A handbook for game development with coverage of both team management topics, such as task tracking and creating the technical design document, and outsourcing strategies for contents, such as motion capture and voice-over talent. It covers various aspects of game development.
Companion CD included with 30-day demo of LightWave v9! The process of creating accurate and pleasing lighting in CG environments demands both an understanding of the fundamentals of light and knowledge of the available tools. LightWave v9 Lighting addresses these issues in a practical guide that shows you how to achieve your lighting goals using the latest version of LightWave 3D. With this book discover the tools and features of LightWave v9 that can improve your lighting; understand lighting concepts including color, shadow, intent, and style; explore a number of tutorials that demonstrate specific lighting setups; learn how to enhance your lighting with volumetrics, lens flares, projection images, and radiosity; find out how the proper lighting can turn a good shot into a great shot.
Game Design Foundations, Second Edition covers how to design the game from the important opening sentence, the One Pager document, the Executive Summary and Game Proposal, the Character Document to the Game Design Document. The book describes game genres, where game ideas come from, game research, innovation in gaming, important gaming principles such as game mechanics, game balancing, AI, path finding and game tiers. The basics of programming, level designing, and film scriptwriting are explained by example. Each chapter has exercises to hone in on the newly learned designer skills that will display your work as a game designer and your knowledge in the game industry."
This book details how the unique Butterfly Grid can be implemented in existing and new game projects to minimise the complexity of network programming, allowing the game developer to concentrate on game design and programming. It also highlights the unique Butterfly grid technologies from the basics to more advanced features such as server-scripted game logic using Python and how player syncronisation works using the Dead Reckoning process. CD-ROM included.
This book is designed to take Microsoft Access users to the next step in programming. Its five parts cover an intro-duction to VBA programming, manipulating databases with ADO, using DDL, event programming, and using ASP and XML. With more than 300 hands-on examples and 11 custom projects, users can quickly build the toolset required for developing their own database solutions. Learn how to write and debug your programming code with the Visual Basic Editor, and understand and use common VBA programming structures such as conditions, loops, arrays, and collections. Learn how to create and manage databases with ActiveX Data Objects (ADO), and perform database tasks with Jet/Access Structured Query Language (SQL) and its Data Definition Language (DDL) component. Learn how to query and manipulate your database from a web browser with Active Server Pages (ASP) and export and import Access data to and from XML both manually and programmatically.
The world around us is filled with subtle lighting effects, but until recently it was not possible to duplicate these real-world effects in computer games because of the limits of consumer graphics hardware. Advanced Lighting and Materials with Shaders explains the principles of lighting theory and discusses how to create realistic lighting that takes full advantage of the capabilities of modern hardware. Topics include the physics of light, raytracing and related techniques, objects and materials, lighting and reflectance models, implementing lights in shaders, spherical harmonic lighting, spherical harmonics in DirectX, and real-time radiosity.Upon reading this text, you will understand th...