Microsoft XNA Game Studio Creator's Guide

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Bring your PC, Zune, and Xbox gaming visions to life with Microsoft XNA Game Studio

Develop complete 2D and 3D games with step-by-step hands-on instruction, advice, and tips from two industry professionals. Fully revised to cover the latest features, Microsoft XNA Game Studio Creator's Guide, Second Edition lays out the essentials of game programming alongside exciting examples and C# code samples. Learn how to create 3D models, virtual worlds, and add stunning animation. You'll...

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Overview

Bring your PC, Zune, and Xbox gaming visions to life with Microsoft XNA Game Studio

Develop complete 2D and 3D games with step-by-step hands-on instruction, advice, and tips from two industry professionals. Fully revised to cover the latest features, Microsoft XNA Game Studio Creator's Guide, Second Edition lays out the essentials of game programming alongside exciting examples and C# code samples. Learn how to create 3D models, virtual worlds, and add stunning animation. You'll also discover how to incorporate 3D audio into your projects and handle PC and game controller input devices.

  • Create, draw, and update XNA game windows and 3D objects
  • Add dazzling animation and fluid character motion
  • Render photorealistic terrains, landscapes, skies, and horizons
  • Program custom lighting and shading effects using HLSL
  • Integrate sound effects, game dashboards, and stat tracking
  • Work with game cameras, keyframes, sprites, and loaders
  • Design natural collision detection, ballistics, and particle effects
  • Develop, import, and control Quake II models using MilkShape
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071490719
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne
  • Publication date: 7/15/2007
  • Pages: 475
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Cawood is a former program manager at Microsoft Corporation and the author of several gaming titles.

Pat McGee is a faculty member and course developer at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He is a game programmer.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Set Up an XNA Development Environment Chapter 2. Developer Basics Chapter 3. Behind the Game Window Chapter 4. 2D Games Chapter 5. Introduction to 3D Graphics Programming Chapter 6. Shaders Chapter 7. Animation Introduction Chapter 8. Character Movement Chapter 9. Texturing Your Game World Chapter 10. Adding Skies and Horizons to Your Levels Chapter 11. Index Buffers Chapter 12. Combining Images for Better Visual Effects Chapter 13. Score Tracking and Game Stats Chapter 14. 3D Models Chapter 15. Vectors Chapter 16. Matrices Chapter 17. Building a Graphics Engine Camera Chapter 18. Collision Detection Chapter 19. Ballistics Chapter 20. Particle Effects Chapter 21. Keyframe Animations Chapter 22. Lighting Chapter 23. Input Devices Chapter 24. Content Pipeline Processors Chapter 25. Terrain with Height Detection Chapter 26. Animated Models Chapter 27. Adding Audio to Your Game Chapter 28. Multiplayer Gaming Chapter 29. Networking Index

Stephen Cawood is a former program manager at Microsoft Corporation and the author of several gaming titles.

Pat McGee is a faculty member and course developer at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He is a game programmer.

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