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 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.
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.
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.
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.