Learning XNA 4.0: Game Development For The Pc, Xbox 360, And Windows Phone 7

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Learning XNA 4.0: Game Development For The Pc, Xbox 360, And Windows Phone 7

by Aaron Reed

O'Reilly Media | December 30, 2010 | Trade Paperback

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Want to develop games for Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7? This hands-on book will get you started with Microsoft''s XNA 4.0 development framework right away -- even if you have no experience developing games. Although XNA includes several key concepts that can be difficult for beginning web developers to grasp,Learning XNA 4.0shortens the learning curve by walking you through the framework in a clear and understandable step-by-step format.

Each chapter offers a self-contained lesson with illustrations and annotated examples, along with exercises and review questions to help you test your understanding and practice new skills as you go. Once you''ve finished this book, you''ll know how to develop your own sophisticated games from start to finish.

  • Learn game development from 2D animation to 3D cameras and effects
  • Delve into high-level shader language (HLSL) and introductory artificial intelligence concepts
  • Build three complete, exciting games using 2D, 3D, and multiplayer techniques
  • Develop for and deploy your games to the Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 540 pages, 9.19 × 7 × 1.3 in

Published: December 30, 2010

Publisher: O'Reilly Media

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1449394620

ISBN - 13: 9781449394622

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Learning XNA 4.0: Game Development For The Pc, Xbox 360, And Windows Phone 7

by Aaron Reed

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 540 pages, 9.19 × 7 × 1.3 in

Published: December 30, 2010

Publisher: O'Reilly Media

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1449394620

ISBN - 13: 9781449394622

About the Book

Want to develop games for Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7? This hands-on book guides users to Microsoft's XNA 4.0 development framework right away--even if they have no experience developing games.

Table of Contents

Dedication Preface Chapter 1: What''s New in XNA 4.0? Chapter 2: Getting Started Chapter 3: Fun with Sprites Chapter 4: User Input and Collision Detection Chapter 5: Applying Some Object-Oriented Design Chapter 6: Sound Effects and Audio Chapter 7: Basic Artificial Intelligence Chapter 8: Putting It All Together Chapter 9: 3D Game Development Chapter 10: 3D Models Chapter 11: Creating a First-Person Camera Chapter 12: 3D Collision Detection and Shooting Chapter 13: HLSL Basics Chapter 14: Particle Systems Chapter 15: Wrapping Up Your 3D Game Chapter 16: Deploying to the Xbox 360 Chapter 17: Developing for Windows Phone 7 Chapter 18: Multiplayer Games Answers to Quizzes and Exercises Colophon

From the Publisher

Want to develop games for Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7? This hands-on book will get you started with Microsoft''s XNA 4.0 development framework right away -- even if you have no experience developing games. Although XNA includes several key concepts that can be difficult for beginning web developers to grasp,Learning XNA 4.0shortens the learning curve by walking you through the framework in a clear and understandable step-by-step format.

Each chapter offers a self-contained lesson with illustrations and annotated examples, along with exercises and review questions to help you test your understanding and practice new skills as you go. Once you''ve finished this book, you''ll know how to develop your own sophisticated games from start to finish.

  • Learn game development from 2D animation to 3D cameras and effects
  • Delve into high-level shader language (HLSL) and introductory artificial intelligence concepts
  • Build three complete, exciting games using 2D, 3D, and multiplayer techniques
  • Develop for and deploy your games to the Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7

About the Author

Aaron Reed has extensive software development experience and more importantly, experience in software development education. Since 2004 he has taught courses at Neumont University in .NET, web development and web services, XNA, systems design and architecture, and more.

Aaron''s experience in teaching both DirectX and XNA for several years to university-level students helps him understand what topics are easily understood and which ones need more depth and emphasis. Through experience in the classroom he also has a good understanding of what format and sequence makes the most sense to present the material. This book follows that format and is meant to present game development concepts in the way most efficient and most comprehendible as proven in the classroom.

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