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Game Design Essentials by Briar Lee Mitchell

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CHAPTER 2

Gameplay Styles

Gamers tend to be loyal fans of particular gameplay styles. Some prefer shooters, others like intricate story-based games, and still others love to beat the clock with timed action or strategy games.

Game designers understand that players tend to keep playing the same types of games, so they do a great deal of market research to find which gameplay styles are the most popular or profitable. In addition, knowing which games don't do as well, and studying those, can provide valuable insights before you invest time and money into designing your own games.

In this chapter, you'll explore different gameplay styles and some of the elements common to them. I encourage you to try as many play styles as you can to experience ...

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