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By 2008, the video game industry will soar past $55 billion. If you want to work your way into the industry, it’s not enough to be a programmer or an artist: You should understand the entire game development process and where your skills fit into it. Where can you find comprehensive, trustworthy, up-to-date information about every facet of game development and every area of the industry? Here.
Introduction to Game Development brings together the insights of 25 leading game industry professionals: experts in everything from C++ to collision detection to marketing and law. Each expert was asked to present their area of expertise in all the detail they felt necessary. The result is one big, remarkably meaty book.
You’ll start with some perspective: How did the industry get where it is? Why, exactly, do people play video games? (“Because it’s fun” is not a sufficient answer.) Speaking of which: What exactly is fun, and how do game developers deliver it? Next, you’ll learn the language of game design: how to think about play mechanics, interfaces, constraints, and game psychology.
There are 450 pages on programming and the constellation of tasks surrounding it. That includes development processes, software architecture, math and physics, graphics and animation, artificial intelligence, even network and multiplayer programming. You’ll also find a full section on A/V design and production: everything from 3D modeling and environments to cinematography. Last but most assuredly not least, there’s systematic coverage of business issues: publisher/developer relationships, marketing, intellectual property law, even content ratings. You’ll be hard pressed to find something that isn’t covered thoroughly and well in this book. Bill Camarda, from the July 2005 Read Only