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

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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 include...

Digital Love: Romance and Sexuality in Games

Heidi McDonald
November 14, 2017

Scholars and professionals from all over the world, across experience levels and the gender and sexuality spectrum, share experiences and analysis of romance and sexuality in video games. Whether discussing casual sex in the Star Wars universe; analyzing various Otome games; examining "the gaze"...

Punk Playthings: Provocations for 21st Century Game Makers

Sean Taylor, Chris Lowthorpe
November 10, 2017

Punk Playthings is an antidote to complacency and orthodoxy. Packed with probes and provocations that explore game making through fresh lenses for uncertain times, it challenges gaming monoculture by constructing a trading space for ideas and learning from across domains and cultures. Punk...

Situational Game Design

Brian Upton
October 31, 2017

Situational Design lays out a new methodology for designing and critiquing videogames. While most game design books focus on games as formal systems, Situational Design concentrates squarely on player experience. It looks at how playfulness is not a property of a game considered in isolation, but...

Game Programming for Artists

Jarryd Huntley, Hanna Brady
September 25, 2017

Game Programming for Artists provides a foundation for artists and creatives to jumpstart learning to program their own games. It is an accessible and conversational guide focused on three areas: basic programming, understanding game engines, and practical code for commonly employed game systems....

The Gamer's Brain: How Neuroscience and UX Can Impact Video Game Design

Celia Hodent
August 14, 2017

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,...

Game AI Pro 3: Collected Wisdom of Game AI Professionals

Steve Rabin
June 22, 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...

Procedural Generation in Game Design

Tanya Short, Tarn Adams
June 07, 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...

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...

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...

History of Digital Games: Developments in Art, Design and Interaction

Andrew Williams
March 20, 2017

The growth of videogame design programs in higher education and explosion of amateur game development has created a need for a deeper understanding of game history that addresses not only "when," but "how" and "why." Andrew Williams takes the first step in creating a comprehensive survey on the...

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

Chris Solarski
January 17, 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...

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