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GDC Summer 2020: Better living, climate awareness, and citizen science through games

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Way back during GDC 2018, I covered several panels relating to gaming for good. Things like citizen science projects, games...

GDC Summer 2020: Creating kinder digital communities outside of online games

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I don't know about the rest of you, but I've found that being familiar with online communities and tech has really helped me survive...

GDC Summer 2020: Accessibility shouldn’t be a dirty word in online gaming

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I don't know about you readers, but one of the first things I always do when starting a game with voice acting (or movie)...
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GDC Summer 2020: How Astroneer’s crafting balances cognitive load for the player

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Long time followers of Astroneer may recall that the game's early development crafting felt cute but incomplete. Despite the game already being in the...

GDC Summer 2020: Roblox, player-generated content, and the ‘metaverse’

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Roblox VP of Product Deepak Chandrasekaran held a skill-building talk at GDC Summer 2020 this week titled Building the Metaverse through User...

GDC Summer 2020: Gachapon reward models in (mostly) free-to-play games

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Let's be real: Some of the panel titles at GDC Summer 2020 are unintentionally misleading. For example, the "Evolution of Gacha Systems in...
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GDC Summer 2020: Pokemon Go’s Niantic offers augmented reality design advice

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I was really looking forward to Niantic's AR Game Design 101 panel at GDC Summer 2020 this week because for all my criticisms...

GDC Summer 2020: What online gaming can (and should) learn from social media’s trainwrecks

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The circle is now complete: Social media has mastered skills MMOs and online games haven't, not that social media was paying much attention to...

GDC Summer 2020: Unionizing the video games industry

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Just in time for Blizzard's latest labor crisis, Game Workers Unite UK treasurer Kevin Agwaze held an Ask Me Anything at GDC...

GDC Summer 2020: Quantic’s 400K-gamer motivation model

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Quantic Foundry's Nick Yee gave a lecture at GDC Summer 2020 yesterday showing how the analytics firm's massive amount of data can be...

GDC Summer 2020: Immersive multiplayer storytelling with Disney’s Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

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Prior to this whole virus thing, one thing that I was enjoying about MMOs was how they (along with ideas taken from social media)...

GDC Summer 2020: How Niantic adapted Pokemon Go gameplay in the time of COVID-19

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GDC Summer 2020 is running all this week, and I'm, well, at home. But much like Pokemon Go, the convention adapted, and while...

GDC Summer, Dota 2’s The International, and Fortnite’s World Cup suffer fresh setbacks thanks to the pandemic

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More bad news for gaming convention-goers and esports fans: Everything is canceled. OK, not everything, but a lot. And not canceled, but postponed or...

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