Polished Game Development

From First Steps to Final Release

Authors: Goodwin, Steven

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  • Explains the difference between a pet project, and a professional one
  • Covers how to test for the problems and bugs you don't know you'll have
  • Details simple, but effective, visual improvements that can be done with very little effort
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About this book

Learn the things you need for a complete game, such as translations and tutorials, and improve the things you've already written to raise their standard to a professional level. This is a practical guide covering every discipline: art, music, writing, and code. In the case of the latter, code examples are included to demonstrate how to implement functionality to make the game shine.

Polished Game Development acts as a comprehensive checklist of everything your game should, and should not, do, in order to be as good as it possibly can. It is more than just a book on theoretical game design principles.

  • Explains the difference between a pet project, and a professional one.
  • Covers how to test for the problems and bugs you don't know you'll have.
  • Details simple, but effective, visual improvements that can be done with very little effort.

Regardless of platform (web, mobile, or console), or language (C++, C#, JavaScript) there is a wealth of common (and specific) tips within these pages that will enable you to make the most professional games you can.

What You Will Learn

  • Learn what essential elements are often missed
  • Stay on-brand, visually and verbally
  • Use audio to enhance your game
  • Improve game balance
  • Test effectively
Who This Book Is For
Game developers looking for a guide and checklist on how to get their game finished to the highest possible standards. They will know how to write a game, and get it released, but not necessarily how to make it shine. They will be professional developers, indies, university students and graduates.

About the authors

Steven Goodwin has been involved in science and technology from an early age, and built his first synthesizer while still in his teens. Since then, his projects have been varied. He has sold over a million computer games, written two books, built robots, and automated a house that can be controlled from the Internet. He has spoken at many conferences, including NotCon '04 and the BBC Backstage OpenTech event.

Reviews

“Presented concepts are applied in a 2D video game made with Javascript and the author’s own game engine. … Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; faculty and professionals.” (A. Chen, Choice, Vol. 54 (7), March, 2017)


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eBook $29.99
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $39.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-1878-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Polished Game Development
Book Subtitle
From First Steps to Final Release
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Steven Goodwin
eBook ISBN
978-1-4842-2122-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4842-2122-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4842-1878-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 259
Number of Illustrations and Tables
30 b/w illustrations
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