Gamestar Mechanic For Dummies

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Gamestar Mechanic For Dummies

by Cordeiro

Wiley | May 19, 2014 | Trade Paperback

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Level up from gamer to creator with Gamestar Mechanic

Do you think you can design the ultimate video game? It''s more than just flashy effects and cool graphics. Gamestar Mechanic helps you build the skills you need to become a master designer. Go on Quests, collect your Sprites and design your very own game that you can publish instantly and receive feedback from other users. You can also take an online game design course where an expert instructor is right there to help you. Gamestar Mechanic For Dummies will show you how to get the most out of the site and build your very best game. Author Jacob Cordeiro, author of Minecraft For Dummies and a former Gamestar Mechanic teacher, shows you all the tips and tricks and teaches you the principles behind your design.

  • Go through all of the phases of game design
  • Plan, design and build your own video game
  • Take a more active role in your gaming
  • Share your game with others and get feedback
  • Learn the principles of good game design

Gamestar Mechanic offers an online community for collaboration, support and sharing, and makes learning valuable skills feel like gameplay. Gamestar Mechanic For Dummies will help you get the most out of your game creation experience.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.15 × 7.4 × 0.72 in

Published: May 19, 2014

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1118832124

ISBN - 13: 9781118832127

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Gamestar Mechanic For Dummies

by Cordeiro

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.15 × 7.4 × 0.72 in

Published: May 19, 2014

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1118832124

ISBN - 13: 9781118832127

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Introducing the Gamestar Mechanic World 5

Chapter 1: What Is Gamestar Mechanic? 7

Chapter 2: Getting Up and Running 17

Part II: Playing and Designing Games 41

Chapter 3: The Basics of Playing a Game 43

Chapter 4: Completing Quest Missions 55

Chapter 5: Designing and Publishing Your First Game 75

Chapter 6: Understanding Sprites 105

Part III: Participating in the Gamestar Community 143

Chapter 7: Reviewing Games 145

Chapter 8: Earning Ranks and Badges 157

Chapter 9: Meeting the Mechanics 171

Chapter 10: Making Yourself Known within the Community 181

Part IV: Designing Masterpieces 191

Chapter 11: Understanding What Makes a Good Game 193

Chapter 12: Designing and Redesigning Games 211

Chapter 13: Seeking True Mastery in Game Design 223

Part V: Going Deeper in the Gamestar World 245

Chapter 14: Examining Premium Content 247

Chapter 15: Entering Game Design Contests 261

Chapter 16: Teaching and Learning through Gamestar Mechanic 277

Part VI: The Part of Tens 299

Chapter 17: Ten Types of Gameplay 301

Chapter 18: Ten Pitfalls of Gamestar Mechanic Projects 309

Index 319

From the Publisher

Level up from gamer to creator with Gamestar Mechanic

Do you think you can design the ultimate video game? It''s more than just flashy effects and cool graphics. Gamestar Mechanic helps you build the skills you need to become a master designer. Go on Quests, collect your Sprites and design your very own game that you can publish instantly and receive feedback from other users. You can also take an online game design course where an expert instructor is right there to help you. Gamestar Mechanic For Dummies will show you how to get the most out of the site and build your very best game. Author Jacob Cordeiro, author of Minecraft For Dummies and a former Gamestar Mechanic teacher, shows you all the tips and tricks and teaches you the principles behind your design.

  • Go through all of the phases of game design
  • Plan, design and build your own video game
  • Take a more active role in your gaming
  • Share your game with others and get feedback
  • Learn the principles of good game design

Gamestar Mechanic offers an online community for collaboration, support and sharing, and makes learning valuable skills feel like gameplay. Gamestar Mechanic For Dummies will help you get the most out of your game creation experience.

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Learn to:

  • Use this popular game design website to develop game-building techniques
  • Create your own game with drag-and-drop technology
  • Publish your game for others to play

Your complete, easy-to-use guide to creating great games with Gamestar Mechanic

Want to build great games but keep getting stuck? This comprehensive guide to Gamestar Mechanic will get you up and running in no time! Perfect for game designers of all ages, and with no experience necessary, this book provides the aspiring designer with all the tools needed to start using the Gamestar Mechanic website to build great games today!

  • Dive in — get a complete overview of Gamestar Mechanic, including the Quest, the Workshop, the toolbox, and Game Alley
  • The ins and outs — jump into game playing, completing quests, and the first stages of designing your own game
  • That winning personality — take part in the Gamestar community by reviewing games and meeting other mechanics
  • Design a masterpiece — understand what makes a great game, how to redesign a game, and how to use advanced design techniques
  • Go deep — find out about premium site content, additional design options, and taking classes

Open the book and find:

  • An overview of Gamestar Mechanic components
  • Tips on creating an account, navigating the site, and more
  • The lowdown on playing games and completing missions
  • Complete game design instructions
  • Info on earning ranks and badges
  • How to balance and improve your games
  • Ten pitfalls to avoid in Gamestar Mechanic projects

About the Author

Jacob Cordeiro is a math and gaming enthusiast attending the Stanford Online High School. He was a panelist at the Games for Change conference in 2012, and taught classes in the Gamestar Mechanic platform in the same year. Jacob is the author of Minecraft For Dummies, Portable Edition.

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