As you gear up for the 2018 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next week, remember that this year marks the return of the Vision Track - a series of mini-keynotes featuring great speakers and forward-thinking companies discussing the future of the game industry! These talks will give you new opportunities to learn from companies or individuals who are doing amazing work outside game dev that then feeds back into game innovation. You'll also see talks from leaders in video games that will give you vibrant insight into how to take your work forward in the years ahead. For example, NYU Game Center director Frank Lantz will deliver "This Is Your Brain On Games", a session devoted to interrogating whether there's any evidence that games are having this effect on us. Lantz will look at examples from specific games and extrapolate to a broad vision of how games might have the capacity to increase our collective … [Read more...] about Supercell, Pixar, and top devs share insights at the GDC 2018 Vision track!
Chief culture officer
YouTube is currently facing a problem that Twitch is finally beginning to address. Both companies want to increase transparency between executives and their core creator base, but YouTube isn’t taking any tangible steps to ensure that happens. Twitch and YouTube’s updated code of conduct effectively come down to one philosophy that all users are expected to abide by: Don’t be a jerk. The difference is that Twitch explains what it might look like to be a jerk, while YouTube is much more vague with its rules. Whereas Twitch then reiterates what some of those actions may be, there’s plenty of room for interpretation within YouTube’s rules. Therein lies the problem. Robert Kyncl is YouTube’s chief business officer, and he oversees the platform’s creators. Kyncl sat down with longtime YouTube creator Casey Neistat to talk about the company’s new guidelines and ongoing problems facing creators. Kyncl told Neistat the company listens to all … [Read more...] about YouTube needs to be more transparent with its creators
If you ask creators what word best described YouTube culture in 2017, most wouldn’t be able to keep the distaste out of their voice when saying the word “drama.” YouTube executives say the company is taking steps to try and disincentive this type of content by adding new and more severe guidelines for creators. Much of the conversation centers on one of YouTube’s most notorious creators, Logan Paul. Paul became the most talked about YouTuber earlier this year after uploading a disturbing and insensitive video on Dec. 31 that showed the body of a man who recently committed suicide in Japan’s Aokigahara forest. Before that, however, he was known for his outlandish prank antics and starting drama with other channels. Paul (who’s become a go-to example of punishment for the company to point to as it changes its community guidelines) lost his spot in YouTube’s top-tier ad program, lost his YouTube Red projects, was removed from the home page and … [Read more...] about YouTube is trying to tackle growing ‘drama’ problem on platform, exec says
Jon Malin, the current artist on Marvel Comics’ Cable series, caught a lot of attention this weekend with tweets that many found confusing at best, and offensive at worst. Malin’s response came after a fan asked, “Aren’t the X-Men LITERALLY Social Justice Warriors?” X-Men are closer to Jews in SJW Hitler's Germany fighting for freedom because they see ideologues rising, silencing them, weaponizing hate, racism and socialism against the people they claim are the root of social ills. SJWs are not Nazis but Nazis are SJWs and X-MEN aren't SJWs. https://t.co/GlspfHMhLN— ＭＡＬＩＮ (@JonMalin) January 22, 2018 “Social justice warrior” is oft used as a pejorative to describe people who are outspoken in their progressive politics, particularly when it comes to race, gender and sexuality. When Polygon reached out to Malin he clarified that this use was his intent: The intent is to point out a largely loud and … [Read more...] about Marvel Comics artist draws ire with ‘SJW Hitler’ tweet about the X-Men
When Richard Marks was in 10th grade, his father opened a video game store that was ahead of its time. It was the early ’80s; used game sales weren’t common, and the store — Video Exchange — ran on the gimmick that customers could trade in their games. The store didn’t last long. But for the young Marks, who held the title of chief demo officer, working there was like living in an arcade. Surrounded by open boxes, he played everything and recommended the best games to customers. Atari 2600 games. Intellivision games. Anything on a console. "The most exciting thing [was] when we’d get new hardware," he says, citing the ColecoVision Super Action Controller as an example. "We’d get so excited. And a lot of times the hardware didn’t deliver up to the expectation. ... But it’s still exciting anyway. Your memory somehow forgets that the previous piece of hardware wasn’t quite what you wanted." Today, Marks is one of the public … [Read more...] about The making of PlayStation VR