Game Creation with XNA
Publisher: Wikibooks 2012
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; Artificial Intelligence; Kinect; etc.
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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.
Gameplay3d is a free and open-source C++/Lua programming framework. This guide will begin by introducing you to gameplay3d, before delving more deeply into its many features. Clear step-by-step examples will be provided, along with code samples.
by Rob Miles - Microsoft Press
Learn the underlying skills and principles of software development as you design and build your first games for Xbox 360, Windows, and Zune. This curriculum teaches the fundamentals of C# programming and the XNA Game Studio framework.
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.