As I’m starting to accumulate books in my physical and EndNote library, I think I might as well share my reading list here as well. If you are also doing or planning to do a PhD in Video Games, here are some books that are on my reading list and you should also check out. Also, if you have any book recommendations, please comment or tweet me @purplelilgirl, thank you.
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Also this will be an ongoing post as I add more books to this list.
My PhD is about making games for mental health. There are a few new game genre or game type names for the type of games that I am making, one of them is Deep Games. Deep Games are basically games designed with meaning and purpose. This book looks into the process of making deep games, including how to dig deep and analyse different aspects of the human experience, and how to translate that into a game. Each chapter also ends with exercises that can help you make your own deep game.
My approach to making games for mental health is (at least what I’m proposing) is through Participatory Action Research, which is working with people with lived experience, mental health professionals and game developers in workshops and game jams. That is why I read Gamestorming, because it comes with activities that you can use to brainstorm, from generating your ideas in the opening stage to exploring to closing. You don’t have to be making a game to read Gamestorming, it can be used to generate ideas or solve problems for all sorts of things.
Continuing from Gamestorming, I also read IDEO’s Field Guide to Human-Centered Design, which is about Design Thinking. I’m tempted to buy the Design Kit Travel Pack.
If you are making games, playing games, read these, and also watch Jane McGonigal’s TED talks.
The rest on are on my list, but I haven’t read yet.
There is a games and mental health book club on Twitter:
And the first book on their list is:
To be continued…