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BookAuthorsWhere Is It (usually Amazon)BlurbHighlightsDefining "game"What games are made ofWhat are game designers made of, or "Manifestos"Things people do with gamesThings games do to peopleGame design and mechanicsGame design as a processAmbient gamesFormal games"Videogames"
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Rules of PlayKatie Salen, Eric ZimmermanComprehensive look at games through the lenses of "rules", "play", and "culture""The Primary Schemas: RULES, PLAY, CULTURE", Frank Lantz's Checkers/Go hybrid "Ironclad"XXXXXXX
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Rise of the Videogame ZinestersAnna AnthropyA personal look at the late democritization of game creation, and a call to armsp137-139: "What to Make a Game About?"XXXXXX
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How to Do Things with VideogamesIan BogostThe "Understanding Media" of videogames"Snapshots", "Texture", "Throwaways", "The End of Gamers"XXX
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Kobold Guide to Board Game DesignMike Selinker, James Ernest, variousCollection of essays on board game design, mechanics, and process"Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Prototypes"XXX
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Game FeelSteve SwinkLaser focused look at interaction design for real-time games"The Game Feel Model of Interactivity"XX
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Game Mechanics: Advanced Game DesignErnest Adams, Joris Dormanshttp://www.jorisdormans.nl/machinations/wiki/Common patterns in games and a modeling language for game mechanics"Design Pattern Library"XXX
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Characteristics of GamesGeorge Skaff Elias, Richard Garfield, K. Robert GutscheraEncyclopedic approach to "what games are made of""Game Balance and Strategic Collapse"XXX
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Game Design WorkshopTracy FullertonA exercise manual for the process of game creation, with many guest articles"Working with Dramatic Elements"XXXXX
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A Theory of Fun for Game DesignRaph KosterA personal look at what games are and how people play them"Different Fun for Different Folks"XXXXX
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Mechanics, Dynamics, Aesthetics FrameworkRobin Hunicke, Marc LeBlanc, Rober Zubekhttps://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15327118/games/MDA.pdfA set of lenses for understanding what makes a game and how to design with them in mindXXXXX
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I Have No Words & I Must DesignGreg Costikyanhttps://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15327118/games/nowords2002.pdfAttempts to answer "what makes a game?" and has an in-depth look at Marc LeBlanc's taxonomy of games (briefly mentioned in MDA)XXXXXX
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Pret-A-Jouer and Videogame CoutureNathan Alticehttp://metopal.com/2013/09/30/pret-a-jouer-and-videogame-couture/Thinking about videogames as "fashion" instead of as "film"XXXX
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Re: Fuck VideogamesLiz Ryersonhttp://ellaguro.com/refuckvideogames/A polemic against mindlessness and vapidity in the culture surrounding videogamesXXXXX
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"Bioshock Infinite"Tim Rogershttp://www.actionbutton.net/?p=3006A brilliant review of the game in the titleTim reading it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDCUqer7UrM
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Another Castle Podcasts(various)http://www.another-castle.org/Get inside a bunch of game designer's heads! (including a lot of people on this list)X
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NYU Game Center's Vimeo Channel(various)http://vimeo.com/user6998742/videosAll PRACTICE talks, and presentations on games given at NYURichard Garfield's 2012 PRACTICE talk, Robert Yang's 2013 PRACTICE talk
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Game Design 1 SyllabusEric Zimmermanhttps://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15327118/games/Game_Design_1_syllabus.pdfA list of game design exercises and readings for EZ's game design class for MFAsThe additional info "Tips for Working Successfully in a Group", "How To Work Better"XX
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