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Take the IGDA's 2015 Developer Satisfaction Survey
The IGDA's Developer Satisfaction Survey for 2015 launched on 2 March and runs through 15 April! Please take the survey and then distribute far and wide to your communities.

For 2015, the survey has been localized into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.

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Applications for an IGDA Scholarship to E3 have Closed! GDC Europe — Still Open
On 24 March, IGDA Scholarships to E3 closed; however, applications to GDC Europe & Gamescom are still open! 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.

GDC Europe will take place 3-4 August and Gamescom from 5-9 August 2015. The events are colocated at the Congress-Centrum Ost Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. Together, they are the largest professional conference and trade show experience in Europe. Educators please let your students know they cannot miss this opportunity for a pass to GDC Europe, mentorship, private booth tours, and studio tours!

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Last Chance! IGDA Members save 20% in Leap Motion Web Store through
26 March

One of the biggest hits at last week's IGDA Annual Networking Event at GDC was ElementL — a new VR demo designed for Leap Motion. Did you miss your chance to hurl flames at evil spirits in virtual reality? Now's your chance to get your hands on a Leap Motion Controller!

IGDA members receive 20% off everything in the Leap Motion web store. That includes the VR Developer Bundle, with everything you need to bring your hands into the game. Click here for discount information (requires log in). Discount expires 26 March 2015.

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Event Highlight: East Coast Game Conference
Held annually at the Raleigh Convention Center, the East Coast Game Conference (ECGC) is the East Coast’s leading event for game industry professionals to share expertise, network, and build careers. Companies of all sizes with ties to interactive entertainment continue to gather in the Triangle, a gaming hub for North Carolina and the East Coast. ECGC’s goal is to provide an annual forum for market leaders, indie developers, and start-ups to engage, connect, and look to the future of the industry. The conference features panels and lectures by game industry experts covering a wide variety of current topics, as well as an expo hall and career lounge.
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Event Highlight: IGDA Members save 20% on registration for MGF Asia
MGF is the premium mobile games event where decision-makers meet to do business. After 13 years of unrivaled success and, due to popular demand and proven business RoI for the global community, MGF is headed to Asia — the world's fastest growing gaming region.

Join attendees for the premiere of MGF Asia, at the Marco Polo Hotel, Hong Kong, on the 8-9 April 2015. IGDA members can save 20%. Click here for discount information (requires log in).

MGF Asia focuses on the mobile games economies in: China, Japan, HK, South Korea and South East Asia (with special focus on Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and Malaysia) — discussing the latest business models and cultures driving growth in these regions, uncovering ways to monetize and getting to grips with the fragmented ecosystem, local distribution and discoverability, piracy, payments issues, the future of mobile gaming entertainment brands, localization and expansion into new markets globally.

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#WebinarWednesday on 1 April: Business & Legal
Join Tom Buscaglia as he hosts another Business & Legal webinar on 1 April. This week’s topic: "The Art of Negotiation." Though not war, there is an art to negotiation. For developers, the goal of that art should be to assure that their studio secures up with the best deal possible under the circumstances. This means taking into account the relative bargaining position of the parties as well as the current forces in the marketplace that may influence the outcome of the negotiations. But, there is more. The art of the negotiation is also is about a process and as with any artistic endeavor; success takes time, perseverance, and patience. This art should be nurtured as a craft to be understood and mastered. To succeed, individuals responsible for the ongoing fiscal well-being of their studio ought to put the same level of focus and trade-craft into their negotiations as they do into the other aspects of the games they create. Learn more and register now!

The IGDA hosts weekly webinars surrounding topics in the game industry. Watch for more information on sessions and to register. Recordings of past webinars can be found here.

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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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Event Highlight: IGDA Members Save on Registration, Exhibitor Space at Gameacon
Gameacon stands for Game Arts Conference. It was created to help artists in game creation to thrive by providing a space for them to showcase new work and give them to the ability to reach an audience who craves to see their work. There are other festivals, but they are corporate, in big cities, and far away where it is expensive to stay, eat and get around. This festival is grass roots so as to foster those independent, risk-takers who will be the new voices in game creation. Of course, no gaming festival would be complete without tournaments, hangout rooms, board games and awesome cosplay parties.

