August 14, 2017
by CRC Press
Reference - 250 Pages - 12 Color & 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498775502 - CAT# K29682
August 21, 2017
by CRC Press
Reference - 288 Pages
ISBN 9781138089969 - CAT# K34803
Making a successful video game is hard. Even games that are successful at launch may fail to engage and retain players in the long term due to issues with the user experience (UX) that they are delivering. The game user experience accounts for the whole experience players have with a video game, from first hearing about it to navigating menus and progressing in the game. UX as a discipline offers guidelines to assist developers in creating the experience they want to deliver, shipping higher quality games (whether it is an indie game, AAA game, or "serious game"), and meeting their business goals while staying true to their design and artistic intent.
In a nutshell, UX is about understanding the gamer’s brain: understanding human capabilities and limitations to anticipate how a game will be perceived, the emotions it will elicit, how players will interact with it, and how engaging the experience will be. This book is designed to equip readers of all levels, from student to professional, with neuroscience knowledge and user experience guidelines and methodologies. These insights will help readers identify the ingredients for successful and engaging video games, empowering them to develop their own unique game recipe more efficiently, while providing a better experience for their audience.
Introduction. Part I: Video Games and the Brain. How the Brain Learns in a Nutshell. Perception. Attention. Memory. Emotion. Motivation. Applying Learning Techniques in Games. Part II: A UX Framework for Video Games. History of UX. Usability. GameFlow. User Research. Analytics. UX Reporting. Conclusion. References. Glossary. Appendix: UX Checklist. Index.
"The beauty of this book is that it is two things at the same time:
-Don Norman, Director, the Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego Author of The Design of Everyday Things
"By blending up-to-date brain science with game-relevant UX design principles, this book doesn't just give great tips about how to make better games, it gives designers the mental tools to get better at thinking about games. Read this, and suddenly you'll know what you're talking about."
-Jesse Schell, Game Designer, author of The Art of Game Design
"This book is an invaluable asset for game developers, whether you work in game design, user experience, or programming. With a lucid overview of the current best knowledge from cognitive psychology, Hodent provides guidelines and approaches to improve the game experience for players that are based on actual science."
-Raph Koster, Game Designer, author of A Theory of Fun for Game Design