Honoring the Code: Conversations with Great Game Designers

Matt Barton

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March 26, 2013 by A K Peters/CRC Press
Professional - 240 Pages - 90 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466567535 - CAT# K16346

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Features

  • Shares insight from pioneers in the games industry, including Ralph Baer, John Romero, Jon Hare, and Brian Fargo
  • Discusses their industry experiences and approaches to game development
  • Covers adventure games, RPGs, and real-time strategies
  • Gives advice for newcomers to the industry
  • Addresses the critical, paradigm-shifting developments in the industry, such as games specifically created for mobile devices
  • Provides a chat forum and videos of original interviews at Armchair Arcade

Summary

If you want to be successful in any area of game development—game design, programming, graphics, sound, or publishing—you should know how standouts in the industry approach their work and address problems. In Honoring the Code: Conversations with Great Game Designers, 16 groundbreaking game developers share their stories and offer advice for anyone aspiring to a career in the games industry. You’ll learn from their triumphs and failures and see how they dealt with sweeping changes in technology, including critical paradigm shifts from CD-ROMs and 3D graphic cards to the Internet and mobile revolution.

The book presents in-depth interviews with a diverse mix of game professionals, emphasizing the makers of adventure games, role-playing games, and real-time strategies. It focuses on developers who have contributed to multiple eras or genres as well as those who have hired, taught, or mentored newcomers. Since the mobile revolution has opened up new demographics and new gameplay mechanics, the book features current developers of games for mobile devices. It also explores how indie game developers are making commercial-quality games with a small team mostly using free tools and funded with crowdsourcing applications.

While there are plenty of resources available for aspiring game developers to learn the necessary technical skills, there is hardly any historical material on the culture that made the games industry possible. Filling the void, this book provides a historical and cultural context for the games industry. It takes you into the minds of the pioneers who blazed the trails and established the industry as we know it today.