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Player Of Games

RRP $19.99

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The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game ...a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death.

About the Author

Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory, in 1984. He has since gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels.


How To Create Fantasy Art For Computer Games

RRP $39.95

This book is a practical guide on how to create artwork for computer games - a burgeoning area in which thousands of artists are hired each year.

The guide mostly focuses on fantasy art but the information it gives on media - both traditional and digital, doodling, light, mass and negative space creatures, game genre, working with models, composition, perspective, character development, interactive environments, and atmosphere is pertinent to all computer art.

A gallery of fine art and illustration collections is also included making this book the ideal introduction to the world of producing computer art and encouraging turning a creative hobby into a career.

About the Author

Bill Stoneham has been a professional fine artist for over 30 years. He has worked in both feature film and effects studios and for the last 20 years he has been creating computer art for computer games companies such as Lucas Arts and Edios, amongst others.


Games User Research

RRP $337.99

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"Fundamentally, making games is designing with others, everyone contributing from different angles towards the best possible product. Conclusively, Garcia-Ruiz has chosen a collection of chapters that demonstrates several different aspects of working in gaming and working with others that stands to raise the level of expertise in the field." -Veronica Zammitto, Senior Lead Games User Research, Electronic Arts, Inc., from the Foreword Usability is about making a product easy to use while meeting the requirements of target users. Applied to video games, this means making the game accessible and enjoyable to the player. Video games with high usability are generally played efficiently and frequently while enjoying higher sales volumes. The case studies in this book present the latest interdisciplinary research and applications of games user research in determining and developing usability to improve the video game user experience at the human-computer interface level. Some of the areas examined include practical and ethical concerns in conducting usability testing with children, audio experiences in games, tangible and graphical game interfaces, controller testing, and business models in mobile gaming. Games User Research: A Case Study Approach provides a highly useful resource for researchers, practitioners, lecturers, and students in developing and applying methods for testing player usability as well as for conducting games user research. It gives the necessary theoretical and practical background for designing and conducting a test for usability with an eye toward modifying software interfaces to improve human-computer interaction between the player and the game.


The Cognitive Dynamics Of Computer Science

RRP $297.99

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A groundbreaking, unifying theory of computer science for low-cost, high-quality software<br> <br> <br> The Cognitive Dynamics of Computer Science represents the culmination of more than thirty years of the author's hands-on experience in software development, which has resulted in a remarkable and sensible philosophy and practice of software development. It provides a groundbreaking ontology of computer science, while describing the processes, methodologies, and constructs needed to build high-quality, large-scale computer software systems on schedule and on budget.<br> <br> Based on his own experience in developing successful, low-cost software projects, the author makes a persuasive argument for developers to understand the philosophical underpinnings of software. He asserts that software in reality is an abstraction of the human thought system. The author draws from the seminal works of the great German philosophers--Kant, Hegel, and Schopenhauer--and recasts their theories of human mind and thought to create a unifying theory of computer science, cognitive dynamics, that opens the door to the next generation of computer science and forms the basic architecture for total autonomy.<br> * Four detailed cases studies effectively demonstrate how philosophy and practice merge to meet the objective of high-quality, low-cost software.<br> * The Autonomous Cognitive System chapter sets forth a model for a completely autonomous computer system, using the human thought system as the model for functional architecture and the human thought process as the model for the functional data process.<br> * Although rooted in philosophy, this book is practical, addressing all the key areas that software professionals need to master in order to remain competitive and minimize costs, such as leadership, management, communication, and organization.<br> <br> This thought-provoking work will change the way students and professionals in computer science and software development conceptualize and perform their work. It provides them with both a philosophy and a set of practical tools to produce high-quality, low-cost software.


Pat-a-cake And Other First Baby Games

RRP $17.99

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This sturdy Sesame Street board book invites boys and girls ages 1 to 3 to play Pat-a-Cake, This Little Piggy, My Hands upon My Head, and other baby games with Elmo and his Baby friends. Bold, colorful illustrations and adult-friendly how-to-play instructions make this sturdy interactive board book the perfect baby and toddler gift!



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