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  • Paperback: 510 pages
  • Publisher: Delmar Publishers Inc; 3 edition (Aug. 17 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111307652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111307653
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 20.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #262,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Section I: SETUP. The Development of an Industry: How Did We Get Here? Game Elements: Genres, Platforms & Applications. Player Elements: Market, Theory & Interactivity. Section II: SCENARIOS: CREATING COMPELLING CONTENT. Storytelling: Building the Narrative, Characters & Objects. Building the Identity. Interiors & Exteriors. Building the World.User Interface. Building the Connection.Level Design. Building the Experience. Music & Sound. Building the Atmosphere. Section III: STRATEGY: DEVELOPMENT & BUSINESS CYCLES. Pre-Production. Planning & Processing.Production. Prototyping & Playtesting. Post-Production. Maintenance & Marketing. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jeannie Novak is the lead author and series editor of the widely acclaimed GAME DEVELOPMENT ESSENTIALS series (with over 15 published titles), co-author of PLAY THE GAME: THE PARENT'S GUIDE TO VIDEO GAMES, and co-author of three pioneering books on the interactive entertainment industry--including CREATING INTERNET ENTERTAINMENT. She is also co-founder of Novy Unlimited and CEO of Kaleidospace, LLC (dbaIndiespace), providing curriculum development and consulting services for corporations, educators, and creative professionals in games, music, film, education, and technology.Novak served as director of the Game Art & Design and Media Arts & Animation programs at the Art Institute Online and has taught game courses at UCLA, Art Center College of Design, DeVry University, Westwood College, ITT Technical Institute, and the Academy of Entertainment & Technology at Santa Monica College. She holds a B.A. in mass communication/business administration from UCLA and an M.A. in communication management from the Annenberg School at USC. She also serves on the Online Gameplay Committee for the Academy of Interactive Arts &Sciences and has served on the executive boards of the International Game Developers Association (Los Angeles) and Women in Games International. An accomplished composer and performer, Novak was chosen as one of the 100 most influential people in technology by MicroTimesmagazine and has been profiled by CNN, Billboard Magazine, the Sundance Channel, Daily Variety, and the Los Angeles Times.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
A Good Way to Begin Dec 13 2009
By Estefano Palacios Topic - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, who is this book for?

When I first bought this book I thought I was in for a mind breaking tutorial or insight into game development, and considering all the great reviews, I think these expectations were completely normal. Reality is: the book will only teach you very, very essential stuff. So, if you already have any sort of experience in game development, or you have been a hardcore gamer looking to become a game developer, you probably know this stuff already. This book is great for teenagers who would love to become game developers or professionals in other areas looking to cross over. Still, if you are knowledgeable in gaming or game development, you may want to buy this book for formalize your knowledge into comprehensible data sets in your mind (this is how this book has served me the most), for the writing is clear, easily digestible, and the presentation of the whole deal is beautifully done.

What does this book talk about?

A lot of things! And this is one of the very best features of the book: it will guide you to every detail of game development, even if offers very little information on some topics, so you won't stay completely ignorant with this book. It talks about: the target market, history of games, gameplay, storytelling, characters, marketing, development process, the development team, etc... By the end of this book you will feel good about your understanding of games, even if it is at a small extend, because now you fell that you have your feet on the ground. This is another great feature: it never talks about game development as something easy. Actually, on the ending chapters, where the author talks about the development process, she makes a clear point on how crazy the whole deal can be, doing justice to those people who thought they were in for an easy way to make money.
The book has lots of "developer side notes". Some are really bad, coming from developers completely oblivious for me: they teach only what is obvious, and sometimes repeat what the author has already taught. But then again, some are brilliant, coming from either random guys or very famous developing houses like: Infinity Ward, Ensemble Studios, Obsidian Entertainment, etc. This little side notes offer guidelines on what to avoid, pursue or do while creating or thinking a game.

What I disliked.

Game Development Essentials Second Edition teaches its topics viewing gaming mostly as business and not as art. This was very disappointing for me. It constantly talks about knowing your market, and creating a good game for them. They always try to teach you to see games as a product and not as a creation to deliver a message. For a person who loves all games (me) that try hard to be art, or at least, to get a message across, it was hard to come to terms with all this (gaming as art is what inspired me in the first place).

