The Art of Video Games

From Pac-Man to Mass Effect

Author: Chris Melissinos,Patrick O'Rourke

Publisher: Welcome Books

ISBN: 159962110X

Category: Art

Page: 215

View: 5936

Showcases 80 video games selected by an international poll for inclusion in a Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibition, sharing the inside stories of the games' development, interviews with key artists and designers and vivid full-color artwork from the games, in a book that features Pac-Man, Space Invaders, BioShock, Uncharted, Mass Effect and many more.

The Art of Video Games

From Pac-Man to Mass Effect

Author: Chris Melissinos,Alice Wong,Natasha Tabori Fried,Patrick O'Rourke

Publisher: Welcome Books

ISBN: 1599621096

Category: Cooking

Page: 215

View: 6223

Designed with the busy mum in mind, The Little Big Cookbook for Moms pairs the charming design of Welcome's best selling series with 150 recipes to please the whole family.

The Art of Video Games

From Pac-Man to Mass Effect

Author: Chris Melissinos,Patrick O'Rourke

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 159962110X

Category: Art

Page: 215

View: 7376

Showcases 80 video games selected by an international poll for inclusion in a Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibition, sharing the inside stories of the games' development, interviews with key artists and designers and vivid full-color artwork from the games, in a book that features Pac-Man, Space Invaders, BioShock, Uncharted, Mass Effect and many more.

Vintage Games

An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time

Author: Bill Loguidice,Matt Barton

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136137572

Category: Art

Page: 408

View: 3711

Vintage Games explores the most influential videogames of all time, including Super Mario Bros., Grand Theft Auto III, Doom, The Sims and many more. Drawing on interviews as well as the authors' own lifelong experience with videogames, the book discusses each game's development, predecessors, critical reception, and influence on the industry. It also features hundreds of full-color screenshots and images, including rare photos of game boxes and other materials. Vintage Games is the ideal book for game enthusiasts and professionals who desire a broader understanding of the history of videogames and their evolution from a niche to a global market.

Arcade Fever

The Fan's Guide to the Golden Age of Video Games

Author: John Sellers

Publisher: Running PressBook Pub

ISBN: 9780762409372

Category: Games

Page: 159

View: 3474

Arcade Fever is a full-color illustrated history of video arcade games, with tributes to more than 50 classic games like Pong, Space Invaders, Pac Man, Q-Bert, Frogger, and TRON. Learn which game caused a yen shortage in Japan -- and which games inspired breakfast cereals, Saturday-morning cartoons, episodes of Seinfeld, and #1 pop-music singles. Meet the visionary musicians, writers, animators, cabinet artists, and other unsung heroes of the video game industry. The perfect gift for anyone who spent their childhood in video arcades, Arcade Fever is a pop-culture nostalgia trip you won't want to miss! John Sellers writes for Entertainment Weekly, Premiere, TV Guide, and other national magazines. He is also the author of Pop Culture Aptitude Test: Rad, 80s Version. He was the World Champion of Donkey Kong in 1983 and appeared on the television show "That's Incredible!"

1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die

Author: Tony Mott

Publisher: Pier 9

ISBN: 9781743369104

Category: Computer games

Page: 960

View: 4764

In fewer than fifty years video games have become one of the most popular forms of entertainment. But which are the best games, the ones you must play? Tony Mott, editor of popular gaming magazine Edge, presents 1001 of the best video games from around the world, from Donkey Kong to Doom, and from Frogger to Final Fantasy. Covering everything from old favourites to those breaking new ground, these are the games that should not be missed.

Push Start

The Art of Video Games

Author: Stephan Guenzel

Publisher: Earbooks

ISBN: 9783943573091

Category: Art

Page: 380

View: 2790

"Traces the graphic evolution from early games through the golden era of arcade gaming all the way to current HD masterpieces"--Publisher's note.

