Ever since Halo: Combat Evolved was released on the XBox in 2001, the shoot-em up has gone from strength to strength and is surely one of the most iconic and influential computer games of all time.
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Fully endorsed by 343 Studios and full of eye-catching artwork, this stunning gift book is the comprehensive and authoritative guide to the Halo universe and it covers the entire canon, including games, books, comics, film and television.
It contains the timeline of the Halo universe and charts humanity's battles against the alien forces of the Covenant, Forerunners and the Flood.
The StarCraft saga has been one of the most successful computer games of all time and this combat handbook (presented in the style of a field manual) celebrates the impact and legacy of the iconic military, strategy and sci-fi adventure.
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The game follows Sarah Kerrigan and Jim Raynor as they find themselves in the midst of a terrifying battle between the scrappy Terrans, mystifying Protoss and terrifying Zerg swarm. This book draws on over a decade's worth of lore to create an all-encompassing collector's book that fills in every detail of the game's technology, races and units.
A definitive field guide, it features original illustrations and an engaging narrative that provides an in-depth overview of the franchise. Presented in keepsake hardback, it's a thrilling gift for any fan.
World of Warcraft is a computer game that revolutionised both the role-playing and online gaming genre. This book provides a celebration of the world of Azeroth and all its characters, weapons and environments.
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Fully illustrated with the game's iconic artwork, it contains interviews with key developers and tells the complete story of the game's evolution. It even contains previously unseen illustrations from the various expansions to the hame.
From concept art to the finished pieces, this is the ultimate tribute to the epic gaming franchise.
Objection! Phoenix Wright is back! After a hiatus as the lead protagonist of series, the original Ace Attorney has returned as the series' top defense lawyer. The Art of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies collects the artwork behind the latest installment in the popular Capcom franchise. Included are character designs, pin-ups, storyboards, character profiles, and much more!
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In Playing with Sound, Karen Collins examines video game sound from the player's perspective. She explores the many ways that players interact with a game's sonic aspects -- which include not only music but also sound effects, ambient sound, dialogue, and interface sounds -- both within and outside of the game. She investigates the ways that meaning is found, embodied, created, evoked, hacked, remixed, negotiated, and renegotiated by players in the space of interactive sound in games. Drawing on disciplines that range from film studies and philosophy to psychology and computer science, Collins develops a theory of interactive sound experience that distinguishes between interacting with sound and simply listening without interacting. Her conceptual approach combines practice theory (which focuses on productive and consumptive practices around media) and embodied cognition (which holds that our understanding of the world is shaped by our physical interaction with it). Collins investigates the multimodal experience of sound, image, and touch in games; the role of interactive sound in creating an emotional experience through immersion and identification with the game character; the ways in which sound acts as a mediator for a variety of performative activities; and embodied interactions with sound beyond the game, including machinima, chip-tunes, circuit bending, and other practices that use elements from games in sonic performances.
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The Professor Layton series couples brilliant puzzle games with a fascinating story to create a riveting formula that has provided great entertainment for mystery fans and puzzle-solving gurus alike. Now you can dive even deeper into Professor Layton's universe with a fabulous tome that is sure to remind you of a puzzle! The World of Professor Layton is bursting with artwork, rough concepts, storyboards, and detailed character profiles from every Professor Layton game, as well as exclusive interviews, creator commentary, and much more!
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In Shin Megami Tensei IV, samurai clash with demons and feudalism meets the futuristic in a post-apocalyptic world. Shin Megami Tensei IV: Official Artworks collects the gorgeous imagery behind this critically-acclaimed RPG for the Nintendo 3DS. Inside you'll find character designs, backgrounds, demon designs, rough concepts, creator commentary, and more!
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Shovel Knight is a sweeping classic action adventure game with awesome gameplay, memorable characters, and an 8-bit retro aesthetic created by Yacht Club Games. Shovel Knight: Official Design Works collects the fun and original artwork behind this landmark title. Inside you'll find key art, character concepts, enemy designs, sprite sheets, unused ideas, and an all-new Shovel Knight tribute art gallery! This epic tome is also packed with creator commentary, as well as exclusive interview with the Yacht Club Games team.
