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If you have experience with C++ and DirectX and have always wanted to program your own game, this is the book for you. Programming a Multiplayer FPS in DirectX takes you from the basic game design to a fully functioning game! All of the source code, assets, and tools are included-you just work through the tutorial-based chapters and watch the game come to life as you develop it. And as new features are added, you can begin playing with them to see them in action. Following a typical game development process, the book is separated into two distinct parts: Part One focuses on the design and development of the game engine, and Part Two concentrates on putting the game together using the engine. The theory has been kept to a minimum, so that you are following a hands-on approach and adding new functionality to your engine as you proceed. In the first part, youll learn about the many facets of DirectX, C++, and object-oriented programming. Youll also learn how to design the engine and put the infrastructure into place. The next chapters will each add a new module to your engine including input, scripting, 3D rendering, sound, networking, and scene management. The second part covers the final development stages, including everything from game play to player management; it culminates with the complete multiplayer FPS game. Throughout the book youll learn key topics that will bring you up to speed with industry proven techniques, while improving your confidence as a developer. And because DirectX is the most prevalent game development tool available, once you master this project, youll have the skills you need to create a variety of games! FEATURES: * Provides a detailed, step-by-step approach through the creation of a complete multiplayer FPS * Covers a variety of key topics beyond the basics needed for the game creation, including occlusion culling and scene management * Prepares users with the skills needed to code using the latest DirectX API * Includes a companion CD-ROM with all the source code and assets for the complete game, the DirectX SDK, and other useful tools On the CD! * All of the source code and assets used to create the complete game * The DirectX SDK 9.0c installation package used to develop the code in the book * Panda DirectX Exporter (by Andy Tather) to use in conjunction with 3ds max to produce meshes in .x file format * Paint Shop Pro fullfeatured, trial version great for creating textures * Improved Collision Detection Article (by Kasper Fauerby): provides more details about the collision detection algorithm used in the sample game SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS To compile the source code provided on this CD-ROM you will need a C++ compatible compiler. Microsoft Visual C++ 6 was used to create and compile this source code, however, it has been tested and successfully compiled on newer versions of Visual C++. (Although the source code may compile under a different product, it has not been tested.) The workspaces provided on the CD-ROM are for Visual C++ 6, but the VS Conversion Wizard will automatically update the workspaces to your version. To run the sample game, you should have at least a 1 GHz CPU and at least 256MB of RAM. Youll need a 3D accelerated video card with at least 32MB of onboard memory. DirectX 9.0c will be used, but no version specific features that require a DirectX 9 compliant video card are used, so any video card supporting DirectX 8 or above should function. Remember to always ensure your system matches the minimum system requirements before installing any of the third-party products.