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Let's make a list of the best books that every game developer should read.

Each answer should have a single book (by title and optionally author), a link to buy the book, and a short synopsis of what the book is about.

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Fairly similar to gamedev.stackexchange.com/questions/497/good-game-design-books –  Cyclops Jul 22 '10 at 20:31
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I disagree. Design and development are different topics, intertwined as they sometimes may be for indies. –  lti Jul 22 '10 at 20:44
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Either way, I'm less concerned since he changed it to a wiki. :) –  Cyclops Jul 22 '10 at 22:18
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Shouldn't we create a format for posting the books? One book with a linked title and a short description of why it's recommended and what it's about per answer? –  Zolomon Nov 6 '10 at 12:01
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I think the answers should be game development specific and not "generally accepted best practices for every coder" type books, such as Code Complete and Clean Code. Yes, those are good books, but this list should be specific. –  kirk.burleson Nov 6 '10 at 14:06
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Creating Interactive Fiction with Inform 7

Although I'm not nearly a good enough writer (yet?) to do much with Inform 7, I think the platform is a model for accessibility in programming, and a great environment for game designers with weak programming skills as well as strong programmer/writers.

Aaron's book is a worked example of a full Inform project, and goes into details on writing styles for interactive fiction as well as the technical details of the Inform language, interpreter, and editor.

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