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Interactive Stories and Video Game Art: A Storytelling Framework for Game Design

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Chris Solarski
January 18, 2017

The success of storytelling in games depends on the entire development team—game designers, artists, writers, programmers and musicians, etc.—working harmoniously together towards a singular artistic vision. Interactive Stories and Video Game Art is first to define a common design language for u...

2D to VR with Unity5 and Google Cardboard

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Roberto Dillon
March 13, 2017

The book provides an up-to-date introduction to the latest version of Unity and its workflow by guiding readers through various prototypes. These range from 2D to 3D game concepts for PC and mobile, will allow readers to get acquainted with several important concepts and allow them to become compete...

Game AI Pro 3: Collected Wisdom of Game AI Professionals

Steve Rabin
June 23, 2017

Game AI Pro3: Collected Wisdom of Game AI Professionals presents state-of-the-art tips, tricks, and techniques drawn from developers of shipped commercial games as well as some of the best-known academics in the field. This book acts as a toolbox of proven techniques coupled with the newest...

Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animated Features and Shorts, Third Edition

Nancy Beiman
June 19, 2017

Successful storyboards and poignant characters have the power to make elusive thoughts and emotions tangible for audiences. Packed with illustrations that illuminate and a text that entertains and informs, Prepare to Board, 3rd edition presents the methods and techniques of animation master, Nancy...

Building Virtual Reality with Unity and Steam VR

Jeff W Murray
June 09, 2017

This book takes a hands-on approach to getting up and running with virtual reality using the Unity game engine. By utilizing the free SteamVR libraries, the book and its example code is compatible with the main virtual reality head mounted displays currently available. The book also takes a look at...

Frame-By-Frame Stop Motion: The Guide to Non-Puppet Photographic Animation Techniques, Second Edition

Tom Gasek
June 02, 2017

Single frame film-making has been around as long as film itself. It is the ancestor to modern day special effects and animation. Despite its age-old practice, Single frame film making and stop-motion animation continues to influence media and culture with its magic. Current advances in technology...

Procedural Generation in Game Design

Tanya X. Short, Tarn Adams
June 01, 2017

Making a game can be an intensive process, and if not planned accurately can easily run over budget. The use of procedural generation in game design can help with the intricate and multifarious aspects of game development; thus facilitating cost reduction. This form of development enables games to...

Story Structure and Development: A Guide for Animators, VFX Artists, Game Designers, and Virtual Reality

Craig Caldwell
May 30, 2017

Professor Craig Caldwell’s Story Structure and Development offers a clear approach to the essentials of story. It lays out the fundamental elements, principles, and structure for animators, designers, and artists so they can incorporate these concepts in their work. As a practical guide it includes...

How to Cheat in Blender 2.7x

Alan Thorn
May 03, 2017

Blender is a vast and customizable 3D-modeling application used by many artists across creative industries, from television to games. This newest book, in Alan Thorn’s How to Cheat series, offers insightful and bite-sized power-tips to help you develop Blender mastery. More than five hundred...

Storytelling for Interactive Digital Media and Video Games

Nicholas B. Zeman
April 18, 2017

The evolution of story-telling is as old as the human race; from the beginning, when our ancestors first gathered around a campfire to share wondrous tales through oral traditions, to today, with information and stories being shared through waves and filling screens with words and images. Stories...

3D Game Environments: Create Professional 3D Game Worlds

Luke Ahearn
April 14, 2017

From a steamy jungle to a modern city, or even a sci-fi space station, 3D Game Environments is the ultimate resource to help you create AAA quality art for a variety of game worlds. Primarily using Photoshop and 3ds Max, students will learn to create realistic textures from photo source and a...

Holistic Game Development with Unity: An All-in-One Guide to Implementing Game Mechanics, Art, Design and Programming

Penny de Byl
April 05, 2017

Master game design and digital art principles simultaneously with this all-in-one guide to creating games in the cutting-edge game engine Unity 5. Bursting with images and tutorials, Penny de Byl’s Holistic Game Development with Unity will help the reader gain the multidisciplinary skills needed to...

FORCE: Dynamic Life Drawing: 10th Anniversary Edition

Mike Mattesi
March 27, 2017

Bring your artwork to life with the power of the FORCE! Watch, listen, and follow along as Mike Mattesi demonstrates the fundamental FORCE line and explains dynamic figure drawing techniques through 30 videos that are launched through the book's companion App. Packed with superb, powerfully...

Aaron Marks' Complete Guide to Game Audio: For Composers, Sound Designers, Musicians, and Game Developers

Aaron Marks
March 20, 2017

Whether trying to land that first big gig or working to perfect the necessary skills to fill a game world with sound, Aaron Marks’ Complete Guide to Game Audio 3rd edition will teach the reader everything they need to know about the audio side of the multi-million dollar video game industry. This...

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