Extra Lives

Why Video Games Matter

Author: Tom Bissell

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307379280

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

View: 5863

Tom Bissell is a prizewinning writer who published three widely acclaimed books before the age of thirty-four. He is also an obsessive gamer who has spent untold hours in front of his various video game consoles, playing titles such as Far Cry 2, Left 4 Dead, BioShock, and Oblivion for, literally, days. If you are reading this flap copy, the same thing can probably be said of you, or of someone you know. Until recently, Bissell was somewhat reluctant to admit to his passion for games. In this, he is not alone. Millions of adults spend hours every week playing video games, and the industry itself now reliably outearns Hollywood. But the wider culture seems to regard video games as, at best, well designed if mindless entertainment. Extra Lives is an impassioned defense of this assailed and misunderstood art form. Bissell argues that we are in a golden age of gaming—but he also believes games could be even better. He offers a fascinating and often hilarious critique of the ways video games dazzle and, just as often, frustrate. Along the way, we get firsthand portraits of some of the best minds (Jonathan Blow, Clint Hocking, Cliff Bleszinski, Peter Molyneux) at work in video game design today, as well as a shattering and deeply moving final chapter that describes, in searing detail, Bissell’s descent into the world of Grand Theft Auto IV, a game whose themes mirror his own increasingly self-destructive compulsions. Blending memoir, criticism, and first-rate reportage, Extra Lives is like no other book on the subject ever published. Whether you love video games, loathe video games, or are merely curious about why they are becoming the dominant popular art form of our time, Extra Lives is required reading. From the Hardcover edition.

Drawing Basics and Video Game Art

Classic to Cutting-Edge Art Techniques for Winning Video Game Design

Author: Chris Solarski

Publisher: Watson-Guptill

ISBN: 0823098486

Category: Art

Page: 240

View: 3590

"This book supports my own 30-year crusade to demonstrate that games are an art form that undeniably rivals traditional arts. It gives detailed explanations of game art techniques and their importance, while also highlighting their dependence on artistic aspects of game design and programming.” — John Romero, co-founder of id Software and CEO of Loot Drop, Inc. "Solarski’s methodology here is to show us the artistic techniques that every artist should know, and then he transposes them to the realm of video games to show how they should be used to create a far more artful gaming experience ... if I were an artist planning to do video game work, I’d have a copy of this on my shelf." — Marc Mason, Comics Waiting Room Video games are not a revolution in art history, but an evolution. Whether the medium is paper or canvas—or a computer screen—the artist’s challenge is to make something without depth seem like a window into a living, breathing world. Video game art is no different. Drawing Basics and Video Game Art is first to examine the connections between classical art and video games, enabling developers to create more expressive and varied emotional experiences in games. Artist game designer Chris Solarski gives readers a comprehensive introduction to basic and advanced drawing and design skills—light, value, color, anatomy, concept development—as well as detailed instruction for using these methods to design complex characters, worlds, and gameplay experiences. Artwork by the likes of Michelangelo, Titian, and Rubens are studied alongside AAA games like BioShock, Journey, the Mario series, and Portal 2, to demonstrate perpetual theories of depth, composition, movement, artistic anatomy, and expression. Although Drawing Basics and Video Game Art is primarily a practical reference for artists and designers working in the video games industry, it’s equally accessible for those interested to learn about gaming’s future, and potential as an artistic medium. Also available as an eBook From the Trade Paperback edition.

Video Game Art

Author: Nic Kelman

Publisher: Editions Assouline

ISBN: 9782843237294

Category: Computers

Page: 319

View: 1650

Explores the art and design of video games and discusses the new medium's relationships to traditional art and design forms.

