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Classic Game Design

From Pong to Pacman with Unity

Franz Lanzinger (author)

ISBN: 9781937585976

Publication Date: Mar 2013

Format: Mixed media product

Also available as: Paperback  

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You too can learn to design and develop classic arcade video games like "Pong", "Pacman", "Space Invaders", and "Galaxian". Collision detection, extra lives, power ups, and countless other essential design elements were invented by the mostly anonymous designers at the early pioneering companies that produced these simple games. In this book you'll go step by step, using modern, free software tools such as Unity3D to create clones of five classic games: "Pong", "Breakout", "Space Invaders", "Galaxian", and "Pacman". All the source code and art sources of the clone versions are freely available on the companion DVD or at the book's Web site. You'll discover the fun of making your own games, putting in your own 4-color graphics, adjusting the scoring, coding the AI, and playing with sound effects. You'll gain a deep understanding of the roots of modern video game design: the classics of the seventies and eighties.It features: uses five Unity3D projects to allow for quick experimentation with classic game concepts; 4-color throughout with companion DVD that includes source code, art, and clone version projects; includes historical anecdotes direct from one of the fabled Atari coin-op programmers; and, contains unique insights on applying classic game design concepts to modern games.
Pages 300
Date Published 30 Mar 2013
Publisher Mercury Learning and Information
Subject/s Technology: general issues   Graphical & digital media applications   Computing: general  
  • 1: Introduction.
  • 2: Tools Of The Trade: A Crash Course.
  • 3: Pong, Atari (1972).
  • 4: Pong Clone: Ping!
  • 5: Breakout, Atari (1976).
  • 6: Breakout Clone: Brickaway.
  • 7: Space Invaders, Taito (1978).
  • 8: Space Invaders Clone: Space Shotz
  • 9: Galaxian, Namco (1979).
  • 10: Galaxian Clone: Solarian.
  • 11: Pacman, Namco (1980).
  • 12: Pacman Clone: Pizzaman.
  • 13: What About Asteroids And Missile Command?
  • Chapter 14: Making Your Own.
  • Appendix I: Top Selling Arcade Games From 1972 To 1980.
Franz Lanzinger is president and owner of Actual Entertainment Inc. (Sunnyvale CA) and one of the pioneers from the classic game era as programmer and designer of Crystal Castles.

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