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IGDA 2014 BoD election: Call for nominations closes in 3 days
IGDA
Interested in running for the Board of Directors? Nomination certificates, along with the names of 10 members supporting your nomination are due by 23:59 PST(UTC-8) on 1 Feb. Voting begins 21 February 2014 with new directors taking office on 1 April. Download the Board Nomination packet today: http://www.igda.org/elections2014.

REMINDER: Any individual wishing to participate in these elections must be a voting eligible member by the close of nominations on 1 Feb. Please note: Student members are not eligible to vote.

You can find out more about the schedule and information for this election on our 2014 elections page at http://www.igda.org/elections2014 or visit our general elections page at http://www.igda.org/elections.
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January update from the IGDA Board of Directors
IGDA
The IGDA Board of Directors has posted its January update to the IGDA Board of Directors blog. Included are meeting minutes from the November Board meeting and announcements. Read the update here: http://bit.ly/1aKRgUT.
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IGDA partner highlight:
M2 Research wants to hear from you — Game Development Survey

M2 Research
M2 Research is conducting an in-depth analysis on trends in development, tool usage, and studio growth. All the information provided will be aggregated to create a total industry snapshot that will be published and made available to anyone who completes the survey. M2 Research wants to get your insight and feedback on important issues facing game development industry, so please be sure to fill out the Game Development Survey completely. Your opinions and voice are important!

The M2 Game Development Survey should take less than 10 minutes of your time to complete. Take it now: http://bit.ly/1bwk544. Questions and feedback can be directed to info@m2research.com.

Prize drawing
M2 Research will be doing a drawing for 2 prizes:
• Microsoft Xbox One
• Sony PS4

Drawing winners will contacted directly by email and announced at the 2014 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, 17-21 March.

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IGDA members save 10 percent on GDC Vault subscription: Unlock a wealth of industry leading content!
IGDA
Subscribe to GDC Vault today and get unlimited access to all members-only content from nearly 20 years of the world's largest and longest-running gaming industry event. Enjoy over 8,000+ videos, slides and audio from the game industry's leading figures, and access to upcoming GDC 2014 content at no additional cost. IGDA members receive 10 percent off an individual subscription! Click here to log in and access details for this and other great benefits!
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Upcoming events
Click here for information on these and other discounts (requires log in).To view all upcoming IGDA and IGDA Partner events, click here.

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IGDA at GDC 2014
IGDA
GDC 2014 takes place 17-21 March and your IGDA is hard at work planning a great week! Visit www.igda.org/GDC2014 for info on what to expect. IGDA members can save US$75 on their GDC 2014 All Access Pass or Main Conference registration. Hurry — early registration ends 31 January! Click here to log in and get your discount code.

The IGDA discount code cannot be combined with other discount promotions, including group discounts, alumni rates, exhibitor discounts, other special discount offers or previously purchased or registered passes. All discount codes are subject to review and are limited to one discount per registration.

Volunteer with the IGDA at GDC
IGDA members get priority access to volunteer with the IGDA at the 2014 Game Developers Conference. Those accepted get a free Expo Pass in exchange for about 15 hours of work. Read more about expectations and how to apply here:http://bit.ly/gdc2014volunteer

Sponsor IGDA at GDC
We're currently accepting sponsorship inquiries for our various activities, including our big 20th Anniversary Celebration. If you or your company might be interested in supporting these events, please contact Kate Edwards.

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Drexel Game Design is hiring!
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IGDA Perspectives content spotlight and February call for submissions
IGDA
Excerpt from "What's Your Role?" by Elizabeth LaPensée:

What's Your Role? was created for youth game development workshops. I often ran into the "uhh" face when putting together teams in a short timeframe with youth from my urban Native American community in Portland who weren't necessarily used to self-identifying their abilities. I created a word game to help youth identify what careers in game development they might excel at based on key interests and skills. Words were selected based on articles about game development careers from sources like the Game Career Guide as well as job listings.

Read the full story in the December issue of the IGDA Perspectives, "Games About Games."



The IGDA Perspectives newsletter is looking for content for its February issue, "STEAM in Games" a.k.a. games and efforts related to education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

• Indie games for STEAM learning
• Commercial games for STEAM learning
• Game development education as STEAM


Pieces are generally 500+ words. Please include a short third person bio and attach images separately. Send articles to beth@igda.org by Friday, 7 Feb.

