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Why an 'interleaving' curriculum could improve knowledge retention

It’s an age-old problem. You meet your best mate’s partner for the first time and are introduced to them in the knowledge that they’re going to be an …


Appreciating the magic (and power) of hidden game mechanics

Last summer game designer Jennifer Scheurle took to Twitter to ask a simple question: what are some great hidden game mechanics that are aimed at …

Game Design

Want to become an esports pro? NUEL is a good place to start

With the new season of the National University Esports League underway, Head of Broadcast Derry Holt tells us that the uni scene is going from …

Overwatch League

Esports Insight: The Value Chain

<i>Esports Insight will be a regular column focusing on the esports industry in the region. This guest column was written by Drew Holt-Kentwell, former</i> …

League of Legends

Esports: A $5 Billion Industry by 2020?

A chat with Macy Mills of GameInfluencer about esports today and in the future, and why investors won't want to miss this trend.<p>Esports is taking …

Milwaukee Bucks

Minecraft console edition dev invests in Scottish studio Puny Astronaut

4J Studios, the developer behind the console versions of Minecraft, has invested a six figure sum into Scottish indie studio Puny Astronaut. ...

Game Design

Is a degree in games the best way into the industry?

The number of students studying game-related subjects in the UK has doubled in just a few years; while some established courses are great, students …

New York University

Game Engine Graphics Are So Good Now, You Can Make Pixar Quality Films Like This In Real-Time

Unity is first and foremost a game engine, but in the last few years it has quickly grown into a tool for building interactable sci-fi UIs for movie …

Game Development

Google is using Maps to turn every video game into an earth-sized epic

Video games are about to look a lot more like the real world. If you’ve enjoyed the thrill of driving through GTA V and spying out Los Angeles landmarks, then that’s a sentiment you’re probably going to start feeling a lot more often while you play video games.<p>Google is making its Maps API play …

New York City

If #ThorRagnarok was rendered on just one computer it would have taken almost 4,000 years! See the amazing #vfx that went into making the @Marvel film. https://t.co/Htg1QIKUAq

Google Wanted to Know What What Makes a Manager Great, so It Conducted a Study. Here Are the Results

Good leaders avoid micromanaging.<p>20 years ago, you probably would've laughed if someone said your life would one day be irrevocably changed by a company called Google. What's a google?<p>But, as you know, Google's become the largest entity in one of the biggest tech companies in the world. And it's …

New York Times

8 Daily Habits That Boost Employee Engagement and Improve Results

Employee Engagement Is The Difference Between Success And Failure<p>Employee engagement is running at around 32%. Which means that a staggering 68% of staff, potentially your staff, are either disengaged or even worse actively disengaged. According to Gallup, this costs the US economy anywhere between …

Employee Engagement

Dare Academy 2018 adds GDC trip for winners

Top six teams in Abertay University game design contest get a trip to EGX, with four developers from winning squad also going to San Francisco …

Los Angeles

PlayStation | Celebrating International Women's Day


Hollywood's go-to visual effects company

<b>The opening 17 minutes of the 2013 science fiction thriller film Gravity amazed cinemagoers.</b><p>In one long take, it shows a Nasa Space Shuttle in mid-orbit being destroyed by a hail of space debris, sending astronaut Ryan Stone played by Sandra Bullock hurtling into space.<p>Director Alfonso Cuaron …

David Bowie

College esports is set to explode, starting with the Fiesta Bowl

As executive director of the Fiesta Bowl, one of the largest postseason college football games of the year, Mike Nealy was more familiar with shoulder pads than mousepads. Six months ago, he didn't know people were making money playing video games professionally, he'd never heard of Twitch, and the …

Overwatch League

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and the VFX behind the film - BBC Click

Guardians of the Galaxy

The first UK eSports degree is event management in disguise

eSports are bigger than they've ever been, but we can't exactly allow teenagers to pursue a job in their chosen industry without demanding a formal qualification of them now, can we? Cease your fretting, because come September 2018, Staffordshire University will take charge of quality control by …

Ten Skills Every Manager Needs -- But 90% Of Managers Lack

Dear Liz,<p>I’m the Training Manager in a great firm. I have developed and delivered customer service training, communication skills training and several other courses, but now I have a new and bigger challenge. My CEO asked me to develop an in-house leadership development program. I’m very excited …


ESports: The $1-Billion Market You Don't Know About

Sixty-four percent of the U.S. population are gamers, according to Nielsen’s 2017 “Games 360 U.S” report. Take a second to let that number sink in. …

Advertising Industry

Snoke: Deep Dive into the latest ILM face Tech

A detailed look behind Snoke, the latest digital character from the incredible ILM team

Andy Serkis

Esports stardom is about more than just playing the game

Hundreds of esports leagues, titles, and tournaments compete for the attention of avid fans. This can make it more and more important for each of them to stand out. One way teams and leagues win those fans is through players. Fast hands, quick decision-making and good communication skills make an …

Overwatch League

10 questions to ask yourself when you don't know what to do with your life

Habitat for Humanity

eSports: The new path to an athletic scholarship

<i>USA TODAY High School Sports has a weekly column on the college recruiting process. Here, you’ll find practical tips and real-world advice on</i> …

College & University

Inside Team Liquid’s high-end esports training facility

I took a tour of a very different kind of place in Santa Monica, California. It is still under construction, but it will be known as the Alienware Training Facility for Team Liquid.<p>We got an early look at an 8,000-square-feet facility that is being refashioned into a state-of-the-art esports …

How artists embraced change in BioShock Infinite

Creating a character isn't always a clear cut path from point A to point B. As an artist it may be difficult to adapt to change, especially when …

21 Powerful Women in Gaming

The gaming industry is gradually including more women. Here are some of the women who have made those advances possible. Their work, advocacy, and …


Dev Report: 'Book of the Dead' Demo Shows New Unity 2018.1 Features Are a Literal Game Changer

In its goal to push the visual quality of real-time rendering to a new level, Unity is starting the new year off right by releasing a sneak peek at …

Overwatch League attracts 10m viewers in its first week

Average audience of 408,000 per minute for opening day, concurrent viewers peaks at 437,000

Overwatch League

Esports and PC hardware’s growth is like peanut butter and jelly

PC gamers are nothing if not passionate. They’re often labeled as “enthusiasts” and even “hardcore,” but whatever label seems most fitting, PC gamers comprise a group of more than 1.2 billion individuals around the globe. This number is only growing, and its upward swing is directly connected to …