How Games Move Us Book

How Games Move Us


  • Author : Katherine Isbister
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 2016-03-04
  • Genre: Games
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780262034265

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How Games Move Us Excerpt :

An engaging examination of how video game design can create strong, positive emotional experiences for players, with examples from popular, indie, and art games.

How Games Move Us Book

How Games Move Us


  • Author : Katherine Isbister
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 2017-10-27
  • Genre: Games & Activities
  • Pages : 186
  • ISBN 10 : 9780262534451

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How Games Move Us Excerpt :

An engaging examination of how video game design can create strong, positive emotional experiences for players, with examples from popular, indie, and art games. This is a renaissance moment for video games—in the variety of genres they represent, and the range of emotional territory they cover. But how do games create emotion? In How Games Move Us, Katherine Isbister takes the reader on a timely and novel exploration of the design techniques that evoke strong emotions for players. She counters arguments that games are creating a generation of isolated, emotionally numb, antisocial loners. Games, Isbister shows us, can actually play a powerful role in creating empathy and other strong, positive emotional experiences; they reveal these qualities over time, through the act of playing. She offers a nuanced, systematic examination of exactly how games can influence emotion and social connection, with examples—drawn from popular, indie, and art games—that unpack the gamer's experience. Isbister describes choice and flow, two qualities that distinguish games from other media, and explains how game developers build upon these qualities using avatars, non-player characters, and character customization, in both solo and social play. She shows how designers use physical movement to enhance players' emotional experience, and examines long-distance networked play. She illustrates the use of these design methods with examples that range from Sony's Little Big Planet to the much-praised indie game Journey to art games like Brenda Romero's Train. Isbister's analysis shows us a new way to think about games, helping us appreciate them as an innovative and powerful medium for doing what film, literature, and other creative media do: helping us to understand ourselves and what it means to be human.

Your Move Book

Your Move


  • Author : Jonathan Kay
  • Publisher : Sutherland House
  • Release Date : 2019-10
  • Genre: Family & Relationships
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 1999439546

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Your Move Excerpt :

Board games are among our most ancient and beloved art forms. During the rise of digital media, they fell from prominence for a decade or two but today they are in a new golden age. They're ingeniously designed, beautiful to look at, and exhilarating to play. Games are reclaiming their place in our culture, as entertainment, social activity, and intellectual workout equipment. Alone among all art forms, games require their audience (called "players") to participate. If nobody's playing, there is no game. As a result, games can tell far more about us than our TV shows, movies or music ever could. How does The Game of Life illustrate our changing attitudes about virtue? How does a World War II conflict simulation game explain the shortcomings of a failed novelist? Each chapter of Your Move examines one game, and what it reveals about our culture, history, society, and relationships. The book's two co-authors bring the perspectives of a writer who plays, and a player who writes. Before Jonathan Kay began his distinguished career as an author and commentator, he had a passion for games, and in recent years he has rediscovered them. Meanwhile, Joan Moriarity's career has been spent designing, developing, distributing, art directing, recommending and teaching board games and, recently, writing about them for a wider audience. With its short, punchy essays, and dozens of beautiful photographs of the games themselves, every chapter will be a worthwhile read in itself, and the book overall will leave you inspired to discover the truths of your own inner and outer world through play, whether you're a seasoned veteran or a total newcomer.

Seven Games  A Human History Book
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Seven Games A Human History


  • Author : Oliver Roeder
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2022-01-25
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781324003786

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Seven Games A Human History Excerpt :

A group biography of seven enduring and beloved games, and the story of why—and how—we play them. Checkers, backgammon, chess, and Go. Poker, Scrabble, and bridge. These seven games, ancient and modern, fascinate millions of people worldwide. In Seven Games, Oliver Roeder charts their origins and historical importance, the delightful arcana of their rules, and the ways their design makes them pleasurable. Roeder introduces thrilling competitors, such as evangelical minister Marion Tinsley, who across forty years lost only three games of checkers; Shusai, the Master, the last Go champion of imperial Japan, defending tradition against “modern rationalism”; and an IBM engineer who created a backgammon program so capable at self-learning that NASA used it on the space shuttle. He delves into the history and lore of each game: backgammon boards in ancient Egypt, the Indian origins of chess, how certain shells from a particular beach in Japan make the finest white Go stones. Beyond the cultural and personal stories, Roeder explores why games, seemingly trivial pastimes, speak so deeply to the human soul. He introduces an early philosopher of games, the aptly named Bernard Suits, and visits an Oxford cosmologist who has perfected a computer that can effectively play bridge, a game as complicated as human language itself. Throughout, Roeder tells the compelling story of how humans, pursuing scientific glory and competitive advantage, have invented AI programs better than any human player, and what that means for the games—and for us. Funny, fascinating, and profound, Seven Games is a story of obsession, psychology, history, and how play makes us human.