Video Game Writing

From Macro to Micro

Author: Maurice Suckling,Marek Walton

Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 1683920309

Category: Computers

Page: 450

View: 8021

This insightful, revised book explores the challenging and evolving world of the games writer. Part I provides a fascinating overview of the history of games writing following its humble roots in the '60s to today’s triple-A titles; Part II asks and answers the key question: what does a games writer do and how do they do it? Especially useful reading for novice game writers, its chapters cover a broad range of topics including contracts, NDAs, creative collaboration, narrative design, editing, adaptations, and environmental storytelling. Part III, of particular value for more advanced students of writing, addresses deeper theoretical questions increasingly relevant in today’s games titles, including: Why have story at all?" What is plot and how does it work? How best can a writer use agency? Finally, Part IV presents readers with hard-earned nuggets of wisdom from today’s game writers working in the US, Europe, and Japan. Packed with practical samples, case studies, and exercises, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in the world of games writing. Features: • Covers history of games writing, narrative design, storytelling, plot, contracts, and packed with practical samples, case studies, and exercises • Presents readers with opinions and suggestions from today’s game writers who are working in the US, Europe, and Japan • Includes a broad range of topics e.g., creative collaboration, editing, adaptations, and environmental storytelling • Mentions games such as Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Borderlands 2, The Walking Dead, L.A. Noire, Grand Theft Auto V, Mass Effect 3, The Stanley Parable, The Last of Us, Alien Isolation, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Life is Strange, Until Dawn, Quantum Break, BioShock, World of Warcraft, and more.

Super Iam8bit

More Art Inspired by Classic Videogames of the '80s

Author: Jon M. Gibson,Amanda White,Taylor Harrington,Nick Ahrens

Publisher: I Am8-Bit Llc

ISBN: 9781450779333

Category: Art

Page: 160

View: 8881

A follow-up to the original iam8bit book, more than 80 artists remix their retro gaming fantasies, employing a variety of techniques, from paint to sculpture, all inspired by the magical era that was the '80s arcade and console scene.

Supercade

A Visual History of the Videogame Age, 1971-1984

Author: Van Burnham,Ralph H. Baer

Publisher: MIT Press (MA)

ISBN: 9780262024921

Category: Computers

Page: 439

View: 4217

A fascinating visual tour of the videogame age re-introduces readers to classic games such as Pong, Pac-Man, and Asteroids while exploring--in full color--the evolution of game technology.

The Art of Videogames

Author: Grant Tavinor

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444310184

Category: Computers

Page: 240

View: 4008

The Art of Videogames explores how philosophy of the arts theories developed to address traditional art works can also be applied to videogames. Presents a unique philosophical approach to the art of videogaming, situating videogames in the framework of analytic philosophy of the arts Explores how philosophical theories developed to address traditional art works can also be applied to videogames Written for a broad audience of both philosophers and videogame enthusiasts by a philosopher who is also an avid gamer Discusses the relationship between games and earlier artistic and entertainment media, how videogames allow for interactive fiction, the role of game narrative, and the moral status of violent events depicted in videogame worlds Argues that videogames do indeed qualify as a new and exciting form of representational art

An Illustrated History of 151 Video Games

A Detailed Guide to the Most Important Games

Author: Simon Parkin

Publisher: Lorenz Books

ISBN: 9780754823902

Category: Art

Page: 255

View: 2304

Examines the evolution of video games, chronicles the history of gaming, and profiles key titles across all platforms.

The Art of Game Design

A Book of Lenses, Second Edition

Author: Jesse Schell

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1498759564

Category: Computers

Page: 600

View: 6624

Good game design happens when you view your game from as many perspectives as possible. Written by one of the world's top game designers, The Art of Game Design presents 100+ sets of questions, or different lenses, for viewing a game’s design, encompassing diverse fields such as psychology, architecture, music, visual design, film, software engineering, theme park design, mathematics, puzzle design, and anthropology. This Second Edition of a Game Developer Front Line Award winner: Describes the deepest and most fundamental principles of game design Demonstrates how tactics used in board, card, and athletic games also work in top-quality video games Contains valuable insight from Jesse Schell, the former chair of the International Game Developers Association and award-winning designer of Disney online games The Art of Game Design, Second Edition gives readers useful perspectives on how to make better game designs faster. It provides practical instruction on creating world-class games that will be played again and again.

