Resources on Game Design — only some of these are learning-specific or related to the development of serious games, but all are (in my opinion) useful to people creating learning.
Game Design Articles:
- Learning to Play to Learn – Lessons in Educational Game Design by Nick Fortugno & Eric Zimmerman http://www.gamasutra.com/features/20050405/zimmerman_01.shtml(
- Behavioral Game Design by John Hopson http://www.gamasutra.com/features/20010427/hopson_01.htm
- Proof of Learning: Assessment in Serious Games by Sande Chenhttp://www.gamasutra.com/features/20051019/chen_01.shtml
- Learning by Design: Games as Learning Machines by James Paul Gee http://www.gamasutra.com/gdc2004/features/20040324/gee_01.shtml
- Your Brain on Video Games by Steven Johnson http://discovermagazine.com/2005/jul/brain-on-video-games/article_print
- Several additional game design resources are available here: http://ithare.com/programming-guide-for-video-gamers/ (Thanks Alex and Jessica for the link!)
An excellent place to start with books is Raph Koster’s The Theory of Fun
Also, Jesse Schell’s Art of Game Design
Presentations and Videos:
One of the best game design resources is this series called Extra Credits, available on youtube.
Here’s their full game design playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhyKYa0YJ_5BkTruCmaBBZ8z6cP9KzPiX
Here’s their playlist on games in education: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhyKYa0YJ_5BIUqSDPmfBuKjTN2QBv9wI