Design Justice Book

Design Justice


  • Author : Sasha Costanza-Chock
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 2020-03-03
  • Genre: Design
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN 10 : 9780262043458

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Design Justice Excerpt :

An exploration of how design might be led by marginalized communities, dismantle structural inequality, and advance collective liberation and ecological survival. What is the relationship between design, power, and social justice? “Design justice” is an approach to design that is led by marginalized communities and that aims expilcitly to challenge, rather than reproduce, structural inequalities. It has emerged from a growing community of designers in various fields who work closely with social movements and community-based organizations around the world. This book explores the theory and practice of design justice, demonstrates how universalist design principles and practices erase certain groups of people—specifically, those who are intersectionally disadvantaged or multiply burdened under the matrix of domination (white supremacist heteropatriarchy, ableism, capitalism, and settler colonialism)—and invites readers to “build a better world, a world where many worlds fit; linked worlds of collective liberation and ecological sustainability.” Along the way, the book documents a multitude of real-world community-led design practices, each grounded in a particular social movement. Design Justice goes beyond recent calls for design for good, user-centered design, and employment diversity in the technology and design professions; it connects design to larger struggles for collective liberation and ecological survival.

So You Think You re Smart Book
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So You Think You re Smart


  • Author : Pasqual J. Battaglia
  • Publisher : International Puzzle Feature
  • Release Date : 2002-02
  • Genre: Games & Activities
  • Pages : 76
  • ISBN 10 : 0970825315

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So You Think You re Smart Excerpt :

So You Think You're Smart is an eclectic collection of word games, riddles and logic puzzles to tantalize, tease and boggle the brains of readers of all ages and educational levels. The brain teasers are about ordinary words and things that everybody knows about so only common sense and a bit of resourcefulness are needed to solve them. The book is in its 17th printing and has appeared on Saturday Night Live.

Values at Play in Digital Games Book

Values at Play in Digital Games


  • Author : Mary Flanagan
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 2016-09-02
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780262529976

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Values at Play in Digital Games Excerpt :

A theoretical and practical guide to integrating human values into the conception and design of digital games. All games express and embody human values, providing a compelling arena in which we play out beliefs and ideas. “Big ideas” such as justice, equity, honesty, and cooperation—as well as other kinds of ideas, including violence, exploitation, and greed—may emerge in games whether designers intend them or not. In this book, Mary Flanagan and Helen Nissenbaum present Values at Play, a theoretical and practical framework for identifying socially recognized moral and political values in digital games. Values at Play can also serve as a guide to designers who seek to implement values in the conception and design of their games. After developing a theoretical foundation for their proposal, Flanagan and Nissenbaum provide detailed examinations of selected games, demonstrating the many ways in which values are embedded in them. They introduce the Values at Play heuristic, a systematic approach for incorporating values into the game design process. Interspersed among the book's chapters are texts by designers who have put Values at Play into practice by accepting values as a design constraint like any other, offering a real-world perspective on the design challenges involved.

Web Games Book

Web Games


  • Author : Lior Samson
  • Publisher : Homeland Connection
  • Release Date : 2020-08-22
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 364
  • ISBN 10 : 1732609179

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Web Games Excerpt :

Destiny Allen, a Web designer for software giant Scenaria Security Systems, finds herself involved in a deadly puzzle that blurs the boundaries between the virtual and the real. At stake: the infrastructure of modern America. Her resources: Dina Gustafson, a college friend, and Karl Lustig, an Israeli technology journalist with friends in dark places. The challenge: sort the good guys from the bad before the lights go out. A fast-paced technology thriller, Web Games is about real risks and virtual worlds, about Internet threats as close as tomorrow's nightly news, and about the ever-escalating warfare between black-hat hackers and modern society.

Game Usability Book

Game Usability


  • Author : Katherine Isbister
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Release Date : 2022-02-07
  • Genre: Computer games
  • Pages : 438
  • ISBN 10 : 036761992X

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Game Usability Excerpt :

This book introduces the basics in game usability and overall game UX mindset and techniques, as well as looking at current industry best practices and trends. Fully updated for its second edition, it includes practical advice on how to include usability in already tight development timelines, and how to advocate for UX and communicate results to higher-ups effectively. The book begins with an introduction to UX strategy considerations for games, and to UX design, before moving on to cover core user research and usability techniques as well as how to fit UX practices into the business process. It provides considerations of player differences and offers strategies for inclusion as well as chapters that give platform and context specific advice. With a wealth of new interviews with industry leaders and contributions from the very best in game UX, the book also includes brand new chapters on: Accessibility Mobile Game Usability Data Science Virtual and Augmented Reality Esports This book will be vital reading for all professional game developers and game UX advocates, as well as those students aspiring to work in game development and game UX.

