Coding with Minecraft
by Al Sweigart
Publisher: No Starch Press 2018
Number of pages: 256
In Coding with Minecraft, you'll create a virtual robot army with Lua, a programming language used by professional game developers. Step-by-step coding projects will show you how to write programs that automatically dig mines, collect materials, craft items, and build anything that you can imagine. Along the way, you'll explore key computer science concepts like data types, functions, variables, and more.
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by Andrew Davison - O'Reilly Media
This book is for people who already know the basics of Java. It teaches reusable techniques which can be pieced together to make lots of games. For example, how to make a particle system, first-person keyboard controls, a terrain follower, etc.
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.
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 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.