Making deep games [electronic resource] : Designing games with meaning and purpose.

by Rusch, Doris CLooking glass; ProQuest (Firm) [supplier.]Looking glass.

Publisher: Independence : CRC Press LLC, 2016.Description: 1 online resource (228 pages).ISBN: 9781317607717.Subject(s): Games -- Design and constructionAlternative form: Print version: Making Deep Games : Designing Games with Meaning and Purpose 9781138812123Online access: Read this e-book from ProQuest
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Like movies, television, and other preceding forms of media, video games are undergoing a dynamic shift in its content and perception. While the medium can still be considered in its infancy, the mark of true artistry and conceptual depth is detectable in the evolving styles, various genres and game themes. Doris C. Rusch's, Making Deep Games , combines this insight along with the discussion of the expressive nature of games, various case studies, and hands-on design exercises. This book offers a perspective into how to make games that tackle the whole bandwidth of the human experience; games that teach us something about ourselves, enable thought-provoking, emotionally rich experiences and promote personal and social change. Grounded in cognitive linguistics, game studies and the reflective practice of game design, Making Deep Games explores systematic approaches for how to approach complex abstract concepts, inner processes, and emotions through the specific means of the medium. It aims to shed light on how to make the multifaceted aspects of the human condition tangible through gameplay experiences.

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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.

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The subtitle of this book accurately describes its contents. Unlike conventional game design books such as Ernest Adams's Fundamentals of Game Design (CH, Apr'10, 47-4462), Making Deep Games, by Rusch (Depaul Univ.), suggests methodologies and techniques for designing video games that are more introspective and expressive than most commercial titles. Case studies of indie and commercial games are analyzed to provide context for the author's concepts and game design approaches. However, the few accompanying black-and-white, in-game screenshots and images are sometimes difficult to comprehend. Without playing the games or watching game-play footage, the reader may not fully understand Rusch's description of the games. Opportunities for the reader to directly apply the author's techniques appear in the form of non-technical game design exercises at the end of each chapter. Overall, this book will be useful to intermediate game designers who want to expand their design repertoire. Readers should be forewarned that the author discusses potential spoilers for video games that are referenced throughout the book. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; faculty and professionals. --Albert Chen, Cogswell College

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Doris C. Rusch is a game designer, researcher, play aficionado and holds a position as game design faculty at DePaul University. Before that she did post doctoral work at GAMBIT Game Lab, MIT, and Vienna University of Technology (Austria). Rusch's work is focused on the theory and practice of game design, particularly in regard to games that model the "human experience". She has won numerous awards for experimental, metaphorical games, many of which contributing to mental health awareness and activism, such as Akrasia (a game about substance abuse), Elude (a game about depression), Zombie Yoga - Recovering the Inner Child (a Kinect game in which the player does Yoga poses to fight inner fears, represented by Zombies) and Soteria - Dreams as Currency (a game for teens to learn how to overcome anxiety disorder). Having completed studies in Literature, Philosophy, Comparative Media Studies and English at Vienna University, she received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and Interactive Systems in 2004.