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Multiplayer Gaming and Engine Coding for the Torque Game Engine
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2010
This is the second book on TGE by Ed Maurina. Another review noted it does not cover as much. True, it is a little smaller, but I think it is intended as a follow-up to the first book (The Game Programmer's Guide to Torque). It covers some more advanced stuff than the first one , and assumes the reader has some knowledge from the first book. I read both and own this one; I regularly go back to it as a reference. It clearly explains the client-server model of Torque (necessary knowledge, important even for single-player games) as well as Torque's much-praised networking system. The concepts of DataBlocks and NetGhosts can be tricky, but Ed makes it easy to understand. Bare in mind, some of the more intricate coverage of datablocks is in the first book, so I recommend getting both.

It also gives a rundown of the engine code, covering the basic classes you typically work and how to create your own classes based on them. Finally, there is some very valuable info on debugging and performance tuning via profiling.

Ed's style of writing is in-depth, but still accessible; easy-to-understand, but not patronizing. In short, it never felt like a chore reading it. In fact, I rather enjoyed it.

One caveat, it does deal specifically with the Torque Game Engine (TGE), so may be just a little bit dated (though it was published in 2008, so not too old). But if you are using TGEA, the main difference in that is the use of shaders; the TorqueScript language and much of the engine is still the same, so this book is still very useful. Even for T3D, these books are highly recommended, you just need to pay attention to differnces in the code.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2008
Game programmers receive an in-depth, advanced guide to getting the most out of the Torque Game Engine, and comes from a long-time Torque programmer and trainer who knows his stuff. Discussions and descriptions of the components of the program teach how to make better games - and even how to modify the engine and source code itself. Computer libraries strong in gaming will know of Torque - and will value this important guide.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2008
I purchased 2 books written by the same auther, if you want to find an efficient way to make multiplayer games on Torque Game Engine, read this book.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2008
Bought it after reading Ed's first book. This one is not quite as good as it doesn't cover as many topics. It is still well worth the money as what it covers it does an excellent job of. Includes many exercises on the CD.
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0 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2008
This book grate start torque game engine programming. I like it. If you want to learn deeply Torque Game Engine you should buy this book.
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