The Art of Computer Game Design
by Chris Crawford
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill 1997
Number of pages: 81
This book is one of the pioneer works seriously about video game. It talks about such topics as what is a game, why people play games, and how to design a game. The author describes in detail what goes into the game design including many examples from his own experience.
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