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The IGDA is at GDC!
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If you're at GDC, be sure to stop by the IGDA Booth in the South Hall, Upper Lobby to meet board members, learn about SIGs and Chapters, sign up for your membership, and more!

Visit and bookmark www.igda.org/GDC2015 for more information on all IGDA @ GDC 2015 activities including advocacy training for developers, and the IGDA's Annual Meeting.

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The 2015 Developer Satisfaction Survey is now open!
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The IGDA's annual Developer Satisfaction Survey (DSS) launched on 2 March and will be open through 15 April 2015. The survey is intended to gauge the conditions of the industry and their work satisfaction from the perspective of individual game developers — essentially anyone involved in the game industry, from programmers, designers and artists to writers, localization, legal, academics and beyond. Please take the survey and then help us spread the link:

http://bit.ly/take-the-IGDADSS2015

New for 2015: the DSS is available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese!

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IGDA Scholars GDC Update and GDC Europe & Gamescom Applications Open!
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We are excited to announce that our 18 IGDA scholars are attending GDC. You can read about their adventures on Twitter by following @IGDA_Scholars and #igdascholars.

IGDA Scholarship Applications are now open for GDC Europe & Gamescom 2015!

GDC Europe will take place 3-4 August and Gamescom from 5-9 August 2015 in Cologne, Germany. The program is open to all undergrad and graduate students, as well as those who have graduated up to six months before the Expo, in fields relating to game development. Applications must be submitted by 5 May 2015.

IGDA Scholarships to E3 are still open, but will close 24 March 2015!

Awarded to the best and brightest students in game development disciplines, the IGDA Scholars program gives recipients an unmatched experience with a pass, industry mentorship, and local studio tours. To apply for a scholarship to GDC Europe & Gamescom or to E3 visit http://bit.ly/P7iCNO.

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Webinar Wednesday on Haitus until 25 March
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Due to GDC, PAX East and the recovery time associated with both events, IGDA Webinar Wednesday is on hiatus until 25 March. The IGDA hosts weekly webinars surrounding topics in the game industry.Watch www.igda.org/webinars for more information on sessions and to register. Recordings of past webinars can be found here.‬
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Nvidia hopes new Shield console becomes 'Netflix for video games'
SFGate
Graphics chip-maker Nvidia on March 3 introduced a sleek home entertainment device that’s part game console, part smart TV and part Netflix. With the $199 Nvidia Shield, due out in May, the Santa Clara, California, company is launching a subscription video game streaming service that aims to make existing consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One obsolete.
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NXA Studios Presents... A Focus on Character(s)
Dwayne Mason, NXA Studios
Some things we do fairly well - Characters are not one of those things...

Everybody is good at something... Well, most everyone. Some are good at several different things, while others become truly great at one thing in particular.

Rarely does this happen by accident - typically it is the result of a determined effort combined with drive, practice, patience - and a desire to become the best.

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Valve will let you make games with the new Source 2 engine for free
The Verge
Valve has officially announced the successor to Source, the engine in which the seminal Half-Life 2 was developed, at GDC 2015 today. Source 2 will be free for developers to use, a move that Valve's Jay Stelly says when combined with similar announcements from Epic and Unity, "will help continue the PCs dominance as the premiere content authoring platform."
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The secrets behind This War of Mine's emotional impact
Gamasutra
This War of Mine is about the experience of civilians in wartime, a departure from many war-themed games. Rather than desiring combat, civilians want only to survive. Where other war games are often entertaining, This War of Mine is often frankly depressing. "When war breaks out, what matters is what kind of human you are, and how you survive," Miechowski says. "I presented this game to people from both Palestine and Israel, and for both sides, it was a game about them. It depicts the suffering of civilians accurately."
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Watch indie games star in 'House of Cards' season 3
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House of Cards' just-released third season features two new guest stars: iPad puzzler Monument Valley and PC adventure The Stanley Parable. Kevin Spacey's character, the series' lead, has long been a fan of video games. But the new run of episodes sees Frank Underwood try indie titles for the first time.
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Google Player Analytics brings data to video games
InformationWeek
Software, as venture capitalist Marc Andreessen opined in 2011, is eating the world. And data is what sustains it. At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on March 2, Google underscored its well-known interest in data with the introduction of Player Analytics, a forthcoming service designed to provide game developers with statistical insight into what players are doing in games and how those actions contribute to business goals.
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Narrative tips for mobile games
Gamasutra
Veteran multimedia narrative designer Christy Marx offers key takeaways from her experience with Zynga's CastleVille for telling stories in mobile games, with all their challenges and limitations.
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Work constraints can be your friend, if you learn how to use them
Polygon
We're constantly putting constraints on ourselves. Whether it's in work, our personal lives or everything in between, we find ways to talk ourselves out of achieving our true potential. But instead of using those constraints as excuses, we should learn how to work with them, said developer Adriel Wallick during a Game Developers Conference talk.
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Gone Home is no longer coming to consoles
Polygon
Indie hit Gone Home is no longer scheduled to release on consoles, Fullbright developer Steve Gaynor told DualShockers. The first-person exploration title was first released to Windows PC in 2013 with plans to port the game to console; However, according to Gaynor this is no longer the case as the studio no longer has a publishing deal with its original publisher Majesco. The studio will instead focus its attention on its upcoming space exploration title Tacoma, slated for 2016.
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