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Lua Game Development Cookbook: Over 70 recipes that will help you master the elements and best practices required to build a modern game engine using Lua Paperback – July 28, 2015
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Leveraging on libSDL, OpenGL and several other libraries, illustrates, in the form
of recipes, many techniques required to build yourself a game, game engine or
Since the topic is wide and deep, it is a condensed book, rich of content in
relatively few pages: from directory organization, module and error handling, Lua
interaction with C++, to game UI, physics, AI, sound and network communication,
passing for the event driven SDL game loop, OpenGL (both the older immediate mode and the more
modern shading language).
I found most of the content interesting, some recipes a bit difficult to
understand at first (in my opinion delaying the explanation in 'how it works'
section is a bit confusing), neverhtless worthy to be studied.
A relatively good knowledge of Lua is required to fully understand the recipes
(while proficience with modern C++ would help for actual game development).
The approach is pragmatic and you have to use the companion code in order to
appreciate the book and start experimenting (I should say compiling myself the
required libraries was not exactly 'a breeze' like the author claims in the book).
All in all it is a solid, pragmatic, fairly advanced book: enough to make you
appreciate the efforts required in game development and possibly desire to deepen
your knowledge about the related problems and techniques.
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