Creating Adventure Games On Your Computer
by Tim Hartnell
Publisher: Ballantine Books 1984
Number of pages: 196
Though dated, Hartnell's book is a good introduction to adventure game construction. While the book focuses on BASIC programming, which wouldn't be a programmer's choice today, it offers sound design techniques for the absolute beginner.
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by Martin Fierz
These pages intend to give a comprehensive overview of the elements of a computer program which can play two-player strategy games like tic-tac-toe, connect four, checkers and chess. Code fragments in this text are written in C.
by Michael Abrash - Coriolis Group Books
A book for game developers and serious assembly language programmers. It explores the technology behind the popular Doom and Quake 3-D games, and explains optimized solutions to 3-D graphics problems from texture mapping, hidden surface removal, etc.
by Albert Sweigart
A programming book for kids interested in learning to program their own computer games with python, a serious computer language which is used by professional programmers also. The book explains programming principles from the source code examples.
by Bob Nystrom - gameprogrammingpatterns.com
Game Programming Patterns is a book on architectural patterns in game code. I dug up and polished the best patterns I've found in games and presented them here so that we can spend our time inventing things instead of re-inventing them.