- Worth pointing out, since he's somewhat of a friend to GSW and the CMP Game Group alike - Mark DeLoura has announced his departure from Ubisoft, where he was a technical director at their SF studio, and it looks like he's going to start concentrating on a pretty interesting and relevant niche in gaming.

He explained on his blog: "I left Ubisoft about two weeks ago to pursue a long-held interest of mine. I've always wanted to work on marrying together game design methodology and technology with education. As an industry, we have become so good at creating compelling experiences for people, even experiences so entertaining that people become addicted to them. What I've always wondered is, why we can't we use those same techniques to create fun educational experiences for people?"

DeLoura is someone to watch, since he previously worked five years at Nintendo of America, and five years at Sony Computer Entertainment America - as head of developer relations. He was also editor-in-chief of our very own Game Developer magazine, and comments of his new challenge: "If I as a game developer can create a fun experience that motivates someone to spend hour after hour learning how to operate inside the world I have created, why can't I use those same techniques to create a fun experience that motivates someone to spend hour after hour learning, say, Spanish?" A worthy concept!