GamesBeat@GDC Who's Got Game best game startup contest deadline is today

Today at 5 pm Pacific time is the deadline for submissions to the GamesBeat@GDC Who’s Got Game best game startup contest. If you’re a game entrepreneur, please fill out an application here. We’ve got some good entries but would love to get more. The finalists will be chosen early next week and will have the opportunity to present in front of hundreds of movers and shakers in the game industry at our conference on March 10.

Will Nintendo's first-half game lineup satisfy gamers? Our hands-on impressions

The announcement of Nintendo’s DSi XL handheld got a lot of attention today. But the games that the Japanese company talked about are equally as important to its plan to continue its domination of the video game market in the first half of 2010. Here’s some hands-on impressions of the up-close-and-personal demonstrations I saw today of the upcoming games.

GamesBeat@GDC speakers: Norwest, Nexon, Morris

We’ve tapped some more smart people who know the gaming business as speakers for our upcoming  GamesBeat@GDC executive game conference. The event is set for March 10 in San Francisco at the Game Developers Conference in the Moscone Convention Center. Today we’re announcing the following speakers have been added to our lineup:

"Best casual game" developer, Thatgamecompany, works on new title (video)

We caught up with Jenova Chen, creative director for Thatgamecompany, at the Dice Summit’s Interactive Achievement Awards red carpet last week. Chen’s company created Flower, the PlayStation Network downloadable game that launched a year ago. The game was unique in that it featured no violence; as the player, you become the wind in the dream of a flower in the middle of a decaying city.

Game industry elite gathered at the Dice Summit (photo gallery)

The elite executives and creative professionals of the video game industry gathered at the Dice Summit in Las Vegas this week to talk about the art and business of video games. We posted videos and stories during the week about the various talks. Here’s the story in pictures from the summit and the Interactive Achievement Awards, which are the Oscars of the game industry.

Despite a couple of bad moves, Activision Blizzard CEO says he runs a kindly mothership for game developers

Bobby Kotick, chief executive of Activision Blizzard, runs the biggest independent video game development company in the world. Some people have taken potshots at him because he doesn’t play games and has said some things that make him seems like an abrasive numbers guy who doesn’t respect creative game developers.