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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:16 PM
This is probably a bit off topic but I need help with a gift idea and I dont know where else to ask
My boyfriend is interested in game development - he loves reading about it, watching movies about it (the movie about Meatboy etc.). He is a programmer (he doesn't program games though) so he is more into the technical stuff - engines etc. He has subscription to gdmag but is there anything else (a book, good e-course...) that you could recommend for someone like him? I need to figure out some Christmas present and I know almost nothing about these things but I am sure he would really appreciate a present related to game dev.
So pleaaase if you have any tips... share.
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:46 PM
A Theory of Fun is supposed to be good, and the game design lense book has gotten decent reviews.
And you then have $250 left over for more important things (the personal preferences of your boyfriend may vary).
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:17 PM
I know it is more sentimental to get a physical object, but when it comes to software development books it is easier to stick with an amazon gift card with a nice handwritten note.
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:23 PM
Jellybeans - well that would definitely be a surprise
I will look into the books, but you are right that is hard to guess which he would be really interested in. The books Servant of the Lord mentioned actually sound interesting to me but I am afraid it is not technical enough for him.
He already has Raspberry Pi and Arduino - he took some robotic e-courses so he was really into that one time.
The GDC vault subscription might be interesting.
Is there any good online course on game development you know about..? I think he is more into the technical stuff - he keeps showing me vids of what various engines can do . I dont thing he would be interested in game theory, story design etc.
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:28 PM
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:07 AM
You may want to go with things that are game-related than necessarily development related for the reason frob suggested. If my wife picked out game development books I'd probably be pretty underwhelmed unless I asked for specific titles. Most of the time it's easier to dig through code samples and online resources anyway.
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:54 AM
He might like a link to their site to watch as a side gift. I used to hang out on their casts because they were funny, especially the karaoke lol (a karaoke highlight http://www.twitch.tv/danielleorama/b/329164176) Both of them were quite candid and one time he showed off his collection of toys so the videos might still be there for those things.
If they do start casting again, that's probably where you would find them.
This is her twitter.
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Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:56 AM
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