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Introduction to Game Development by James R. ParkerThis book will guide you through the basic game development process, covering game development topics including graphics, sound, artificial intelligence, animation, game engines, Web-based games, etc. Real games will be created, and significant parts of a game engine will be built and made available for download.
Publication Date: 2015-05-15
Game Design Theory by Keith BurgunDespite the proliferation of video games in the twenty-first century, the theory of game design is largely underdeveloped, leaving designers on their own to understand what games really are. Helping you produce better games, Game Design Theory: A New Philosophy for Understanding Games presents a bold new path for analyzing and designing games. The author offers a radical yet reasoned way of thinking about games and provides a holistic solution to understanding the difference between games and other types of interactive systems. He clearly details the definitions, concepts, and methods that form the fundamentals of this philosophy. He also uses the philosophy to analyze the history of games and modern trends as well as to design games. Providing a robust, useful philosophy for game design, this book gives you real answers about what games are and how they work. Through this paradigm, you will be better equipped to create fun games.
Publication Date: 2012-08-13
Introduction to Video Game Engine Development by Victor G. BruscaStart your video game development journey by learning how to build a 2D game engine from scratch. Using Java (with NetBeans as your IDE and using Java's graphics framework) or by following along in C# (with Visual Studio as your IDE and using the MonoGame framework), you'll cover the design and implementation of a 2D game engine in detail. Each class will be reviewed with demonstration code.
Publication Date: 2021-06-12
Game Character Creation with Blender and Unity by Chris TottenA complete guide to creating usable, realistic game characters with two powerful tools Creating viable game characters requires a combination of skills. This book teaches game creators how to create usable, realistic game assets using the power of an open-source 3D application and a free game engine. It presents a step-by-step approach to modeling, texturing, and animating a character using the popular Blender software, with emphasis on low polygon modeling and an eye for using sculpting and textures, and demonstrates how to bring the character into the Unity game engine.
Publication Date: 2012-05-30
Essential Skills for 3D Modeling, Rendering, and Animation by Nicholas Bernhardt ZemanThe Key to Fully Understanding the Basics of a 3D World Prominently used in games, movies, and on television, 3D graphics are tools of creation used to enhance how material and light come together to manipulate objects in 3D space. A game-changer written for the non-technical mind, Essential Skills for 3D Modeling, Rendering, and Animation examines the complexities of 3D computer-generated art, and outlines the basics of how things work and are used in 3D. This text describes the three cornerstones of 3D--modeling, rendering, and animation; focuses on common elements; and provides a full understanding of the foundational concepts involved.
Publication Date: 2014-11-06
Flash Game Development in a Social, Mobile, and 3D World by Keith Gladstien; Glen RhodesAdobe Flash is one of today's most popular game-development applications, giving programmers the power to create high-speed, hardware-driven 2D and 3D games and applications across many platforms and throughout the broad landscape of social network gaming. And with the significantly improved performance of Flash-created games on devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and Android mobiles, the latest versions of Flash Pro are capable of delivering powerful games into the world of mobile technology. If you're a developer who already knows the basics of Flash, and you're looking for tips and techniques that will help you debug your ActionScript 3.0 code, optimize your games, and test their efficiency, this is the book for you. .
Publication Date: 2013-05-07
Learning C# by Developing Games with Unity 2021 by Harrison FerroneLearn C# programming from scratch using Unity as a fun and accessible entry point with this updated edition of the bestselling series Key Features Learn C# programming basics, terminology, and coding best practices Become confident with Unity fundamentals and features in line with Unity 2021 Apply your C# knowledge in practice and build a working first-person shooter game prototype in Unity Book Description The Learning C# by Developing Games with Unity series has established itself as a popular choice for getting up to speed with C#, a powerful and versatile programming language with a wide array of applications in various domains. This bestselling franchise presents a clear path for learning C# programming from the ground up through the world of Unity game development.
Publication Date: 2021-10-29
Unreal Engine 4 Game Development Quick Start Guide by Rachel CordoneLearn how to use Unreal Engine 4 by building 3D and multiplayer games using Blueprints Key Features Learn the fundamentals of Unreal Engine such as project templates, Blueprints, and C++ Learn to design games; use UMG to create menus and HUDs, and replication to create multiplayer games Build dynamic game elements using Animation Blueprints and Behavior Trees.
Publication Date: 2019-05-31
Immersive 3D Design Visualization:With Autodesk Maya and Unreal Engine 4 by Abhishek KumarDiscover the methods and techniques required for creating immersive design visualization for industry. This book proposes ways for industry-oriented design visualization from scratch. This includes fundamentals of creative and immersive technology; tools and techniques for architectural visualization; design visualization with Autodesk Maya; PBR integration; and texturing, material design, and integration into UE4 for immersive design visualization.
Publication Date: 2020-12-16
Game Art Complete: Learn Maya, 3Ds Max, zBrush, and Photoshop Winning Techniques by Andrew Gahan (Editor)A compilation of key chapters from the top Focal game art books available today - in the areas of Max, Maya, Photoshop, and ZBrush. The chapters provide the CG Artist with an excellent sampling of essential techniques that every 3D artist needs to create stunning game art. Game artists will be able to master the modeling, rendering, rigging, and texturing techniques they need - with advice from Focal's best and brightest authors. Artists can learn hundreds of tips, tricks and shortcuts in Max, Maya, Photoshop, ZBrush - all within the covers of one complete, inspiring reference.
Publication Date: 2008-10-30
Composing Music for Games by Chance ThomasComposing Music for Games is a guidebook for launching and maintaining a successful career as a video game composer. It offers a pragmatic approach to learning, intensified through challenging project assignments and simulations.
Create Stunning Renders Using V-Ray in 3DS Max by Margarita NikitaCreate Stunning Renders using V-Ray in 3ds Max: Guiding the Next Generation of 3D Renderers is a step-by-step guide on how to create realistic renderings using V-Ray in 3ds Max. The potentials of V-Ray are detailed using a bedroom scene as an example. The book introduces the 3ds Max interface and the basic commands, allowing readers to familiarize themselves with the work environment from the very beginning. This book is intended for architects, interior designers, and anyone else wanting to create photorealistic renderings using V-Ray in 3ds Max. The reader does not need experience to follow this book, but any prior knowledge of working in 3ds Max will help the reader jump right in. Margarita Nikita is the co-founder of High Q Renders LLC, an award-winning creative company based in San Francisco, CA, with offices in Greece. Nikita has published several design books on 2D and 3D graphic design, some of which are used in university courses, actively contributing to the formation of the new generation of 3D modelers in her native country, Greece. She shares her knowledge, advice, and tips and tricks on her YouTube channel, Margarita Nikita. More of her work is available at her Instagram account, @margarita.nikita.