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Breaking Into Video Game Design - A Beginner's Guide [Kindle Edition]

Charlie Czerkawski , Catherine Czerkawska
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Book Description

In the eyes of many young people, breaking into the video games industry is the holy grail of future employment. For those who are passionate about games, making them for a living seems to be the best thing you can possibly do.

But genuinely useful advice is very hard to come by. Careers advisers will tell you that you need to be able to program, friends will suggest that digital art is the key, and universities and colleges will offer you a bewildering variety of courses with 'video game' or ‘computer game’ in the title, some of them clearly more technical than others.

This guide aims to give an injection of reality while at the same time trying hard to encourage prospective game designers with good practical advice. Although the author has studied and worked in the industry for several years, he's still enough of a beginner himself to be able to remember and identify with the problems that aspiring video game designers may encounter. Choosing courses and defining career pathways in this rapidly developing industry sometimes seems like negotiating a minefield and is often managed more by good luck than good organisation.

This guide doesn't pretend to have all the answers, but it certainly aims to arm the prospective student with information and positive encouragement at the start of what will be a long, but always exciting and worthwhile journey. It is aimed primarily at school and college students who may already know that they want to work in the video games industry, but aren't yet sure which sector or course is right for them, but it may also be useful for anyone seeking a change of direction.

In particular, it deals with the evolving concept of 'game design' - what it is, what it is not, and what are the current routes into game design as a career.

Charlie Czerkawski is a Scottish born game designer and one of four partners in Dundee based, multi-award winning, independent video game developer, Guerilla Tea. He is a qualified mathematician with a postgraduate MProf in Games Development from Abertay University. He has worked in video game testing on many titles including Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, Dirt 2 and Red Dead Redemption. He holds a shodan black belt in Shotokai Karate and is a keen sportsman.

Product Details

  • File Size: 210 KB
  • Print Length: 74 pages
  • Publisher: Wordarts; 1 edition (October 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061U4HZM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,375 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Zed
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A down to earth interesting guide to getting into the games industry from someone who has just done just that. This is not a veteran of the games industry telling you the trials and tribulations of working in the industry. Exactly as the title suggests this is someone who has just entered the games industry and shares just how he done so, offering tips and advice to aid young people break into an industry which is notoriously difficult to get a foot in the door.
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4.0 out of 5 stars highly recommend for any one starting in game design December 21, 2013
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This book gave me good insight to the beginning stages of game design. Where to start, what to look for and many other good advice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for the beginner designer March 11, 2013
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A very good ebook that every person who wants to be a game designer should read. It explains the stereotypes, requirements, and opinions of a designer in less than 100 pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide showing the basics of videogame design! February 22, 2013
By Cesar
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Its short, but it gives you basic info in order to research more about the theme. Good references and the most important: it gives you motivation to break barriers and start your own adventure making a videogame.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening for new game designers January 2, 2014
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This is a very good advice book on getting into the games the industry .It isn't a step by step guide on what to do to be successful but more so a person reflecting on what they did to get to where they are now in the industry. Would recommend to anyone be because it's great advice considering the price.
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