Beginning Java Game Programming 3rd Edition
Jonathan S. Harbour
ISBN-13: 9781435458086 | ISBN-10: 1435458087
© 2012 | Published |  368  Pages
Previous Editions: 9781598634761

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BEGINNING JAVA SE 6 GAME PROGRAMMING, THIRD EDITION is perfect for beginner level game programmers with some Java experience who want to quickly and easily learn how to create games using the latest version of the Java SDK, Java 6. Written in simple language, the book teaches each new skill using engaging tutorials in which you'll write short programs that demonstrate the topics being covered to reinforce what you've just learned. Each chapter builds upon the previous ones, allowing you to repeat and practice the techniques covered. You'll begin with the basics of writing a simple game using vector graphics, move on to utilizing Java's advanced library to add animation and sound effects, and end by creating a professional, sprite-based game full of interesting artwork and details that you can share with others on the web. And you'll be able to use the skills and techniques you've learned to create your own games to play and share. All you need to get started is a basic understanding of Java and your imagination!

  • Introduction.
    1. Getting Started with Java.
    2. Java Programming Essentials.
    3. Creating Your First Java Game.
    4. Vector-Based Graphics.
    5. Bitmap-Based Graphics.
    6. Simple Sprites.
    7. Sprite Animation.
    8. Keyboard and Mouse Input.
    9. Sound Effects and Music.
    10. Timing and the Game Loop.
    PART III: The Galactic War Project.
    11. Galactic War: From Vectors to Bitmaps.
    12. Galactic War: Sprites and Collision Boxes.
    13. Galactic War: Squashed by Space Rocks.
    14. Galactic War: Entity Management.
    15. Galactic War: Finishing the Game.
    16. Galactic War: Web Development.
    Appendix: Chapter Quiz Answers.

    • Uses the latest Java SDK, Java 6.
    • Teaches students how to quickly and easily professional looking sprite-based games.
    • Written in simple and accessible language with engaging tutorials to teach new skills.
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    • Game Design
      ISBN-10: 1592004938 | ISBN-13:9781592004935
      List Price = 39.99
      "Game Design, Second Edition" offers a behind-the-scenes look at how a game gets designed and developed - from the day the idea is born to the day the box hits the shelves. This new edition offers information on the latest techniques and development models, interviews with 12 top game designers, document templates that can be used during product development, and numerous industry resources. It is a practical guide that covers everything from the fundamentals of game design, to the trade-offs in the development process, to the deals a publisher makes to get a game on the shelves. No matter what your role in the industry, understanding this entire process will help you do your job better. And if you're looking to break in, you'll find knowledge here that is usually only attained after years in the trenches.

    • Jonathan S. Harbour is an associate professor at the University of Advancing Technology (Tempe, AZ). His web site at includes an online forum and blog for book support. His most recent game projects are Starflight - The Lost Colony ( and Aquaphobia: Mutant Brain Sponge Madness (