We are looking for exhibitors who want to take part in this event. Of course we will be seeking out large companies as sponsors, but at the core are the developers and their work. This can be an incredible opportunity to learn from each other, show your stuff to fans, and meet some industry leaders. If you have something you feel you can contribute to the fans or exhibitors, we have many rooms for breakouts and panel discussions and would love for you to sign up to talk.

IGDA members can save 30% on ticket registration through 30 June and 20% after that and save 20% on exhibitor space and sponsorship opportunities. Click here for discount information (requires log in).

Of course we will welcome gaming fans who want to experience new games, interact and learn from their creators, meet others who share their passion for gaming; and to celebrate the creativity and artistry that goes into development by awarding the most awesome game creators of 2015.

Gameacon is happening in Atlantic City, New Jersey (US), central to and within driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC. It is easily accessible by car, train and airplane (they have their own international airport). The whole city is geared towards making you comfortable. Our venue is the Tropicana Casino Resort where you can stay, hang, eat, and play all under a single roof. There are plenty of hotel rooms, ample and affordable parking, many varied restaurants (so you won't have to wait on an endless line for an overpriced hot dog or bottle of water), bars, clubs, and even an Imax movie theater. You can even try your luck at gambling.

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Girls Make Games is recruiting!
Spend your summer mentoring, teaching, and inspiring the next generation of creative game developers! If you're passionate about games, game-making, or technology, then we've got the job for you.

Girls Make Games (GMG) hosts a series of international summer camps, workshops, and game jams designed to encourage girls to explore the world of video games.

Last year, "The Negatives", from the GMG inaugural Mountain View camp, won grand prize for their game "The Hole Story", and crowdfunded over $30,000 to publish their game!

To learn more about open positions, please visit:

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Benefit Highlight: IGDA members Enjoy deep discounts on entire GUNNAR catalog through E3
The GUNNAR Game Dev discount program is BACK and better than ever for 2015! All IGDA members are pre-qualified to take advantage of deep discounts on the entire GUNNAR catalog from GDC 2015 to E3 2015. Apply now at to get in this discount program.

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Higher Education Video Game Alliance: Survey of US College and University Videogame Design Programs
Earlier this month, the Higher Education Video Game Alliance (The Alliance) unveiled Our State of Play, the first comprehensive nationwide survey of college and university videogame design programs. Among the key findings from 73 participating colleges and universities are that video game programs have greater gender diversity, by nearly a two to one margin, than other computer science and STEM related programs, and have significantly higher retention rates than the national average for all undergraduate and graduate majors. Both statistics signal positive momentum for the video game industry as it continues to drive job creation and economic growth nationwide. Read the press release (PDF) and see the survey results (PDF).
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Why don't we feel guilty in video games?
The Guardian
Guilt and remorse are near-universal human emotions, but their role in narrative games is minimal. Isn’t it time this changed?
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New Adaptive Game Music Engine

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Dear teacher, a video game developer is a real job and should be celebrated
Matt Burns of TechCrunch writes, "Today was career day at my son’s school. He’s seven. Like every other seven-year-old, he lives for Minecraft and wants to be a video game developer. And so today he donned his favorite Minecraft shirt and proudly went to school as his favorite video game developer, Markus Persson. But his teacher thought differently. She told him that he had to sit out the day’s activities because, apparently, being a games developer is not a real job."
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'Some' Twitch user accounts possibly accessed in hack
Twitch, which enables gamers to live-stream their game play, has likely been hacked. Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, said in a blog post March 23 that it discovered possible "unauthorized access to some Twitch user account information." The company provided few details but did say that all user passwords have been reset and that accounts connected to Twitter and YouTube to promote live streams have been disconnected.
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Putting a virtual nose on video games could reduce simulator sickness
Virtual reality can be nauseating. It tricks a part of the brain into believing the body is moving, when it's not. A disconnect between the systems can make some people want to throw up. But an ongoing study at Purdue College of Technology suggests that a virtual nose could reduce simulator sickness in video games. When your movement isn't anticipated by the body's perceptual system, it triggers motion sickness. That explains why it's usually a passenger who gets sick in a moving car and not the person driving the car.
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Gen Con threatens the governor it will leave the state over Indiana's controversial SB 101
Gen Con LLC, the parent company the Gen Con hobby games convention, has issued a formal letter to Republican Governor Mike Pence in light of the passage of State Bill 101. The controversial "religious freedom" bill, as the Indianapolis Star refers to it, would offer legal protection under which Indiana business owners could refuse service to same-sex couples.
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