by Penn Wu
Publisher: Global Text Project 2014
Number of pages: 312
These lecture notes are designed to help students to learn fundamental principles that apply to game programming regardless of the language they use to create the game. These principles include gathering input from users, processing game data, and rendering game objects to the screen.
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