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Foundation Game Design with ActionScript 3.0

2nd Edition

By Rex van der Spuy

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After the successful first edition of Foundation Game Design with Flash comes a modernized update of all the code to meet current programming best practices and an ActionScript 3.0 focus—regardless of the IDE that you use.

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  • ISBN13: 978-1-4302-3993-2
  • 680 Pages
  • User Level: Beginner
  • Publication Date: January 29, 2012
  • Available eBook Formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDF

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In response to the success of the first edition of Foundation Game Design with Flash, Rex van der Spuy has revised and updated all the code to meet current programming best practices, and the focus is now on accurate ActionScript 3.0, regardless of the IDE that you use.

We’ve all sneaked the odd five minutes here or there playing the latest Flash game that someone sent around the office, but creating those games is trickier than it looks. The aim of Foundation Game Design with ActionScript 3.0 is to take you, even if you’ve minimal multimedia or programming experience, through a series of step-by-step examples and detailed case studies—to the point where you'll have the skills to independently design any conceivable 2D game using Flash and ActionScript.

Foundation Game Design with ActionScript 3.0 is a non-technical one-stop shop for all the most important skills and techniques a beginning game designer needs to build games with Flash from scratch. Whether you're creating quick blasts of viral amusement, or more in-depth action or adventure titles, this is the book for you.

  • Focused and friendly introduction to designing games with Flash and ActionScript
  • Detailed case studies of Flash games
  • Essential techniques for building games, with each chapter gently building on the skills of preceding chapters
  • Modern best practices and new content on ActionScript 3.0
  • Also covers asset creation in Photoshop and Illustrator

What you’ll learn

  • How to build interactive movies and objects with Flash
  • A thorough grounding in ActionScript 3.0 and good programming practices, with minimal prior programming experience required
  • How to build interactive storybooks, space-shooter, adventure and drag-and-drop games
  • To master collision detection, enemy AI systems, player control, managing game data, basic physics and trigonometry
  • To make use of design patterns and object-oriented programming techniques to build robust games
  • Strategies for making games fun to play and easy to build

Who this book is for

This book is for a non-technical, creative person who wants to learn the art of video game design, but has no idea where to start or where to look for help. It is a lucid, friendly and step-by-step guide though all the technical and creative issues involved in game design with Flash and ActionScript. The book treats programming as a creative artistic tool, and will help anyone who may be afraid of programming come to love the subject as much as the author does. The techniques in the book are comprehensive enough to form the basis of career as a game designer, and form a solid foundation for continued study of programming and ActionScript. This book is the missing link that will guide and inspire any curious and creative person turn a good game idea into a reality.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. Programming Foundations: How to Make a Video Game
  2. Making Game Graphics
  3. Programming Objects
  4. Decision Making
  5. Controlling a Player Character
  6. Bumping into Things
  7. Making Games
  8. Making Bigger Games
  9. Physics, Loops, Arrays, and Sounds
  10. Advanced Object and Character Control
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