Navigating a Sea of Emotions Book

Navigating a Sea of Emotions


  • Author : Kristin Hanley
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date : 2017-01-19
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 204
  • ISBN 10 : 1541094824

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Navigating a Sea of Emotions Excerpt :

When the world says, "Let your emotions lead you," we as Christ-followers must find a different course, navigating through the minor whirlpools, unpredictable winds, and sometimes ferocious hurricanes. Christ's words and actions guide our ships into deeper waters and beyond to the other shore. This book explores scriptural anchoring points, personality influence, and past experiences to give us a new vision of the weighted tension between letting loose with our feelings or cinching up and ignoring them altogether. As human beings, we are created with emotional dimension, and within Christ, we are called to surrender these feelings, using them in a healthy and biblical way.

Mastering the Game Book

Mastering the Game


  • Author : Jon Harrison
  • Publisher : CreateSpace
  • Release Date : 2015-03-14
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 294
  • ISBN 10 : 1508762554

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Mastering the Game Excerpt :

Can video games be used to teach personal and business success lessons?Mastering The Game: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Success In Life takes a look at how the same habits and principles that lead to success when playing video games can be applied to personal and business success. Principles are ideas that are truly timeless, and remain true independent of context, culture or time period. So what are the principles embedded in the most popular video games? Surprisingly, the list strongly resembles the most in demand traits for the workplace. * Adaptability & Managing Change* Personal Accountability* Innovation* Communication & Listening* Teambuilding & Collaboration* Knowledge Sharing* Persistence & GritMastering The Game provides analogies, examples, and lessons for connecting the dots between how gamers play and how successful professionals work. Are you ready to take your career to the next level?

Emotional Mastery Book

Emotional Mastery


  • Author : A. O'Connor
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date : 2015-06-29
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 76
  • ISBN 10 : 1514735814

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Emotional Mastery Excerpt :

Our emotions are powerful and they can lead us to feelings and thoughts of happiness and joy or sadness and devastation. Everyone of us are faced with not only our own emotions but the emotions of others, as well. Learning to master our emotions and how to appropriately respond to the emotions of others is critical to living a successful and happy life. Failure to master our emotions can lead to poor physical health and depression. The good news is that we do not have to be creatures of emotion based reaction behavior but can live the life of success, prosperity and love we deserve. Emotional Mastery will lead you to awareness of the root cause or triggers of your emotions and give you effective methods for dealing with them and increasing your emotional intelligence. Contrary to the belief of some, our emotions are not necessarily the result of upbringing, social status, or environment. Our emotions should not control us but serve us giving us more management over our lives and improving our relationships. Each of us have within us the power to rein over our emotions and redirect them to become powerful tools of enhanced self-awareness, rapid problem and conflict resolution, influential interpersonal skills, stronger relationships, career success, and enable us to live the happy life we all dream of. You have the power to rein over your emotions and even control them. You have the power to be happy, even when you think it's impossible, and you have the power to change the way you feel. You will soon find that even the most difficult circumstances will be handled with maturity and can no longer harm you or your physical well being. Decide today to raise your Emotional Intelligence stop negative emotional reaction behavior and become the Master of your success and happiness.

Self Made Bitch Book

Self Made Bitch


  • Author : Jauwel
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date : 2014-02-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 1495983161

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Self Made Bitch Excerpt :

Tell em to hold on, a real bitch is coming.' Kahyla James was an ordinary girl with dreams of one day making it big. And she was well on her way, especially with a street gangsta like Anthony 'Boston' Dixon training her to be a self made bitch. But when she was betrayed by the people that she loved the most it forced her to take actions into her own hands and show the city just how ruthless she could be. Ride with Kahyla as she navigates the streets showing the gangsta's that the penalty for betrayal is still death.

Strings of Faith Book

Strings of Faith


  • Author : Terry Stafford
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2016-10-04
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 1943526613

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Strings of Faith Excerpt :

Is it possible to experience joy made full? This story is one of heroic recovery. Darcy's sights are firmly set on winning The National Oldtime Fiddle Contest in Weiser, Idaho. She barely gains traction with her quest when tragedy strikes.

Creative Stress Book

Creative Stress


  • Author : James O'Dea
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2010-09
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 206
  • ISBN 10 : 0981831869

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Creative Stress Excerpt :

Creative Stress reveals with precision how we can and must transmute negative stress so that we can evolve individually and collectively. It offers the reader a steady climb to the higher reaches of human creativity and fulfillment, and is packed with compelling stories from O'Dea's exceptionally rich experience.