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Fundamentals of Sports Game Design by Ernest Adams

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The Presentation Layer

Sports games offer some of the most beautifully realistic graphics and audio of any genre, and their presentation features borrow heavily from those seen on television. TV sports presentations have their own particular look and feel, which change from time to time, and many game art directors take their cue from them. Don’t copy them exactly however; the looks of TV sports presentations are copyrighted.

Interaction Model

The interaction model in sports games varies considerably depending on the sport, but in most cases, the player controls an avatar who is an athlete in the match. In one-on-one sports such as tennis, this is straightforward, but in team sports, the player’s control typically switches automatically from ...

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