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The Big List Of Game Design

Book Recommendations:

I highly recommend Level Up!: The Guide to Great Video Game Design (by Scott Rogers… he was also involved in the creation of the Maximo series and God of War 1). The book offers really good practical advice and is nicely structured and well thought out. Moreover it also contains lots of fine illustrations and is primarily tailored towards action oriented games (especially platformers).

Two more game design books that are probably good:
The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses (Note: I haven’t completely read it yet but from what I’ve read so far (2/10) it seems also interesting).
Game Feel: A Game Designer’s Guide to Virtual Sensation (Note: I have not personally read this book yet…but I want to check it out in the future… according to reviews it seems to be good)

Articles about Gameplay Mechanics


Rules For Games: Do & Don’t

Platformer Design


How To Not Suck At Game Design


Game Polish

User Interface Design


Game Design Documents

Game Design Concepts (Ian Schreiber)

Game Balance Concepts (Ian Schreiber)

Game Length

Character Design

Level Design

  • VGMaps (huge amount of screenshots of entire levels from hundreds of games. Note: Site is filled with Poker ads)

Artificial Intelligence


Sandbox & Open World Design


Game Accessibility

Free Books

Uncategorized Articles

Game Development Sites

  • Wow. Great list. Damn, I was planning on sleeping tonite, but it looks like I’m going to read lot.

    Anjin Anhut

    August 9, 2011

  • I’ll start using these links right away!!! :D THANKS A LOT :D


    August 10, 2011

  • NOOOO!!!! I WANT TO DIEEEEEE!!! (it’s too much)


    August 11, 2011

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    Team Pre-Alpha | teamprealpha

    November 22, 2011

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  • Very happy my article on Pressure in Platformers is up here.

    I’d also recommend the following article on economics in MMO’s (based on Ultima Online) – though it’s also an interesting read in general. I’ve been mulling it over for thoughts on Arnthak’s economy.

    Noble Kale

    January 18, 2012

  • Wow, thank you so much for compiling this list, I have already seen a few articles on the list but the vast majority are news to me. I have been looking for a list like this for a long time you have done the world a great service.


    August 3, 2012

  • Nice to hear that they are useful to you :)


    August 5, 2012

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  • You are crazy man! :) ahahah amazing list!


    August 16, 2013