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Since its inception 30 years ago, the Street Fighter(TM) video game series from Capcom has thrived based on a lethal combination of innovation, style and technique. From first-of-their-kind advances such as selectable characters and secret combo moves, to imagination-capturing characters such as Ryu, Chun-Li, and Akuma, Street Fighter has stayed a step ahead of the competition en route to becoming one of the most enduring and influential franchises in video game history. Undisputed Street Fighter(TM) features in-depth interviews and exclusive, behind-the-scenes looks into the making of the Street Fighter games, and the iconic art, design, and imagery from across the Street Fighter universe
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In "The Art of BioShock Infinite", delve deeper into the city of Columbia - the fabled floating metropolis that serves as a beacon of technology and achievement for the early 1900s! This deluxe hardcover features production designs and concept illustrations focusing on main characters Booker DeWitt, Elizabeth, and Songbird from the highly anticipated BioShock Infinite video game. See the evolution of the Heavy Hitters, the populace of Columbia, the Sky-Hook, vigors, airships, and much more! This deluxe hardcover also features an introduction from "BioShock Infinite" Creative Director Ken Levine!
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Celebrating over 20 years as SEGA's official mascot, The History of Sonic the Hedgehog is the ultimate guide to SEGA's spiky blue speedster! This hefty 300-page volume covers in detail two decades of 2D and 3D Sonic games, plus spinoffs and crossovers. You'll also find character profiles, promotional artwork, rare concept art, and a detailed look at the origins of the "Blue Blur".
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Castlevania is a multi-generational video game series developed and published by Konami. The franchise was first released in 1986, but has evolved from a side-scrolling platformer into a full-scale adventure series - and has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. The series is a fan-favourite, and has influenced generation after generation of games since first being released.
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The Macintosh challenged games to be more than child's play and quick reflexes. It made human-computer interaction friendly, inviting and intuitive. Mac gaming led to much that is now taken for granted by PC gamers and spawned some of the biggest franchises in video game history. It allowed anyone to create games and playful software with ease, and gave indie developers a home for their products. It welcomed strange ideas and encouraged experimentation. It fostered passionate and creative communities who inspired and challenged developers to do better and to follow the Mac mantra `think different'. Drawing on archive material and interviews with key figures from the era - and featuring new material from Craig Fryar, Apple's first Mac games evangelist and the co-creator of hit game Spectre - The Secret History of Mac Gaming is the story of those communities and the game developers who survived and thrived in an ecosystem that was serially ignored by the outside world. It's a book about people who followed their hearts first and market trends second, showing how clever, quirky, and downright wonderful video games could be.
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"Game Character Development" takes you through all the steps needed to create compelling, highly-detailed characters for games. This book is suitable for both beginner game artists and experienced designers who want to brush up their skills, and covers the latest character creation tools and technologies. Throughout this book you will work step-by-step to create a finished character that incorporates all of the methods presented. First you'll examine the available modeling techniques and then create a base mesh. You'll then incorporate UV mapping and virtual sculpting. With the basic model created, you'll explore advanced techniques to add texture and detail, and finish up by optimizing and refining your character. The techniques presented can be applied with virtually any 3D software program, so you're free to work within the application with which you're most familiar. If a specific tool is introduced, a brief introduction will cover the basic information you need to utilize it. There's even a chapter with suggestions on what you'll need to add to your finished character before it gets introduced into the game production pipeline, including adding facial expression, rigging, and even animation. And a helpful reference section provides additional resources to help you with those next steps.
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Few moments in history have proven as timelessly fascinating as the lawless Golden Age of Piracy, which was largely played out in the Caribbean of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. In this time of rebellion, fortune, intrigue, and adventure, Blackbeard stands as one of the most fearsome captains to have ever sailed the seas. Now, as the latest historical figure to take center stage in the Assassin's Creed(R) franchise, Blackbeard joins the ranks of Edward Kenway--father of Haytham Kenway and grandfather of Connor--as they navigate troubled island waters and carve out their destinies. Thoughtfully crafted to resemble an authentic pirate artifact, this illustrated journal delivers a unique insider's view into the world of the game through fascinating entries that provide a firsthand account of the day-to-day lives of the characters. This one-of-a-kind graphic novel -- featuring beautifully etched illustrations and portraits, a wanted poster, removable Letter of Marque, torn pages ripped out by Blackbeard himself, and more -- brings the bold worlds of Blackbeard and Kenway strikingly to life.
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One of the most exciting and visceral action role-playing games in recent memory, Diablo(R) has become a worldwide gaming phenomenon. Diablo III: Book of Tyrael takes fans even further into the universe with a detailed and beautifully crafted artifact that focuses on the renowned champion Tyrael. As a former archangel of the High Heavens, he ranks among the most important and influential characters in the Diablo franchise. Here, in this illustrated and comprehensive tome, he reveals never-before-known secrets about the history of the world, the dark threats that yet face mankind, and his decision to join the ranks of humanity as a mortal. Featuring stunning original art throughout, this beautifully illustrated follow-up to Diablo III: Book of Cain will also feature letters from Leah and additional fragments of Cain's writings, all curated by Tyrael as he weaves together a complex and fascinating story for the members of the Horadrim. Also features a fully removable illustration of the Leoric family and other influential characters from Old Tristram; including Deckard Cain, Prince Albrecht, Archbishop Lazarus, King Leoric, Prince Aidan, Queen Asylla, Leah, and Adria. This reversible image would demonstrate their normal appearances on one side, along with a representation of their dark fates on the other.
