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Hello,experts, I plan to buy a few game programming books on game programming tech, game design etc.,
would you please give me some suggestions respectively?? Which books should I buy?

three aspects:
a general book on game programming as a whole
a book on game design
a book on various game techniques.


which is best in each field? or what's your advice?
Thanks!!

Best regards
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by:girionis
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 I do not know which one is the best but I have the "Black Art of Java Game Programming" and it is very helpful and I am happy with it. It covers sound, animation, colour, networking, graphics, and multiplayer gaming. The only objection is that it is really old and it uses jdk1.1 classes. Maybe there is a newer version out. Search on amazon, you might find something.

  Hope it helps.
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by:pouli
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I think that I have the answer to your question :-)

About Java Game Programming most books are a bit old but they are still useful. You have to keep in mind the differences though between Java 1.1 and 1.4

The Black Art is certainly one. Most of the books of 1996 are on-line for free.

The Java Kick Ass is good for image manipulation.

Here is a URL:
http://finebooks.bizland.com/game.htm

Beware though you do not need to buy books that are published around 1996 most of them will be out of print anyway.

Java Game Programming for Dummies is a very good and advanced book althoguh the name is misleading.

This is a good site as well.
http://members.brabant.chello.nl/~w.vandoesburg/links.htm


I will give you the URL's of three or four online books for Java Game programming when I have them on hand. Please be patient.

Some books have been published this year or 2 years before. I do not know how good they are though.
Have a look at amazon to see what I mean. Write Java game programming as a keyword.

This URL from JavaWorld will give you an idea.
http://www.javaworld.com/javaworld/jw-11-1997/jw-11-bookreview_p.html

JavaWorld is always a good source

Later...
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by:pouli
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Java 3D
http://www.manning.com/selman/onlinebook/Htmls/Content.htm

Black Art of Java Game Programming
http://library.cs.tuiasi.ro/programming/java/Black_art_of_java_game_programming/index.html

Cutting Edge Java Game Programming
http://library.cs.tuiasi.ro/programming/java/cutting_edge_java_game_programming/about.html

Teach Yourself Internet Game Programming with Java in 21 Days
http://www.njnet.edu.cn/info/ebook/java/javagame/ch1gla.htm#

JAVA Expert Solutions (a bit OutDated)
http://library.cs.tuiasi.ro/programming/java/hacking-java/ch1.htm

Thinking In Java 2nd Edition is always a good general Book. It is free form the writer. You can downloaded
in any format you want. Either 1st or 2nd version.

Romania and Chinese students seem to do a lot of work for us.
Check as well the root of these URL's you will find more books on other topics
For example:
http://library.cs.tuiasi.ro/programming
could be a start or
http://library.cs.tuiasi.ro/

Remember though that Java Game Programming For Dummines is probably the best
but itis not available online and it is out of print I had to photocopy it
form a library.

The writer is really good. Very GOOD.

Good Reading ;)
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by:Wyn
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Thank you, I reject just for more advices. I will give you pts later.

Please, The books are not limited to Java...
C/C++ is okay too. I just wanna know what are worth to buy.

Thanks!



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Games Programming Gems have good comments on Amazon. The code is at C/C++

Especially the Game Programming Gems I
There is II as well.
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by:Wyn
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I'm afraid it's too professional to a newbie on game programming, it's not very systematical but just a bunch of techniques.
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No comment has been added lately, so it's time to clean up this TA.

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