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Don't Miss: Learning to love handicaps in competitive games

Gamasutra - June 27, 2017 5273

Rubberbanding and randomness can level competitive games' playing field, but they also cause problems. In this timeless 2013 feature, designer Keith Burgun examines handicaps as a design alternative. ...

Don't Miss: 10 seminal game postmortems every developer should read

Gamasutra - June 12, 2017 5156

A few timeless game postmortems, written by pioneering designers like Warren Spector and Dr. Ray Muzyka, that detail the trials and triumphs of developing games like Deus Ex and System Shock 2. ...


Chance the Rapper wins BET’s Humanitarian Award at just 24

Black Youth Project - June 26, 2017 5089

The wins just keep coming for Chance the Rapper. The Chicago artist’s career continues to grow, he’s earning more clout as a moving force in a changing musical landscape and his work in social justice is continuing to flourish. On Sunday, Chance was the recipient of BET’s Humanitarian Award, as well as a couple of […]


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Black man in Georgia denied ‘stand your ground’ defense in murder trial

Black Youth Project - June 26, 2017 5089

One of the biggest takeaways from George Zimmerman’s trial – besides systemic racism – was that the usage of “stand your ground” laws is deeply flawed. That became even more apparent this past week when a Black man in Georgia wasn’t allowed to use the defense in his murder trial. Clayton County, Georgia Judge Albert […]


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Second mistrial declared in Ray Tensing murder trial for killing Sam Dubose

Black Youth Project - June 26, 2017 5089

There is still no conclusion in the murder trial of Ray Tensing, a former University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot Sam Dubose in 2015. After six days of testimony and one day of closing arguments, the jury was deadlocked and forced  Judge Leslie Ghiz to declare a second mistrial, according to WCPO. The second […]


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D.C. councilman calls out police for handcuffing Black teens who sold water

Black Youth Project - June 26, 2017 5088

Most people would applaud kids for having the motivation to open a lemonade stand; it shows independence and a level of drive. However, switch out the lemonade stand for a couple teens selling water bottles and it’s suddenly a crime. Think Progress reports that three black teens were detained by plainclothes U.S. Park Police officers last […]


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the discerning mind

Harold Jarche - June 26, 2017 5073

“I find that discussing an idea out loud is often the way to kill it stone dead.” —J.K. Rowling (attrib.) In the PKM framework of Seek > Sense > Share, the latter may seem easy but it does not always equate to helping others make sense. Some people are good at recognizing all the contextual... Read more »

Jay-Z pens column asking artists to use their platform for social justice

Black Youth Project - June 27, 2017 5032

As one of the most well-known rappers in the world who’s taken a deep dive into social justice, Jay-Z is more than qualified to make a call to action. The Brooklyn rapper and business mogul recently penned a guest column in the Hollywood Reporter calling on his fellow artists to use their platforms for the greater good.  […]


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How the Trump White House is actively subverting the free and fair press

Black Youth Project - June 27, 2017 5032

How can public citizens get a glimpse of White House decision-making and policy without a free press? Short answer: they can’t. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders have only held 5 daily briefings (out of 15) on camera in the month of June. This is an apparent effort to […]


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Second Emmett Till marker defaced in Mississippi

Black Youth Project - June 27, 2017 5032

In late 2016, a marker placed at the spot where Emmett Till’s body was found was riddled with bullets. Now, several miles away, a memorial marking the store where he was falsely accused of threatening a white woman in 1955 has been defaced.  Allan Hammons, whose public relations firm made the marker, told NBC that […]


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Off-duty Illinois cop threatens teen’s life because he sat on his porch

Black Youth Project - June 27, 2017 5032

A video is circulating online showing a man pinning a teenager to the ground in an exaggerated display of “get of my yard!’ complex. It was later found out that the man was an off-duty Lansing police officer, according to WGN.  “You guys are on my f—ing property!,” the officer said as he pinned Jordan Brunson, 15, […]


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11 Teacher Learning Community Traits that Can Bring Positive Change

Northwest Evaluation Association - June 23, 2017 5028

Changing teacher practice – improving pedagogy – takes time. When teachers get together to learn about ways to implement and refine formative assessment, we often call them... Continue Reading


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AbleGamers's Player Panels aim to give game devs insight on accessibility

Gamasutra - June 27, 2017 4999

The charity organization has created a new program that seeks to put game developers, publishers, and researchers directly in contact with disabled players and accessibility experts. ...

Playdead co-founder Dino Patti helps form new studio, Jumpship

Gamasutra - June 27, 2017 4998

Playdead co-founder Dino Patti, who left the Limbo developer last year after a purported conflict with business partner Arnt Jensen, has established a new indie studio called Jumpship. ...


Blog: Defaulting to zero when coding

Gamasutra - June 27, 2017 4998

In this blog post I argue for using 0 as the default and "nil" value in multiple parts of the code. ...