Game Development Essentials: An Introduction – Third Edition Released

The third edition of Jeannie Novak's textbook on game development, "Game Development Essentials: An Introduction," was released earlier this month and is available at most major book stores and online book resellers. The book series is a popular resource for real-world, college-level game design programs. To date, Game Development Essentials: An Introduction has been adopted by more than 50 game development programs in the United States including Indiana University, Ohio University, Texas State Technical College, Portland Community College, and the International Academy of Design & Technology. Books in the series have also been translated into several languages. The second edition of the book generated more than $1 million in sales, according to its publisher.

The latest edition offers revised profiles, tips, and quotes from various industry professionals and educators; more sections covering emerging trends in game design such as mobile, social, and serious games; coverage of new platforms such as PlayStation Vita, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS; and discussions on the newest game development technologies including 3D, motion control, augmented reality, game engines, and development tools.

Jeannie Novak is co-founder of Novy Unlimited and Kaleidospace (Indiespace). Novak keeps busy with a variety of other activities such as curriculum development and consulting services for game companies and educational institutions such as UC Berkeley, USC’s Information Sciences Institute, Alelo, and GameSalad. In the past she has taught or directed programs at UCLA, Art Center, Westwood College, Art Institute, and Santa Monica College. Finally, Novak is an active member of the industry, serving on the Online Multiplayer committee for the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences and has served on the Boards of Women in Games International and the International Game Developers Association.

Game Development Essentials: An Introduction is available online at Amazon,,, and other online retailers and can be purchased both in print and in various digital formats. You can see all of Novak's books at

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