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Experiments In Automated Generation Of Games

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Electronic, video and computer games have captured the interest of younger generation during the past years and have become the primary source of relaxation and fun for many. The public demand for choices in computer games has increased and there is a need to automate the process of game development. In this book we introduce a methodology for automated generation of entertaining games. The genres we address are board based games and video games. We use evolutionary algorithms to generate new and entertaining games using our proposed entertainment metrics as the fitness function.


Games User Research

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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.


Player Of Games

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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 Is My Brain Like A Supercomputer?

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This is a lively, illustrated book from the popular Good Question! Series. It is packed with fun facts about how the body works. It is suitable for children aged 6 and over. Why do I have a belly button? What happens to the food I eat? Why am I different from everyone else on Earth? All children want to understand how their body works, and this lively illustrated book explains it all, from what DNA is to how their heart pumps blood.

About the Author

Melissa Stewart is an award-winning author of more than 100 science books for children. She serves on the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' board of advisors and is a judge for the American Institute of Physics Children's Science Writing Award.


Games And House Design For Dwarf Rabbits

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Instructive how-to photos on every page complement this idea-packed handbook for owners of pet dwarf rabbits. These tiny creatures are not only warm, furry, and cuddly; they also readily respond to training and are capable of learning many tricks. Author Esther Schmidt describes a variety of games and pastimes that can add up to great fun for both rabbits and their owners. She also presents--

  • Photo-illustrated construction plans for both simple and elaborate rabbit housing
  • Easy-to-follow instructions for making rabbits' toys for both indoor and outdoor playtime
  • Ideas for making rabbit beds, baskets . . . and much more

    Games and House Design for Dwarf Rabbits is a title in Barron's brand-new Games and House Design series of idea books that encourage bonding between animal lovers and their pets. All books in this series focus on ways to create an optimal environment for your pet while emphasizing the many joys that come with pet ownership. The books are filled with color photos on most pages, sidebar tips, and construction diagrams.


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