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Book Excerpt: Game Design Workshop, 5th Edition

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This updated 5th edition brings deeper coverage of playcentric design techniques, including setting emotion-focused experience goals and managing the design process to meet them. It includes a host of new diverse perspectives from top industry game designers.'

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Training the game designers of tomorrow (part 1 of 5)

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To fully integrate into a team and thrive, a game designer must develop soft skills and new skills that are not systematically offered in school training. This publication series aims to better prepare future game designers for their missions. I draw on my experience as a game designer, lead designer, and trainer.

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How to write a Game Design Document

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Game Design Documents (GDD) have a long history and a different place in many designers' toolboxes. Here's how to write a useful, up-to-date GDD.

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Composer Yoko Shimomura and game designer Fawzi Mesmar honored At GDCA 2024

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At GDCA 2024, Composer Yoko Shimomura will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and game designer Fawzi Mesmar will receive the Ambassador Award.

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Legendary game designers John Romero and Mabel Addis honored at GDCA 2023

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Mabel Addis will posthumously receive the Pioneer Award, which honors breakthrough business, tech, and game design milestones. The award-winning game designer, level designer, and programmer John Romero will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on iconic and genre-defining first-person shooters.

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Laralyn McWilliams, game designer, passes away at 58

Game Developer

During her 30-year career in games, McWilliams worked on a number of games such as Gears of War 4, Free Realms, and Deal or No Deal.

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Training the game designers of tomorrow (Part 2/5)

Game Developer

In the first part of this series of publications devoted to training game and level designers, I discussed the importance of soft skills, essential complements to know-how. I presented two skills that are essential to me. In this second part, I present two others to you.