by Penn Wu
Publisher: Global Text Project 2014
Number of pages: 312
These lecture notes are designed to help students to learn fundamental principles that apply to game programming regardless of the language they use to create the game. These principles include gathering input from users, processing game data, and rendering game objects to the screen.
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by Chris Crawford - Osborne/McGraw-Hill
One of the pioneer works seriously about video game. It explains what is a game, why people play games, and how to design a game. The author describes in detail what goes into the game design including many examples from his own experience.
by Diana Gruber - Coriolis Group Books
The art and science of creating side scroller games is documented quite thoroughly in this book. If you can look past some obvious anachronisms, you will find that this old book still contains a lot of useful information.
by Peter Jay Salzman, Frederic Delanoy
This is a stepping stone to to give people the knowledge to begin thinking about what is going on with their games. You need to know a little more about what's going on behind the scenes with your system to be able to keep your games healthy.
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