Java Game Development with LibGDX: From Beginner to Professional, 2nd Edition

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Book Description

Learn to design and create using the Java programming language and the LibGDX library. Working through the examples in this book, you will create 12 prototypes in a variety of popular genres, from collection-based and shoot-em-up arcade games to side-scrolling platformers and sword-fighting adventure games. With the flexibility provided by LibGDX, specialized genres such as card games, rhythm games, and visual novels are also covered in this book.

Major updates in this edition include chapters covering advanced topics such as alternative sources of user input, procedural content generation, and advanced graphics. Appendices containing examples for game design documentation and a complete JavaDoc style listing of the extension classes developed in the book have also been added.

What You Will Learn

  • Create 12 complete video game projects
  • Master advanced Java programming concepts, including data structures, encapsulation, inheritance, and algorithms, in the context of game development
  • Gain practical experience with game design topics, including user interface design, gameplay balancing, and randomized content
  • Integrate third-party components into projects, such as particle effects, tilemaps, and gamepad controllers

Who This Book Is For

The target audience has a desire to make video games, and an introductory level knowledge of basic Java programming. In particular, the reader need only be familiar with: variables, conditional statements, loops, and be able to write methods to accomplish simple tasks and classes to store related data.

Table of Contents

Part I: Fundamental Concepts
Chapter 1: Getting Started with Java and LibGDX
Chapter 2: The LibGDX
Chapter 3: Extending the Framework
Chapter 4: Shoot-em-up games
Chapter 5: Text and User Interfaces
Chapter 6: Audio

Part II: Intermediate Examples
Chapter 7: Side-Scrolling Games
Chapter 8: Bouncing and Collision Games
Chapter 9: Drag-and-Drop Games
Chapter 10: Tilemaps
Chapter 11: Platform Games
Chapter 12: Adventure Games

Part III: Advanced Topics
Chapter 13: Alternative Sources of User Input
Chapter 14: Maze Games
Chapter 15: Advanced 2D Graphics
Chapter 16: Introduction to and Games
Chapter 17: The Journey Continues

Appendix A: Game Design Documentation
Appendix B: Review of Java Fundamentals
Appendix C: Extended Framework Class Reference

Book Details

  • Title: Java Game Development with LibGDX: From Beginner to Professional, 2nd Edition
  • Author:
  • Length: 433 pages
  • Edition: 2nd ed.
  • Language: English
  • Publisher:
  • Publication Date: 2018-02-27
  • ISBN-10: 1484233239
  • ISBN-13: 9781484233238
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