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Game Design Secrets
Do What You Never Thought Possible to Market and Monetize Your IOS, Facebook, and Web Games
Paperback ISBN: 1118337743
Design great Facebook, iOS, and Web games and learn from the experts what makes a game a hit! This invaluable resource shows how to put into action the proven design and marketing techniques from the industry's best game designers, who all started on a small scale. The book walks novice and experienced game designers through the step-by-step process of conceptualizing, designing, launching, and managing a winning game on platforms including Facebook, iOS, and the Web. The book is filled with examples that highlight key design features, explain how to market your game, and illustrate how to turn your design into a money-making venture. - Provides an overview of the most popular game platforms and shows how to design games for each - Contains the basic principles of game design that will help promote growth and potential to generate revenue - Includes interviews with top independent game developers who reveal their success secrets - Offers an analysis of future trends that can open (or close) opportunities for game designers Game Design Secrets provides aspiring game designers a process for planning, designing, marketing, and ultimately making money from new games.
Attack of the Flickering Skeletons
Hardcover ISBN: 1783524138
YouTube sensation Stuart Ashen is back with his second installment of terrible old computer games you’ve probably never heard of, because what the world needs right now is to know exactly how badDomain of the Undead for the Atari 8-bit computers was. Even bigger than the original Terrible Old Games You’ve Probably Never Heard Of, this second excavation of gaming’s buried past will not only unearth more appalling excuses for digital entertainment, but also feature guest contributors and several special interest chapters not based around single specific games. These are NOT the games you’ve heard of a million times in YouTube videos. This is a compilation of truly obscure and dreadful games. Dripping with wry humor and featuring the best, worst graphics from the games themselves, this book encapsulates the atrocities produced in the days of tight budgets and low quality controls. These are even more appalling games that leaked from the industry’s tear ducts, taken down from the dusty shelves of history by the man who has somehow made a living by sticking rubbish on a sofa and talking about it.
Super Mario Encyclopedia
Hardcover ISBN: 1506708978
Power Up! Super Mario Encyclopedia is jam-packed with content from all seventeen Super Mario games--from the original Super Mario Bros. to Super Mario 3D World. Track the evolution of the Goomba, witness the introduction of Yoshi, and relive your favorite levels. This tome also contains an interview with producer Takashi Tezuka, tips to help you find every coin, star, sun, and mushroom--even explanations of glitches! With information on enemies, items, obstacles, and worlds from over thirty years of Mario, Super Mario Encyclopedia is the definitive resource for everything Super Mario! This edition will have a satin lamination with foil stamping on the front, back & spine.
Skylanders Superchargers Official Guide
Hardcover ISBN: 0744016444
Skylanders SuperChargers Collector’s Edition Strategy Guide includes… Beautifully printed Premium Foil Hardcover Guide. Bonus 32-Page Skylanders Comic Included! Get a sneak peek of IDW's new Skylanders comic featuring an exclusive cover! Our Complete Story Walkthrough lets you complete every story quest, challenge, and more, for 100% completion. The Detailed Maps show where to find Red Toolboxes, Soul Gems, Wish Stones, and other collectibles! In-depth look at the New Vehicle Classes illustrates everything needed to pilot these powerful machines. Bios, Stats, and Strategies for every new SuperCharger Skylander! Uncover Hidden Areas and Solve Every Puzzle! Free Mobile-Friendly eGuide! Includes a code to access the mobile-friendly eGuide, a digital version of the full strategy guide optimized for a second-screen experience. These limited edition guides will only be printed once. When they are sold out, they will be gone forever!
The Toxic Meritocracy of Video Games
Why Gaming Culture Is the Worst
Paperback ISBN: 1517900417
In this work for general readers, students, and scholars, author Christopher Paul (communication, Seattle University) plumbs the dark side of video gaming culture, from abusive player communities to the misogyny, sexism, and racism rampant in the white male dominated gaming industry. Throughout, he examines the pervasive influence of meritocracy in video games, showing how meritocratic ideology shows up in game design and game narratives, and busts the meritocratic myth that players who achieve high status have done so though their own efforts only. He gives suggestions on how to change the culture of video games, using ideas taken from professional sports and higher education, such as active recruiting and the intentional promotion of positive values, in order to create a more diverse and accepting gaming culture. Some games discussed include Tomb Raider, World of Warcraft, Street Fighter, Mafia Wars, Overwatch, and Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. The author has written other books on video games. Annotation
The Crash Bandicoot Files
How Willy the Wombat Sparked Marsupial Mania
Hardcover ISBN: 1506706495
A deluxe hardcover reproduction of Naughty Dog's original Crash Bandicoot developer's bible! Take a rare glimpse into the making of a videogame icon, and gain a first-hand taste of the undistilled creativity that brought Crash, Cortex, Aku Aku, and the rest of your favorite characters to millions of screens around the world! Reproducing Naughty Dog's original design document for Crash Bandicoot from the best available sources, this unique volume features original concept illustrations and includes a foreword from Crash's creators to lend insight into how Crash Bandicoot came to be the unforgettable videogame character he is today. This tome is sure to please all who possess a thirst for imagination and curiosity surrounding the creation of games!
Starcraft II Heart of the Swarm
Hardcover ISBN: 0744014476
The Official Collector?s Edition Strategy Guide In the collector?s Edition Strategy Guide Collectible Paperfold Models - Exclusive pack of paper models printed on high-quality card stock, inspired by the new units in Heart of the Swarm using actual in-game skins. Premium Hard Cover - This sexy hard-cover features the Queen of Blades, with holographic foil and matte finish. Beginner?s Guide - This new section communicates the fundamental skills needed to play StarCraft II through a step-by-step design and unique smart-media video instruction. Includes Single Player - Our objective-based walkthrough drives the most compelling single-player experience to date. Multiplayer - The most comprehensive StarCraft II multiplayer strategy section ever has been expanded and updated. Maps - Advanced strategies expose the best tactics for all the multiplayer launch maps. Race Compendium - Every unit, ability, and building from all three races are covered in detail, including launch stats and in-match synergies Augmented Reality Grab the free StarCraft II Aurasma app for iOS and Android and unlock the full potential of the Beginner?s Guide. Aurasma uses advanced image recognition to blend the physical book with the interactive videos covering the Terran, Protoss, and Zerg.