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Description - Players Making Decisions by Zack Hiwiller

Game designers today are expected to have an arsenal of multi-disciplinary skills at their disposal in the fields of art and design, computer programming, psychology, economics, composition, education, mythology-and the list goes on. How do you distill a vast universe down to a few salient points?Players Making Decisions brings together the wide range of topics that are most often taught in modern game design courses and focuses on the core concepts that will be useful for students for years to come. A common theme to many of these concepts is the art and craft of creating games in which players are engaged by making meaningful decisions. It is the decision to move right or left, to pass versus shoot, or to develop one's own strategy that makes the game enjoyable to the player. As a game designer, you are never entirely certain of who your audience will be, but you can enter their world and offer a state of focus and concentration on a task that is intrinsically rewarding.This detailed and easy-to-follow guide to game design is for both digital and analog game designers alike and some of its features include:A clear introduction to the discipline of game design, how game development teams work, and the game development processFull details on prototyping and playtesting, from paper prototypes to intellectual property protection issuesA detailed discussion of cognitive biases and human decision making as it pertains to gamesThorough coverage of key game elements, with practical discussions of game mechanics, dynamics, and aestheticsPractical coverage of using simulation tools to decode the magic of game balanceA full section on the game design business, and how to create a sustainable lifestyle within it

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780134396750
ISBN-10: 0134396758
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 187mm x 25mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: New Riders Publishing
Publisher: Pearson Education (US)
Publish Date: 7-Dec-2015
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Zack Hiwiller

Zack Hiwiller is a game designer, educator, and writer living in Orlando, Florida. He is a department chair for the Game Design degree program at Full Sail University and does consultant work for many large and small companies. Previously, in addition to independent projects, he was a designer at Gameloft and Electronic Arts. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master's degree in Modeling and Simulation from the University of Central Florida. His writings at have been reposted by Kotaku, GameSetWatch, and others and have reached over two million readers.