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Marcelo Costa

Best Book for Insight on Game Production and Business in 2012

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I searched but couldn't find a current or up-to-date answer to this question.

I'm looking to purchase a Game Design book, that is still applicable to 2012 gaming industry standards, many I've seen have been published a while back and with the speed the industry has evolved, I would believe a more current publish date would be beneficial since it would be more inclusive of new tech, processes, etc.

Basically, I want to achieve a better understanding of game design and development processes, production pipelines, game design documentation... everything that takes a game design idea or concept all the way to gold master. Focusing more on production, business and marketing aspects rather than code and/or art design tutorials (not yet at least, because I will be digging into this later!).

So far, I've compiled this list:

[b]Game Development Essentials: An Introduction [/b](Third Edition) / August 2011
[i](may be too light a read and not detailed enough?)[/i]
[url="http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/1111307652/ref=nosim/gamedev-20"]http://www.amazon.ca...osim/gamedev-20[/url]

[b]The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses[/b] / August 2008
[i](sounds like a great book to read, once I'm already in development of a game, but not for learning more about the basic or cornerstone intricacies of game development/design)[/i]
[url="http://www.amazon.ca/The-Art-Game-Design-lenses/dp/0123694965/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top"]http://www.amazon.ca..._pr_product_top[/url]

[b]Level Up! The Guide to Great Video Game Design[/b] / June 2010
[i](this has game design document creation, business insight, covers entire creation process, and the date is not too far off... could this be the one?)[/i]
[url="http://www.amazon.ca/Level-Up-Guide-Great-Design/dp/047068867X/ref=pd_cp_b_1"]http://www.amazon.ca...X/ref=pd_cp_b_1[/url]

[b]Introduction to Game Development[/b] / June 2005
[i](this one seems perfect, but it's an oldie!)[/i]
[url="http://www.amazon.ca/Introduction-Game-Development-Steve-Rabin/dp/1584503777/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346791374&sr=8-1"]http://www.amazon.ca...46791374&sr=8-1[/url]

[b]The Game Production Handbook[/b] / January 2006
[i](another oldie, which has everything I need, and apparently follows IGDA curriculum guidelines... from 2006)[/i]
[url="http://www.amazon.ca/Game-Production-Handbook-Heather-Chandler/dp/1584504161/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346791535&sr=8-1"]http://www.amazon.ca...46791535&sr=8-1[/url]

I would greatly appreciate if you could weigh in on my choices or suggest other books to consider.

Many Thanks in advance for your help!


[i]A brief background for you to know where I'm coming from: Until recently, I was a producer and creative director for an animation and interactive studio, focused on services for brands/companies. I'm taking some time off to study and immerse myself in the video game industry, with the hopes of getting into it as a Games Designer or open up my own shop.[/i]
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[quote name='makuto' timestamp='1346941873' post='4977211']
Not level up. It's very childish
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Thanks for the reply.

Than which one would you recommend from the listed? Or are there any others I should consider?
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[quote name='Marzeth' timestamp='1346793776' post='4976578']
I'm looking to purchase a Game Design book, that is still applicable to 2012 gaming industry standards, many I've seen have been published a while back and with the speed the industry has evolved, I would believe a more current publish date would be beneficial since it would be more inclusive of new tech, processes, etc.

Basically, I want to achieve a better understanding of game design and development processes, production pipelines, game design documentation... everything that takes a game design idea or concept all the way to gold master. Focusing more on production, business and marketing aspects rather than code and/or art design tutorials (not yet at least, because I will be digging into this later!)...

[i]A brief background for you to know where I'm coming from: Until recently, I was a producer and creative director for an animation and interactive studio, focused on services for brands/companies. I'm taking some time off to study and immerse myself in the video game industry, with the hopes of getting into it as a Games Designer or open up my own shop.[/i]
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Hi, Marzeth
This post doesn't belong where you posted it (For Beginners), since For Beginners is a technical (programming) forum. I'm trying to figure out where to move it, but I have a problem. The title of the post is "Best Game Design Book," but you're focusing on production, business and marketing aspects. So this belongs in Production, but the post really needs a new title.
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[quote name='Tom Sloper' timestamp='1346945690' post='4977236']
So this belongs in Production, but the post really needs a new title.
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"Best Book for Insight on Game Production and Business" ...how does that sound?

Apologies for the misplacing. :( Edited by Marzeth
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[quote name='Tom Sloper' timestamp='1346945970' post='4977240']
Check out
Game On: Energize Your Business with Social Media Games, Jon Radoff, Wiley Publishing, Inc. ISBN: 978-0-470-93626-9
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I'm not sure if it may be too focused on social media, instead of being a bit more generic and all-inclusive, which is what I'm looking for currently. I've added it to my to-read list though, since social gaming is an aspect I definitely want to dig into as well. Thanks!
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If 4- and 5-year-old books are too ancient for your tastes, you should subscribe to Game Developer magazine (gdmag.com) and gamesindustry.biz
And read lots of articles on gamasutra.
And join the Production SIG on igda.org
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[quote name='Tom Sloper' timestamp='1346954998' post='4977297']
If 4- and 5-year-old books are too ancient for your tastes, you should subscribe to Game Developer magazine (gdmag.com) and gamesindustry.biz
And read lots of articles on gamasutra.
And join the Production SIG on igda.org
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I've been glancing Gamasutra and GamesIndustry.biz for a while now, it's time to focus in on them. I'll also check out gdmag.com.

PS: your school-a-rama page is very informative. Thanks for all your help!
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