aspiring developers who want to add a social touch to their gameThis blog post is editorially controlled by BlueVia, sponsor of the Guardian Apps blogOn Saturday 28 April, aspiring and experienced game developers...
Simple advice for creating social games

Shadowrun Returns ends Kickstarter campaign at $1.8M

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Jordan Weisman We’ve been having fun tracking the progress of Jordan Weisman’s Kickstarter campaign for Shadowrun Returns, watching in amazement after it blew past its original $400,000 goal in 28 hours. Now, the Kickstarter campaign for the classic video game franchise has officially concluded. And while it was not the...
Shadowrun Returns ends Kickstarter campaign at $1.8M

Elder Scrolls Online - interview with game director part two

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Matt Firor talks about the online game's PvP system, where his experience working on Dark Age of Camelot came to the foreThe Elders Scrolls Online (TESO) splits players into three factions, and the rivalry between them is what its Player v Player (PvP) system is built on. This is also...
Elder Scrolls Online - interview with game director part two
The DeanBeat: Video games can be about love, not just violence
Game designers and Rockefeller Foundation attack poverty with fun
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