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Bought this as a gift for my brother - we've been getting into a bit of open source game server development recently, but he hasn't got as a strong theoretical grounding in programming as I do. I didn't get to read the whole book (hence why I didn't want to give a five star review), but I read three or four chapters reviewing design patterns, and they were helpful, intuitive and accurate. I can only hope the rest of the book continues in the same way!
Game programming patterns is a pretty good introduction to some common techniques used in game development. If you are new to the industry it is well worth a look. Anybody with a game under their belt already will likely be familiar with the majority of problems and solutions, and will likely only find a few new ideas to use in their work.
One useful quality of "patterns" books is to help establish a shared vocabulary, and giving names to some common techniques may have value in itself. I just wish the book had covered more ground and more patterns, even if that meant covering some less generic turf.
I am not completely new to game development but since there is always space for improvement I bought this book. The basics like rendering or the game loop are covered pretty well. Not too dry but still technical enough.
Maybe it would be too much for one single book, but I would like to have it covered topics like questing, saving/loading games or even parts of multiplayer.
But still a solid book that I can recommend for beginners.
Aún no me lo leo completo pero puedo decir que me gusta el material, creo que es uno de los libros que más palabras técnicas tiene. Sin embargo está bien explicado, los ejemplos se pueden seguir sin mucho problema. Creo que al final aprenderé mucho con este material, sin duda vale la pena tenerlo.
This is a great reference book. If you're just looking for this because of the content, the author provides this edition online for free; just google it. Personally I like to write in my textbooks a lot and the print version provides plenty of margin space for that, so I'm pretty happy with this purchase.