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IGDA partner highlight: Applications for Chartboost University close 31 Jan.
Chartboost University
Chartboost University is a special boot-camp program that connects up-and-coming indie game developers with leaders in the mobile games business.


Selected candidates will receive a scholarship that covers housing and flights to San Francisco. Plus, Chartboost is sending its scholars to the Game Developers Conference in March 2014!

Apply today! Applications close 31 Jan.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Pennsylvania's fact-finding commission on video games and violence fails to find facts
Anti-Censorship and Social Issues Committee of the IGDA
The Pennsylvania government's year-long study into harmful effects of video games failed to find any. Their conclusion: keep trying to find some.

The December 2013 "Violence Prevention in Pennsylvania" report provided by the Joint State Government Commission's Advisory Committee On Violence Prevention is riddled with sloppy scholarship and a deep-seated political hostility toward video games. Though the commissioners grudgingly admit that "a direct causal link between violent video games and violent behavior has not been established to date," they try to pump up unfounded suspicions through logical fallacies, guilt by association, inaccurate paraphrases, false equivalencies, and the blatant omission of the reasoning of one of its own members.

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Microsoft acquires the 'Gears of War' franchise from Epic Games
The Verge
Microsoft already has the rights to the Halo series, and now it's adding another blockbuster to its stable of franchises: Gears of War.

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How an AI is learning to make video games by itself
Polygon
Once players learn what ANGELINA is, Michael Cook knows they'll never be fooled. After being outed as an AI, the program's creations can't be mistaken for a human's — and that's what makes them compelling.

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#DevJobFail: The worst game job applications ever
Develop
Develop readers share their horror stories of awful CVs, terrible interviews and inexplicable portfolio art

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Infographic: How video games are changing education
Online Colleges
Schools have found an alternative way to equip children with flexible and adaptive skill by allowing them to learn through playing video games. This infographic sums up some of their effect on learning.
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Out of 500 influential Brits only 2 work in video games
MCV
They can make the most successful entertainment product of all time. They can be responsible for the biggest console launch ever. They can even change the U.K. National Curriculum. Just don't call them influential. The Sunday Times, in association with Debretts, revealed the 500 most influential Britons recently, yet only two of them work in video games.
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Composing music for video games: Key and tempo
Gamasutra
When composing music for visual media, especially films, TV shows, adverts and video games, it is key to be able to reinforce musically what is happening on the screen. Two areas that establish the mood of a composition is that of the key and the tempo.
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  FEATURED COMPANIES
3Dflow: computer vision specialists
3Dflow is a startup rooted in academic research devoted to bring the power of computer vision to the industry. Activision Inc. is among its customers. 3Dflow's first product, 3DF Zephyr, is a powerful tool that can convert images into accurate 3D models. MORE
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Microsoft acquires the 'Gears of War' franchise from Epic Games
The Verge
Microsoft already has the rights to the Halo series, and now it's adding another blockbuster to its stable of franchises: Gears of War. The company announced that it has acquired the rights for the series from developer Epic Games. While no new Gears of War games were announced, development for the series will be handled by Microsoft Studios' Vancouver-based subsidiary Black Tusk Studios.
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The rise of jump
Polygon
Almost a quarter century ago, Universal released a revolutionary arcade game called Space Panic in which players had to navigate platforms, climb ladders and avoid moving obstacles in order to progress. By most accounts, Space Panic was the first of what would become the "platformer" genre. A year later, it would be eclipsed by another.
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A new wave of 'Turnerization' is tearing up video games' artistic legacy
A.V. Club
In 2014, classic games face a problem that threatened classic films during cable TV's rise to power. The proliferation of smartphones means that video games are now available to a previously untapped market, and studios haven't been shy about drawing upon their archives to make a quick buck on the various app stores.
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Washington state Senate bill encourages learning via video games
The News Tribune
Many parents try to limit their children's video game time at home. A new state bill, however, could give children more gaming time in an unlikely place: School. Senate Bill 6104 would create a committee to examine how interactive gaming can boost student involvement and achievement, and create a pilot program for integrating games into K-12 curriculum. The bill was heard in Olympia, Wash., by the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education.
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Pretty soon, you might be playing video games at job interviews
Inventor Spot
Companies have become more cautious than ever about whom they hire. According to a Glassdoor analysis, the hiring/job-interview process has nearly doubled since 2009 to 23 days, with employers all across the board seeking to become more cost effective. In most cases, that includes being far more stringent about who they hire — an unfortunate reality for many job seekers.
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