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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The book is the first comprehensive textbook on the application and use of artificial intelligence in games. It will be used by educators and students of graduate or advanced undergraduate courses on game AI as well as game AI practitioners at large.
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Though dated, Hartnell's book is a good introduction to adventure game construction. While the book focuses on BASIC programming, which wouldn't be a programmer's choice today, it offers sound design techniques for the absolute beginner.
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