Good game design books?
I have some experience in creating, however I like to have some well written reference material to help me produce better products. Are there any game design books that are not aimed at a particular programming language?
Interesting; two different definitions of design coming up in the answers: 'game-play design' and 'game-software design'.
- 10 years ago
Here's Top 3 books on game design that I'd recommend:
- The Art of Game Design: A book of lenses (and I suggest to purchase actual lenses deck on Art of Game Design website
- Game Design Workshop, Second Edition: A Playcentric Approach to Creating Innovative Games
- Challenges for Game Designers
Now, probably the most important thing is that game design as a discipline is pretty thin, but it draws a lot from other areas like art, history, economics, math (specifically theory of probabilities & statistics), psychology, writing and even music & filmmaking. So good books in all those disciplines probably would be equally important for a game designer as well as specific game design books.
+1 for the Art of Game Design. Great book. I am using it on one of my projects right now.