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The Game Maker's Apprentice: Game Development for Beginners Paperback – October 17, 2007
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"The desire to create computer games attracts many young people to computing. This book meets the needs of this group of readers and students very well. It is also a fine introduction to the making of computer games for the experienced software developer who always wondered how games were made. … There are excellent software development lessons that can be learned using this book … . the book provides a superb introduction to programming as well as to game construction." (Anthony J. Duben, ACM Computing Reviews, Vol. 49 (5), May, 2008)
About the Author
Jacob's career in the games industry spans fourteen years, but he has been programming games as an amateur and professional now for a quarter of a century. During this time he has worked on over a dozen published games for all the major console platforms, including as the lead programmer of the cult British game, Hogs of War. He has programmed, designed and project-managed titles for publishers like Gremlin, Infogrames, Atari, Disney and Konami and he truly knows the meaning of the word "crunch".
Somehow he also found time to study a Ph.D. in the psychology of learning and has a passion for most things that connect video games and learning (including a whole lot of research involving zombies: zombiedivision.co.uk). This passion also extends to teaching game development, which he practices in his position as Senior Lecturer in Game Development at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK.
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Back to the Book...it is well written with lots of screen shots of what you should see at each stage of the game's design. Almost anyone can write your own game in a few hours.
I have previously duplicated the first 3 games which are described in the free tutorials available at the gamemaker website in about 3 weeks. This book was a great addition to those tutorials. While no game engine is effortless, In my opinion this book's approach is about as straight forward and visually oriented as I can imagine.
Sons of SeriesThe Game Maker's Apprentice: Game Development for Beginners (Book & CD)
But for learning the basics, this book is pretty well done.
Also note: If you are buying it used (through Amazon or wherever else), you can download the resource CD at the publisher's website.
This outdated book was written in 2006, when it was more common to include CD's in the actual book.
Unfortunately, the interface (and probably some of the commands in the book) is different from the new version. The website
which suppose to give you the assets for the games does not include them, so you cant do realy anything.
Most recent customer reviews
The book does teach you how to things get done but it is outdated..
The not so good: The book is very out of date, referring to Gamemaker 8 - I downloaded Gamemaker 14...Read more