New Book from Course Technology PTR Bridges the Gap Between Playing and Designing Video Games

Guide Illustrates Fundamentals of Game Design for Far Cry 2

Course Technology PTR, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the release of From Gamer to Game Designer: The Official Far Cry® 2 Map Editing Guide. Written and edited by David Hutchison, Associate Professor, Brock University, the book guides gamers through the process of game design within Far Cry 2 and encourages the build-out of new levels or maps for the game. From Gamer to Game Designer is the product of a unique partnership with Ubisoft, the publisher of Far Cry 2.

From Gamer to Game Designer draws from the disciplines of game design theory, physical geography and military science to provide aspiring Far Cry 2 map makers and game designers with sound map making advice. Readers learn how to use the Far Cry 2 map editing tool to create their own multiplayer maps, design indoor and outdoor environments, work with weapons and vehicles, promote tactics and teamwork, and more. No programming skills are required, allowing readers to create attractive and engaging maps right from the comfort of their game console. The book includes contributions from the Far Cry 2 development team at Ubisoft Montreal and Far Cry 2 map makers around the world.

From Gamer to Game Designer makes it easy for both PC and console gamers to create cool new multiplayer maps that they can then share with other gamers,” said author Hutchison. “For many gamers, Far Cry 2 presents an opportunity for their first foray into game design and this book focuses on bridging the gap between playing and designing video games.”

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About the Author

David Hutchison, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, Brock University. He is the author of “Playing to Learn: Video Games in the Classroom” (Teacher Ideas Press, 2007). Hutchison’s video game articles have appeared in GameInformer, GameSpot, Gamasutra/Serious Games Source, TeamXbox, and other publications.

About Cengage Learning and Course Technology PTR

Cengage Learning delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, libraries, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world. Course Technology PTR, was formed in 2001 as the retail division of Course Technology. It is comprised of the former imprints Premier Press, Muska Lipman, ArtistPro, and Charles River Media. The company provides learning solutions for professionals interested in learning more about business, music technology, game development, animation, graphic design, programming or certification. For more information please visit or

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