Professional XNA Game Programming

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You haven't experienced the full potential of Xbox 360 or Windows until you've created your own homebrewed games for these innovative systems. With Microsoft's new XNA Framework, the only thing limiting you is your imagination. Now professional game developer and Microsoft DirectX MVP Benjamin Nitschke shows you how to take advantage of the XNA Game Studio Express tools and libraries in order to build cutting-edge games.

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Overview

You haven't experienced the full potential of Xbox 360 or Windows until you've created your own homebrewed games for these innovative systems. With Microsoft's new XNA Framework, the only thing limiting you is your imagination. Now professional game developer and Microsoft DirectX MVP Benjamin Nitschke shows you how to take advantage of the XNA Game Studio Express tools and libraries in order to build cutting-edge games.

Whether you want to explore new worlds or speed down a city block in a souped up dragster, this book will get you up and running quickly. You'll learn how to implement 3D models, generate huge landscapes, map cool-looking shaders to your 3D objects, and much more. Nitschke also steps you through the development of your first fully functional racing game. You'll then be able to apply this information as you write your own XNA cross-platform games.

What you will learn from this book

  • Tricks for managing the game engine and user interface
  • How to program an old school shooter game and space adventure
  • Tips for improving racing game logic and expanding your game ideas
  • Methods for integrating amazing visual effects using advanced shader techniques
  • Steps for adding sound and music with XACT-bringing your game to life
  • How to fine-tune and debug your game for optimal performance

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone who wants to write their own games for the Xbox 360 or Windows platforms. You should have some experience coding with C# or a similar .NET language.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-worldneeds of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470126776
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/9/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin Nitschke ( Hannover, Germany) is a professional game developer at exDream entertainment, creators of "Arena Wars", and Armies of Steel.  Benny is well known as the creator of the first .NET 2.0 Game Rocket Commander which is the featured gaming project on Microsoft’s Coding4Fun website and includes 10 video tutorials for aspiring game programmers. Benjamin is a Microsoft DirectX Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and writes a popular blog about game development located at abi.exDream.com.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

Part I: XNA Framework Basics.

1. Introducing XNA.

2. Creating Your First Game: Pong.

3. Helper Classes.

4. Game Components.

Part II: Basic Graphics Engine.

5. Writing Your Own XNA Graphics Engine.

6. Shader Management.

7. Realism Through Normal Mapping.

8. Post-Screen Shaders and the Rocket Commander Game.

Part III: Improving Your Game Engine.

9. Adding Sound with XACT.

10. Player Input and the User Interface.

11. Creating XNA Shooter.

Part IV: Writing a Racing Game.

12. Generating Landscapes and Tracks.

13. Physics.

14. Fine-Tuning and "Modding" the Racing Game.

Appendix A: Resources.

Index.

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