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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, 23 Aug 2004
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David Burton "aenikata" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Programming Role-playing Games with DirectX 8.0 (Game Development) (Paperback)
My own 2 cents, briefly - it covers most aspects of the game development process in substantial detail, and presents it all in a clear, friendly, well-explained manner.
The sample code is excellent, and if you want to get developing RPGs with DirectX 8.0, this is an excellent start.
Speaking as mainly a VB/Dot Net developer, I'd have been keen to see code that used C#, etc, but there's no denying that C++ is the most common language for DirectX development. If you're not familiar with C++, you'll need to familiarise yourself with its concepts to follow the code, but apart from that, what are you waiting for?
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the asking price!, 12 April 2002
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This review is from: Programming Role-playing Games with DirectX 8.0 (Game Development) (Paperback)
This book covers the usual C++ refresher and how to setup directX and after that is quite excellent. Covering direct play in quite a lot of detail, which was my main reason for buying the book. It also covers applying 3d techniques to 2d games. This is a book i expect to get much use out of. Not for the absolute beginner!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the lot, 1 Mar 2004
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Paul "E" (Round Rock, TX) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Programming Role-playing Games with DirectX 8.0 (Game Development) (Paperback)
I've brought a few of these huge door stops from this particular series, and this one is the best out of the lot up to the time this one was published. Gives you a taste of everything you need to get going, and is written with humor.
Of course Direct X9 is out now, so it's a little past its sell by date now. But if you find it cheap somewhere still might be worth a look through.
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