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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