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by A K Peters/CRC Press
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Hailed as a "must-have textbook" (CHOICE, January 2010), the first edition of Game Engine Architecture provided readers with a complete guide to the theory and practice of game engine software development. Updating the content to match today’s landscape of game engine architecture, this second edition continues to thoroughly cover the major components that make up a typical commercial game engine.
New to the Second Edition
The book presents the theory underlying various subsystems that comprise a commercial game engine as well as the data structures, algorithms, and software interfaces that are typically used to implement them. It primarily focuses on the engine itself, including a host of low-level foundation systems, the rendering engine, the collision system, the physics simulation, character animation, and audio. An in-depth discussion on the "gameplay foundation layer" delves into the game’s object model, world editor, event system, and scripting system. The text also touches on some aspects of gameplay programming, including player mechanics, cameras, and AI.
An awareness-building tool and a jumping-off point for further learning, Game Engine Architecture, Second Edition gives readers a solid understanding of both the theory and common practices employed within each of the engineering disciplines covered. The book will help readers on their journey through this fascinating and multifaceted field.
Structure of a Typical Game Team
What Is a Game?
What Is a Game Engine?
Engine Differences across Genres
Game Engine Survey
Runtime Engine Architecture
Tools and the Asset Pipeline
Tools of the Trade
Microsoft Visual Studio
Memory Leak and Corruption Detection
Fundamentals of Software Engineering for Games
C++ Review and Best Practices
Data, Code and Memory
Catching and Handling Errors
Pipelines, Caches and Optimization
3D Math for Games
Solving 3D Problems in 2D
Points and Vectors
Comparison of Rotational Representations
Other Useful Mathematical Objects
Hardware-Accelerated SIMD Math
Random Number Generation
Low-Level Engine Systems
Engine Support Systems
Subsystem Start-Up and Shut-Down
Resources and the File System
The Resource Manager
The Game Loop and Real-Time Simulation
The Rendering Loop
The Game Loop
Game Loop Architectural Styles
Measuring and Dealing with Time
Multiprocessor Game Loops
Networked Multiplayer Game Loops
Human Interface Devices (HID)
Types of Human Interface Devices
Interfacing with a HID
Types of Inputs
Types of Outputs
Game Engine HID Systems
Human Interface Devices in Practice
Tools for Debugging and Development
Logging and Tracing
Debug Drawing Facilities
Debug Cameras and Pausing the Game
Screenshots and Movie Capture
In-Game Memory Stats and Leak Detection
Graphics, Motion and Sound
The Rendering Engine
Foundations of Depth-Buffered Triangle Rasterization
The Rendering Pipeline
Advanced Lighting and Global Illumination
Visual Effects and Overlays
Types of Character Animation
Skinning and Matrix Palette Generation
Animation System Architecture
The Animation Pipeline
Action State Machines
Collision and Rigid Body Dynamics
Do You Want Physics in Your Game?
The Collision Detection System
Rigid Body Dynamics
Integrating a Physics Engine into Your Game
Advanced Physics Features
The Physics of Sound
The Mathematics of Sound
The Technology of Sound
Rendering Audio in 3D
Audio Engine Architecture
Game-Specific Audio Features
Introduction to Gameplay Systems
Anatomy of a Game World
Implementing Dynamic Elements: Game Objects
Data-Driven Game Engines
The Game World Editor
Runtime Gameplay Foundation Systems
Components of the Gameplay Foundation System
Runtime Object Model Architectures
World Chunk Data Formats
Loading and Streaming Game Worlds
Object References and World Queries
Updating Game Objects in Real Time
Events and Message-Passing
High-Level Game Flow
You Mean There’s More?
Some Engine Systems We Didn’t Cover
"… this book is the best of its kind, and you’re lucky to have found it. It covers the huge field of game engine architecture in a succinct, clear way, and expertly balances the breadth and depth of its coverage, offering enough detail that even a beginner can easily understand the concepts it presents. The author, Jason Gregory, is not only a world expert in his field; he’s a working programmer with production-quality knowledge and many shipped game projects under his belt. … Jason is also an experienced educator who has taught in the top-ranked university game program in North America. … the many detailed code samples and implementation examples in this book will help you understand just how the pieces come together in a great game. By helping you in this way, Jason’s book might just empower you to outstrip even the most audacious dreams of history’s best game designers and developers."
—From the Foreword by Richard Lemarchand
Praise for the First Edition:
A 2010 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title
"This course resource provides an excellent, comprehensive look at every major system and issue related to modern game development … a must-have textbook for computer science, software engineering, or game programming majors, amateur hobbyists, game 'modders,' and game developers."
—A. Chen, CHOICE, January 2010
"… it looks like most of the critical areas and concepts are touched on. … it looks like you’ll have some reasonably deep understanding of the elements that go into making a game engine. Quite an impressive work, and I know of nothing else in this area that is so detailed."
—Eric Haines, www.realtimerendering.com/blog/, July 2009
"Jason Gregory draws upon his many years of experience and expertise to create a complete and comprehensive textbook on the theory and practice of game engine software development. Informed and informative, replete with examples for every aspect of the game development process, and fully accessible to aspiring game engine developers as well as a very useful reference for even experienced technicians in the field, Game Engine Architecture is an invaluable, thoroughly ‘user friendly,’ and highly recommended core addition to personal, professional, and academic Computer Science reference and resource collections in general, as well as gaming engine design instructional reading lists in particular."
—The Midwest Book Review, September 2009
"The book contains a huge amount of data on specifics to consider when developing a game engine."
—Gamasutra.com, November 2009
"Game Engine Architecture by Jason Gregory has been named a finalist for the Game Developer's 2009 Front Line Award."
—PR Newswire, December 2009
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