Introduction to Programming Through Game Development Using Microsoft XNA Game Studio
by Rob Miles
Publisher: Microsoft Press 2009
Number of pages: 400
Learn the underlying skills and principles of software development as you design and build your first games for Xbox 360, Windows, and Zune. Designed specifically for students with no computer science background, this curriculum teaches the fundamentals of C# programming and the XNA Game Studio framework for skills you can apply to game programming and beyond.
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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.
BlitzMax is a computer programming language based on BASIC. The code is first converted to a low level assembler format which is then assembled into object code for the target platform. BlitzMax is capable of compiling for Windows, Linux and Mac OS.
This book is a collection of tutorials on game creation with Microsoft's XNA framework. Contents: Basics; Game Design; Mathematics and Physics; Programming; Audio and Sound; 2D/3D Game Development; Networking and Multiplayer; AI; Kinect; etc.