Game Masters

Editor: Emma McRae
Publication date: December 2012

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An inside look at the art of the world's biggest entertainment and creative industry.

Video games may have begun as an obsession of visionary technocrats, but today almost everyone has played a game or two. Gaming has a huge and diverse fan base, and video games have spread through arcades, personal computers, consoles, and now, mobile devices.

Game Masters showcases the evolution of games across 40 years, from the legendary Space Invaders and Pac-Man, through to modern favourites like Rock Band and Real Racing. It celebrates the amazing designers and developers who brought these games to life, and reveals the painstaking design processes behind their creation.

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The eBook of Game Masters is available from Apple iBooks for NZ$14.99. It includes 13 videos of featured game designers talking about their creative process and inspiration: how they came into the world of game design and what the future of game design looks like.

NZ RRP (incl. GST): $29.99
Extent: 136 pp
Illustrations: Full-colour throughout
Format: 170mm x 220mm
Binding: Flexibind
ISBN: 978-1-877385-99-5

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