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IGDA announces latest appointments for board of directors  
by Staff [04.17.14]
The International Game Developers Association, a non-profit group for video game developers, has elected board members for 2014-2015.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Let there be shadow: Programming vertex shaders in Unity 3
by Gamasutra Community [04.17.14]
Want your own vertex/fragment shader shadows in Unity? "Luckily, Unity provides you the means to get this working! The catch? Documentation on this is lacking or even non-existent."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Designing for empathy, with Papo & Yo dev Minority Media Exclusive 2
by Kris Graft [04.17.14]
For Vander Caballero, designer at Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, his style of games may need a label in order order to thrive.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Exclusive

NEA awards grants to Games for Change and other game-related nonprofits  
by Alex Wawro [04.16.14]
A number of game industry organizations will be receiving financial grants from the National Endowment for the Arts this spring, including Games for Change and a number of educational programs.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

GDC Europe 2014 opens registration, continues call for papers  
by GDC Staff [04.16.14]
You can now register early at a discounted rate to attend this year's GDC Europe, which will be held in Cologne, Germany August 11-13. Also, you still have time to submit talk proposals for the show.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC, GDC Europe

Blog: Organizing yourself when overwhelmed 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.16.14]
"I'm not writing this to give you a fail-safe solution. I don't even have a solution. I'm just going to argue a bit how first trying to organize yourself can help your efficiency through the day."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

Visualizing dynamic player behavior flow  
by Gamasutra Community [04.15.14]
"Games can generate massive amounts of behavioral telemetry data... In this post we focus on in-game behavioral telemetry (gameplay telemetry) and one specific machine learning approach: clustering."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Business/Marketing

6 tips to make your backlog lean 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.15.14]
"A large backlog is a problem. A fat backlog will impede innovation and cause a frustration. Is our ability to generate ideas paradoxically one of the biggest impediments for new ideas?"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

GaymerX2 will be the final GaymerX -- for the foreseeable future 3
by Alex Wawro [04.14.14]
Organizers of the annual GaymerX convention plan to discontinue the event after GaymerX2, which will still take place at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco July 11 - 13, 2014.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Crunch - It's all your fault 19
by Gamasutra Community [04.14.14]
Crunch is less a word and more of an institution. We crunch because it is the personification of what we've been told our entire lives; if we work hard enough, anything is possible.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Georgia passes law offering $25 million in video game tax breaks 20
by Alex Wawro [04.14.14]
Georgia state governor Nathan Deal signed a bill into law that aims to provide $25 million in tax breaks for video game developers in the region, including companies like Hi-Rez Studios and CCP Games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

CCP cans World of Darkness MMO after eight years of development 18
by Kris Graft [04.14.14]
EVE Online developer CCP said today it is canceling its long in development MMO World of Darkness, and laying off dozens of staff.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Blog: Story in games - What we can learn from other media 15
by Gamasutra Community [04.14.14]
"Modern players’ attention spans are very short. We are competing against a lot of media. In terms of storytelling, other media do a much better job."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Blog: Difficult identities  
by Gamasutra Community [04.14.14]
"As we create more and more opportunities for players to experience being a different self, we are both undermining the stability of identity and liberating the subject from its historical shackles."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

But is it hot? Design challenges for sex in games Exclusive 28
by Leigh Alexander [04.14.14]
A panel at Different Games convened designers working on expressing intimacy, sexuality and diversity in games to talk about ways to confront common design challenges, and evolve the role sex plays in games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Exclusive

Blog: Just say no to employment tests 93
by Gamasutra Community [04.11.14]
"This is not professional. It's exploitation. It's taking food off your table and doing free work for competitors. It's stealing your life. Time. Time you could be spending with people that like you."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Want monetization suggestions for your zombie MMO? Head to Reddit 3
by Alex Wawro [04.11.14]
Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley took to Reddit yesterday to solicit suggestions as to how Sony should monetize its recently-announced post-apocalyptic MMO game H1Z1.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: How to get the best our of your external QA team 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.11.14]
"We had different sorts of clients, ranging from the biggest players to the small indie studios. All of them made common mistakes -- some of which are easily avoided."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: OpenFL & Haxe, a bumpy start 16
by Gamasutra Community [04.11.14]
OpenFL is cool. Haxe is cool. Open source is cool. My impression with Haxe is that, the road is going to be bumpy, but it's still a good technology for developing for both Windows and Flash.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Zynga CFO Mark Vranesh will leave the company next month  
by Alex Wawro [04.10.14]
Zynga CFO/CAO Mark Vranesh will be leaving the company next month after roughly six years of service, but not before he trains his replacement -- former Best Buy executive David Lee.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing