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Books for programming games.
Books for programming games.
== AntiPatterns ==
== AntiPatterns ==
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Books and articles that might be of use for designing and developing roguelikes.
- 1 Development
- 1.1 The AI Game Programming Wisdom series
- 1.2 AntiPatterns
- 1.3 The Architecture of Open Source Applications
- 1.4 Artificial Intelligence for Games
- 1.5 The C Programming Language
- 1.6 The C++ Programming Language
- 1.7 Code Complete
- 1.8 Design Patterns
- 1.9 Effective C++
- 1.10 Game Coding Complete, 3rd edition
- 1.11 Game Engine Architecture
- 1.12 The Game Programming Gems series
- 1.13 Introduction to Algorithms
- 1.14 Modern C++ Design
- 1.15 The Pragmatic Programmer
- 1.16 Refactoring
- 2 Design
- 2.1 The Art of Computer Game Design
- 2.2 The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses
- 2.3 Designing Virtual Worlds
- 2.4 Envisioning Information
- 2.5 Game Architecture and Design
- 2.6 Game Design: Theory and Practice
- 2.7 Game Feel
- 2.8 The Non-Designer's Design Book
- 2.9 Rules of Play
- 2.10 Tabletop: Analog Game Design
- 2.11 User Interface Design for Programmers
- 2.12 The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
- 3 Other
Books for programming games.
The AI Game Programming Wisdom series
Articles from various authors on different implementation aspects of game artificial intelligence. Much of this can be useful for roguelikes, from pathfinding to managing groups of purposeful computer-controlled NPCs.
William Brown, Raphael Malveau, Hays McCormick and Thomas Mowbray (ISBN 0471197130)
Lists various recognizable ways in which initial poor judgment makes program architecture go wrong in a way that will cause problems later on. This is endemic with game programming, that both deals with very complex domains and often approaches them with relatively little up-front program design.
The Architecture of Open Source Applications
Case studies on structuring large, real-world applications. Unfortunately no NetHack, but there is a chapter on Battle for Wesnoth that should be of interest.
Artificial Intelligence for Games
Ian Millington (ISBN 0124977820)
Very comprehensive look on various AI techniques for games, such as pathfinding, tactical decision making and agent communication. Also discussing support architecture for game AI and relating the AI to wider game design concerns.
The C Programming Language
Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie (ISBN 0131103628)
The definitive book on C programming. Read this if you want to program entire games or component code called from a higher level language in C.
The C++ Programming Language
Bjarne Stroustrup (ISBN 0201327554)
The book on C++ from the creator of the language. Explains the basic language, the Standard Template Library and some best practices. If you want to use C++, you won't figure out this stuff without a book.
Steve McConnell (ISBN 0735619670)
Classic compendium of practical programming advice.
Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson and John Vlissides (ISBN 0201633612)
Introduces patterns, standard solutions to recurring problems that are nevertheless too high-level to be embedded out of sight into libraries. The book is mostly just a catalog of common patterns, and the descriptions for most of them can be found on the web nowadays. It's still good to be aware of this, game programming has its own set of recurring patterns.
Scott Meyers (ISBN 0321334876)
Best practices for C++. Given the amount of nasty gothcas in the language, you probably want to read this as well as a basic book.
Game Coding Complete, 3rd edition
Mike McShaffry (ISBN 1584506806)
A very comprehensive work on how to program AAA games, from an author who worked on Origin's Ultima games and on Thief: Deadly Shadows. Assumes a working knowledge of C++ and dives straight into how you set up the actual game program on Windows, with lots of tricks of the trade from real projects. The explanation on how to set up the game engine using process, actor and event classes and how to program input devices and user interfaces are very useful for roguelike development. Chapters about managing caches for massive asset libraries and working with complex 3D graphics less so.
Game Engine Architecture
Jason Gregory (ISBN 1568814135)
Covers much the same ground as Game Coding Complete. Describes the basics of a professional C++ game project, tools for debugging and error handling, and setting up the overall program architecture. Some chapters on 3D rendering and real-time physics are less relevant to roguelikes. The part on implementing complex game logic is maybe a bit less in-depth than the one in Game Coding Complete, while the 3D and physics aspects are handled in great detail.
