GAME DESIGN BASICS The Role of the Game Designer Sidebar-Designers You Should Know Sidebar-The Iterative Process Designer Perspective Christina Norman Designer Perspective Warren Spector The Structure of Games Sidebar-What is a Puzzle? Designer Perspective Jane McGonigal Designer Perspective Randy Smith Working with Formal Elements Sidebar-Persuasive Games Designer Perspective Tim LeTourneau Sidebar-The Mechanic is the Message Working with Dramatic Elements Sidebar-The Two Great Myths of Interactive Storytelling Designer Perspective Dr. Ray Muzyka Designer Perspective Don Daglow Working with System Dynamics Sidebar-Deconstructing Set Sidebar -A Conversation with Will Wright, by Celia Pearce Designer Perspective Alan R. Moon Designer Perspective Frank Lantz DESIGNING A GAME Conceptualization Sidebar-EA Pre-production Workshop Sidebar-Where Do Game Ideas Come From? Sidebar-Getting the Most Out of Focus Groups Sidebar - Experimental Game Design Designer Perspective Josh Holmes Prototyping Sidebar-Catastrophic Prototyping and Other Stories Sidebar-The Design Evolution of Magic the Gathering Designer Perspective James Ernest Designer Perspective Katie Salen Digital Prototyping Sidebar-Using Software Prototypes in Game Design Sidebar-Prototyping Cloud Sidebar-Prototyping for Game Feel Designer Perspective David Perry Designer Perspective Elan Lee Playtesting Sidebar-Why We Play Games Sidebar-How Feedback from Typical Gamers Can Help Avoid Disappointing Outcomes Sidebar-A Primer for Playtesting Sidebar-Metrics in Game Design Functionality, Completeness, and Balance Sidebar - A Conversation with Rob Pardo Designer Perspective Brian Hersch Designer Perspective Heather Kelley Fun and Accessibility Sidebar-Tuning and Balance: Us vs It Sidebar-Using Audio as a Game Feedback Device Designer Perspective Robin Hunicke Designer Perspective Lorne Lanning WORKING AS A GAME DESIGNER Team Structures Sidebar - Applying for a Job in Game Design Designer Perspective Nahil Sharkasi Designer Perspective Matt Firor Designer Perspective Jenova Chen Stages and Methods of Development Sidebar-From Classroom to Console: Producing Flow for the Playstation 3 Sidebar-Opportunities for Indie Gamemakers Designer Perspective Michael John Designer Perspective Jeff Watson Communicating Your Designs Sidebar-Virtual Reality and Oculus Rift Designer Perspective Anna Anthropy Designer Perspective Rob Daviau Understanding the New Game Industry Sidebar-Mobile Game Design and Zombies, Run! Designer Perspective Keita Takahashi Designer Perspective Graeme Bayless Selling Yourself and Your Ideas to the Game Industry Designer Perspective Erin Reynolds Designer Perspective Matt Korba Designer Perspective Asher Vollmer Conclusion
Since the publication of the second edition, many changes have occurred in the games industry, from an increase in multitouch screen platforms to a rise in smaller teams and development companies and more independent designers. This third edition expands discussions of new platforms and genres of play as well as processes, such as agile development (SCRUM). This edition emphasizes how to work with analytics to improve game play experience and the commercial viability of games. It also includes interviews with a number of independent designers.