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December update from the IGDA Board of Directors
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The IGDA Board of Directors has posted its December update to the IGDA Board of Directors Blog. Included are the newly expanded meeting minutes from the October Board meeting mentioned in the previous month's update. The Board of Directors will meet in December on the 19th. Read the update here.
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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.

If you would like to have a project you’d like showcased on one of our pages, fill out the application form here.

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IGDA Perspectives Newsletter: January call for submissions — last chance!
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The IGDA Perspectives Newsletter is looking for content on "Art in Tight Spaces" a.k.a. art in mobile and social games.

• Trends of art in mobile/social games
• Interfaces in mobile/social games
• 3-D art in mobile/social games
• Other topics

We are looking for pieces generally 500+ words. Please include a short third person bio and attach images separately.

Please send articles to beth@igda.org by Friday, 27 Dec.

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Upcoming events
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As an IGDA member, you are eligible for event discounts where noted: 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: Save US$75 on registration
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IGDA members can save US$75 on their GDC 2014 All Access Pass or Main Conference registration. 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.

Also at GDC, 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.

Additional information regarding the IGDA at GDC 2014 can be found at www.igda.org/GDC2014.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Photo essay: Gaming in West Africa
Polygon
People play video games all over the world. Games are becoming, in many ways, a form of universal language. Although the manner and places in which people play vary wildly, especially in the resource-poor nations of West Africa.
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ESA report: Video games are the top gift items this holiday season
Game Politics
A new report from the Entertainment Software Association claims that video games, video game systems, and accessories are the most wanted items for the 2013 holiday season. according to the report, approximately 79 million Americans intend to purchase video games during the holiday season, according to new market research and analysis.
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Game creators use literary tricks — and lure audiences
BBC
Once known for being crude and violent, some video games now feature sophisticated storylines and characters. Some players see a new literary tradition arising. The relationship between literature and video games is close, and many developers have adapted works of literature into games. In 2010, for example, the studio Visceral Games adapted The Divine Comedy into a game called Dante's Inferno.
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Who built that video game?
The New Yorker
Today, designing a video game is far more complicated; it takes a half hour to get through the end credits for Grand Theft Auto V.

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Leak: UK and US government spies snooped in 'Warcraft,' other games
CNN
Spies with surveillance agencies in the United States and United Kingdom may have spent time undercover as orcs and blood elves, infiltrating video games like "World of Warcraft" in a hunt for terrorists "hiding in plain sight" online.

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Study: Video game kindness may make kids nicer
Futurity
When children are exposed to helpful and caring behaviors through video games, television shows, and movies, they are more likely to act that way in the real world, regardless of culture, new research shows.

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Who built that video game?
The New Yorker
Video games began as a loner's art. Ralph Baer created a Ping-Pong game, the basis for Atari's Pong, while working in a one-person room for a Defense Department contractor. Steve Jobs tricked Steve Wozniak into making the prototype for Breakout in four sleepless nights on Atari's factory floor. Today, designing a video game is far more complicated; it takes a half hour to get through the end credits for Grand Theft Auto V.
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The indifference of 'Kentucky Route Zero' to the platonic ideal of video games
PopMatters.com
Kentucky Route Zero creates non-Euclidean spaces that cannot exist, not as an expression of the possibilities of video game space when unshackled by the constraints of the real world, but as an outright rejection of the common standard of video game spaces.
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Video game hardware sales soar following release of new consoles
Albany Business Review
Excitement surrounding the release of the new Sony Playstation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One, has propelled U.S. video game hardware sales to the first month-long increase in two years.
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10 classic video games worthy of being ported to iOS
Complex Games
Mobile games are the future for casual gaming. This assertion isn't really up for debate. It's a fact. As the casual gaming market siphons users away from the intimidating realms of both PC and console gaming, the push for creating quality content available on mobile platforms continues to grow. While bulwarks such as lousy control interfaces are slowly becoming a thing of the past thanks to innovative peripherals, mobile games will continue to attract both consumer and developers.
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