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Characteristics of Games
Characteristics of Games
by George Skaff Elias
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.68

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading for any Games Designer, 15 Feb. 2015
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Essential Reading for any Games Designer, especially anyone designing systems. Pulls apart the constituent parts of all games in a way that is insightful and useful, without bogging itself down in esoteric or semantic arguments, breaking down common misconceptions on the way. A classic.

Theory of Fun for Game Design
Theory of Fun for Game Design
by Raph Koster
Edition: Paperback

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thoughtful and inspiring, 18 Nov. 2005
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A concise and persuasive philosophical discourse on games. Koster uses clear and readable prose in combination with cartoons to get his points across in a very accessible way. He has clearly thought a lot on the subject and wants to prove to others (and himself to a degree) that games have value - that they can 'contribute to society', and does so with insight and passion.
What does he say? Well -games are fun, and fun is learning,but gamers would rather win than learn. Games are a medium, any medium can be used to create 'Art' - but only if you try. And by the end of the book, you'll want to go out and design games that will change the world :)
If you've ever thought seriously about games (and I don't just means computer games) and then this book will strike a chord. Both a deconstruction and a call to arms, I loved this book, and am going to try and persuade my friends in the games industry, or want to be in the industry to read it.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Special Extended DVD Edition) [DVD] [2002]
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Special Extended DVD Edition) [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Elijah Wood
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £6.84

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up to the Standard Set by the Fellowship Extended version, 21 Nov. 2003
As with the Fellowship extended version, the wealth and quality of material in this DVD is phenomenal. You certainly cannot argue that this DVD is not value for money. The extra footage is almost uniformly excellent (mostly being extra little character development moments) and the documentaries, in depth and well made.
42 minutes of extra footage is not to be sniffed at, and too extensive to discuss in much detail, but the most important improvement for me is that almost every character gains some more depth - very little action is added. More Treebeard was essential to keep me happy and more treebeard there is. The amount of humour increases as well. The funniest new scene by far is a conversation between Eowyn and Aragorn on the road to Helms Deep, where she gives him some stew. This both is hilarious (funnier than anything else in the film IMHO) but also adds more depth to both characters and their romance. Great stuff.
The documentaries are excellent as we've learned to expect from the extended version. There is plenty of the usual stuff on props and a whole doc devoted to Gollum. There is also a whole documentary that explains the reasoning behind some of the changes from the book (most notably the Faramir character, which certainly amongst my friends has been the biggest objection to the movies so far). They argue their case well, and in cinematic terms make a lot of sense. The first time In watched two towers Faramir jarred, the more I watch it (helped by the extra scenes in this version) the more I find the film Faramir a good and interesting character. SO now, I am persuaded that the changes were for the better, though if Faramir was your favourite character from the book then I doubt anything will make you change your mind.
Overall, Brilliant as expected. Peter Jackson et al, not only know how to make great movies but also how to keep the fans happy. Bring on Return of the King!

Price: £10.86

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and hugely influential techno, 21 Aug. 2002
This review is from: Frequencies (Audio CD)
I first bought as a grubby student when it first came out in the early nineties. LFO the single, was a big student club hit, I loved it, danced manically to it, and thought it was a bit odd. I subsequently forgot about it and it sat in my CD collection collecting dust. A decade later - its obvious to me this is an absolute classic. I've listened to a lot of electronica and other techno since then (mostly WARP stuff) but it still sounds fresh and innovative now. Now I've "rediscovered" it, I keep going back to it again and again.
Anyone seriously interested in techno should have this album.

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