Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python
by Albert Sweigart
Number of pages: 367
The current crop of programming books for kids that I've seen fell into two categories. First, books that did not teach programming so much as "game creation software" or in dumbed down languages to make programming "easy". Or second, they taught programming like a mathematics textbook: all principles and concepts with application left to the reader. This book takes a different approach: show the game source code right up front and explain programming principles from the examples.
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by Al Sweigart
This is a programming book that covers the Pygame game library for the Python programming language. Each chapter gives you the complete source code for a new game and teaches the important programming concepts from these examples.
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 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 Georgios N. Yannakakis, Julian Togelius - Springer
The book is the first comprehensive textbook on the application and use of artificial intelligence in games. It will be used by educators and students of graduate or advanced undergraduate courses on game AI as well as game AI practitioners at large.