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Charles Rector's Weblog; Jun. 9, 2014; By Charles Rector
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IGDA Women in Games SIG highlights Lisette Titre-Montgomery
IGDA
To celebrate and highlight women in game development, the IGDA WIG SIG posts monthly profiles of the sung and unsung women of game development, from veterans to fresh faces.

Meet Lisette Tritre-Montgomery, the WIG Highlight for June! Trite-Montgomery is a Bay Area art lead currently working on the upcoming Sims 4. She has been a keynote speaker at NASA, Intel, and the San Francisco Environmental Protection Agency. She has also been featured on NPR and in The New York Times.

Want to see someone highlighted? Email wigsig@igda.org today.

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E3 IGDA Scholars selected — application for CEDEC/TGS open
IGDA
The IGDA Scholars judges have official named their scholars for E3, one of the biggest industry events. Seven students will receive free passes to the show and tour several local game studios. They will also receive mentorship from professionals in their specific field. The IGDA Scholars program is one of the biggest opportunities for students wanting to work in the game industry. Read about the winning scholars here.

If you would like to be a scholar, IGDA Japan is offering scholarship opportunities for student members. Students will receive a tour of a major studio and a free badge into TGS, the Tokyo Game Show or CEDEC, Computer Entertainment Developers Conference. The scholarship is being provided by the Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association.

Application information can be found here. The deadline is 30 June. 18 students will be chosen for the scholarship.


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Next Webinar Wednesday features second artificial intelligence lecture
IGDA
This week's webinar will be presented by Brian Schwab, a highly respected AI engineer and CTO of Storybricks. In his over 20 year career, Brian has written the book on game AI — both figuratively and as the author of "AI Game Engine Programming", also literally. Brian is regularly one of the highest rated speakers at GDC's AI Summit, so we hope you will join us to hear from Brian!

The IGDA is officially hosting weekly webinars surrounding topics in the game industry. The topic will rotate every week. To know about future webinar topics, a calendar is kept right here.


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Register now: E3 networking event on 11 June
IGDA
Once again the IGDA will be hosting a professional networking event at E3 2014! The event will be at The Figueroa Hotel in Tangier Room Wednesday, 11 June from 6-9 p.m. PST. This event provides a casual atmosphere designed for networking, discussion and relaxing after a busy day on the show floor (or in constant meetings) — and without needing to shouting over really loud music! Snacks are provided and IGDA members receive two free drink tickets (not a member? Click here). Don't miss this opportunity to attend what some attendees in 2013 called “the best evening event at E3.”

Register for the premier IGDA event at E3 here!


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FEATURED ARTICLE TRENDING ARTICLE MOST POPULAR ARTICLE How lifelike video game graphics lead to life-saving cancer cures
Forbes
Professor Steve Jiang is the director in the Division of Medical Physics and Engineering at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. His team is using a video-game chip to aid cancer patients.

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Gamasutra
While debate remains over what constitutes a roguelike or whether the term should even be used, there's no argument around the fact that both developers and players have come to love these games for their endless, procedural challenges.

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Gamasutra
Revenues for indie developers on desktop are falling. We know this, and the reasons are various and irrelevant, a fixed point in our recent past.

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Member benefit: Save 15 percent on White Nights Conference
The White Nights conference is offering IGDA Members a special 15 percent discount on registration. The conference focuses on mobile game development in St. Petersburg, Russia. Over 800 industry professionals from over 300 studios including Warner Bros., Supercell, Rovio, Wooga, Chillingo, Facebook, Big Fish, DeNA, Google, Microsoft, G5, and Mail.Ru attend the event.

You can register for the event here.


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IGDA Perspectives highlight: A focus on indie life
IGDA
The latest IGDA Perspectives newsletter focuses on indie life. The newsletter features 10 unique stories from industry professionals about their experiences as independent designers. “Without a doubt, the indie movement is already changing our industry and will continue to do so,” said Kate Edwards. The newsletter can be found here.

If you feel that you have a topic for IGDA Perspectives, send us an email and pitch a story. The next theme is "Educational Games: The Good Stuff." Topics can include anything that you feel is important in the game industry. Email 500 words stories to beth@igda.org. More information can be found here.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Shipping your first game while you're still in school
Gamasutra
Some developers cringe at the prospect of shipping a first-person platformer. Sebastian Zethraeus co-founded a company to make it happen. “It’s been a really fun challenge to take on, because everybody who hears ‘first-person platforming’ gets a frowny face,” says Zethraeus.
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PlayCanvas takes its WebGL video game engine open source
The Next Web
Video game creators will be pleased to hear that the WebGL PlayCanvas Engine has been open-sourced. Mozilla announced the move today on its developer blog and you can access the entire engine sourcebase right now over on GitHub.
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How lifelike video game graphics lead to life-saving cancer cures
Forbes
Professor Steve Jiang is the director in the Division of Medical Physics and Engineering at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. His team is using a video-game chip to aid cancer patients. According to Jiang, the chips can slash the time required to calculate a radiotherapy dose: They can reduce the most complex proton-radiotherapy calculation from 70 hours to just 10 seconds.
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$40 million video games settlement doesn't mean NCAA-O'Bannon is over
SBNation
Attorneys representing student-athletes who sued EA Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Company have filed a motion to approve a settlement. The suit stems from EA Sports and the CLC illegally using student-athletes' likenesses in video games over many years.Student-athletes represented could receive up to $951 for each year they were featured in the video games, according to a press release from public relations firm Firmani and Associates.
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From Mario to Sonic: How classic video games are going the next level — online
The Guardian
The games industry is currently in rude health. The global industry is on track to be worth $86 billion by 2016, according to the Entertainment Software Association, and the European market is worth over $20 billion alone. But however impressive the games of today, there's no buzz quite like revisiting the gentle classics, dusting off C90s to stick clunkily into a ghettoblaster, or unearthing a creaky VHS.
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Forget selfies: Use a Kinect camera to make a 3-D figurine of ... you
VentureBeat
Thanks to the mobile revolution, we probably all have hundreds of blurry, self-taken, and horribly off-center pictures of ourselves. Looking for something a bit impressive? How about a little statue of yourself?
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