Game Art

Art from 40 Video Games and Interviews with Their Creators

Author: Matt Sainsbury

Publisher: No Starch Press

ISBN: 1593276656

Category: Art

Page: 272

View: 3456

"I came for the art but stayed for the writing...an insightful window into the mind's of the creators to help supplement the games the reader plays." —Japanator "Put simply, I’m rather taken by this book...useful and interesting reading for the video game critic." —PopMatters "These interviews are the proof game lovers needed that yes, there is as deep a meaning behind our games as we always suspected." —Lauren Orsini on Forbes.com Game Art is a collection of breathtaking concept art and behind-the-scenes interviews from videogame developers, including major players like Square Enix, Bioware, and Ubisoft as well as independent but influential studios like Tale of Tales and Compulsion Games. Immerse yourself in fantastic artwork and explore the creative thinking behind over 40 console, mobile, and PC games. A lone independent developer on a tiny budget can create an experience as powerful and compelling as a triple-A blockbuster built by a team of 1,000. But like all works of art, every game begins with a spark of inspiration and a passion to create. Let Game Art take you on a visual journey through these beautiful worlds, as told by the minds that brought them to life. Art from: Akaneiro: Demon Hunters • Alice: Madness Returns • American McGee’s Alice • Atelier Escha & Logy • Atelier Meruru • Atelier Rorona • Atelier Shallie • Atelier Totori • Bientôt l’été • Bladestorm: Nightmare • Child of Light • Contrast • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die • Dead or Alive 5 • Deception IV • Dragon Age: Inquisition • Dynasty Warriors • escapeVektor • Fairy Fencer F • Fatal Frame II • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn • flowmo • Gamebook Adventures • The Graveyard • Hyperdimension Neptunia • KILLER IS DEAD • LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW • Luxuria Superbia • Malevolence: The Sword of Ahkranox • Monster Monpiece • NaissanceE • Never Alone • Ninja Gaiden 3 • The Path • Samurai Warriors • Shadows of the DAMNED • Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God • Spirit Hunters Inc • Sunset • Tengami Interviews with: Peter Budziszewski and Tamara Schembri • Amy Fredeen and Alan Gershenfeld • Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn • Yosuke Hayashi • Keisuke Kikuchi • Makoto Kitano • Mike Laidlaw • American McGee • Naoko Mizuno and Tsunako • Alex Norton • Yoshito Okamura • Jean-François Poirier • Guillaume Provost • Neil Rennison • Jennifer Schneidereit • Mavros Sedeño • SUDA51 • Hidetaka Suehiro • Akihiro Suzuki and Hisashi Koinuma • Nic Watt • Naoki Yoshida

The Art of the Video Game

Author: Josh Jenisch

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1594742774

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 160

View: 1035

A celebration of video game art offers examples from the largest design studios and game publishers, with full-color digital artwork and never-before-published sketches, models, and works-in-progress.

The Art of Game Characters

Author: Leo Hartas

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060724315

Category: Computers

Page: 192

View: 7234

Computer and video games are the entertainment media of the 21st century, and game characters like Lara Croft and Mario are now as famous as Mickey Mouse and Homer Simpson. This definitive guide examines the appeal of these iconic characters from the early days of gaming to the present. A follow-up to the successful Art of Game Worlds, this book examines the remarkable work that goes into the creation of captivating, realistic game characters. Each subsection takes an in-depth look at a specific type of character and uses examples to discuss how that type is used effectively in games. All games enthusiasts, from amateur to expert, will benefit from this comprehensive and beautifully illustrated volume.

The Art of Overwatch

Author: Blizzard Entertainment

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

ISBN: 1506703674

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 368

View: 5577

"Licensed Blizzard Entertainment product."