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This stunning book explores the rich mythology of Assassin's Creed, featuring the art and history of the series from the first groundbreaking game through the graphic novels to the DLCs. Highlighting the lush and vibrant art that has become a hallmark of the series, this luxury coffee-table book brings the game's famous historical locations and figures to life and explores the evolution of each iconic Assassin and Templar.
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Playing with Power: Nintendo NES Classics will cover complete strategy for many classic NES games as well as content from the popular Nintendo Power magazine of the time. Exclusive embossed slipcase holds this hardcover tome in a clever package that resembles a classic NES Game Pak! A fascinating retrospective on 17 NES classics-including Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda! Interviews and commentary from Nintendo visionaries who pioneered this era of gaming. A showcase of vintage advertising and priceless excerpts from Nintendo Power magazine back issues! Plus hand-drawn maps, character and game environment art, and much more!
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Since the dawn of time, the Eternal Conflict has raged between the High Heavens and the Burning Hells. If the Prophecy of the End Days holds true, mankind will soon find itself trapped in the middle of this never-ending war. Here renowned scholar Deckard Cain has combined excerpts, illustrations, and firsthand knowledge to pen a history of the world of Sanctuary. His writings depict the insidious Prime Evils (Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal), shed light on Tyrael and the other archangels of the Angiris Council, and illuminate humanity's hope and enduring heroism in the face of overwhelming terror. Revealed also are the untold mysteries, from the origins of mortals and the secrets of the nephalem to the gathering darkness of the End of Days. So take heed, dear reader, and bear witness to the truths that lie within. Known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft(R) and the Warcraft(R), Starcraft(R), and Diablo(R) franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment's track record includes thirteen #1-selling games and numerous Game of the Year awards.
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Darkness lurks around every corner in this prelude to the Street Fighter Unlimited series. Sakura is tempted by power of the Dark Hado, Juri makes her vicious presence known for the first time, and Akuma transforms into the all-powerful Oni! All that plus Ryu, Chun-li, Guile, Cammy, Dan, M. Bison, and many more of your favorite World Warriors clash in the complete Super Street Fighter Omnibus!
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To seasoned adventurers, the doom-laden chanting of priests and the cackling of evil wizards can only mean one thing: deadly peril, and the chance for treasure! (Okay, those are two things.) Eldritch Lairs brings you eight complete Pathfinder Roleplaying Game compatible adventures for 4th to 8th level player characters, set in the magic-blasted wastes, as well as dungeons and deserts. Take them into the dark depths of the earth, through the twisted alleys of a supernaturally plague stricken town, and beyond, to brave the dangers of: * A trap-laden lair that requires stealth and clever tactics to survive! * A labyrinthine mausoleum, where wormhearted invaders sow chaos and madness among the dead! * The schemes of a demon-cult of thieves and unscrupulous wizards! * An unstable magical artifact built in a ruined ley line conduit! * A flying palace seized by an army of gnoll bandits! And much more! Eldritch Lairs offers ready-to-go adventures full of magic and horror for your game.
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Mod Minecraft into anything you can imagine, without becoming a technical expert! This book is the fastest way to master Minecraft modding and use Java to transform Minecraft's worlds, tools, behavior, weapons, structures, mobs...everything! (Plus, you'll learn Java programming skills you can use anywhere.) Learn how to do what you want, the way you want, one incredibly easy step at a time. Modding Minecraft has never been this simple! Who knew how simple Minecraft modding could be? This is the easiest, most practical beginner's guide to creating killer Minecraft mods in Java...simple, reliable, full-color instructions for doing everything you really want to do! Here's a small sample of what you'll learn: * Set up your Minecraft server and mod development tools * Master Java basics every Minecraft modder needs to know * Read, write, store, and change information throughout your mod * Build mods that can make decisions and respond to player actions * Understand object-oriented programming and the objects you can program in Minecraft * Handle errors without crashing Minecraft * Use threads to create mobs that can do many things at once * Customize your mobs, and build on existing objects to write new mods * Spawn new mobs, find hidden mobs, and make one mob ride another * Dig holes and build structures * Create projectile weapons and potion effects * Learn Java programming while enhancing your favorite game Minecraft(R) is a registered trademark of Mojang Synergies / Notch Development AB. This book is not affiliated with or sponsored by Mojang Synergies / Notch Development AB.
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