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Software Engineering and Computer Games by Rudy Rucker

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1.2. Game design

Many programmers have at some point in their lives been obsessed with computer games. Programming itself is the ‘big game’, the meta-game, a game made the more enticing by the fact that the points you score can be real-world fame and fortune. Programming has a lot of the elements of gaming at its best. Why settle for gaming when you can program?

Of course when you’re programming, you need something to program about, and this is where computer games are useful in another way. Not only do computer games get you started with the computer, they are in and of themselves interesting things to try and program. Even a simple game program is reasonably challenging, and it’s very easy to tell if a simple game works or not. And once you ...

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