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Well, I've looked at reviews for many books, and recommended books in many places. But after all this searching, I'm still confused. I'm currently taking an online course on C++. After I finish this course, I would like to begin shifting all of my programming towards game development. So, could someone please give me a list of good books to read, in somewhat of an order. To go from C++ programmer, to Game Developer. Thanks in advance for anyone who can help me.

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i haven't read it myself, but from what i know C++ for game programmers
may help you shift you C++ experience to game development

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I would start with beginning c++ game programming. It is a great book that teaches the basics of c++ while focusing the examples on making small console based games. You might think the stuff is useless just because it is all console, but it is a MUST before trying to program graphics.

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You might think the stuff is useless ... but it is a MUST before trying to program graphics.


Absolutely correct. When writing a console based game, you'll find yourself dealing with things such as pointers and variable handling, which are both heavily used in graphics programming (especially SDL - every graphic you use is a pointer).

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I would start with beginning c++ game programming. It is a great book that teaches the basics of c++ while focusing the examples on making small console based games. You might think the stuff is useless just because it is all console, but it is a MUST before trying to program graphics.

Yeah I have that book too and even though it focuses on textbased games all the underlying logic like the underlying AI you need for graphics games is there.
Check out the tictactoe game as it evolves from no AI to basic computer AI.


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To go from C++ programmer, to Game Developer. Thanks in advance for anyone who can help me.


Are you a C++ programmer yet or is it what you need help with now?

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I'm finishing up a course on C++, and getting a C++ Certification from e-learningcenter.com, that doesnt make me an amazing C++ programmer by any means, but I can get by on my own in coding so far.

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Well here's probably one of the best list and in order I"ve seen although if you see how many books are on the list it's kinda depressing or a challenge? You decide...
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/guides/guide-display/-/2FRIQOWB2THR/ref=cm_bg_guides/103-9358329-7084654

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Only one. At some point you'll have to realize that "game programming" really involves putting together elements from various independent fields (physical simulations, graphics, artificial intelligence, networking, databases). Which means that, in the long run, you'll be better served by reading books dedicated to those individual fields, rather than focusing on the rather limited series of "game programming" books. Game programming books are ok to figure out what are the elements involved in making a game, but generally insufficient to really master those elements.

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