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Don't Miss: The strange, unresolved conflict in Animal Crossing

Gamasutra - September 14, 2018 8988

In this classic 2013 feature Ian Bogost explores how, through the years, Animal Crossing's overall themes remain constant: the strange, unresolved conflict between consumption and naturalism. ...


It’s not just We Got Y’all: When non-profits frame Black youth as deprived & in need of saviors

Black Youth Project - September 06, 2018 8977

By Bianca Baldridge HBO’s Insecure is one of the best series on television. Through both humor and drama, the show tackles the love and relationships of Black women, while also commenting on gentrification, cultural appropriation, white liberal racism, and education, among other things. As a former youth worker in afterschool community-based programs and a sociologist […]


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More role models for Black boys in school won’t fix anything if we continue to overlook Black girls

Black Youth Project - September 19, 2018 7058

By Brittani McNeill It is common knowledge that Black children are on the low end of an ever widening racial achievement gap in this country. It’s even becoming more widely acknowledged that systemic problems and institutional neglect, as opposed to simply personal or even parental shortcomings, lead to this problem. An examination of this achievement […]


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Don't miss: How Superhot (and 6 more games) grew from jam prototypes

Gamasutra - September 05, 2018 6963

Game jams aren't just a way to try out new ideas and unclog your creativity--they can also result in viable commercial products! We looked for lessons in several jam titles that made it to market. ...


Black academics need to stop reproducing anti-Black notions of exceptionalism

Black Youth Project - August 29, 2018 6445

By CJ I received my undergraduate degree at a public institution, and now I am at an Ivy League. This is my first dive into the world of elite academia, and soon I will leave this program with both my degree and my brokenness. Though I am proud to be receiving my Master’s degree from […]


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My queerness won’t let me give up on my queerphobic Black parents

Black Youth Project - September 10, 2018 6197

I had every excuse not to do it. My heartbeat was a stampede. The thoughts in my head a tornado. Everyone else was having a great time, and I didn’t want to ruin it with the natural disaster whipping up inside of me. I could talk to my parents some other time. Or write them—again. […]


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Don't Miss: Exploring the rise and appeal of Roguelikes

Gamasutra - September 21, 2018 6158

In this 2014 feature, Gamasutra speaks to a number of game devs to explore the appeal of Roguelikes, both for players and developers. ...


South Carolina won’t relocate inmates in Hurricane Florence’s path

Black Youth Project - September 13, 2018 6079

Despite a mandatory evacuation order in the area, South Carolina will not evacuate its 1,053 prisoners and staff at Ridgeland Correctional Institution in Jasper County as Hurricane Florence makes its way to the Southern East Coast. North Carolina and Virginia are relocating inmates in all evacuation zones. The National Hurricane Center expects Hurricane Florence to […]


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Study shows Black student activists are penalized by white college admissions counselors

Black Youth Project - September 07, 2018 5968

In a new nationwide study titled “We Want Black Students, Just Not You: How White Admissions Counselors Screen Black Prospective Students”, author Ted Thornhill examines the racial penalties in college admissions at predominantly white institutions for anti-racist activist Black students in the post-Civil Rights era. Thornhill shares that his nationwide study was inspired by the […]


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Why NWEA Invalidates MAP Growth Tests for Rapid Guessing

Northwest Evaluation Association - September 13, 2018 5894

If you have started MAP Growth testing this fall, you saw that more student assessments are being invalidated this year than in prior years. You may also... Continue Reading


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Don't Miss: Breaking down the mechanics of tension

Gamasutra - September 11, 2018 5588

"Good horror games have an agenda, and it goes beyond cheap haunted house titillation. Horror design is about maximizing player engagement and creating a deep emotional investment." ...


Don't Miss: Larian's lessons learned making Divinity: Original Sin

Gamasutra - September 19, 2018 5274

Studio founder Swen Vencke speaks to Larian's experience of becoming an independent, self-publishing company after 15 years of working with publishers in this Divinity: Original Sin postmortem. ...


THQ Nordic picks up rights to Alone in the Dark and Act of War

Gamasutra - September 19, 2018 5216

THQ Nordic continues the acquisition spree that recently nabbed the company the rights to games like Kingdoms of Amalur and Timesplitters. ...


Ro Élori Cutno’s “Wife School” has always failed Black Women by peddling misogynoir to teach submission

Black Youth Project - September 04, 2018 5091

“Let’s be honest… If Sandra Bland had a husband, she would probably be alive today. Marriage matters. Who’s your protector?” —Ro Élori Cutno by Josie Pickens Man Leads author, Ro Élori Cutno, is in the news again because of her Roots of Royals  and Black Wealth U companies, and the courses it offers—especially its wife […]


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Measuring Early Reading: Why Anchor Standards and Foundational Skills are Both Important

Northwest Evaluation Association - September 20, 2018 5019

Maybe it’s because my son has now reached my own height (which is insane). I find myself staring now and then at the doorway out of my... Continue Reading


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The story of us

Democracy. Learning. Voice. - September 21, 2018 5001

Sitting here, heading back on the train after two remarkable days at the Blue School. It is almost a perfect place -- filled with color and care and theory and practice and things growing and questions being asked.

What is progress? Who are you? Can two things be different but equal?

I could go on . . .

It also costs $50k a year. Its teachers feel like they have the time and space to do what is in the best interests of their kids. It has clear community norms. Kids feel safe to express themselves and find their voice.

Testing Duration: How Long is Too Long to Spend on the MAP Growth Assessment?

Northwest Evaluation Association - September 21, 2018 4994

As fall is in full swing, and most schools and districts are either testing or starting to view results, we thought it was timely to share some... Continue Reading


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Video: Designing Titans, the 'moving' levels in God of War III

Gamasutra - September 21, 2018 4984

In this classic GDC 2012 talk, Sony Santa Monica's Chris O'Neill and Bruno Velazquez share the development story of making God of War III's Titans from elevator-pitch to completion. ...


The Humble, Inspiring Magic of Maker Faire

MAKE - September 21, 2018 4983

Stillfront acquires Imperia Online developer for $11M

Gamasutra - September 21, 2018 4981

The Swedish firm Stillfront Group announced today that it has acquired developer Imperia Online, known for the medieval-themed MMO strategy game of the same name $11.7 million.  ...

Report: The Walking Dead developer Telltale Games shutting down

Gamasutra - September 21, 2018 4977

Telltale Games, the studio behind games like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us appears to be closing its doors, according to social media posts from multiple developers. ...


The Walking Dead developer Telltale Games shutting down

Gamasutra - September 21, 2018 4977

Update Telltale Games, the studio behind games like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, appears to be closing its doors according to social media posts from multiple developers. ...


Telltale Games initiates 'majority studio closure'

Gamasutra - September 21, 2018 4977

Update Telltale Games, the studio behind games like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, is all but closing its doors, the company confirmed Friday. ...