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Procedural Generation in Game Design 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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Short, director of KitFox Games, and Adams, the independent co-creator of the popular game Dwarf Fortress, have edited a substantial collection of essays providing concepts and practical application of procedurally generated content and algorithms for game design purposes. Procedural generational the method of creating data via algorithm rather than by hand—is a principle developers can harness to allow the game to generate its own content (settings, objects, and stories) using a series of rules. This method can result in considerable savings over the more traditional game design. Unlike Procedural Content Generation in Games (Shaker, Togelius, Nelson, 2016), the material here is authored by independent developers (with one exception from Blizzard Entertainment), so the information is more accessible and actionable. The book should enable game developers evaluating procedural generation for their games to make an informed decision whether or not to use it. Those with a background in computer science or who are already using procedural generation may learn something new from the contributors’ experiences and methodologies.

--A. Chen, Cogswell College

Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.

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Making a game can be an intensive process, and if not planned accurately can easily run over budget. The use of procedural generation in game design can help with the intricate and multifarious aspects of game development; thus facilitating cost reduction. This form of development enables games to create their play areas, objects and stories based on a set of rules, rather than relying on the developer to handcraft each element individually. Readers will learn to create randomized maps, weave accidental plotlines, and manage complex systems that are prone to unpredictable behavior. Tanya Short’s and Tarn Adams’ Procedural Generation in Game Design offers a wide collection of chapters from various experts that cover the implementation and enactment of procedural generation in games. Designers from a variety of studios provide concrete examples from their games to illustrate the many facets of this emerging sub-discipline.

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  • Introduces the differences between static/traditional game design and procedural game design

  • Demonstrates how to solve or avoid common problems with procedural game design in a variety of concrete ways

  • Includes industry leaders’ experiences and lessons from award-winning games

  • World’s finest guide for how to begin thinking about procedural design

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7716 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1498799191
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: A K Peters/CRC Press; 1 edition (12 June 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071GL6NRD
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #478,640 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Joe Zack
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for game programmers and procedural generation enthusiasts
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Smarter Daily
5.0 out of 5 stars You love procedurally generated games? Of course you do, buy this book, read it and make your own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little vignettes into many different aspects of procedurally generated content!
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