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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...

Procedural Generation in Game Design

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Tanya X. Short, Tarn Adams
June 1, 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 c...

Building Virtual Reality with Unity and Steam VR

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Jeff W Murray
June 6, 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 ...

Video Game Law: Everything you need to know about Legal and Business Issues in the Game Industry

S. Gregory Boyd, Brian Pyne, Sean F. Kane
June 20, 2018

Video Game Law is aimed at game developers and industry professionals who want to betterunderstand the industry or are in need of expert legal guidance. Given the rise in internationalcompetition, the increasing complexity of video game features, and the explosive growth of theindustry in general,...

Game Devs & Others: Tales from the Margins

Tanya DePass
May 31, 2018

Game Devs & Others: Tales from the Margins tell the true stories of life in the industry by people of color, LGBTQIA and other marginalized identities. This collection of essays give people a chance to tell their stories and to let others know what life on the other side of the screen is like...

The Fundamentals of C/C++ Game Programming: Using Target-based Development on SBC's

Brian Beuken
March 09, 2018

This book is aimed at giving novice coders an understanding of the methods and techniques used in professional games development. Designed to help develop and strengthen problem solving and basic C/C++ skills, it also will help to develop familiarity targeting and using fixed/restricted hardware,...

Workflow: A Practical Guide to the Creative Process

Doron Meir
March 06, 2018

A pro isn’t just a person who can do it well. It’s a person who can do it well every time, on demand and on deadline; which is why the key to being a professional creative is having a great creative process. Whether it’s writing a book, animating a shot, designing a game level or composing a...

Surviving Game School…and the Game Industry After That

Michael Lynch, Adrian Earle
March 05, 2018

Surviving Game School speaks about what to expect in a top game design or game development college program, and what to expect once students get out. Making games is not at all the same as playing games. Uncommonly blunt, the book reveals the rigors – and the joys – of working in this industry....

Multiplayer Online Games: Origins, Players, and Social Dynamics

Guo Freeman
February 23, 2018

Multiplayer Online Games (MOGs) have become a new genre of "play culture," integrating communication and entertainment in a playful, computer-mediated environment that evolves through user interaction. This book comprehensively reviews the origins, players, and social dynamics of MOGs, as well as...

New Realities in Audio: A Practical Guide for VR, AR, MR and 360 Video.

Stephan Schütze, Anna Irwin-Schütze
February 16, 2018

The new realities are here. Virtual and Augmented realities and 360 video technologies are rapidly entering our homes and office spaces. Good quality audio has always been important to the user experience, but in the new realities, it is more than important, it’s essential. If the audio doesn’t...

Video Games and Interactive Media: A Glimpse at New Digital Entertainment

Stephane Natkin
November 15, 2017

This book explores the development of the video game as a new form of interactive media and a template for future modes of entertainment. While television programs and movies are predominantly passive enterprises, video games engage the audience and provide not only audio-visual stimulation but...

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...

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,...

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