Video Game Design Foundations provides students a complete overview of video game design in a first-year curriculum. This turnkey curriculum is a complete guide to immersion in the field, from beginning each game build project through completion, integration, and marketing. Video Game Design Foundations is specifically designed for a high school first-year video game design class. Content and game builds are age appropriate, and learning is focused on the skills students need to preparefor college and career. The 1-Year Access Key Code allows an individual online access to the textbook for 12 consecutive months using a unique username and password that must be associated with a valid e-mail address. The Online Textbook provides fast, page-at-a-time viewing from any browser-based device including iPadsRG, netbooks, PCs, and Mac computers. Features of the Online Textbook include: * Exact page reproduction, including figures and formulas * Linked table of contents * Search capabilities to find specific topics * Full text search with relevancy ranking to quickly locate passages of interest * The ability to quickly jump to specific pages * Full screen reading mode with zoom capabilities * Permission to print selected pages for offline reading
Video Game Design Composition provides students specific coverage of video game design in a second-year curriculum. This turnkey curriculum is a complete guide to immersion in the field, from beginning each game build project through completion, integration, and marketing. Video Game Design Composition is specifically designed for a high school second-year video game design class. Content and game builds are age appropriate, and learning is focused on the skills students need to prepare for college and career. Multimedia Fusion 2 (MMF2) is FREE to schools with purchase of the Student Textbook. The Software Design Guide (SDG) provides the hands-on application of the theory presented in the textbook. The SDG should be considered an integral part of the curriculum. It is where students take the theory learned in the textbook and use that knowledge to build video games. Working in simulated design teams, students will experience all aspects of video game design, from the planning stages, through the design and programming, and concluding with a capstone project. Each chapter in the SDG is correlated to the textbook chapter. There are several activities for each chapter. The last chapter in the SDG is a capstone project that requires students to apply all of the knowledge acquired in the textbook and SDG. Includes game Engine Software.
Game Design Foundations, Second Edition covers how to design the game from the important opening sentence, the “One Pager” document, the Executive Summary and Game Proposal, the Character Document to the Game Design Document. The book describes game genres, where game ideas come from, game research, innovation in gaming, important gaming principles such as game mechanics, game balancing, AI, path finding and game tiers. The basics of programming, level designing, and film scriptwriting are explained by example. Each chapter has exercises to hone in on the newly learned designer skills that will display your work as a game designer and your knowledge in the game industry.
We’ve all sneaked the odd five minutes here or there playing the latest Flash game that someone sent round the office, but creating those games is trickier than it looks. The aim of Foundation Game Design with Flash is to take you, even if you’ve minimal multimedia or programming experience, through a series of step-by-step examples and detailed case studies to the point where you'll have the skills to independently design any conceivable 2D game using Flash and ActionScript. The book is a non-technical one-stop-shop for all the most important skills and techniques a beginner game designer needs to build games with Flash from scratch. Whether you're creating quick blasts of viral amusement, or more in-depth action or adventure titles, this book is for you. Focused and friendly introduction to designing games with Flash and ActionScript Five detailed case studies of Flash games Essential techniques for building games, with each chapter gently building on the skills of preceding chapters What you’ll learn Learn how to build interactive movies and objects with Flash Get a thorough grounding in ActionScript 3.0 and good programming practices, with minimal prior programming experience required Discover how to build interactive storybooks, space-shooter, adventure and drag-and-Drop games. Master collision detection, Enemy AI systems, player control, managing game data, basic physics and trigonometry. Make use of design patterns and object-oriented programming techniques to build robust games. Understand the strategies for making games fun to play and easy to build. Who this book is for This book is for a non-technical creative person who wants to learn the art of video game design, but has no idea where to start or where to look for help. It is a lucid, friendly and step-by-step guide though all the technical and creative issues involved in game design with Flash and ActionScript. The book treats the art of programming as a creative artistic tool, and will help anyone who may be afraid of programming to love the subject as much as the author does. The techniques in the book are comprehensive enough to form the basis of career as a game designer, and form a solid foundation for continued study of programming and ActionScript. This book is the missing link that will guide and inspire any curious and creative person turn a good game idea into a reality. Table of Contents Programming Foundations: How to Make a Video Game Making Objects Programming Objects Controlling Movie Clip Objects Decision Making Controlling a Player Character Bumping into Things Object-Oriented Game Design Platform Game: Physics and Data Management Advanced Object and Character Control
