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Mel's Most Important Books for Game Designers

Melante "melante"
The list author says: "The top books I ever read on videogame design and related topics."
The Art of Game Design: A book of lenses
The Art of Game Design: A book of lenses
"The book that makes you "think" like a game designer."
Game Feel: A Game Designer's Guide to Virtual Sensation (Morgan Kaufmann Game Design Books)
Game Feel: A Game Designer's Guide to Virtual Sensation (Morgan Kaufmann Game Design Books)
"A must read!"
A Theory of Fun for Game Design
A Theory of Fun for Game Design
"the game design philosophy of one of the most acclaimed game designers."
On the Way to Fun: An Emotion-Based Approach to Successful Game Design
On the Way to Fun: An Emotion-Based Approach to Successful Game Design
"a great approach to game analysis and design rooted into psychology."
High Score!: The Illustrated History of Electronic Games, Second Edition
High Score!: The Illustrated History of Electronic Games, Second Edition
"To be a good game designer, you need to know games first!"
Game Design Workshop: A Playcentric Approach to Creating Innovative Games
Game Design Workshop: A Playcentric Approach to Creating Innovative Games
"a good starting point to know what game design is all about"
Challenges for Game Designers
Challenges for Game Designers
"to design good videogames we need to know about good "game" design first: get your hands dirty with some "real" games here!"
Game Architecture and Design: A New Edition
Game Architecture and Design: A New Edition
"what does it take to make great games? Find the answers here!"
Level Design: Concept, Theory, and Practice
Level Design: Concept, Theory, and Practice
"good games need great levels"
The Art Of Computer Game Design: Reflections Of A Master Game Designer
The Art Of Computer Game Design: Reflections Of A Master Game Designer
"The first and original thoughts of a great game designer. Still valid today."
Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture
Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture
"if someone would ever question you about the importance of games, you'll find all the answers you need here"