This book is for users experienced with game development who now want to learn how to develop games in GameMaker: Studio in a fast-paced way.
Over 50 hands-on recipes to help you build exhilarating games using the robust GameMaker system About This Book Design and develop game elements that can be used alone or stacked to enhance your gaming experience Explore extensions that can unlock GameMaker: Studio's true potential to create complex games A recipe-based, easy-to-follow guide to take your GameMaker skills to the next level Who This Book Is For This book is intended for GameMaker: Studio enthusiasts who are looking to add more substance and improve their content. If know your way around the program and have some basic GML skills but want to take them further, then this book is for you. What You Will Learn Set up player control schemes of various types, such as touch controls and a gamepad Create your own physics sandbox Get accustomed to advanced player movement Implement music and 3D sound in your games Utilize GameMaker's GUI layers to create exciting games Generate adjustable game settings and save systems Add depth to your game with lighting and special effects In Detail GameMaker: Studio started off as a tool capable of creating simple games using a drag-and-drop interface. Since then, it has grown to become a powerful instrument to make release-ready games for PC, Mac, mobile devices, and even current-gen consoles. GameMaker is designed to allow its users to develop games without having to learn any of the complex programming languages such as C++ or Java. It also allows redistribution across multiple platforms. This book teaches you to harness GameMaker: Studio's full potential and take your game development to new heights. It begins by covering the basics and lays a solid foundation for advanced GameMaker concepts. Moving on, it covers topics such as controls, physics, and advanced movement, employing a strategic approach to the learning curve. The book concludes by providing insights into complex concepts such as the GUI, menus, save system, lighting, particles, and VFX. By the end of the book, you will be able to design games using GameMaker: Studio and implement the same techniques in other games you intend to design. Style and approach A problem-solving guide that teaches you the construction of game elements and mechanics to be integrated in games for rapid prototyping. Each overall topic includes several individual recipes taught through step-by-step instructions, and in-depth follow-up with examples.
Considered the nations number one marketing program, Marketing Essentials is the essential text for introducing students to the skills, strategies, and topics that make up the ever-changing world of marketing. It effectively captures the excitement of this fast-paced discipline with engrossing narrative, engaging graphics, and real-life case studies.
With an innovative, business-model approach, Game Development Essentials: Online Game Development provides the essentials needed to achieve long-term success with Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs). This book takes a significant and valuable departure from traditional game development books by addressing MMOG development as a complex, multi-faceted, service-oriented business, instead of focusing solely on technical, artistic, or design techniques. The resulting multi-dimensional focus allows readers to design their game and organize their development process with the entire business in mind. Coverage includes the key differences between single player games and MMOGs, as well as how the various components of the development process, such as the business model, marketing plan, gaming community and technical constraints, influence one another and determine the success of the MMOG. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Written by experts with years of gaming industry experience developing today’s most popular games, Game Development Essentials: Game Artificial Intelligence provides an engaging introduction to real world game artificial intelligence techniques. With a clear, step-by-step approach, the book begins by covering artificial intelligence techniques that are relevant to the work of today’s developers. This technical detail is then expanded through descriptions of how these techniques are actually used in games, as well as the specific issues that arise when using them. With a straightforward writing style, this book offers a guide to game artificial intelligence that is clear, relevant, and updated to reflect the most current technology and trends in the industry. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Get a head start in your game development career with this all-genre guide for absolute beginners. Whether you're into action games, role-playing games, or interactive fiction, we've got you covered. Mostly Codeless Game Development empowers new developers with little or no previous programming experience and explores all major areas of game development in a succinct, entertaining fashion. Have you dreamed of making your own video game? Do you find the prospect daunting? Fear not. A new generation of game engines has emerged. Lengthy and complicated feats of programming are largely a thing of the past in video game development. To create commercially viable games you simply need the right tools, many of which are discussed in this book. A gigantic software team isn't a must-have prerequisite for success. The one-person operation is back. What You Will Learn Master the concepts and jargon used in game creation for the beginner Find the best game development suite for your project Make the most out of related graphics and audio production software Discover video game marketing essentials Who This Book Is For People with no programming experience who desire a career in the video game industry as producers or independent, single-person developers./div
Kelly (competitive strategy and communications expert) uses game terminology to explicate his "The Playmaker's Standard"--Strategies useful for those needing to influence others in personal, political, or corporate settings. "The Playmaker's Standard" is composed of three systems: "The Playmaker's Table," a taxonomy of strategies; "The Playmaker's Process," a methodology for choosing the strategies; and "Factors at Play," categories of concepts that affect the use of persuasive strategies in a marketplace (e.g., brand, credibility, culture). The reader is methodologically led through the process of "playmaking" to increase competitive advantage for those advocating for an organization's brand or reputation or involved in the development of policies and messages. Tables guide using and decoding plays, and relevant examples demonstrate applications. Ease of reading can be deceptive, relative to the weightiness of the content. Notes indicate the extensive research behind the standard's development, and a glossary provides a quick reference to the game terminology. A useful handbook for practitioners in marketing, public relations, and politics, and heuristic fodder for academic researchers of persuasion.
Using game thinking and game mechanics in non-game settings to promote engagement and learning is a new trend in both business and education sectors. Savvy marketers are gamifying their efforts by offering customers loyalty badges, check-in incentives, and achievement rewards and clever employers are leveraging this new trend to gamify their training and innovation processes. Discover how you can use game design techniques to involve patrons and motivate staff in your library. This primer will walk you through incorporating game thinking into bibliographic instruction, staff training, the online catalog, and more. Learn how to gamify the library experience. This A–Z guidebook covers a range of exciting ways to use gamification in your library. Readers will learn the ins and outs of gamification techniques through projects, such as: badge hunts for staff orientation; a “face of the library” game for patron services; badges for your programs; augmented reality and a catalog Easter egg hunt; interactive fiction for information literacy education; and top-down video games for library orientation.