Mashable: There’s an art to the way video games deliver info. A new website celebrates that.

Mashable: There’s an art to the way video games deliver info. A new website celebrates that.. “The newly launched Game UI Database turns an often-overlooked aspect of artful video game design into a headlining star. For most people who play games, on screen accoutrements like ammo readouts and minimaps — not to mention pause menus, inventory screens, and tooltips — are just a part of the scenery. We take them for granted, never really acknowledging that most games would be rendered unplayable in their absence. That’s the thing, too: A good user interface (UI) is supposed to be something that goes unnoticed.”

Google Blog: Finalists from our Design Challenge are Changing the Game

Google Blog: Finalists from our Design Challenge are Changing the Game. “Research shows that while half of all mobile game players are women, only 23 percent of them think there’s equal treatment and opportunity in the industry. In order to promote women as players and creators, Change The Game empowers the next generation of game makers so all players can feel represented and engaged. Our annual Design Challenge encouraged teenagers nationwide to design an original game. We received over 1,500 entries and selected five finalists, who worked with Girls Make Games. These winning games are now available for download on Google Play.”

Announcing The Public Domain Game Jam: Gaming Like It’s 1923 (Techdirt)

Techdirt: Announcing The Public Domain Game Jam: Gaming Like It’s 1923. “…this year, we’ve been seeing tons of celebratory articles, highlighting how works from 1923 are finally entering the public domain (WAY later than they should have, but not much we can do about that now). So, it’s time to celebrate. And what good is a public domain if you don’t do anything with it? So, today, now that these works are in the public domain, we’re announcing the Gaming Like It’s 1923 Newly Public Domain Game Jam. We’ve teamed up, once again, with Randy Lubin from Diegetic Games, who was our partner on the (public domain) CIA: Collect It All card game, to run this game jam.”

Fast Co Design: Google Maps’ Cool New Tool Turns Your Real City Into A Game

Fast Co Design: Google Maps’ Cool New Tool Turns Your Real City Into A Game. “Google wants to make bringing our real world into video games easier. And it wants to make putting video games into our real world easier, too. So it’s integrating the Google Maps API–currently used by all sorts of apps with maps on your phone–with the popular Unity video game engine. That means the service’s 100 million 3D buildings, roads, and landmarks from 200 countries around the globe have been translated into so-called ‘GameObjects’ in Unity.”