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  • One of the PopCap co-founders is getting into VR development [02.26.15]
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    Last September PopCap Games co-founder John Vechey left Electronic Arts to tackle other projects, including non-profit work.

    Today one of those "other projects" is revealed to be Pluto VR, a Seattle-based startup co-founded by Vechey and three other men intent on developing software for virtual and augmented reality devices.

    Game development doesn't seem to be a big priority, however -- Vechey told GamesBeat that "At first, we’re going to be focused on collaboration and learning" as Pluto VR works on figuring out how to do things like accurate facial tech for virtual conference calls.

    In the future, VR emulation of board games may be in the cards for Pluto VR, whose co-founders previously worked at companies like Valve, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Know Your Meme.

     

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  • Never Alone leads the 2015 Games for Change award nominees [02.26.15]
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    Games For Change festival organizers have announced the nominee list for its 2015 awards, and Never Alone from E-Line Media and Upper One Games leads the pack with nominations for Best Gameplay and Best Social Impact.

    It's a notable nod for the game, which was designed in conjunction with a non-profit organization to celebrate Alaskan Native culture.

    Other developers nominated for awards include 11 bit studios for This War Of Mine, Nicky Case and Vi Hart for Parable of the Polygons, and the soon-to-be-shuttered Game Oven for Bounden.

    USC Games program director Tracy Fullerton is also slated to receive the "Game Changer Award" during the Games for Change award gala, which will be hosted game industry luminary Jesse Schell at NYU on April 22nd.

    The award, which was given out for the first time last year (to Schell, no less), recognizes significant contributions from individual who inspire and mentor a new generation of game creators, critics and researchers.

    More details on the 12th Annual Games for Change festival, including the full list of award nominees, can be found over on the Games For Change website.

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