The Java Game Programming Tutorial
by Garry Morse
This is a tutorial starting with basic issues in the Java language with regard to applets, particularly for beginners or knowledgeable programmers who wish to make online Java presentations or games. The tutorial Java applets are available for downloading.
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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 Michael Morrison - InformIT
Learn how to use C++ code to create basic animated graphics in this chapter from Beginning Game Programming by Michael Morrison. Practical lesson based on C++ programming, the basics of drawing graphics using the Windows Graphics Device Interface.
by Fabian Birzele - Java Cooperation
A very detailed introduction into the development of online games using Java. The text will lead you from the basic structure of an applet to the development of a whole game. Topics covered: AI, level editors, random generation of landscapes, etc.
by Albert Sweigart
A programming book for kids interested in learning to program their own computer games with python, a serious computer language which is used by professional programmers also. The book explains programming principles from the source code examples.