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Overview

"Game Design for Teens" covers the basics for developing a game idea and successfully converting that idea into a complete game. A natural addition to the "for Teens" line of books, it is a true beginner's guide to the game design process and deals specifically with creating a game design document. It will help the reader create a quality game design document appropriate for submission to a publisher, developer, or college professor. It explores the components of a game design document, how to create each component, who creates each portion, and why each is important. This book also examines game design theory as it applies to different game genres.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592004966
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 9/30/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Les Pardew is a recognized leader in the world of interactive entertainment. He is a video game and entertainment industry veteran with more 20 years of industry experience. His artwork credits encompass film and video production, magazine and book illustration, and more than 100 video game titles, including numerous market-leading choices. Les has also authored or co-authored 13 books on game art and game design for teens, digital art and 2D and 3D animation, drawing, and virtual models. Les started his career in video games doing animation for Magic Johnson Fast Break Basketball for the Commodore 64, He went on to help create several major games, including Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Star Wars, Wrestle Mania, NCAA Basketball, Stanley Cup Hockey, Jack Nicklaus Golf, Where in the World/USA is Carmen Sandiego?, StarCraft Brood Wars, Rainbow Six, Cyber Tiger Woods Golf, and many others. An accomplished instructor, Les has taught numerous art and business courses, including teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management. As a business leader, Les has founded two separate game development studios. He is also a favorite speaker at video game conferences and events.

Scott Pugh has been programming games for over 17 years and has developed software tools for getting artwork, models, and motion into the games. As Alpine Studio's lead programmer, Scott's experience in game development has brought strength, stability and wisdom to the company's development efforts. He has developed numerous game titles including HardBall!, Mickey's Colors & Shapes, Game Boy Golf, WWF Wrestlemania, WWF War Zone, WWF Attitude, Space Jam, and Ford Truck Mania.

Eric has been in audio/sound production for game development for more than 10 years. A musician himself, he performs with various groups, and is currently a member of the Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band. As Audio Director, he oversees all audio requirements for Alpine Studios projects, from management to production. Eric graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor's in Music Education as well as a Certificate in computer programming from Control Data Institute. He has supervised several sound teams in the audio industry, as well as managing outside contracting and recording production. He has created music for many major games systems including PSX, PS2, Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, PC/Online, Gameboy, SNES/Genesis.

Brent L. Iverson received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1982 and currently teaches at University of Texas, Austin. He is a distinguished teacher and respected researcher. Iverson's research group has developed methods for recombinant antibody or enzyme cloning and has directed its evolution. In collaboration with the Georgiou group, he pioneered a novel E. coli surface expression/FACS selection technology that has allowed the group to enhance antibody affinity.

Ross S. Wolfley has over 15 years of management, legal, marketing and high technology experience. Following 8 years as an USAF/NATO instructor pilot and law school, Ross began his business career with WordPerfect Corporation. He later served as as Director of PC Marketing. He has spent several years consulting with small businesses helping to develop successful business strategies, raise money, and get back into reporting compliance with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Most of 1998 was spent in Liberia, as he successfully negotiated to secure mining rights for an international mining company. Most recently, Ross served as President/COO for the US subsidiary of topjobs.net. He graduated from J. Reuben Clark Law School (BYU) with a Juris Doctor and received a BS in Psychology from Brigham Young University. Ross has been involved in the development of the following titles: Kublox ™ Online PC, Combat Medic ™ PC and Online, Motocross Mania 2 ™ PSX, XS Junior League Dodge Ball ™ PSX, Ford Truck Mania - PSX

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Table of Contents

1. What is Game Design? 2. What is a Game Designer? 3. The Design Document 4. The Game Idea 5. Creating the High Concept 6. Visualizing the Game 7. Designing Audio 8. Game Flow 9. Interface Design 10. Technical Design 11. Schedules and Budgets 12. Special Considerations Appendix A: Design Document

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