The Art of Computer Game Design, by Chris Crawfod, is an excellent guide for anyone interested in game design who's looking for a thorough introduction to the mysterious world of game making. It's a full book in electronic format (html or pdf) which covers a wide range of topics, such as:
  • Why Do People Play Games?
  • The Computer as a Game Technology
  • The Game Design Sequence
  • Design Techniques and Ideals

...and more!

What are you waiting for? Check it out!
You've robbed me of a free afternoon, Xooxer. Nice find though!
Too bad many people on BYOND that need to read this won't. The typical views of your average BYOND developer:

* Why Do People Play Games?

* The Computer as a Game Technology
it duz nuthng elz!!Q1

* The Game Design Sequence
strt with src nd remp

* Design Techniques and Ideals
uz : and goto till u git it rite