Video Game Design/About the Book/Foreword

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This book is designed to teach people what video game design is, how video games work, and enable them to create them, from chumming up ideas and figuring out how to structure them to teaching them how a game engine can be designed to satisfy their requirements. You do not need any prior knowledge of video games to understand this book's subject, up to the implementation part that will expand upon game development techniques for many different types of media. Programming may not be required. Depending on what your goal is, you will need to understand how to program if you intend on going from design to production. You will also need to comprehend Object Oriented Programming to understand modular designs, and be able to understand C/C++ APIs, and have some basic 2D/3D graphics concepts like what a bitmap or a texture is and how they can be used. We will not deal with a specific API or programming language but C/C++ and ASM will be used for examples. The intention is to provide you a with a broad vision of the possibilities available to create Video Games.

Guide to Readers

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