5 New Gaming Books

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Screwattack’s Video Game Vault: The Best of Nintendo 64
(14 Jun 2016)
Happy Anniversary N64! It s been twenty years since every kid growing up in the 90s lost their mind when they received an N64. Whether it was for your birthday, on Christmas morning or your bar mitzvah, the Nintendo 64 changed your life. The folks at ScrewAttack are no exception. To them, the 64 continues to be one of the greatest inventions known to man. With that kind of importance, it only made sense to relaunch the Video Game Vault series with the N64 leading the way. Following in the vein of their hit series “Video Game Vault, ScrewAttack’s debut book takes a look at one of the most important systems in history. The ScrewAttack team covers their favorite games for Nintendo’s iconic console while providing quirky personal stories that these games helped create. From the traditional fan-favorites, to the games everyone loved to hate, the Vault is back and it has it all.”

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Good Luck Have Fun: The Rise of eSports by Roland Li (23 Jun 2016)
A Close-Up Look at the Global Phenomenon of Competitive Video Gaming Esports is one of the fastest growing–and most cutthroat–industries in the world. A confluence of technology, culture, and determination has made this possible. Players around the world compete for millions of dollars in prize money, and companies like Amazon, Coca Cola, and Intel have invested billions. Esports events have sold out Los Angeles’s Staples Center, Seoul’s World Cup Stadium, and Seattle’s KeyArena. Hundreds of people have dedicated their lives to gaming, sacrificing their education, relationships, and even their bodies to compete, committing themselves with the same fervor of any professional athlete. In Good Luck Have Fun, author Roland Li talks to some of the biggest names in the business and explores the players, companies, and games that have made it to the new major leagues. Follow Alexander Garfield as he builds Evil Geniuses, a modest gaming group, in his college dorm into a global, multimillion-dollar eSports empire. Learn how Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill made League of Legends the world’s most successful eSports league and most popular PC game, on track to make over $1 billion a year. See how Twitch pivoted from a video streaming novelty into a $1 billion startup on the back of professional gamers. And dive into eSports’ dark side: drug abuse, labor troubles, and for each success story, hundreds of people who failed to make it big. These are the stories of the rise of an industry and culture that challenge what we know about sports, games, and competition.

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3D Game Textures: Professional Game Art Using Photoshop by Luke Ahearn (18 Jul 2016)
The new edition of 3D Game Textures: Create Professional Game Art Using Photoshop features the most up-to-date techniques that allow you to create your own unique textures, shaders, and materials. Revised to take new technology into account, it is an ideal hands-on resource for creating online worlds, simulations, web-based applications, and architectural visualization projects.

Continuing the practical, no-nonsense approach of its predecessors, the fourth edition shows you how to advance your digital art skills with textures and shaders by exploring their interactions in single objects or entire scenes. It contains expanded coverage of shader nodes, and the companion website―www.lukeahearn.com/textures―has been updated to include video tutorials as well as updated sample textures, shaders, materials, actions, brushes, and all of the art from the book.

Written with the beginner and the professional in mind, this book provides an excellent stepping stone for artists of any level. It shows aspiring artists how to create their own game textures. It also shows technically oriented professionals who struggle with artistic aspects of graphic design how to create textures in a way that they can relate to, while teaching technically challenged artists how to create their art in a fashion that allows them to set up their work with an eye toward the important technical aspects of game development.

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No-Code Video Game Development Using Unity and Playmaker by Michael Kelley (15 Jul 2016)
In the past, not being able to program meant not being able to make video games. Now if you can draw a flow-chart you can use powerful State Machine technology to create your dream game! No-Code Video Game Development using Unity and Playmaker will teach you how to substitute flow-charts for code. As a complete course, it uses a project-based approach. The FPS project comes with over a hundred dollars worth of free #gamedev DLC: Unity Packages, Playmaker Templates, Character Models, Animations, Materials, and more! You’ll also learn game design documentation and theory, Mecanim, Particle Systems, and UI. By the time you’re done you’ll have gained the skills needed to create your own dream game, all without writing any code!

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Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life by Chris Kohler (29 Jul 2016)
“A must-read.” ― GameDaily.
What makes Japanese video games so popular? This enjoyable and informative examination of how Japanese developers raised the medium to an art form includes interviews, anecdotes, and accounts of industry giants such as Shigeru Miyamoto, Hideo Kojima, and others involved in the creation of Donkey Kong, Mario, Pokémon, and other games. This edition includes updated material throughout and a new final chapter.

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