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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
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-world needs 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.
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.
14. Fine-Tuning and "Modding" the Racing Game.
Appendix A: Resources.