The Game Programming Gems series
Various authors, Vol 1: (ISBN 1584500492) Vol 2: (ISBN 1584500549) Vol 3: (ISBN 1584502339) Vol 4: (ISBN 1584502959) Vol 5: (ISBN 1584503521) Vol 6: (ISBN 1584504501) Vol 7: (ISBN 1584505273) Vol 8: (ISBN 1584507020)
Collections of short articles on doing some specific neat thing in a game, split into general programming techniques and subfields like graphics and audio. The general programming, scripting and AI advice can be quite useful.
Introduction to Algorithms
Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, Clifford Stein (ISBN 0262033844)
All that data structure you end up needing for pathfinding and data handling in one intimidating package. Also tells you what the big-O notation is about, so you can nod sagely when people talk about some algorithm being O(n^3).
Modern C++ Design
Andrei Alexandrescu (ISBN 0201704315)
Advanced C++ tricks using template metaprogramming and similar forbidden techniques.
The Pragmatic Programmer
Andrew Hunt and Dave Thomas (ISBN 020161622X)
A collection of advice for programming and various related activities, such as documenting, collecting requirements, debugging and figuring out just how to go from a real-world idea into a realizable program.
Martin Fowler (ISBN 0201485672)
Techniques to improve the program structure of a project without ending up breaking or having to rewrite everything.
Books for designing game contents and interfaces.
The Art of Computer Game Design
Chris Crawford (ISBN 0881341177)
This thing is from 1984, but surprisingly insightful given its age. Crawford is always intent on pushing the envelope on games. The early age also makes the thing really focus on core elements of gameplay, since neither shiny multimedia nor extravagant simulation was possible back then.
The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses
Jesse Schell (ISBN 0123694965)
Designing Virtual Worlds
Richard Bartle (ISBN 0131018167)
It's about multiplayer games, like MMORPGs and MUDs, since there doesn't seem to be much any books on developing systems and settings for single-player CRPGs. Still, there's a lot of stuff here about setting up the basic assumptions of the game world and thinking about what the players might expect to want to get from it.
Edward Tufte (ISBN 0961392118)
Sequel to The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, more tricks for visualizing lots of information with graphics.
Game Architecture and Design
Andrew Rollings and David Morris (ISBN 0735713634)
Has sections on game design, project management and programming, but mostly worth it for the design part. This was one of the first good game development books back around 2000, but nowadays a book dedicated just to game design might be better.
Game Design: Theory and Practice
Richard Rouse (ISBN 1556227353)
Steve Swink (ISBN 0123743281)
Goes into detail on how the interactive feedback loops between the player and the game rules work. A lot of it is about real-time games, but concerns about space, input and response matter for turn-based roguelikes as well.
The Non-Designer's Design Book
Robin Williams (ISBN 0321534042)
Principles of visual and typographic design. Worth a look, even a text-based display can benefit from a nice visual layout.
Rules of Play
Katie Salen and Eric Zimmerman (ISBN 0123743281)
Theoretical book on the design, playing and culture of games. Very nice for getting a wider perspective on game design.
Tabletop: Analog Game Design
All about designing and analyzing pen&paper board games, not computer games. Those things are very useful to study, they need to compress interesting gameplay to very bare fundamentals.
User Interface Design for Programmers
Joel Spolsky (ISBN 1893115941)
Lists all those user interface design snags programmers have trouble thinking about.
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Edward Tufte (ISBN 0961392142)
A classic on visualizing information. Constantly drives home how it's important to think what you're doing with visual representations and what pitfalls there might be. Should go well with the minimalist aesthetic and the idea of maximizing useful on-screen information in roguelikes.
Miscellaneous useful books.
Producing Open Source Software
Project management for open source development. Some larger roguelikes are developed as open source efforts. This book goes into the management practices involved, such as running open version control, managing mailing lists and handling bug reports and contributions.
The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games
Michael Tresca (ISBN 078645895X)
Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games
Matt Barton (ISBN 1568814119)