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Introduction to the Game Industry

ISBN-10: 0131687433
ISBN-13: 9780131687431
Edition: 2007
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Description: For Introduction to Game Industry and Introduction to Game Production courses. nbsp; With coherent coverage of complex topics, this text offers an overview of how the game industry works and describes how games are designed and built.

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Book details

List price: $140.60
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 10/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 500
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.750
Language: English

For Introduction to Game Industry and Introduction to Game Production courses. nbsp; With coherent coverage of complex topics, this text offers an overview of how the game industry works and describes how games are designed and built.

Game Design and Development Series Walk-Through
Preface
About the Author
Acknowledgments
Quality Assurance
Introduction to Games
An Introduction to Games
What Are Games?
The Growth of the Game Industry
The Game Development Process
Summary
Test Your Skills
The Evolution of Games
The Beginning of Games
The First Board Games
The Rise of Commercial Board Games
The Birth of Electronic Gaming
Summary
Test Your Skills
Game Genres
Game Genres
Action Games
Adventure Games
Role-Playing Games
Strategy Games
Simulation Games
Vehicle Games
Puzzle Games
Sports Games
Summary
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Overview of Game Platforms
Game Platforms
Evolution of Game Platforms
Personal Computers
Video Consoles
Handheld Game Platforms
Summary
Test Your Skills
Game Development Cycle
The Production Cycle
Phases of the Production Cycle
Preproduction Phase
Production Phase
Summary
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The Production Team
Management
Design
Programming
Art
Auxiliary Staff
Summary
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Scheduling and Budgets
Management Tools
Building a Realistic Schedule
Budgeting
Summary
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Documenting the Idea
The Elements of Gameplay
The Fun Factor
Gameplay Elements
Design Goals
Dangers in Game Design
Summary
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Committing Ideas to Paper
Coming Up with a Game Idea
Pitch Paper
Game Proposal
Summary
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The Game Design Document
Purpose of the Game Design Document
The Concept Game Design Document
Structure of the Game Design Document
The Introduction
Gameplay Mechanics
Descriptions
Appendices
The Production Game Design Document
Summary
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Technical Review
Technical Design Document
Structure of the Technical Design Document
Art Design Document
Structure of the Art Design Document
Summary
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Implementing the Vision
Coding the Game
Coding Overview
Game Engine Modules
Other Programming Tasks
Nonprogramming Tasks
Summary
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Visualizing the Game
Basics of Computer Graphics
2D Art Tasks
Art in a 2D Game
Character Art
Drawing 2D Art to the Screen
3D Art Tasks
Drawing 3D Art to the Screen
Additional Tasks for the Art Team
Summary
Test Your Skills
Hearing the Game
The Functions of Audio in Games
How Game Audio Works
Music in Games
Sound Effects in Games
Voices in Games
Summary
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Elements of Game Design Implementation
Interface Design
User Interface Elements
Designing the Interface
Shell Interface
In-Game Interface
Ease of Use
Summary
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Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence in Games
The Mathematics of Games
Charts and Tables (The Game Database)
Balancing the Game
Artificial Intelligence
Summary
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Storytelling in Games
Narrative Structure in Games
Interactive Dialogue
Summary
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Prototyping and Building Playfields
Prototypes
Designing Playfields
Map and Level Editors
Summary
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Completing the Game
Balancing the Game
Pushing Toward Completion
Testing the Game
Gold Release and Beyond
Packaging the Game
Conducting a Postmortem
Summary
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The Business Side of Games
Marketing the Game
Marketing Department Responsibilites
Preselling a Game
Marketing Campaign
Advertising Games
Other Marketing Tasks
Summary
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Economics of the Game Industry
Game Industry Economics 101
Mobile and Handheld Games
Financial Drains
Surviving as an Independent Developer
Summary
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Breaking into the Game Industry
Getting a Testing Position
Getting a Job
Working at a Game Company
Summary
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Index

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