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  • Series: For Teens
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology; 3rd edition (August 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598635182
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598635188
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Part I: The Basics of BASIC 1 1. Getting Started 2. Getting to Know BASIC 3. Loops, Functions, Arrays, and Types 4. The Style Factor Part II: Getting Graphical 5. Beginning Graphics 6. Page Flipping and Pixel Plotting 7. Basic Image Programming 8. Animation 9. Collision Detection Part III: Completing the Puzzle 10. Handling Input 11. Sounds and Music 12. Artificial Intelligence 13. The Final Frontier: Invaderz!!! Part IV: Appendices A. Scan Code Reference B. Useful Links C. What's on the CD Index

About the Author

Maneesh Sethi is a student at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. As a high-school student, Sethi founded Standard Design, a web-site design company. He is the author of Game Programming For Teens, first and second editions, and Web Design For Teens. Sethi lectures on game programming topics at conferences across the country and has been a guest on G4TechTV. Visit his web site at

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W. Sum
I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn the basics of game programming.
Ferlin Scarborough
This book is good at what it's suppose to do: Teach you how to make 2D games.
Valentino Sneed

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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful By jsharbour on April 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
In my opinion, there are three groups of enthusiasts in the "gamer" market: Game players who want to make their own games for fun; Programmers who take up game dev as a hobby or a diversion; and those aspiring to become professional game developers. I believe this book excels at catering to the first group, is intriguing to the second, and at least mildly interesting for the third. Reviewers in all three groups will therefore vary in their opinion of this book.

I co-authored "Beginner's Guide to DarkBasic...". In early 2002, we considered using BlitzBasic along with DarkBasic, but decided to focus on DarkBasic only, and tailored our book for the "extreme beginner," where it would be useful as a textbook in a "first programming course." I am glad because now there is this excellent BlitzBasic book too, and it nails the subject!

Blitz and DBPro seem to be strong competitors. What you should realize when considering this book is, do you have a compiler? Visual C++ and Visual Basic and other compilers are expensive! But tools like BlitzBasic give you a DirectX game engine AND a compiler in one package. While this could easily cost hundreds of dollars for something like Visual C++ and Torque, you get it all in one package, with an easy-to-use script language. With this book, you get a trial version of the compiler, so you won't need any additional software to get started.

A final point. Its the CONCEPTS that are important, not the language. Anyone who whines about a book not using C or C++ is immature and a novice in the extreme. Because any competent programmer can glean new knowledge from a book of any language and apply it to his/her own. Shoot, I have used Petzold as a reference when writing about Visual Basic.

Maneesh should be congratulated for having written a very accessible book for new programmers and anyone who wants to write their own games without a huge investment of time.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 2004
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I am a software engineer and a parent of an 11-year-old, and I have been looking for a way to teach my son computer programming in a way that would be fun for him. I read this book cover-to-cover, and it's almost perfect for this purpose. I have no doubt that the book would be excellent for a self-starting teen to read on his or her own. But as a parent, this book is invaluable for the parent seeking short, fun, educational programming activities that will be a lot of fun for the learner (and the parent as well). Every kid loves games, and this book does a great job.
I would also recommend this book to an adult who wants to learn the basics of game programming. It's a pretty fast read, very easy to follow. I personally learned a lot from this book. I've been programming computers for 30 years, but I've never written a graphics-based game before, and this book efficiently and easily goes through all the techniques for creating good games very quickly. I think it would also be fairly easily followed by a teen or adult who has never programmed before.
The book uses Blitz Basic, which is optimized for writing computer games and seems to be much easier to use than Visual Basic (the computer language I first tried when teaching my child). A trial version of Blitz Basic is on the CD-ROM included with the book, and the full version (called BlitzPlus) can be purchased online if desired (but is not required). The CD-ROM also includes excellent example artwork, animations, and sounds for the games described in the book, which is a great way to get a teen or pre-teen into programming without getting bogged down with creating art and sounds from the start.
By the way, this book covers creating 2D games (like Pong, Space Invaders, that sort of thing).
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 2004
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I have been wanting to get into game programming for as long as I can remember. I've learned C++ and it's syntax, but was always frustrated when it came time to try and write something with it. I could never get passed writing console applications, and trying to create even a simple program in windows took an absurd amout of time in my opinion, and I eventually gave up. I came across this book in borders (As I myself am a teen ;) ), and was almost swayed away from buying it becase it was based on a "lesser language" (BASIC, or more specifically, Blitz Basic). However after reading some of these reviews, along with still having a desire to create games, I bought the book.
I couldn't have been happier with my purchase.
The author, although only a teenage himself, is absolutely brilliant. I am in awe at how straightforward and clear his lessons are in the book. I was able to get throught the first 100 pages in less than 2 days, and now I can create practically any text-based game I want!
The Language the book is based on, BlitzBasic, is basically noting more than the BASIC language (Which you may have already guessed is just that, basic) with the ability to do many graphical-oriented jobs, among other things. This allows the programmer to work on the code for the game itself, rather than the tedious as extravagant code of graphics libraries, Windows objects, ect.
Like a previous reviewer said, this book really gives you the feeling "Yes, I can do this" when the idea of a programming project comes to mind. I actally have a new-found confidence in my programming abilities, and plan on tackling C++ again once I have mastered BlitzBasic.
By the way, more information on the BlitzBasic program can be found at [...
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