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Game Design: From Blue Sky to Green Light

1st Edition

Deborah Todd
February 23, 2007

This book takes a real-world, in-depth journey through the game-design process, from the initial blue sky sessions to pitching for a green light. The author discusses the decision and brainstorming phase, character development and story wrap, creation of content and context outlines, flowcharting...

Story and Simulations for Serious Games: Tales from the Trenches

1st Edition

Nick Iuppa, Terry Borst
November 15, 2006

How to create a simulation where participants have a sense of freedom and personal control while still maintaining the structure necessary for an effective story is a difficult task indeed. This book examines how to create an engaging, effective story (necessary to teach participants), while...

Writing for Animation, Comics, and Games

1st Edition

Christy Marx
October 25, 2006

Writing for Animation, Comics, and Games explains the practical aspects of creating scripts for animation, comics, graphic novels, and computer games. It details how you can create scripts that are in the right industry format, and follow the expected rules for you to put your best foot forward to...

3ds Max 9 Essentials: Autodesk Media and Entertainment Courseware

1st Edition

October 06, 2006

Bring 3D film effects to the big screen. Generate realistic characters for a top-selling game. Create rich and complex design visualization. Autodesk® 3ds Max® 9 lets you maximize your productivity and tackle challenging animation projects. And this book, developed by Autodesk insiders, lets you...

Real-Time Volume Graphics

1st Edition

Klaus Engel, Markus Hadwiger, Joe Kniss, Christof Rezk-Salama, Daniel Weiskopf
July 21, 2006

Based on course notes of SIGGRAPH course teaching techniques for real-time rendering of volumetric data and effects; covers both applications in scientific visualization and real-time rendering. Starts with the basics (texture-based ray casting) and then improves and expands the algorithms...

Better Game Characters by Design: A Psychological Approach

1st Edition

Katherine Isbister
June 14, 2006

Games are poised for a major evolution, driven by growth in technical sophistication and audience reach. Characters that create powerful social and emotional connections with players throughout the game-play itself (not just in cut scenes) will be essential to next-generation games. However, the...

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

1st Edition

Stephane Natkin
March 16, 2006

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...

The Game Programmer's Guide to Torque: Under the Hood of the Torque Game Engine

1st Edition

Edward F. Maurina
March 08, 2006

The author takes readers on an in-depth walkthrough of the Torque Game Engine---one of the most popular, powerful, and easy to use game engines available today. With clear explanations of how to use Torque to create your own games and detailed discussions of the engine's inner workings, this book...

Understanding Macromedia Flash 8 ActionScript 2: Basic techniques for creatives

1st Edition

Andrew Rapo, Alex Michael
February 17, 2006

Andrew Rapo and Alex Michael explain all the important programming concepts from a designer's point of view, making them completely accessible to non-programmers. Completely revised and rewritten this second edition will help you develop professional ActionScript 2 applications, and communicate...

Focal Easy Guide to Macromedia Flash 8: For new users and professionals

1st Edition

Birgitta Hosea
January 31, 2006

If you need to get to grips fast with creating interactive graphics and animation in Flash - then look no further! Whether you are a new user or a professional, this highly visual book is all you need to get up and running with the latest powerful upgrade - Macromedia Flash 8. Birgitta Hosea breaks...

Video-Based Rendering

1st Edition

Marcus A. Magnor
August 08, 2005

Driven by consumer-market applications that enjoy steadily increasing economic importance, graphics hardware and rendering algorithms are a central focus of computer graphics research. Video-based rendering is an approach that aims to overcome the current bottleneck in the time-consuming modeling...

Building Interactive Worlds in 3D: Virtual Sets and Pre-visualization for Games, Film & the Web

1st Edition

Jean-Marc Gauthier
April 20, 2005

In Building Interactive Worlds in 3D readers will find turnkey tutorials that detail all the steps required to build simulations and interactions, utilize virtual cameras, virtual actors (with self-determined behaviors), and real-time physics including gravity, collision, and topography. With the...