Game Programming for Teens, Third Edition / Edition 3by Maneesh Sethi
Pub. Date: 08/14/2008
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Do you enjoy playing video games and want to learn how to create your own? "Game Programming for Teens, Third Edition" shows you how to design and develop a complete video game from start to finish, no prior programming knowledge required. You'll begin by learning the basics of BlitzMax, a simple cross-platform game programming language that can be used on Windows,
Do you enjoy playing video games and want to learn how to create your own? "Game Programming for Teens, Third Edition" shows you how to design and develop a complete video game from start to finish, no prior programming knowledge required. You'll begin by learning the basics of BlitzMax, a simple cross-platform game programming language that can be used on Windows, Mac, or Linux operating systems. Once you understand how to write the programming code, you'll begin to incorporate all the graphical elements of games including varying colors, loading and displaying images, and creating scrolling backgrounds. Finally, you'll learn how to add sound and music, use keyboard input codes, and even integrate artificial intelligence. New skills are taught step-by-step, and each chapter builds upon the techniques you learned in the previous, so by the end of the book you'll have built your very own fully functioning video game. And the CD-ROM contains all the source code, art and sound files, and demo versions of BlitzMax and the other programs used in the book. So don't just play video games, build your own, with "Game Programming for Teens, Third Edition!"
Table of Contents
Part I: The Basics of BASIC; 1. Getting Started; 2. Getting to Know BASIC; 3. Loops, Functions, Arrays, and Types; 4. The Style Factor; Part II: Getting Graphical; 5. Beginning Graphics; 6. Page Flipping and Pixel Plotting; 7. Animation; 8. Collision Detection; Part III: Completing the Puzzle; 9. Handling Input; 10. Sounds and Music; 11. Artificial Intelligence; 12. The Final Frontier: Invaderz!!!; Part IV: Appendices; A. Scan Code Reference; B. Useful Links; C. What's on the CD;
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Book is great I have no background in programming. But I am a 3d character modeler. I use highend software and I am working on creating my own games. This tool is great to get your feet wet at learning programming if you have no experience though I have not finished the book it is a great help. Especially when you begin learning game loops and logic to which you do use to have your characters move around and actually do something. Recommend this for a absoloute starting point in programming. Then if you'd like you can pursue other languages that are used in the gaming industry.
Game Programming for Teens is written by a teen for teens. It provides detailed instructions on how to use Blitz plus programming to design your own computer video games. The only drawback is that you will have to pay some additional money (approx. $60) to purchase the Blitz plus software. A trial offer of the software is available for limited usage and is included inside the book.