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  • 22Mar

    SMU Guildhall Alumna Challenges Gender Stereotypes in Gaming

    A couple of weeks ago at GDC 2010, Guildhall alumna Jennifer Canada, who currently works for Insomniac Games, presented “Paint-by-Gender: How to add ‘pink’ gameplay to your ‘blue’ title (and still keep all the boys happy)” which was based on her thesis. She suggested that it is entirely possible to add female-friendly elements to games and still appeal to both genders (surprise, surprise). She has experience with this: As a game designer for some titles aimed at the younger set, she knows how to incorporate those elements into a successful game. It’s a little surprising that she even made it to game design in the first place. Canada graduated from Rice University with a double-major in opera performance and political science. Not exactly computer science, is it? She’d even given up on gaming because she figured that fast reflexes were necessary. Not so. So after playing The Sims, rediscovering gaming,

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  • 15Mar

    GDC 2010 Sets a Record

    Organizers of this year’s Game Developers Conference (which just ended on Saturday) revealed today that this year’s conference had more attendees than ever, beating out 2009′s GDC by 1,250 people, making that an increase of just a little more than 7%. This includes developers, publishers, media, and people who want to be in the games industry. People in attendance were able to attend multiple lectures, the Independent Games Festival, the Game Developers Choice Awards, and even tutorials and roundtables. Another attraction was likely the keynote speech by Sid Meier. This comes on the heels of the announcement that GDC will be in the Moscone Center again next year, starting February 28.

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  • 13Mar

    New Civilization V Screens…Fresh From GDC

    GDC this week was a pretty good reason for 2K to release some Civilization V screens…So, they did! There are seven total, and you can see them all in the gallery below.

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  • 12Mar

    Chief Technology Officer Unveils “Apps for Healthy Kids” at GDCA

    Last night, at the Game Developers Choice Awards, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra addressed the attendees by video to deliver a message from First Lady Michelle Obama. The message announced the launch of the Apps for Healthy Kids challenge in support of Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign against childhood obesity. The challenge: Incorporate recently released Federal nutrition data (the MyPyramid 1,000 food database) into Web or mobile-based games and tools to inspire kids and their parents to eat right and get active. “You know better than most the power of games to deeply engage our nation’s youth. Today I’m asking you to dedicate your creative energy and skills to address one of America’s biggest challenges and help make healthy living fun, exciting, and relevant for kids,” the First Lady said in her letter, which is currently posted in full on the Game Developers Conference Web site. Of course, what’s  a

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  • 12Mar

    Monaco Takes Home $20,000 Independent Games Festival Prize

    Pocketwatch Games’ Monaco got the really big prizes at the Twelfth Annual Independent Games Festival, hosted at GDC this week. The title received the $20,000 Seumas McNally Grand Prize for Best Independent Game, as well as the award for Excellence in Design. Both fairly big deals. Other award recipients for the year include PLAYDEAD’s LIMBO (Excellence in Visual Art and Technical Excellence), and Closure Team’s Closure (Excellence in Audio). Previous winners include a lot of titles we’ve come to know and love: Braid, Audiosurf, Castle Crashers, and World of Goo. Out of 301 entries, they had to be narrowed down by 170 judges, so the winners this year will likely show up as downloadable games on our consoles and computers at some point. Congratulations to all the winners from us here at GamingAngels – A full list is below. Seumas McNally Grand Prize Monaco, by Pocketwatch Games Innovation (Nuovo) Award

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  • 12Mar

    Uncharted 2 Rakes In the Acclaim at Game Developers Choice Awards

    Last night, Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 2 won five awards at the Game Developers Choice Awards (you know, the Oscars of games). That’s…uh…half of the awards that go to games, including the Game of the Year Award. There are three categories that go to a person (that I didn’t include in the ten), and I don’t think Nathan Drake can be nominated. Yeah. (So, basically, if you haven’t played it, you ought to.) Other winners include thatgamecompany’s Flower, 5th Cell’s Scribblenauts, Runic Games’ Torchlight (the award is “better than a leg lamp,” according to them) and Rocksteady Studios’ Batman: Arkham Asylum. A full list of winners, including special awards, is below. Game of the Year Uncharted 2 (Naughty Dog) Best Game Design: Batman: Arkham Asylum (Rocksteady Studios) Best Writing: Uncharted 2 (Naughty Dog) Best Debut Game: Torchlight (Runic Games) Best Technology: Uncharted 2 (Naughty Dog) Best Handheld Game: Scribblenauts (5th Cell)

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  • 10Mar

    PlayStation Move Announced at GDC, Bundles Available, Tons of Screenshots

    Shuhei Yoshida, Sony’s Vice-President of Product Development, officially announced that the PlayStation motion controller’s name actually is PlayStation Move at the beginning of the press conference just under an hour ago. So the trademarks found earlier were completely correct! (Apologies for the changing picture sizes, but these are all Ustream screenshots.) Peter Dille also announced Move bundles – You can buy just the controller if you have an Eye already (remember, it’s necessary to play!), you can buy Move and an Eye together (for under $100!), or, if you’re starting out completely fresh, you can get a console and the Eye and Move all together. They are hoping to appeal to the hardcore gamer. “I hope no one says that we gummed up a game just by adding motion controls. I hope people say when they use PlayStation Move, ‘This is much better than holding a DualShock in my hands,’”

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  • 10Mar

    MySpace Still Trying to Be Relevant, Cleaning Up Games Experience

    If you haven’t deleted your MySpace account yet, they’re making some big changes to their games section and making it easier for both users and developers to utilize. The MySpace Developers Platform will now offer analytics tools, as well. MySpace is attempting to replicate what made the music portion of the site so successful, since a third of users engage in games on the site daily and over 28 million users use the applications available on the site. MySpace also hosted a “Game Development on Social Platforms” workshop today at GDC. To speed up the process of getting more people to return to the site, they’re releasing a MySpace Games app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Just to make it easier to get your daily fix. If you stopped using MySpace, will this get you to return? If you never stopped, will it become your number one social networking

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  • 10Mar

    OnLive is Imminent, Coming to PC and Mac Before Your TV

    GameStop reported from the GamesBeat conference at GDC today that OnLive, the service that promises to stream games lag-free by doing all the graphics processing on servers, will be launching on June 17 in the lower 48 states via a Mac/PC browser plug-in for the service. (Sorry Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada!) Mini-consoles that attach to HDTVs will come later in the year. Right now, a monthly service charge of $14.95 is all it will cost to get going (besides buying the games you want to play at a slightly-lowered price). For the first 25,000 people that sign up, however, the first three months’ fees will be waived. (To give that a shot, go here.) Publishers supporting the service include, EA, Take Two, Codemasters, Ubisoft, THQ, Epic, Atari, and Warner Bros. The service has been demonstrated with minimal lag as of last year, but what happens when thousands of people sign

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  • 10Mar

    Sony Press Conference LIVE at 4:00 Pacific/7:00 Eastern

    In just two hours, you can come to GamingAngels to watch Sony’s GDC 2010 press conference LIVE from San Francisco! We’ll update with the news from the event both during and after it. Remember, the live stream starts at 4:00 Pacific (7:00 Eastern).

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