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 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 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 John R. Hall - No Starch Press
A complete guide to developing 2D Linux games, written by the Linux experts. It teaches the basics of Linux game programming and discusses important multimedia toolkits. You will learn to write and distribute Linux games.
by Al Sweigart - No Starch Press
Scratch, the colorful drag-and-drop programming language, is used by millions of first-time learners, and in this book, you'll learn to program by making cool games. Get ready to destroy asteroids, shoot hoops, and slice and dice fruit!