Chapter 1

Thinking Like a Designer

Our journey starts here. This chapter presents the basic theories of design upon which the rest of the book is built. In this chapter, you also encounter your first game design exercise and learn more about the underlying philosophy of this book.

You Are a Game Designer

As of this moment, you are a game designer, and I want you to say it out loud:1

1. I thank my former professor Jesse Schell for asking me to make this statement publicly in a class full of people. He also includes this request in his excellent book, The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses (Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2008).

“I am a game designer.”

It’s okay. You can say it out loud, even if other people can hear you. In fact, according to psychologist ...

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