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Character Driven Game Design

Author : Petri Lankoski
ISBN : 9789526000022
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How do game characters contribute to shaping the playing experience? What kinds of design tools are available for character-based games that utilize methods from dramatic writing and game research? Writer Petri Lankoski has a theory for this. There is a need to tether character design to game design more tightly than has been the case in the past, as well as to pay attention to social networks of characters by the means of finding useful design patterns. “The use of Lajos Egri’s bone structure for a three dimensional-character and of Murray Smith’s three levels of imaginative engagement with characters allows the candidate to expose the full complexity of the imaginary persons represented and controlled in a single-player game. What makes his design-center approach even more interesting is that game play is an integral part of it.” Comments Bernard Perron, Associate Professor of Université de Montréal on Lankoski´s work.

Sun Of The Children

Author : Hue Vang
ISBN : OCLC:1037150163
Genre : Digital storytelling
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Sun of the Children is a 2D digital game that focuses on the issue of ludonarrative dissonance, a term coined by Clint Hocking that describes the disconnect between gameplay and story. This dissonance is present because of the use of cinematic cutscenes: verbal and written narration that are borrowed from film and literature to fill in the gaps of digital game storytelling that gameplay cannot clearly execute. By creating a new narrative model using ludonarrative mechanics, this exploratory creative thesis will implement and analyze devices such as detailed character animation states, responsive environments and qualitative game mechanics that arc in parallel with character development. By rejecting the use of cinematic cutscenes, verbal and/or textual storytelling, this project will further digital games' evolution toward integrated narrative experiences.
Category: Digital storytelling

Video Games And The Mind

Author : Bernard Perron
ISBN : 9781476626277
Genre : Games & Activities
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Can a video game make you cry? Why do you relate to the characters and how do you engage with the storyworlds they inhabit? How is your body engaged in play? How are your actions guided by sociocultural norms and experiences? Questions like these address a core aspect of digital gaming—the video game experience itself—and are of interest to many game scholars and designers. With psychological theories of cognition, affect and emotion as reference points, this collection of new essays offers various perspectives on how players think and feel about video games and how game design and analysis can build on these processes.
Category: Games & Activities

Interactive Storytelling

Author : Ulrike Spierling
ISBN : 9783540894247
Genre : Computers
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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the First Joint International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, ICIDS 2008, held in Erfurt, Germany, in November 2008. The 19 revised full papers, 5 revised short papers, and 5 poster papers presented together with 3 invited lectures and 8 demo papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 62 submission. The papers are organized in topical sections on future perspectives on interactive digital storytelling, interactive storytelling applications, virtual characters and agents, user experience and dramatic immersion, architectures for story generation, models for drama management and interacting with stories, as well as authoring and creation of interactive narrative.
Category: Computers

Introduction To Game Design Prototyping And Development

Author : Jeremy Gibson Bond
ISBN : 9780133439625
Genre : Computers
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Learn Game Design, Prototyping, and Programming with Today’s Leading Tools: Unity™ and C# Award-winning game designer and professor Jeremy Gibson has spent the last decade teaching game design and working as an independent game developer. Over the years, his most successful students have always been those who effectively combined game design theory, concrete rapid-prototyping practices, and programming skills. Introduction to Game Design, Prototyping, and Development is the first time that all three of these disciplines have been brought together into a single book. It is a distillation of everything that Gibson has learned teaching hundreds of game designers and developers in his years at the #1 university games program in North America. It fully integrates the disciplines of game design and computer programming and helps you master the crucial practice of iterative prototyping using Unity. As the top game engine for cross-platform game development, Unity allows you to write a game once and deliver it to everything from Windows, OS X, and Linux applications to webpages and all of the most popular mobile platforms. If you want to develop games, you need strong experience with modern best practices and professional tools. There’s no substitute. There’s no shortcut. But you can get what you need in this book. COVERAGE INCLUDES In-depth tutorials for eight different game prototypes Developing new game design concepts Moving quickly from design concepts to working digital prototypes Improving your designs through rapid iteration Playtesting your games and interpreting the feedback that you receive Tuning games to get the right “game balance” and “game feel” Developing with Unity, today’s best engine for independent game development Learning C# the right way Using Agile and Scrum to efficiently organize your game design and development process Debugging your game code Getting into the highly competitive, fast-changing game industry
Category: Computers

Basics Of Game Design

Author : Michael Moore
ISBN : 9781439867761
Genre : Computers
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Basics of Game Design is for anyone wanting to become a professional game designer. Focusing on creating the game mechanics for data-driven games, it covers role-playing, real-time strategy, first-person shooter, simulation, and other games. Written by a 25-year veteran of the game industry, the guide offers detailed explanations of how to design the data sets used to resolve game play for moving, combat, solving puzzles, interacting with NPCs, managing inventory, and much more. Advice on developing stories for games, building maps and levels, and designing the graphical user interface is also included.
Category: Computers

Andrew Rollings And Ernest Adams On Game Design

Author : Andrew Rollings
ISBN : 1592730019
Genre : Computers
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The authors discuss the four main tasks of game design--imagining a game, defining how it works, describing its internal elements, and explaining it to others.
Category: Computers

Fundamentals Of Game Design

Author : Ernest Adams
ISBN : UCSC:32106018745437
Genre : Computers
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Game design is the most fundamental skill you need for a career in the video game industry. Noted authors and game developers Ernest Adams and Andrew Rollings lead you through the concepts, principles, and techniques for designing an entire video game. The first half of the book gives you the necessary groundwork for creating worlds, characters, stories, gameplay, core mechanics, and a user interface. It also shows you a process by which to approach the task. The second half of the book applies the principles of the first half to the most common game genres on the market today including action games, strategy games, role-playing games, and vehicle simulations.
Category: Computers

Beginning 3d Game Development With Unity 4

Author : Sue Blackman
ISBN : 9781430249009
Genre : Computers
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Beginning 3D Game Development with Unity 4 is perfect for those who would like to come to grips with programming Unity. You may be an artist who has learned 3D tools such as 3ds Max, Maya, or Cinema 4D, or you may come from 2D tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator. On the other hand, you may just want to familiarize yourself with programming games and the latest ideas in game production. This book introduces key game production concepts in an artist-friendly way, and rapidly teaches the basic scripting skills you'll need with Unity. It goes on to show how you, as an independent game artist, can create interactive games, ideal in scope for today's casual and mobile markets, while also giving you a firm foundation in game logic and design. The first part of the book explains the logic involved in game interaction, and soon has you creating game assets through simple examples that you can build upon and gradually expand. In the second part, you'll build the foundations of a point-and-click style first-person adventure game—including reusable state management scripts, dialogue trees for character interaction, load/save functionality, a robust inventory system, and a bonus feature: a dynamically configured maze and mini-map. With the help of the provided 2D and 3D content, you'll learn to evaluate and deal with challenges in bite-sized pieces as the project progresses, gaining valuable problem-solving skills in interactive design. By the end of the book, you will be able to actively use the Unity 3D game engine, having learned the necessary workflows to utilize your own assets. You will also have an assortment of reusable scripts and art assets with which to build future games.
Category: Computers