We have entered a period defined by play. Games are all around us and will increasingly play an important role in our lives. Games connect with what makes us human, celebrating experimentation and persistence.
Games motivate through challenges and then reward us for our accomplishments. When we fail, we are driven to try again, converting failures into strategies. The well-designed game naturally encourages the player forward.
Learn the fundamental ideas of game design, then create an original game for others to play.
Use the following resources to explore the process of game design. Think about how to design for meaningful play and tune the rules of a game to make it fun?
The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, Jesse Schell, Morgan Kaufmann
Challenges for Game Designers, Brenda Brathewaite and Ian Schreiber
Fundamentals of Game Design, Ernest Adams and Andrew Rollings
Rules of Play, Katie Salen and Eric Zimmerman
The Grasshopper: Games, Life and Utopia, Bernard Suits
Game Design Workshop, Tracy Fullerton, Christopher Swain and Steven Hoffman
How Video Games Can Teach Your Brain to Fight Depression by Jane McGonigal