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Game Development Essentials: Introduction - With DVD (2ND 08 - Old Edition)by Jeannie Novak
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"Get ready for a fascinating ride through the fastest-growing segment of the entertainment industry!" As gaming evolves into a powerhouse industry and a dynamic career opportunity, the need has never been greater for a book that offers a penetrating introduction to the field and a clear explanation of the keys to success. A highly respected industry observer and gaming instructor in Southern California, author Jeannie Novak showcases in this definitive work every important aspect of game development, beginning with a highly informative chapter on the background of the industry that provides the historical context for later chapters. The latest addition to the Game Development Essential series, An Introduction to Game Development examines content creation and the concepts behind the development of story, character, environment, level design, user interface, and sound. Novak also looks to the future of gaming, and in particular, at such promising technologies as online and mobile gaming. An entertaining read and a thoroughly researched and knowledgeable overview of the field, this book is an indispensable gateway to one of the most exciting career opportunities in the country today.
GAME DEVELOPMENT ESSENTIALS: AN INTRODUCTION, 3E is an authoritative, industry-driven introduction to the world of game development, with updates that keep readers current and well-prepared for a successful career in the field. This book not only examines content creation and the concepts behind development, but it also give readers a background on the evolution of game development and how it has become what it is today. GAME DEVELOPMENT ESSENTIALS also includes chapters on project management, development team roles and responsibilities, development cycle, marketing, maintenance, and the future of game development. With the same engaging writing style and examples that made the first two editions so popular, this new edition features all the latest games and game technology. Coverage of new game-related technology, development techniques, and the latest research in the field make this an invaluable resource for anyone entering the exciting, competitive, ever-changing world of game development.
Game Development Essentials: An Introduction, 2nd Edition offers a thorough and insightful introduction to the game development industry, with industry updates that will keep readers current and well-prepared for a career in the field. The book begins with a highly informative chapter on the evolution of game development, providing a historical context for later chapters, and moves on to examine content creation and the concepts behind the development of story, character, environment, level design, user interface, and sound. With the same engaging writing style and examples that made the first edition so popular, this new edition features expanded coverage of today's hottest topics - such as next-generation platforms (Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii), level design, interface design, project management, serious games, game accessibility, and online social networks. New game-related technology, development techniques, and the latest research in the field make this an invaluable resource for anyone entering the exciting, competitive, ever-changing world of game development.
About the Author
Jeannie Novak is Lead Author and Series Editor of the widely acclaimed Game Development Essentials series. Through Indiespace, an interactive entertainment company she founded in 1994, she provides consulting services for game developers and other creative professionals. Jeannie is Program Director of Game Art and Design and Media Arts and Animation at the Art Institute Online. She has developed and taught game courses at UCLA, Art Center, DeVry, Westwood College, ITT, UC Berkeley, and Santa Monica College. Jeannie holds a BA in Mass Communication from UCLA and an MA in Communication Management from the Annenberg School at USC. She serves on the MMOG and Online Excellence committees for the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.
Table of Contents
SECTION 1: Setup ? The Development of an Industry: How Did We Get Here?Game Elements: Genres, PlatformsandApplications.Player Elements: Market, TheoryandInteractivity.SECTION II: Scenarios ? Creating Compelling Content: Storytelling: Building the Narrative.CharactersandObjects: Building the Identity.InteriorsandExteriors: Building the World.User Interface: Building the Connection.Level Design: Building the Experience.MusicandSound: Building the Atmosphere.SECTION III: Strategy ? DevelopmentandBusiness Cycles: Pre-Production: PlanningandProcessing.Production: PrototypingandPlaytesting.Post-Production: MaintenanceandMarketing.
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