Whether you are a designer looking for tips, an artist seeking inspiration, or a passionate games enthusiast, The Art of Game Characters will provide you with everything you need to know in this essential, illustrated guide to the best in game character today. Characters featured hail from every game genre--from cute and cuddly creations such as Pac-Man and Mario, to sexy, sassy heroines like Lara Croft and Dark Lineage's Kya, and even brooding enigmas such as Jericho Cross. Interviews with the game designers reveal their sources of inspiration, along with fascinating early designs that show exactly how they went about turning a bright idea into a classic character. Helpful insider tips and techniques explain what makes a character grab the public's imagination, and provide a wealth of practical ideas for the would-be game artist. A complete guide to the most iconic game characters and how they were created. Featuring a wealth of examples from the best and most popular games worldwide. Comprehensive historical and thematic coverage that reveals the cultural sources and references behind character development and visualization. Behind-the-scenes insights into how the top game studios design successful game characters.