In response to the success of the first edition of Foundation Game Design with Flash, Rex van der Spuy has revised and updated all the code to meet current programming best practices, and the focus is now on accurate ActionScript 3.0, regardless of the IDE that you use. We’ve all sneaked the odd five minutes here or there playing the latest Flash game that someone sent around the office, but creating those games is trickier than it looks. The aim of Foundation Game Design with ActionScript 3.0 is to take you, even if you’ve minimal multimedia or programming experience, through a series of step-by-step examples and detailed case studies—to the point where you'll have the skills to independently design any conceivable 2D game using Flash and ActionScript. Foundation Game Design with ActionScript 3.0 is a non-technical one-stop shop for all the most important skills and techniques a beginning game designer needs to build games with Flash from scratch. Whether you're creating quick blasts of viral amusement, or more in-depth action or adventure titles, this is the book for you. Focused and friendly introduction to designing games with Flash and ActionScript Detailed case studies of Flash games Essential techniques for building games, with each chapter gently building on the skills of preceding chapters Modern best practices and new content on ActionScript 3.0 Also covers asset creation in Photoshop and Illustrator
Learn the mechanics that take your game from an idea to a playable product. Do you aspire to be a game designer but aren’t sure where to begin? Tabletop Game Design for Video Game Designers guides you through your initial attempts to design game mechanics. It goes beyond simple description and definition to explore in detail the issues that designers grapple with for every game they create. Learning to design tabletop games builds a solid foundation for game designers and provides methods that can be applied towards creating paper prototypes of computer-targeted games. Presented in a step-by-step format, Tabletop Game Design for Video Game Designers helps the reader understand how the game design skills that are acquired through creating tabletop games can be used when designing video games. Fully playable games accompany every topic so you can truly understand and experience each component that goes into game creation. Tabletop Game Design for Video Game Designers includes: Simple, highly focused games that can be played, analyzed, improved, and/or modified in conjunction with a particular topic in the book. Integrated game design exercises, chapter learning objectives, and in-text sidebars to provide further examples to apply directly to your game creation process. A companion website (www.funmines.com) which includes: "print & play" tabletop games, links to online games, game design resources, and articles about designing and developing games.
Video Game Design and Programming Concepts is a contemporary approach to introducing basic programming concepts. Students will experience hands-on programming by building video games in an object-oriented game engine while learning computer programming in a fun and engaging manner. Previous programming or game design knowledge is not required. Written by a veteran teacher of video game design curriculum, Video Game Design and Programming Concepts introduces the relevance of computer science in today's environment. Students learn the basics of programming concepts while creating video games and integrating cross-curricular, STEM-based skill sets. The fun and easy-to-use text-software design guide teaches coding and programming of video games by applying pseudo code. Pseudo code helps students understand and learn programming logic for future study of computer languages. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) form the foundation on which society in the 21st century builds and maintains economic growth. This curriculum integrates the rigor and relevance of STEM while preparing students for college and career. Activity-based integrated curriculum of game-theory reading is combined with application of programming concepts in hands-on game builds. This meaningful engagement helps students become adept at core subject areas, such as reading, as well as the foundations of technology. The basic skills of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are integrated into selected activities. This integration brings awareness to student understanding of Office software in the programming environment and beyond. A capstone activity is included at the conclusion of the text. This hands-on project provides an opportunity for students to apply the skills and knowledge gained to construct and program a complete video game from scratch. The lessons in this text use Clickteam Fusion 2.5 for game builds. Clickteam Fusion 2.5 is an object-oriented game design engine, and is easy to use, making it idea for beginners.
Now in its third edition, the classic book on game design has been completely revised to include the latest developments in the game industry. Readers will learn all the fundamentals of concept development, gameplay design, core mechanics, user interfaces, storytelling, and balancing. They’ll be introduced to designing for mobile devices and touch screens, as well as for the Kinect and motion-capture gameplay. They’ll learn how indie developers are pushing the envelope and how new business models such as free-to-play are influencing design. In an easy-to-follow approach, Adams offers a first-hand look into the process of designing a game, from initial concept to final tuning. This in-depth resource also comes with engaging end-of-chapter exercises, design worksheets, and case studies.