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CO1301 - Games Concepts Week 24 Preparation for next year. Gareth Bellaby. Advice. Jobs are available. Industry recruits the best. The course meets the requirements of industry. The course is a good indication of your suitability as a programmer for the games industry.

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  • Jobs are available.
  • Industry recruits the best.
  • The course meets the requirements of industry.
  • The course is a good indication of your suitability as a programmer for the games industry.
  • If you have less than 50% in this final assignment I would strongly suggest moving onto another degree.
  • Alternative degrees: Multimedia, Games Design.
  • You do not have an exam for this module.
  • It is a fact that those people who do work over the summer period in preparation for the second year will do better.
  • You need to keep C++ and programming fresh in your mind.
  • The more preparation you do the better your learning experience.
  • You should be seeking to extend your understanding of games development.
the second year
The Second Year
  • Students report that there is a big jump between the first year and the second year.
  • You will forget things if you do not practice.
  • You cannot afford to wait until September.
summer break
Summer break
  • You are expected to work over the summer break.
  • I have prepared summer work for you. This work goes through various programming concepts using both the console window and the TL-Engine.
  • At the top of the Games Concepts module page.
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  • It will be updated over the summer so be prepared to check it again.
summer break1
Summer break
  • Ensure that you have a copy of Visual Studio (preferably Visual Studio 2010).
  • Ensure that you have the latest TL-Engine.
  • Ensure that you have the DirectX SDK.
  • Prepare for the graphics module.
  • The graphics you are doing is:
    • DirectX 9
    • Using shaders (the "programmable pipeline").
  • Programming the graphics card using vertex shaders and pixel shaders.
  • Use Laurent's notes for CO2408: Computer Graphics.
  • Recommended text:
  • Frank Luna, Introduction to 3D Game Programming with DirectX 9.0c: A Shader Approach
  • Frank Luna, Introduction to 3D Game Programming with DirectX 10 (latest version)
extending your knowledge
Extending your knowledge
  • Program! The more you do the better you will become.
  • Have a look at the some of the Indie games. These are often of a type that you can implement in the TL-Engine.
  • Demos can be found on
    • Steam
    • Play This Thing.
    • Impulse
some suggestions
Some suggestions
  • Start with something small.
  • Break your project down into small chunks.
  • It is surprisingly easy to extend a small program into something much, much larger. It is more efficient approach.
  • Look at other games. Simply implement your own version of the game, or part of it.
  • I would suggest implementing at least one small game.
some suggestions1
Some suggestions
  • Build a basic space invaders game.
  • Use placeholder graphics.
  • Suggestions:
    • Harvest - Massive Encounter
    • Empires and Dungeons
    • Hinterland
    • Zork
    • Tower Defence
extending your knowledge1
Extending your knowledge
  • Game Programming Gems series
  • AI Game Programming Wisdom series
  • GPU Gems series
  • Shader X series
  • GDC presentations
  • DirectX home - lots of presentations
  • MSDN documentation
  • NVidia developer site
  • GPU Gems online versions
  • Download their SDK - samples, videos, tutorials:
  • FX Composer (includes Mental Mill). A tool for shaders.
  • NVIDIA Shader Library has more shaders
  • TransmogrifyingTextures: free high-res texture maps
  • NVIDIA Shader Library
  • You will use HLSL shaders on this course.
  • ATI developer site. Need to register
  • RenderMonkey
  • Samples:
  • Tools:
  • Some articles from the Shader X series can be found here:
game logic and mechanics
Game logic and mechanics
  • Reinforce your knowledge.
  • Look at the second year material- CO2301: Games Development 1.
  • Go through books such as van Verth & Bishop, Essential Mathematics For Games & Interactive Applications
  • Steve Rabin, Introduction to Game Development.
  • Wendy Stahler, Beginning Math and Physics for Game Programmers
  • It is apparent that you need to look at move advanced c++ material.
  • I'll make the module notes from Advanced C++ available.
  • Do the summer work.
  • Read around the subject.
  • Stanley B Lippman, Josee Lajoie, Barbara E Moo, (2005), C++ Primer, 4th Ed, Addison Wesley. ISBN-13: 978-0201721485
  • Bradley L Jones, Jesse Liberty, (2005), Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days, Sams. ISBN-13: 978-0672327117
  • Francis Glassborow, (2006), You Can Program in C++, John Wiley and Sons. ISBN-13: 978-0470014684
  • Harvey Deitel, Paul Deitel, (2007), C++ How to Program, 6 edition, Prentice Hall. ISBN-13: 978-0136152507
  • Walter Savitch, (2008), Problem Solving with C++, 7th edition, Pearson Education, ISBN-13: 978-0321549402
  • Walter Savitch, (2007), Absolute C++, 3rd edition, Pearson Education. ISBN-13: 978-0321494382.
c for games
C++ for games
  • Advanced - but worth looking at.
  • Brownlow, Martin, Game Programming Golden Rules (2004), Charles River Media, ISBN-10: 1584503068, ISBN-13: 978-1584503064.
  • Noel Llopis, (2003), C++ for Game Programmers, Charles River Media. ISBN-13: 978-1584502272
bjarne stroustrup
Bjarne Stroustrup
  • Bjarne Stroustrup, The C++ Programming Language, (1997 or 2000), Third Edition or Special Edition, Addison Wesley. ISBN-13: 978-0201889543
  • Bjarne Stroustrup, (1994), The Design and Evolution of C++, Addison Wesley. ISBN-13: 978-0201543308.
  • His web site is here:

  • I would strongly recommend looking at his material.