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 Tim Hartnell - Ballantine Books
Though dated, Hartnell's book is a good introduction to adventure game construction. While the book focuses on BASIC programming, which wouldn't be a programmer's choice today, it offers sound design techniques for the absolute beginner.
by Dennis Merritt - Springer
This book takes a pragmatic, rather than theoretical, approach to the language and is designed for programmers interested in adding this powerful language to their bag of tools. Much of the book is built around the writing of a short adventure game.
by Bob Nystrom - gameprogrammingpatterns.com
Game Programming Patterns is a book on architectural patterns in game code. I dug up and polished the best patterns I've found in games and presented them here so that we can spend our time inventing things instead of re-inventing them.
This tutorial is designed to provide a guide to using XNA to help create games in as simple and a visual way as possible. Examples of all of the basic elements to get started on a simple game are included, including controls, sound, and gameplay.