Today's round up includes news of new IGDA members, Pizza Hut sponsoring the Cyberathlete Professional League, and potential issues with the recently released Xbox 360 patch for Oblivion
, as well as the latest GameSetWatch posts, product news, Serious Games Source news, and Gamasutra job postings.
- The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has officiall confirmed that Dr. Michael Capps, Chris Crowell and Clarinda Merripen have joined the organization as its newest board members, along with Mitzi McGilvray, who has been re-elected to the board. The IGDA has also appointed new officers for the 2006-2007 term. Brian Reynolds, president of independent studio Big Huge Games and contributor to PC titles such as Civilization II, Rise of Nations
, and the recently released Rise of Legends
, was appointed as the new chairperson. Mitzi McGilvray was reappointed secretary, and Dr. Michael Capps will serve as treasurer. A complete list of the IGDA Board of Directors and all IGDA programs can be found on the organization's website
- Pizza Hut announced that it has become the first quick-service restaurant company to sponsor the Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL). Pizza Hut pizza will be named the "Official Pizza of the CPL." The Pizza Hut sponsorship includes a live presence at the 2006 CPL Winter Championships and a jointly designed online presence that will direct CPL participants and Cyberathlete Amateur League (CAL) members to deals available for ordering on the Pizza Hut website
- This week Bethesda Softworks released the long-awaited 1.1 patch for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
. However, users of the Xbox 360 version of the game have reported
numerous problems with the game after applying the patch. The most noticeable issue, according to reports, is increased load times, although users have also reported the game freezing up regularly after upgrading to version 1.1. It is not currently known if these reported issues are a directly result of the patch, or merely an unfortunate coincidence.
- The latest updates on Gamasutra sister weblog GameSetWatch
include news of the Microsoft keynote
at today's GDC Focus On Game Advertising Conference, a look back at Burning Rangers
on the Saturn, and an impressive garage sale haul
of rare video game finds.
- Also updated today: Serious Games Source
news on serious games on NPR
, and a University of La Verne College of Law course
on computer game law, a blog to help children learn about hunger, plus Gamasutra product news on Ford Motor Company using modo 201
, plus the latest Gamasutra job postings
, featuring openings from Aspyr Media, Frozen Codebase, Mad Doc Software, Spark Unlimited, THQ, Vigil Games, and Volition.