- STAFF PICKS
- GIFTS + GIFT CARDS
- SELL BOOKS
- FIND A STORE
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
This title in other editions
Theory of Fun for Game Designby Raph Koster
Synopses & Reviews
Now in full color, the 10th anniversary edition of this classic book takes you deep into the influences that underlie modern video games, and examines the elements they share with traditional games such as checkers. At the heart of his exploration, veteran game designer Raph Koster takes a close look at the concept of fun and why its the most vital element in any game.
Why do some games become boring quickly, while others remain fun for years? How do games serve as fundamental and powerful learning tools? Whether youre a game developer, dedicated gamer, or curious observer, this illustrated, fully updated edition helps you understand what drives this major cultural force, and inspires you to take it further.
Youll discover that:
Now in full color, the 10th anniversary edition of this classic book packs more insight into what it means to design games for fun. Theory of Fun for Game Design challenges and inspires game designers as well as game enthusiasts looking for products and experiences that are truly fun and entertaining.
The book discusses the impact of designing in a multidimensional landscape, where computer science, environmental design, and storytelling all play a role in creating an interactive game design. For the professional game developer to the interested young gamer, this updated edition takes you on an illustrated ride in fun and games.
About the Author
Raph Koster is a veteran game designer who has been professionally credited in almost every area of the game industry. He's been the lead designer and director of massive titles such as Ultima Online and Star Wars Galaxies; and he's contributed writing, art, soundtrack music, and programming to many more titles ranging from Facebook games to single-player titles for handheld consoles. He has worked as a creative executive at Sony Online and Disney Playdom, and in 2012 was honored as an Online Game Legend at the Game Developers Conference Online.
Table of Contents
Dedication About the AuthorAcknowledgmentsForeword (from the First Edition)Prologue: My GrandfatherChapter 1: Why Write This Book?Chapter 2: How the Brain WorksChapter 3: What Games AreChapter 4: What Games Teach UsChapter 5: What Games ArentChapter 6: Different Fun for Different FolksChapter 7: The Problem with LearningChapter 8: The Problem with PeopleChapter 9: Games in ContextChapter 10: The Ethics of EntertainmentChapter 11: Where Games Should GoChapter 12: Taking Their Rightful PlaceEpilogue: Fun Matters, GrandpaAfterword: Ten Years LaterNOTES
What Our Readers Are Saying
Other books you might like
» Computers and Internet » Computers Reference » Social Aspects » Human and Computer Interaction