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Video Game Programming for Kids Paperback – April 5, 2012
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1. Hello Stinky Head [intro to QB64]. 2. Big Mean Kitty Chases Cute Little Dog [simple graphics]. 3. Save the Hangman [simple game]. 4. Finding Secret Pirate Treasure [timed game]. 5. Let's Go Fishing [complex graphics]. 6. Backpack Attack [first real time game]. 7. Fighting Scary Robots that like to say "Exterminate!" [audio chapter]. 8. Super Squirt Gun versus the Lizard [getting player input]. 9. You Forgot Your Combination!? [doing math]. 10. You Big Ant Stomping Meanie [arrays]. 11. Beetles Are Kind of Dumb (but let's be nice to them) [game logic]. 12. Driving Like Crazy [serious collision game]. 13. Catch The Parachute Guy!
About the Author
Jonathan S. Harbour is an associate professor at the University of Advancing Technology (Tempe, AZ). His web site at www.jharbour.com includes an online forum and blog for book support. His most recent game projects are Starflight - The Lost Colony (www.starflightgame.com) and Aquaphobia: Mutant Brain Sponge Madness (www.aquaphobiagame.com).
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He didn't like it all. He couldn't understand most of what it was talking about. What he could understand bored him to tears. NOT what I was hoping for....
However, this really is nothing more than a teasing appetizer into the world of video game programming. After reading this book, and maybe even making a game or two of your own, (please go to the QB64 WIKI and get some real instructions!)I would recommend jumping ship and learning a more current language.
The book is loaded with programs that are easily typed into QB64 and run, but the sprite in the ointment for me is the fact that some games are glitchy.
The game "Backpack Attack" never ends. The word AHHHH! keeps floating around getting the backpack for you as you press the arrow keys.
The "Super" game is not so much. The author even states that there will be return fire from the subs and boat. I guess he is waiting for you to write that in for yourself.
Aside from that, the programs go in quickly and are easily understood.
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