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      Download the Game Design and Indie Game Marketing Freebook   07/19/17

      GameDev.net and CRC Press have teamed up to bring a free ebook of content curated from top titles published by CRC Press. The freebook, Practices of Game Design & Indie Game Marketing, includes chapters from The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, A Practical Guide to Indie Game Marketing, and An Architectural Approach to Level Design. The GameDev.net FreeBook is relevant to game designers, developers, and those interested in learning more about the challenges in game development. We know game development can be a tough discipline and business, so we picked several chapters from CRC Press titles that we thought would be of interest to you, the GameDev.net audience, in your journey to design, develop, and market your next game. The free ebook is available through CRC Press by clicking here. The Curated Books The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, Second Edition, by Jesse Schell Presents 100+ sets of questions, or different lenses, for viewing a game’s design, encompassing diverse fields such as psychology, architecture, music, film, software engineering, theme park design, mathematics, anthropology, and more. Written by one of the world's top game designers, this book describes the deepest and most fundamental principles of game design, demonstrating how tactics used in board, card, and athletic games also work in video games. It provides practical instruction on creating world-class games that will be played again and again. View it here. A Practical Guide to Indie Game Marketing, by Joel Dreskin Marketing is an essential but too frequently overlooked or minimized component of the release plan for indie games. A Practical Guide to Indie Game Marketing provides you with the tools needed to build visibility and sell your indie games. With special focus on those developers with small budgets and limited staff and resources, this book is packed with tangible recommendations and techniques that you can put to use immediately. As a seasoned professional of the indie game arena, author Joel Dreskin gives you insight into practical, real-world experiences of marketing numerous successful games and also provides stories of the failures. View it here. An Architectural Approach to Level Design This is one of the first books to integrate architectural and spatial design theory with the field of level design. The book presents architectural techniques and theories for level designers to use in their own work. It connects architecture and level design in different ways that address the practical elements of how designers construct space and the experiential elements of how and why humans interact with this space. Throughout the text, readers learn skills for spatial layout, evoking emotion through gamespaces, and creating better levels through architectural theory. View it here. Learn more and download the ebook by clicking here. Did you know? GameDev.net and CRC Press also recently teamed up to bring GDNet+ Members up to a 20% discount on all CRC Press books. Learn more about this and other benefits here.
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afternoon all!
Writing this from my Nokia 5800 mobile internet so apologies in advance for any typos or bad formatting.
Mobile internet has certainly improved since I worked in the field (`06-`07) but i'm not yet convinced its quite there yet. I still get the occasional urge to throw said mobile out the window [smile]
Anyway, my PC is still broke and I don't really know why. I've tried a few combinations of OS's and HDD's and it still isn't happy. In particular the performance is very poor, VERY poor. I'm wondering if the mobo is at fault, maybe some sort of heat/power issue?? I am overclocking a Q6600 quite a long way after all...
Consequently I doubt i'll be active online for a while, factoring in a day job, social life and replacing hardware/rebuilding a PC [sad]
It's particularly irritating as i've just been on "holiday" for a week walking the 2nd section of the Pennine Way-90 miles in 6 days, 270 miles for the full route. There were so many occasions in the last week where I was miles from civilization and the only noise was wildlife and the wind. Reminded me of how much I enjoy getting away from big cities and technology every now and then!! The mind naturally wanders whilst walking and i thought up various crazy ideas and neat solutions to programming puzzles... To not have a PC to play with upon my return may see these forgotten...

once I've got a working PC i'll put my photos up for anyone interested in the more remote and picturesque parts of England look like.

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hmm, remembered I had an Ubuntu 8.10 USB thingy a while back...

Maybe Windows won't work, but I can at least get Linux running [grin]
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