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Game Programming Gems 7 (Game Programming Gems (W/CD)) [Hardcover]

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21 Feb 2008 Game Programming Gems (W/CD)
Welcome to the seventh volume of the must-have reference series for game developers, Game Programming Gems, the series that helped define the standards for game programming and continues to be an essential source for new, innovative techniques. "Game Programming Gems 7" provides the tools and inspiration that game developers need to excel. Featuring cutting-edge, ready-to-use techniques contributed by industry veterans and experts, this new collection is a key resource for inspiration, insight, and a plethora of time-saving, ready-to-use methods for the developer's tool box! Gems 7 answers the needs of passionate developers, eager newcomers, voracious production requirements, and the demand for innovating and entertaining gameplay. Covering all the key development areas including math and physics, artificial intelligence, audio, and even scripting and data-driven systems, each section is edited by an expert in the field to ensure that the ideas are original, accurate, and useful.There are gems that contribute directly to a player's experience of the game, including audio production gems and human-game interactions. Does your development team include a DBA? Inside you'll find a gem that suggests ways to integrate your object system with a relational database. Recognizing the need for good solutions for managing ever-increasing team sizes and facilitating efficient internal and external communications, there is a networking gem that applies tools to multiplayer development that are common to many network administrators, but may not yet have widespread use in our industry. Dig into this new volume of useful, practical ideas and techniques and get ready to make games that are more inventive, entertaining, and satisfying!

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  • Hardcover: 710 pages
  • Publisher: Delmar; 1 edition (21 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584505273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584505273
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19.5 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 778,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Gaming programme Gems 7 30 Dec 2012
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It was purchased as a present for my Grand Child who is studying Programming. He is very pleased with it. the dellivery was on time and in good condition. It is really only for Gaming programmers. At the end ov 2013 he hopes to qualify as a Programming Graduate, and get a good job. He was sraight into the books and reading with enthusiasm.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Articles are decent; I hope the CD is a joke 22 Oct 2008
By kkmit - Published on Amazon.com
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There is some decent written material here, although the articles are typically vague and seem to omit important implementation details more often than not. However, if you're buying this book thinking you are going to get working examples... you're not.

The CD is absolutely ridiculous. Of the half-dozen examples I've looked at so far, one was completely missing and all but one of the others just didn't work. The binaries died with strange errors; trying to build the source gets you a laundry list of nontrivial errors. One example appears to have been built on top of a very old version of the DirectX sample framework, and doesn't include a copy of any of the headers that it needs from that framework; another throws errors about missing arguments in function calls.

Even if the code did compile, though, it's generally absolutely horribly organized. One example chose to pile everything into a single source file--including a TGA loader class cribbed from GPWiki, some basic utility classes, a bunch of DirectX setup code, and (somewhere in there) the several dozen lines of the actual example. Comments are generally sparse.

Despite the fact that the book has been out for almost a year and that there are a significant number of problems, there is also absolutely no errata available via the publisher's website. In fact, the only way I found the missing example was to find a forum post discussing the fact that it was missing which included, in a reply, a link to the author's blog. The blog was, of course, being "updated" and so the post in question was gone; it took a trip to Google's cache to get the download link on that page to get the source.

Read the articles! They're decent stuff--but the CD is a bad, bad joke. Since most, if not all, of the articles in this book are simply about implementing techniques that are well-covered in the literature, that detracts significantly from the book's usefulness and appeal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get This Book Despite the CD! 26 Feb 2009
By Let's Compare Options - Published on Amazon.com
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The previous reviewer is right about the CD, which is full of errors, with a publisher that seems intent on dropping support, and an author who is obviously too busy to care about today's standards of updates and communications. That said, this is a MUST HAVE if you're a serious game programmer and have enjoyed the previous titles in the series. Our rating here is to balance out the CD defects and to let you know that the contributors in each section are at the top of their game. For the price, you could go to a conference and pay $2 grand to hear the same contributors present. The field of game programming is moving toward new applications using tensor calculus and databasing with the advent of NVIDIA supercomputer workstations, even though DBMS itself is in need of more than cosmetic surgery in the innovation department. Each article is a great starting point for delving into the cutting edge evolution of that topic, whether you're DX, GL or C++ oriented. If you get this to sharpen your code, you'll be disappointed; if you get it to "get to know" the contributors (5 of whom --so far-- answer their emails personally, and have their own deeper books on each topic), you're in for a treat. In other words, don't let the CD turn you off, manage your own expectations, and you won't be disappointed by this one.
3.0 out of 5 stars CD ? What CD ? 20 Mar 2012
By Art Golem - Published on Amazon.com
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I could not find any attached CD ROM . The dedicated site is quite a joke : opting for Book/CD updates brings up a list of all books in the series for purchasing.
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