A Brief History of Video Games
Playful Design Book Site Creating Game Experiences in Everyday Interfaces Published: May 2012 Paperback: 245 pages, ISBN 1-933820-14-4 Digital: ISBN 1-933820-99-3 by John Ferrara This book couldn't be more timely: Playful Design delivers a concise introduction to the theory, experience, and design of games for nongame designers, blended with fresh personal takes.
Video games are breaking out of the roles they've traditionally occupied and are moving into spaces where they collide with UX design. There are games that serve as social glue between old friends, and games that bring strangers together to collaborate on solving problems. There are games that help people meet their life goals, and games that let people reward others for meeting theirs. The Elements of Player Experience
Prom Week is the creation of a group at UC Santa Cruz that includes Michael Matteas, one of the people involved with the creation of Facade. Like Facade, Prom Week is an attempt to create interactive drama, a sort of theatrical story with multiple characters and some agency by the player to shape the path and outcome of the story. True interactive storytelling is, of course, an enormously difficult technical problem that many have attempted to solve without great success, despite the efforts of some of our most creative designers. Facade succeeded, in a limited way, its success and also its limitation dependent on the fact that it did not try to solve the general problem, and instead create a single, hard-coded, and specific work. Prom Week is an ambitious attempt to solve the problem more generally. Play This Thing! | Game Reviews | Free Games | Independent Games | Game Culture
Ali Carr-Chellman: Gaming to re-engage boys in learning
What is a Game Engine? If you follow the game industry, you'll hear the term "game engine" thrown around a lot. And I bet sometimes, late at night when everyone else has gone to sleep, you sit and wonder, "What is this nebulous thing I keep hearing about?" You would expect that the answer would be as simple as being shown a car's engine: "Yeup, thar she is." After all, the game engine, much like a car's engine, is what makes the game go. Unfortunately, sometimes there's a fuzzy line between where a game's engine ends and where the content of a game begins, as if there were a fuzzy line between whether a car's air conditioner is part of its engine. Generally though, the concept of a game engine is fairly simple: it exists to abstract the (sometime platform-dependent) details of doing common game-related tasks, like rendering, physics, and input, so that developers (artists, designers, scripters and, yes, even other programmers) can focus on the details that make their games unique.
We all play games, but not many of us have tried to actually create games. Have you been scared due to all the programming knowledge you think it takes? Well, thanks to the wonders of the web, now there are numerous tools that enable almost anyone to create a video game. You can give it a try using the 20+ tools we gathered! 20+ Tools For Creating Your Own Games
The Culture of Game Jams [Games] - What's your experience? /by @andreaszecher Game jams here in Europe are this weird thing. You meet up with people to develop a game in a really short time, usually something between 24 and 72 hours. Most jams have a theme that the games should be about. It’s either something very open or something very silly. I attended three game jams so far, the last one being at the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlshamn, Sweden. You can download the games from the jam here – there’s some quirky, funny stuff in there.
I made a Facebook game about Facebook games, called Cow Clicker. You can go play it on Facebook now, or you can see some screenshots on on this site. Here's the short description, from the page just linked: Cow Clicker is a Facebook game about Facebook games. Cow Clicker
What is a social game? – Games Brief Social games were the flavour of 2010 and look likely to continue to be the flavour of 2011. But what exactly is a social game, and why is it so special?. To answer this question, I asked more than two dozen gaming luminaries. Here are their definitions of a social game.