Throughout the 1990s, artists experimented with game engine technologies to disrupt our habitual relationships to video games. They hacked, glitched, and dismantled popular first-person shooters such as Doom (1993) and Quake (1996) to engage players in new kinds of embodied activity. In Unstable Aesthetics: Game Engines and the Strangeness of Art Modding, Eddie Lohmeyer investigates historical episodes of art modding practices-the alteration of a game system's existing code or hardware to generate abstract spaces-situated around a recent archaeology of the game engine: software for rendering two and three-dimensional gameworlds. The contemporary artists highlighted throughout this book-Cory Arcangel, JODI, Julian Oliver, Krista Hoefle, and Brent Watanabe, among others –- were attracted to the architectures of engines because they allowed them to explore vital relationships among abstraction, technology, and the body. Artists employed a range of modding techniques-hacking the ROM chips on Nintendo cartridges to produce experimental video, deconstructing source code to generate psychedelic glitch patterns, and collaging together surreal gameworlds-to intentionally dissect the engine's operations and unveil illusions of movement within algorithmic spaces. Through key moments in game engine history, Lohmeyer formulates a rich phenomenology of video games by focusing on the liminal spaces of interaction among system and body, or rather the strangeness of art modding.
A handbook for game development with coverage of both team management topics, such as task tracking and creating the technical design document, and outsourcing strategies for contents, such as motion capture and voice-over talent. It covers various aspects of game development.
Learn to write 2D and 3D games without any programming experience by harnessing the advanced 2D/3D graphics features of DarkBASIC Professional! Bring the "fun factor" back into game programming and let DarkBASIC Pro handle all the game mechanics behind the scenes--an easy-to-use language with powerful features. Create self-contained executable games with the graphics and sound files stored inside the exe file. No DarkBASIC runtime library is needed: compiled programs are self-contained and require only that DirectX is installed. Finally, a book for complete beginners who want to learn to write games! Revives the language that most game programmers started with: BASIC. Learn to write 2D and 3D games without any programming experience by harnessing the advanced 2D/3D graphics features of DarkBASIC Professional! Bring the "fun factor" back into game programming and let DarkBASIC Pro handle all the game mechanics behind the scenes--an easy-to-use language with powerful features. Create self-contained executable games with the graphics and sound files stored inside the exe file. No DarkBASIC runtime library is needed: compiled programs are self-contained and require only that DirectX is installed. Finally, a book for complete beginners who want to learn to write games! Revives the language that most game programmers started with: BASIC.
Game Programming Gems 6 is the latest ALL new volume in this critically acclaimed series. Filled with insights from game industry pros, this volume provides faster, better, tools and techniques for making the best games possible. These techniques have been used in today?s most successful games and will help solve many of the challenges facing the development team. Not only do they help the team avoid redundancy and save valuable programming hours, but they push the team to approach problems from a new perspective and develop their own tools to prevent future issues. As with all previous volumes, the core areas of graphics, programming, networking, AI, physics, and audio are thoroughly covered and in this volume, new coverage of game testing, wireless gaming, and scripting has also been added. Game Programming Gems 6 is an indispensable resource that every developer must have on their shelves!
This book introduces the critical concepts and debates that are shaping the emerging field of game studies. Exploring games in the context of cultural studies and media studies, it analyses computer games as the most popular contemporary form of new media production and consumption. This is key reading for students, academics and industry practitioners in the fields of cultural studies, new media, media studies and game studies, as well as human-computer interaction and cyberculture.
This year's issue contains several articles about eSports. This time there are more research articles included. The topics range from research about eSports spectatorship, the informal roles in Counter-Strike Teams, a potential reverse gamification effect, the chances of eSports being an Olympic discipline, the connection between League of Legend teams and the owning corporations, the ergonomics in eSports and the health perception of gamers, to the potential shift in FPS games. The book is a statement: eSports is not only booming in the business context but increasingly gains attention in research as well.
Provides an overview of game creation and includes insider tips, tricks, and techniques, and describes the workings of the business side of the game industry, game design schools and courses, and other useful sources.
This database encompasses all aspects of the impact of people and technology on the environment and the effectiveness of remedial policies and technologies, featuring more than 950 journals published in the U.S. and abroad. The database also covers conference papers and proceedings, special reports from international agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, associations and private corporations. Other materials selectively indexed include significant monographs, government studies and newsletters.