Moreover, when the author talks about the importance of storyline in some games, she really bashes linear storytelling, saying games are supposed to be non linear. It weird but she stresses that the best games have non linear storylines and she creates this feel on her text that linear stories are a crime. But I asked myself, what about: Halo? Half Life? Gears of War? Max Payne? Metal Gear? Grim Fandango? The Longest Journey? Resident Evil? Killzone? Resistance? Silent Hill? Most of my favorite games tell linear stories! I believe that creating a linear story is a better way to developing characters; very few games have offered non linear storylines without making characters of such game look generic. But what bugs me is this: she openly talks about how great the story for some these games is, but nearly in the same paragraph she bashes linear storytelling. I think the author should rewrite that whole chapter, explaining which storytelling methods work better with the different genres in games.

All in all this is a great book, and definitely the best intro to game development. While it has a share of short comings, most of the time you'll be entertained and impressed by the learning scenario that author has created. She is not exhausting, she never punishes the learner with tons of questions, and the technical stuff is kept to a minimum. If you are looking to get into the business, look no further, this book will do you great justice indeed.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Required Reading (literally) Dec 18 2004
By Alan Emrich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I teach Survey of the Game Industry, Game Design & Game Play, and Project Management at the Art Institute of California: Orange County. Being a frugal person myself, I have not required my students purchase a textbook for any of my classes until now. Ms. Novak's book has become the single source of required reading for ALL 3 of my classes. Breezy, intelligent, and designed from the first sentence as an instructional tool, you will learn a great deal about the game industry from it. I could not possibly recommend this book any higher than to commit my classes to it.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Covers just about everything Oct. 4 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is as good an introduction to the game development process as I have come across. Incredibly current, peppered with wonderful interviews and comments from major professionals in the field. I especially like the CD-ROM which includes a wealth of demos and development tools.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Great Introductory Text Sept. 17 2005
By Game Designer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm a professional game designer with 7 years experience and found Ms. Novak's book to be a great introduction to the process of game development. It is well-organized and covers a wealth of relevant topics. The lucid writing and full color screenshots make it easy to read.

Unlike many other introductory books, Ms. Novak's text does not mislead the reader into thinking that becoming a game developer is an easy path, where a great idea and good pitch can allow you to create your dream game. It is a responsible and accessible text that anyone interested in game development would find helpful and insightful. Obviously, as an introductory text, its content is not particularly useful to industry professionals, though I found the profiles and the section on history to be enjoyable.

I don't understand Mark Baldwin's objection to the profiles, because I feel that they provide insight to the industry that is immensely valuable to those new to the field. Ranging from industry greats, such as Louis Castle and Richard Garriot, to current students, a wide variety of perspectives and thoughts are presented. As an aside, I can understand some of Mr. Baldwin's comments from an academic perspective, but from a practical point of view, I must disagree with his harsh appraisal.

I would recommend Ms. Novak's book to anyone who wants to learn the basics of the game development process.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Good Introduction to the Many Facets of Game Development July 22 2009
By Jonathan Hensley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Game Development Essentials: An Introduction" really is just that, an introduction to the other books in the series. If you want a general outlook on multiple angles of game development and the multiple occupations associated with it, as well as how they interact, then this is a good book for you.

The book is divided into 12 chapters in three main sections:

Part 1: Setup, Building the Foundation
Part 2: Scenarios, Creating Compelling Content
Part 3: Strategy, Team, Process, and Community

Part 1 covers the basic history of gaming as well as player and game elements that a game developer needs to plan for, such as demographics and basic design. Part 2 covers creating scenarios. This includes character types, narration choices, interface options, gameplay decisions and the like. Part 3 covers creating a basic plan, pulling together resources, and marketing a game.

Interspersed throughout the book are blurbs from various mavens in the gaming industry. Most of them have interesting perspectives and short stories about what the prospective game developer will experience or will have to face during the process, depending on what facet of the game he or she chooses to participate in.

The conclusion has more of those same blurbs; I found this section to be almost inspirational.

I thought at times the book seemed to take itself too seriously. Granted, it is a textbook, but there are sections that seem a little high-handed and some that seemed just plain inaccurate. Most of these I feel related primarily to aspects of PC gaming. As it is an introduction, most of the sections did not go into much detail. At times I felt like I was reading an advertisement for the rest of the series. Well, that's what it is, and it does a good job of this. I do want to read the rest of the books in the series and it is primarily because of the lead-ins contained in this book.

Side note: I would like to potentially become a game writer, either in the interactive or technical sense. If anyone has any suggestions in improving my reviews, please give me some constructive criticism in the comments. Thank you in advance.


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