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Article: Intro to User Analytics - Part II

Anders Drachen, Alessandro Canossa, and Magy Seif El-Nasr write an article about user analytics and metrics in Game Developer magazine. This article polls developers to find out about the challenges and opportunities around developing for Android in 2013. We repost this article from gamasutra.com.

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Book review: Game Design: Theory and Practice

1556229127The book details the stages of designing a computer or video game, including subjects such as "what players want", writing a design document, and gameplay testing. The book includes interviews with a number of famous game designers, including Sid Meier, Ed Logg, Steve Meretzky, Chris Crawford, Jordan Mechner, Will Wright, and Doug Church. There are also chapters that are analysis of successful games, including Centipede, Tetris, Loom, Myth: The Fallen Lords, The Sims, and Grand Theft Auto III. The appendixes of the book include the design documents for the game The Suffering and an unpublished game called Atomic Sam.

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Book Review: The Complete Guide to Simulations and Serious Games

The-Complete-Guide-to-Simulations-and-Serious-GamesThe Complete Guide to Simulations and Serious Games offers an encyclopedic overview and complete lexicon for those who care about the next generation of educational media. This is the essential reference for not only those directly involved in simulations and serious games, but also for researchers and writers, computer game designers, policy makers, and entrepreneurs.

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News: Gamification market to reach $2.8 billion in 2016

Gamification, the process of applying game mechanics to activities that aren't games, is rapidly becoming a big business, according to a new report by Wanda Meloni of M2 Research. She projects the market to reach $242 million in 2012 (more than double the 2011 total), and to climb to $2.8 billion in 2016.

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Article: Intro to User Analytics - Part I

Anders Drachen, Alessandro Canossa, and Magy Seif El-Nasr write an article about user analytics and metrics in Game Developer magazine. This article polls developers to find out about the challenges and opportunities around developing for Android in 2013. We repost this article from gamasutra.com.

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