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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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Does W8 always have to get in my way

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This is just a random rambling I do apologize. In all honesty it really does get under the skin all the time.

Over all I think the OS is great it is very slick and fast much more so then previous versions of the Windows operating system. The speed increases really help with increasing productivity. This is however, where all the good parts stop.

The first major issue I have come across is compatibility. This is just retarded. I have a class for school where we need to use visual studio 2008 to do ASP.Net 3.5 web development. Compatibility issues ensue because turns out SQL Server 2005 hates windows 8 and the only work around is to uninstall it and install SQL Server 2008 with SP3. Just one more thing I need to do so I can get this school work done. Wish they would just upgrade the course already I mean the tech is old now.

Next are the video card issues UEFI/Secure Boot is the bane of all existence. It use to be you plug in the card and boot up/install your driver. Turns out now I need to boot up, get into the UEFI system, turn off secure boot, enable legacy mode, restart, shutdown, put in card, reboot, look at the distorted loading screen, install driver, then reboot, and continue to look at the awful distorted loading screen every time I need to start the PC.
WHY?.... It is not like the video card is going to compromise my PC...

What a pain in my arse. All I know is I hope all this is video card crap is worth my effort so I can get my HD 6850 up and running and hopefully regain my interests in game development. I really do miss the fun I had in the past.

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