Chapter 16. Sports Games

Sports games create a special challenge for the game designer. So many people play or watch sports that they come to a video game with high expectations about what the game will be like, and a designer must learn to meet those expectations. Sports games are one of the most popular genres in all of video gaming, and a well-tuned game can turn into a highly enjoyable, and profitable, product line.

This chapter discusses how the principles of game design apply to sports games. We’ll begin by formally defining sports games and then address in detail the features that characterize them. We’ll also talk about the legal issues you’ll encounter if you make a game with a team or league license. Most of the chapter is dedicated ...

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