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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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  1. hello, at the end of the last year i published my game: [url="http://www.objectarium.net"]www.objectarium.net[/url] game is not selling well, so i was wondering if it is good idea to upload somewhere free version of my game (demo). do you know some website, where is easy to upload a free version of games? is it reasonable to try this or not? thanks for any help
  2. many thanks actually I have no idea, why autosave does not work to you. I have tested it on several computers (new hardware, older), nvidia, ati cards and did not have this problem to be honest - I will be glad for any money it can make, what I want most is making another game later, but if this will earn only a few money, it will be problem to make something new
  3. screenshot from game: [img]http://objectarium.net/screenshot3.jpg[/img]
  4. Hello, I made my first game: [url="http://www.objectarium.net"]www.objectarium.net[/url] If someone can tell me how can I make some significant money with this game, I would be greatful
  5. hello, can someone recommend me good software for recording videos? I want about 1 minute video of gameplay and then upload it on youtube, but dont know some good open source software for it
  6. i want engine for hidden object game, and i need it 2d (rendered art) . unity requires much scripting and it is very hard for me
  7. hello, i am looking for right game engine for my project. I am not programmer, so I am looking for some "game maker". My game is hidden object game, so it is not complicated. GameMaker is a little bit limiting for me. I tried scirra construct - it is really fantastic engine, but some graphic card has a really problems with fullscreen mode, and I realy need fullscreen. Any ideas? Do you know some more "game makers" good for this kind of game?
  8. LinuxGameConsortium: my game is windows only now :-/ Tom Sloper: I have already read this and this is very good, but these links (portals) are not exactly for me. games there need to have very specific requirements. As I said my main problem is short gameplay (only about hour). So it is not possible to get my game on steam, realarcade etc... I managed to find this: [url="http://www.desura.com/"]http://www.desura.com/[/url] .It seems they can accept any game and user can even alter price. If you know about some more similar or just some game portals good for beginners, just let me know, please
  9. hello, i am new in game development. I am making a small hidden object/puzzle/adventure game. And it will be ready soon. I am looking for some solution how to sell it. I dont expect making big money but I want to try to sell it. Big publishers of casual games are not the solution for me, because my game have not requirements needed. (for example gameplay is about 1 hour and it is too short). have someone some tips for me where to start? Is there for example portal which accepts every game or just some portal good for beginners? thanks
  10. hello, i have a qestion. does exist something like game engine for Symbian^3 - for someone without or with minimum programming skills? free or paid (but not too expensive, i am a begginer and i want it just for fun now :) a want to try to make some simple games for my nokia n8 a dont know where to begin. if there is something where you dont need programming skills it will be great. thanks for any help