GAME DESIGN WORKSHOP PLAYCENTRIC PDF

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Master the craft of game design so you can create that elusive combination of challenge, competition, and interaction that players seek. This design workshop begins with an examination of the fundamental elements of game design; then puts you to work in prototyping, playtesting and redesigning your own games with exercises that teach essential design skills. Workshop exercises require no background in programming or artwork, releasing you from the intricacies of electronic game production, so you can develop a working understanding of the essentials of game design.

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More filters. Sort order. Mar 30, Kory rated it it was amazing Shelves: game-dev. Game Design Workshop is a great book for learning how to design games, it was required for a class while we design board games. Compared with the book of lenses, reading either one helps and reading other won't give much more information.

As for what's different, well you have exercises to help you learn game design or lenses which helps to pose valuable questions about the ga Game Design Workshop is a great book for learning how to design games, it was required for a class while we design board games. As for what's different, well you have exercises to help you learn game design or lenses which helps to pose valuable questions about the game you're designing. Both the exercises and lenses are useful and more than likely you would find yourself using both.

Apr 12, Kars rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction. A very comprehensive discussion of contemporary game design practice. This book provides a theoretical foundation for game design, and a description of the position of the game designer in today's industry, but where it really shines is its structured, step-by-step description of how to design a game.

I was pleasantly surprised by the author's emphasis on early prototyping, iteration and playtesting, playtesting, playtesting.

Since owning this, it has become the first thing I recommend to my stu A very comprehensive discussion of contemporary game design practice. Since owning this, it has become the first thing I recommend to my students to look at when they're having issues with their process. For myself it's been a good way to review my own approach. The only reason it's not getting top marks is because in some areas, I found it too shallow, even for a novice audience. Aug 24, Rodrigo Porto rated it it was amazing.

Mar 14, Nada Ouf rated it really liked it. It is really interesting to work with this book step by step. Helps the reader gain more from the exercises. It is written in a simple and easy way and inclides a lot of examples and interviews with game designer which I found very insightful.

May 25, Dmitry Nozhnin rated it it was amazing Shelves: game-design. A very practical guide to game design, written conscisely and down to earth with alot of examples. Many interviews with seasoned gamedesigners give different perspectives to issues and questions of designing games.

Apr 27, Anushka Aritri rated it did not like it Shelves: non-fiction-read. What a horrendous read! I never expected a book that was as informative as this - to be so badly designed.

How ironic is it that a book that is aimed towards designers sure, game design, but we write game design documents that are meant to communicate effectively - was so badly designed!! I love game design, and can What a horrendous read! I love game design, and can consider myself at an intermediate level, and it nearly sucked the passion out of me. I consider it cheeky to call this "Hard Fun", since I managed to persevere and read the entire thing.

A sense of accomplishment and relief took over, and I can't wait to continue reading Book of Lenses, which I remember having amazingly intuitive design and quite the fun experience. Some of the content is now obsolete, which is completely understandable due it being written a long time ago - but I still took away quite a bit from it - despite how much I just bashed it.

I did read all the interviews - and now have a better understanding of the industry from around when the book was published. I also definitely am more enlightened about the importance of playtesting and prototyping. I'll definitely be a lot more attentive to that from now on. Read at your own risk, and be prepared for a very dense experience. A solid textbook on game design Fullerton has put together a well-focused and tightly structured textbook that guides readers through all relevant stages of game design.

The chapters have a sharp focus, are clearly written, and contain useful exercises and further readings. Arguably one of the strongest elements are the sidebars by industry insiders, which provide reality checks and inspiration. I only had minor gripes, for instance that the digital version of the third edition is missing all cro A solid textbook on game design Fullerton has put together a well-focused and tightly structured textbook that guides readers through all relevant stages of game design.

I only had minor gripes, for instance that the digital version of the third edition is missing all cross references, or that the writing could have been checked better for industry jargon what is it with design folks always 'planning out', 'mapping out', 'building out', etc?

What ever happened to simply 'planning', 'mapping', or 'building' something? But these are negligible caveats in an overall solid publication that I am more than happy to recommend to my own Games Studies students. This is an interesting book. It goes over the basics of Game Design and production, with many exercises that help developing the skills taught on the chapter, and many, many very interesting interviews with people that work on the area.

This feels like a Game Design Textbook, and that's not a bad thing. I would recommend it to someone who wants to start learning Game Design, for sure. Jun 19, Michael Burnam-Fink rated it really liked it Shelves: , academic , games. Game Design Workshop is a pragmatic textbook on how to make games, with a plethora of useful exercises in analysis and design for helping rookies turn their game design dreams into reality. There isn't much in the way of theory here; a brief nod towards Huizinga's magic circle and the flow state, and then the game delves into the meat of prototype, iteration, and improvement.

As a gamer, it's interesting to see the small number of games which people at the top of the field consider their inspira Game Design Workshop is a pragmatic textbook on how to make games, with a plethora of useful exercises in analysis and design for helping rookies turn their game design dreams into reality. As a gamer, it's interesting to see the small number of games which people at the top of the field consider their inspirations ever heard of M.

As a teacher, there are tons of good exercises that could be adapted into homework. Game Design Workshop is deliberately agnostic towards what type of games its reader will make, although there is a slight trend bias towards cardboard prototypes of computer games, a practice followed by many major studios.

The advice on using playtesters was particularly good. Compared to Jesse Schell's The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses this book is much less theoretical, preferring a lose concept of 'play' to stricter ideas about storytelling, simulation, and balance. I read the second edition, which in is slightly outdated, but I have faith that the 3rd edition is a worthy upgrade.

If I were teaching a class on game design, I'd definitely consider this book a central resource. Jan 13, Stacey Mason rated it it was amazing Shelves: research. Like most people of my generation, I have been playing video games since I can remember. I've read bits and pieces of other game design books, but none have been as clear or as aligned with my own vision of games as this book. It helped me really make the transition from thinking like a consumer to thinking like a creator.

It is indispensable for designers of paper and digital games alike. Fullerton focuses on designing games with the constant goal of vigilantly keeping the player experience at t Like most people of my generation, I have been playing video games since I can remember. Fullerton focuses on designing games with the constant goal of vigilantly keeping the player experience at the center of the design process.

Everything should be prototyped iteratively. The upbeat tone encourages experimentation, failure, and revision, reassuring budding designers that games are not some divine inspiration that happens perfectly the first time around. For someone with little experience, this was exactly what I needed to hear, and Fullerton is sure to repeat the message through examples and anecdotal interviews from some of the biggest names in the field. I also found the exercises in the book extremely helpful for thinking about games, but more importantly for thinking about how I was thinking about games.

Fantastic and inspiring.

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Game Design Workshop is a truly great book, and has become, in my opinion, the de facto standard text for beginner- to intermediate-level game design education. This updated new edition is extremely relevant, useful and inspiring to all kinds of game designers. The updates refresh elements of the book that are important as examples, but don't radically alter the thing about the book that is great: a playcentric approach to game design. She covers game theory, concepting, prototyping, testing and tuning, with stops along the way to discuss what it means to a professional game designer and how to land a job. When I started thinking about my game studies course at the University of Texas at Austin, this was one book I knew I had to use.

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