"The Game Producer's Handbook" offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to succeed in the game industry, answering the question "what does it take to be a successful video game producer?" It is for those who yearn to achieve excellence in their work--individuals whose desire for excellence will define their careers in the entertainment software industry. It is for students who view the video game industry from the outside and want the knowledge and skills to succeed inside this burgeoning future of entertainment. Whatever their current role in the game industry, readers will be fascinated by this insider's glimpse into the role of Game Producer. They'll discover the reasoning behind some of the most common mistakes made in video game development. The author offers tips on how financial aspects of a project govern a producer's decisions and shows readers how to negotiate a good development deal that ensures a win-win situation for everyone. Readers will even learn how to produce an excellent soundtrack and will learn why the music is as important as the graphics.