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Warren Spector, Blizzard COO to lead University of Texas game program

Developer Warren Spector and Blizzard Entertainment COO Paul Sams will help oversee a new gaming academy being put into place at the University of Texas at Austin. The Denius-Sams Gaming Academy, named after co-founders Wofford Denius, Sams and his wife, will begin in 2014 with only 20 spots for...

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Crowdfunded 'My Carnival' is a video game designed to help children with cystic fibrosis

AccessAble Games has announced a new campaign to raise funds for a free video game designed to help children with cystic fibrosis learn how to perform their breathing exercises correctly. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that requires daily physiotherapy training, and while experts say there...

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SimCityEDU announced, bringing learning tools to classrooms in March

EA recently announced SimCityEDU, an online community that allows educators to create and share lesson plans based on the upcoming SimCity game. The community will include a curriculum and suite of tools that fall in line with the US Common Core State Standards Initiative, with the goal of...

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Every state in the US now has a school for game development

Those living in the United States and seeking a career in the games industry have more avenues to take that first step than ever before. According to a news release from the Entertainment Software Association, there are now colleges with video game development, programming and design programs in...

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NIS will teach you how to read Japanese with iOS 'Character Chowdown' app

NIS America and developer Yummy Yummy Tummy have partnered for an educational game that seems particularly well-suited for NISA fans: Character Chowdown, designed to teach the Japanese kana and kanji writing systems. Naturally, as you and the "Nommon" monsters learn Japanese characters (with the...

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Designing edutainment, the Valve way: make a good game first

"People don't sit around at Valve and say 'We're educating.' They are educating the player. But it's just good game design," Valve Software's director of education programs Leslie Redd told me in an interview yesterday afternoon. She and her coworker, Valve's Yasser Malaika, were on stage earlier...

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'Steam for Schools' is a free version of Steam for students, facilitates Portal 2-based lessons

"Steam for Schools" is Valve's next push into edutainment. This summer, educators can apply for beta inclusion in the program, which includes a "limited version of Steam" featuring Portal 2, the game's level editor, and its workshop for hosting and organizing user-created levels. This new version...

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NASA totally makes iOS and Facebook games now

NASA is exploring the strange new world of social and mobile gaming, with two new game apps designed to educate about math, flight, and the history of space exploration. Sector 33 for iOS is an air traffic control simulator, in which players manage the speed and route of up to five planes coming...

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48-player DDR coming to classrooms

Konami is making it easier for schools to use Dance Dance Revolution for fitness programs, with a new version designed specifically for schools. Dance Dance Revolution Classroom Edition, being unveiled Feb. 24 at the CAHPERD Conference, is a PC game that allows up to 48 mats to be connected to a...

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Nintendo testing classroom text-to-speech tech with DSis

Nintendo and Japanese telecom company NTT are working together on a voice recognition project, aimed at making it easier for students with hearing or other disabilities to keep up in classrooms. The project, which NHK reports is undergoing trials in Okinawa and Tottori Prefecture, captures...

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