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IGDA Members: Update your IGDA.org profile to qualify to vote for AIAS' 2014 D.I.C.E Awards
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IGDA members who meet the AIAS' voting qualifications are eligible to vote in the upcoming D.I.C.E. Awards. To qualify, you must have been working in the game industry for the last two years and have two game credits.

Log into IGDA.org and be sure the following fields of your profile are complete by 7 Dec.:
  • Personal information
    • First name
    • Last name
    • Email address
  • Professional information
    • Job title
    • Years in industry
Additional information will be available on IGDA.org in upcoming days. Voting for the D.I.C.E. Awards will begin in January. If you have questions regarding your IGDA membership or logging into IGDA.org, please contact membershipsupport@igda.org.
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Attend APPNATION free
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IGDA members are invited to attend APPNATION in San Francisco, USA, 3-4 Dec. and have access to a complimentary full access conference badge (a $495 value) to network with over 2,500 attendees, access all sessions and get into the official APPNATION Party on Tuesday, 3 Dec.!

Click here for information on redeeming this and other discounts (requires log in).

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IGDA discounts to upcoming events
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As an IGDA member, you are eligible for the following event discounts: Click here for information on redeeming 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
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At GDC in San Francisco (March 2014), the IGDA will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary! 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.

The 2014 IGDA Scholarships Program is also accepting applications for GDC. The program is open to all students and recent graduates in fields relating to game development. Applications should be submitted by 17 Dec. Click here for more information. The application itself can be found here.

Additional information regarding the IGDA at GDC 2014 will be available soon.

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Some South Korean politicians still think video games are drugs
Kotaku
In South Korea, some politicians (certainly not all) seem to have it out for gaming. These politicians want video games in the same category as alcohol and even illegal drugs.
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How video games are good for the brain
The Boston Globe
In his recent speech to America's schoolchildren, President Obama had a clear directive about video games: Put them away. It wasn't the first time he had sounded this particular alarm, warning of the dangers of days spent at gaming consoles. But the latest science shows that there's a lot more to video games than their dark reputations suggest.
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4 approaches to making companion apps for video games
Gamasutra
Companion apps aren't exactly a new phenomenon in video games, but they're certainly becoming more and more popular these days. Whether its Xbox and its SmartGlass functionality, or high-profile PlayStation games like Beyond, developers are finding new ways to make companion apps and second screen experiences more prominent and interesting for the player.
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Inside Valve's plan to revolutionize the world of video games
The Washington Post
Just before Halloween, a commentator covering Valve's most popular game, Defense of the Ancients 2, tweeted it would not have the seasonal event "Diretide." The time-limited game mode with Halloween elements such as virtual candy collection was a big hit on its first run in 2012. This time, Valve's imaginative fans felt tricked.

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Blog: How not to market your indie game
Gamasutra
Dushan Chaciej writes, "There's so many of those 'how to market your indie game' articles written by more or less successful developers that I decided to write about this from a different angle. From the angle of someone who failed at marketing. My angle."

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Support IGDA member projects on Kickstarter and Indiegogo
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Many of our members, affiliates and partners rely on several popular crowdfunding platforms to build their communities and financially support their work. Please take a few moments to check out the projects on Kickstarter and Indiegogo that our members have been dedicating their hard work and energy towards.

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In New Zealand you can play video games on your pizza box
Kotaku
Video games and pizza have always gone together. Have you ever, ever been to a LAN where pizza wasn't ordered? This is why this new app makes so much sense. If you live in New Zealand and you buy from the "HELL" pizza chain, you can use the box as an augmented reality battlefield using your mobile phone.
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Virtual love: LGBTQ in video games
The Minaret
In the latter half of the 20th century, the U.S. saw the emergence of two movements: the gay rights movement and the growing popularity of video games. As gay rights continued to gain ground and video games remained popular, it was inevitable that the two would eventually intersect, creating a variety of LGBTQ characters.
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Blog: State lawmakers again trying to justify video game censorship
The Huffington Post
Still smarting from their blow-out loss at the Supreme Court two years ago, state legislators are laying the groundwork for a new push to censor video games.
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Inside Valve's plan to revolutionize the world of video games
The Washington Post
Just before Halloween, a commentator covering Valve's most popular game, Defense of the Ancients 2, tweeted it would not have the seasonal event "Diretide." The time-limited game mode with Halloween elements such as virtual candy collection was a big hit on its first run in 2012. This time, Valve's imaginative fans felt tricked.
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NCAA sues EA to block player likeness lawsuit settlement
IGN
EA might have hoped it was putting to rest the entire issue of lawsuits involving player likenesses when it reached a $40 million settlement, but it appears that is not the case. The NCAA is now suing both Electronic Arts and the College Licensing Company over their settlement with former college athletes who alleged EA's line of college sports games used players' likenesses without compensation.
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Blog post details the hunt to recreate 1 of the 1st video games
GigaOM
It may be the time to exalt the newest generation of consoles, but a group of researchers are chasing after a forgotten video game of the past. Long before Pac Man brought gaming into the mainstream, a simple computer program called Tennis for Two was created to keep researchers at Brookhaven National Lab in Upton, N.Y., entertained — and it's often credited as the first video game.
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10 most memorable uses of music in video games
WhatCulture.com
Music has always been important in video games. Right from the off, when the gameplay was nothing more than waggling a stick and the graphics were three-pixel sprites, music still played an important part.
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