Game Maker's Apprentice Game Development for Beginners

ISBN-10: 1590596153
ISBN-13: 9781590596159
Edition: 2006
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Description: The Game Maker's Apprenticeshows you how to create nine exciting games using the wildly popular Game Maker game creation tool. This book covers a range of genres, including action, adventure, and puzzle games--complete with professional quality  More...

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Book details

List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Apress L. P.
Publication date: 10/17/2007
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 313
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

The Game Maker's Apprenticeshows you how to create nine exciting games using the wildly popular Game Maker game creation tool. This book covers a range of genres, including action, adventure, and puzzle games--complete with professional quality sound effects and visuals. It discusses game design theory and features practical examples of how this can be applied to making games that are more fun to play. Game Maker allows games to be created using a simple drag-and-drop interface, so you don't need to have any prior coding experience. It includes an optional programming language for adding advanced features to your games, when you feel ready to do so. You can obtain more information by visiting book.gamemaker.nl . The authors include the creator of the Game Maker tool and a former professional game programmer, so you'll glean understanding from their expertise. The book also includes a CD containing Game Maker software and all of the game projects that are created in the book--plus a host of professional-quality graphics and sound effects that you can use in your own games.

Jacob Habgood worked in the UK Games Industry for seven years, writing console games for Gremlin Interactive and Infogrames/Atari. During this time he contributed to a wide range of titles and lead the programming teams on MicroMachines (PS2, X-Box and Game Cube) and Hogs of War (PlayStation). Jacob is now a doctoral student at the University of Nottingham, researching the educational potential of computer games. As part of this research, Jacob runs clubs and workshops teaching children and teenagers how to make their own computer games, providing free activities and resourcesthrough his website: www.gamelearning.net .

Foreword
About the Authors
About the Technical Reviewer
About the Illustrator
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Getting Started
Welcome to Game Maker
Installing the Software
Registration
The Global User Interface
Running a Game
How to Get More Information
What's Next?
Your First Game: Devilishly Easy
Designing the Game: Evil Clutches
Sprites
Objects
The Boss Object
Events and Actions
The Dragon Object
Rooms
Save and Run
Instances and Objects
Demons, Baby Dragons, and Fireballs
The Fireball Object
The Demon Object
Summoning Demons
The Baby Dragon Object
Backgrounds and Sounds
A Background Image
Background Music
Sound Effects
Congratulations
Action Games
More Actions: A Galaxy of Possibilities
Designing the Game: Galactic Mail
Sprites and Sounds
Moons and Asteroids
Flying Around
Winning and Losing
An Explosion
Scores
Levels
Finishing Touches
A Title Screen
Winning the Game
Adding Some Visual Variety
Help Information
Congratulations
Target the Player: It's Fun Being Squished
Designing the Game: Lazarus
An Animated Character
A Test Environment
Falling Boxes
Finishing Touches
No Way Out!
Adding a Goal
Starting a Level
Sounds, Backgrounds, and Help
Levels
Congratulations
Game Design: Interactive Challenges
What Makes a Good Game?
Game Mechanics
Interactive Challenges
Game Genres
Challenges
Difficulty
Goals
Rewards
Subgoals
Interactivity
Choices and Control
Control Overload!
Unfair Punishment
Audio Feedback
Summary
Level Design
Inheriting Events: Mother of Pearl
Designing the Game: Super Rainbow Reef
A Game Framework
The Front-End
The Completion Screen
Bouncing Starfish
Biglegs
Parent Power
Lives
Blocks
Normal Blocks
Solid Blocks
Special Blocks
Polishing the Game
Sound Effects
Saving Games and Quitting
A Slower Start
Creating the Levels
Congratulations
Maze Games: More Cute Things in Peril
Designing the Game: Koalabr8
The Basic Maze
The Game Framework
A Moving Character
Save the Koala
Creating Hazards
Tiles
Adding Additional Hazards
Locks and Switches
A Detonator
Rocks
Finishing the Game
Congratulations
Game Design: Levels and Features
Selecting Features
Pie in the Sky
Do You Have That in Blue?
Starting an Arms Race
One-Trick Ponies
Emerging with More Than You Expected
Designing Levels
The Game Maker's Apprentice
Learning Curves
Difficulty Curves
Saving the Day
Applying It All
Features
Emerging Springs
Training Missions
Dividing Levels
Summary
Multiplayer Games
Cooperative Games: Flying Planes
Designing the Game: Wingman Sam
Variables and Properties
The Illusion of Motion
Flying Planes
Enemies and Weapons
Dealing with Damage
Time Lines
More Enemies
End Boss
Finishing Touches
Congratulations
Competitive Games: Playing Fair with Tanks
Designing the Game: Tank War
Playing with Tanks
Firing Shells
Secondary Weapons
Views
Congratulations
Game Design: Balance in Multiplayer Games
Competition and Cooperation
Independent Competition
Dependent Competition
Independent Cooperation
Dependent Cooperation
Mix and Match
Balanced Beginnings
Equivalent Characters
Balancing Differences
Balanced Choice
Weighting Choices
Cyclic Relationships
Balanced Computer Opponents
Artificial Stupidity
Summary
Enemies and Intelligence
GML: Become a Programmer
Hello World
Variables
Functions
Conditional Statements
Repeating Things
Arrays
Dealing with Other Instances
Scripts As Functions
Debugging Programs
Congratulations
Clever Computers: Playing Tic-Tac-Toe
Designing the Game: Tic-Tac-Toe
The Playing Field
Let the Computer Play
A Clever Computer Opponent
Adaptive Gameplay
Congratulations
Intelligent Behavior: Animating the Dead
Designing the Game: Pyramid Panic
The Basic Framework
Creating the Maze and the Explorer
Expanding Our Horizons
Reactive Behavior
Time for Treasure!
Movable Blocks
Rule-Based Behavior
Walking Around
Moving Toward the Explorer
Dealing with States
Scarabs
Let There Be Light
Looking to the Future
Final Words
Creating Resources
Artwork: The GIMP
Music: Anvil Studio
Sound Effects: Audacity
The Game Maker Community
Note to Teachers
Good Luck
Bibliography
Index

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