Game dev books

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The following books were recommended by developers in posts and comments on the Game Developer Stack Exchange.

The list includes how many times they were mentioned, so you can see which are more prominent in the game developer community. Books mentioned more than 3 times were included, in order to focus on quality over quantity. You can sort the books by mentions.

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This book provides readers with an in-depth exploration of 3D game engine architecture. It covers state-of-the-art software architecture principles in the context of game engine design, investigates the subsystems typically found in a real production game engine, surveys engine architectures from actual shipping games, and explores how the differences between game genres can affect engine design. Topics covered include large-scale C++ software architecture in a games context; engine subsystems including rendering, audio, collision, physics and game world models; multi-player engines; tools pipelines for modern games.
Mentions on Game Developer Stack Exchange: 18
Takes programmers through the complete process of developing a professional quality game, covering a range of topics such as the key ""gotcha"" issues that could trip up even a veteran programmer, game interface design, game audio, and game engine technology.
Mentions on Game Developer Stack Exchange: 17
Provides an introduction to AI game techniques used in game programming.
Mentions on Game Developer Stack Exchange: 11
Creating robust artificial intelligence is one of the greatest challenges for game developers, yet the commercial success of a game is often dependent upon the quality of the AI. In this book, Ian Millington brings extensive professional experience to the problem of improving the quality of AI in games. He describes numerous examples from real games and explores the underlying ideas through detailed case studies. He goes further to introduce many techniques little used by developers today. The book's associated web site contains a library of C++ source code and demonstration programs, and a complete commercial source code library of AI algorithms and techniques. ""Artificial Intelligence for Games - 2nd edition"" will be highly useful to academics teaching courses on game AI, in that it includes exercises with each chapter. It will also include new and expanded coverage of the following: AI-oriented gameplay; Behavior driven AI; Casual games (puzzle games).
Mentions on Game Developer Stack Exchange: 9
Thoroughly revised, this third edition focuses on modern techniques used to generate synthetic three-dimensional images in a fraction of a second. With the advent of programmable shaders, a wide variety of new algorithms have arisen and evolved over the past few years. This edition discusses current, practical rendering methods used in games and other applications. It also presents a solid theoretical framework and relevant mathematics for the field of interactive computer graphics, all in an approachable style. The authors have made the figures used in the book available for download for fair use.
Mentions on Game Developer Stack Exchange: 7
Written by an expert in the game industry, Christer Ericson's new book is a comprehensive guide to the components of efficient real-time collision detection systems. The book provides the tools and know-how needed to implement industrial-strength collision detection for the highly detailed dynamic environments of applications such as 3D games, virtual reality applications, and physical simulators. Of the many topics covered, a key focus is on spatial and object partitioning through a wide variety of grids, trees, and sorting methods. The author also presents a large collection of intersection and distance tests for both simple and complex geometric shapes. Sections on vector and matrix algebra provide the background for advanced topics such as Voronoi regions, Minkowski sums, and linear and quadratic programming. Of utmost importance to programmers but rarely discussed in this much detail in other books are the chapters covering numerical and geometric robustness, both essential top...
Mentions on Game Developer Stack Exchange: 11
Anyone can master the fundamentals of game design - no technological expertise is necessary. The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses shows that the same basic principles of psychology that work for board games, card games and athletic games also are the keys to making top-quality videogames. Good game design happens when you view your game from many different perspectives, or lenses. While touring through the unusual territory that is game design, this book gives the reader one hundred of these lenses - one hundred sets of insightful questions to ask yourself that will help make your game better. These lenses are gathered from fields as diverse as psychology, architecture, music, visual design, film, software engineering, theme park design, mathematics, writing, puzzle design, and anthropology. Anyone who reads this book will be inspired to become a better game designer - and will understand how to do it.
Mentions on Game Developer Stack Exchange: 6
Essential Mathematics for Games and Interactive Applications, 2nd edition presents the core mathematics necessary for sophisticated 3D graphics and interactive physical simulations. The book begins with linear algebra and matrix multiplication and expands on this foundation to cover such topics as color and lighting, interpolation, animation and basic game physics. Essential Mathematics focuses on the issues of 3D game development important to programmers and includes optimization guidance throughout. The new edition Windows code will now use Visual Studio.NET. There will also be DirectX support provided, along with OpenGL - due to its cross-platform nature. Programmers will find more concrete examples included in this edition, as well as additional information on tuning, optimization and robustness. The book has a companion CD-ROM with exercises and a test bank for the academic secondary market, and for main market: code examples built around a shared code base, including a math li...
Mentions on Game Developer Stack Exchange: 6
Covers mathematical concepts that are needed to develop 3D game programming and graphics.
Mentions on Game Developer Stack Exchange: 4
"Game Feel" exposes "feel" as a hidden language in game design that no one has fully articulated yet. The language could be compared to the building blocks of music (time signatures, chord progressions, verse) - no matter the instruments, style or time period - these building blocks come into play. Feel and sensation are similar building blocks where game design is concerned. They create the meta-sensation of involvement with a game. The understanding of how game designers create feel, and affect feel are only partially understood by most in the field and tends to be overlooked as a method or course of study, yet a game's feel is central to a game's success. This book brings the subject of feel to light by consolidating existing theories into a cohesive book. The book covers topics like the role of sound, ancillary indicators, the importance of metaphor, how people perceive things, and a brief history of feel in games. The associated web site contains a playset with ready...
Mentions on Game Developer Stack Exchange: 3
Direct3D 11 offers such a wealth of capabilities that users can sometimes get lost in the details of specific APIs and their implementation. While there is a great deal of low-level information available about how each API function should be used, there is little documentation that shows how best to leverage these capabilities. Written by active members of the Direct3D community, Practical Rendering and Computation with Direct3D 11 provides a deep understanding of both the high and low level concepts related to using Direct3D 11. The first part of the book presents a conceptual introduction to Direct3D 11, including an overview of the Direct3D 11 rendering and computation pipelines and how they map to the underlying hardware. It also provides a detailed look at all of the major components of the library, covering resources, pipeline details, and multithreaded rendering. Building upon this material, the second part of the text includes detailed examples of how to use Direct3D 11 in c...
Mentions on Game Developer Stack Exchange: 4
The definitive OpenGL Shading Language reference AND tutorial - now fully updated and revised for the latest version * *Includes extensive new coverage, including a thorough discussion of GLSL for OpenGL ES, the emerging standard for handheld media devices. *Clear, approachable, and relevant examples that help programmers quickly address the challenges they're most likely to encounter. * Authored by experts who have been intimately involved in the design and evolution of the OpenGL Shading Language. OpenGL Shading Language, 3/e is the definitive guide to creating graphics applications with the newest version of the OpenGL Shading Language. Using this book, graphics programmers will learn how to exploit the full performance and flexibility of modern GPU hardware to create stunningly realistic and creative effects. One part reference, one part tutorial, this will be their go-to source from the moment they begin learning the language until they've become seasoned experts. This book's c...
Mentions on Game Developer Stack Exchange: 4

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Excellent books. Amazing list!
by dropspace - 11 months