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Fundamentals of Sports Game Design by Ernest Adams

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The Game World

The setting of your game will be the normal venue for the sport, usually a stadium or an arena. It adds a great deal of verisimilitude to present these as accurate copies of real places. Players enjoy being able to recognize the architectural details of their favorite stadiums. Some sports, such as basketball or American football, require a playing area of a fixed shape and size, but others do not—different baseball fields famously have different effects on gameplay. Some sports, such as skiing and bobsledding, take place in venues that vary enormously and require a great deal of practice to learn.

The crowd also contributes significantly to the setting. Although you won’t want to devote a lot of graphical resources to spectators, ...

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