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      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. I'm not addicted to Reddit, but I do seem to have a problem regarding forums.  Instead of actually doing something with my life, I keep visiting the same old gaming forums repeatedly.  Hrmmmmm....
  2. Very nice of you to give away free copies, cheers! 
  3. I will check out those YouTube videos later.   And what's about MonoXNA and ANX? (It's not an ironic question: I'm working on a XNA Game and I will move to one of them in the future.)   I think they're all pretty similar in nature.  I would recommend Monogame.  It seems to be the most complete and has a stable release out.  It also supports the most platforms if I'm not mistaken.
  4. I was very impressed.  I just may pick one up.  They did say they would be indie friendly as well.
  5. I put the pro in procrastination.  Most of mine seems to come from me being unmotivated.  You need to find out how to motivate yourself.
  6. Corpse runs were never fun.  But I guess it can add to the overall experience. 
  7. I have to agree that installing Windows is not something for beginners though. Recently I installed Windows 7 three times on two different machines. So that is twice on one PC on the same day, as after installing some weird error came up that even the helpdesk didn't know how to fix, so the advice was to just wipe the harddrive and install again. On the second machine installing went fine, until installing some additional software (ironically with Microsofts own installer) failed because it had no access to write to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu. Right, Windows installer not having permission to add icons to the start menu, after a fresh install. Luckily there was a solution, involving either changing advanced user account control properties of a hidden folder (good luck for beginners) or entering a number of obscure command line commands (good luck for beginners). Installing Windows 8 luckily goes a lot faster, and except for the blue screen of death that showed every time you booted it up it worked perfectly. So in the end, out of four clean Windows installations, just one went correctly. And still some people claim Windows is easy....   I've installed Windows Vista, 7 and 8 multiple times over the past year on computers and VMs.  Not one problem aside from getting the correct ethernet driver from a vendor's site.
  8. Damn I wish I knew how to be productive. Putting the pro in procrastinate for 10+ years now...
  9. OK, works with Opera! DOES NOT work with latest version of FIREFOX (for me anyway), that is all... EDIT: and the download link seems to not be working at the moment, file not found (bandwidth?).
  10. java.io.FileNotFoundException: Saved\M_00_00_00_00_00_00_00.png (The system cannot find the path specified) at java.io.RandomAccessFile.open(Native Method) at java.io.RandomAccessFile.<init>(Unknown Source) at javax.imageio.stream.FileImageOutputStream.<init>(Unknown Source) at com.sun.imageio.spi.FileImageOutputStreamSpi.createOutputStreamInstance(Unknown Source) at javax.imageio.ImageIO.createImageOutputStream(Unknown Source) at javax.imageio.ImageIO.write(Unknown Source) at SprCre.save(SprCre.java:254) at SprCre.SaveBitmap(SprCre.java:737) at SprCre.CheckTheMouse(SprCre.java:322) at SprCre.run(SprCre.java:227) at java.lang.Thread.run(Unknown Source) Exception in thread "Thread-12" java.lang.NullPointerException at javax.imageio.ImageIO.write(Unknown Source) at SprCre.save(SprCre.java:254) at SprCre.SaveBitmap(SprCre.java:737) at SprCre.CheckTheMouse(SprCre.java:322) at SprCre.run(SprCre.java:227) at java.lang.Thread.run(Unknown Source)
  11. Just downloaded the latest version of Firefox and having the same problem. I'll need to play around with some permissions or something maybe.
  12. Sounds good, thanks for the info!
  13. [quote name='Kamaloo' timestamp='1312555034' post='4845028'] i gets hanged when i try to save [/quote] Same, tried on Chrome and Internet Explorer. Otherwise, very nice utility. Iron out the bug and it shall be put to good use!
  14. I pay for 30/10 and all I get is 28/9. /sadface =p
  15. Editorial: Is Resident Evil 5 Racist?[From IGN]