Books for specific Game Creation software
This book also comes with over 90 minutes of instructional video on a companion CD. Check out the book's website here to learn more
Learn how to create commercial-quality game art and make it come alive in a 3D engine! "Creating Game Art for 3D Engines" is the ideal guide for the serious student or aspiring animator who wants to learn how to create and successfully export game art, from simple shapes to full-blown characters. Using Autodesk® 3ds Max® to generate models and animations, and Torque as the 3D game engine, the book provides step-by-step instructions on how to model, unwrap, texture, rig, export, and script all of the essential art assets required for a game. Unlike other books that cover only art creation, Creating Game Art for 3D Engines teaches you how to create art specifically with the game engine in mind. All of the principles and techniques are universal and can be applied to any 3D software or game engine. Get ready to make your game ideas a reality! On the CD: -Sample characters and weapons -Sample pickups and script files -Screen captured movie tutorials -Trial version of the Torque Game Engine
XNA GAME STUDIO
Bring your gaming visions to life with Microsoft XNA Game Studio Express
Create complete 3D games using Microsoft XNA Game Studio Express and this hands-on guide. Written by experienced game developers, Microsoft XNA Game Studio Creator's Guide details the fundamentals of great game programming and offers detailed examples.
Inside, you'll learn to program a game engine, write shader code, create and animate 3D models, and add fluid motion and special effects. You'll also find out how to launch ballistics, add realistic scenery and terrain, and integrate lighting and textures. Step-by-step tutorials on underlying C# code and explanations of vector and matrix techniques are included.
The Game Maker's Apprentice shows you how to create nine exciting games using the wildly popular Game Maker game creation tool. This book covers a range of genres, including action, adventure, and puzzle games&emdash;complete with professional quality sound effects and visuals. It discusses game design theory and features practical examples of how this can be applied to making games that are more fun to play.
Getting Started with Game Maker - Getting Started with Game Maker shows aspiring game developers how to create their very own, professional-quality computer games, no programming knowledge required. Using Game Maker's simple, drag-and-drop environment and following along with the step-by-step instructions, you'll learn how to create arcade-style 2D and 3D games complete with graphics, sound effects, and music. Game Maker provides everything you need to create, test, debug, and run your games in a Windows environment. Even if you're brand new to game development, you'll be able to make a working game that you can play and share others. And not having to worry about the programming the game allows you to focus on the design and how to make the game more fun and challenging. Along the way you'll learn the basic principles of game development. And if you want to create more complex games you can take advantage of Game Maker's built-in Game maker Language that allows you to develop highly advanced games and applications. So let's get started!
Free Game making programs - to help you make games without spending money.
Writing quests for video games. Tips, ideas and techniques
A look at video game design - This shows you the process of how a game is designed and I take you from idea to game.
What is the most important thing you need to make a video game? It isn't what you think
Who do you contact if you want to get a job in the game industry? I have advice and more.
Video Game Design - What is it and how is it done?
Kids Make Video Games: A Guide for kids of all ages in game making.
A look at Assassin's Creed II - From a game makers perspective. This game is remarkable and there are some great lessons to be learned from it when it comes to making video games
Into the Looking Glass: A History of video games including a video. How did it all start?
A look at the various Game Design Software Packages - Help finding the one that's right for you
Free Resources for making video games. If your budget is Zero these resources are for you!
Three New Lessons in the Milkshape 3d Animation Tutorial: Animate, Link skeleton to skin, and animate both
So You have a great idea for a video game! What do you do now? - Some solid advice on turning an idea into reality
AMD New Chipset and Processor breaks the barrier in gaming realism - games that look as good as movies are coming
How to write a video game players guide - Writing a guide is an easy way to start learning about how games are made.