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I've not read any of those books (sorry) but surely the following customer review on Amazon must tell you everything you need to know...?

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2 of 27 people found the following review helpful:

Hm... i never tried it, July 1, 1999
Reviewer: A reader
i never tried this book before. i hope it'll be good and since i'm a begginer, i think i'll buy it. might be good might not


Unbelievable.

On a more serious note, I have read other books by Andrew LaMothe. I'm undecided as to whether I can recommend them or not. On the one hand, a lot of people have got a lot out of them and when I was just beginning, I found some of it quite useful; but on the other hand, he seems to be positioning himself as "the" teaching games programming expert, which just isn't justified. I'd recommend Game Coding Complete by Mike McShaffry, instead - everything you need to know from someone who has worked in the industry for decades.

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I have the 3rd one and as with all Andre's books its detailed and comprehensive but at times a bit quick to assume you've absorbed the information before moving onto more complex subjects. I prefer to get the basics down first before explaining something more complex and you could find yourself flipping back a lot to understand what he's doing after the initial chapters. Overall though I've liked all of Andre's books and learned a lot from them, he has a readable chatty style and assuming your not lost on the brevity of some things keeps you turning the pages.

if your a total newbie the amount of stuff in there might be a bit daunting but he does pretty much explain everything you need to know. All I would say is get yourself a basic grounding in C/C++ and maths for 3D first, it'll make a lot more sense and you should pick up a lot of useful tips. Again, this is in Andre's books but you may not get it the 1st couple of reads and that'll stop you getting the later stuff.

I do totally agree with the reccomendation for Games coding complete, but it won't really teach you coding or 3D skills, just make your coding a helluva lot better and more focused. If you can already code, great, otherwise the reccomended list as many good titles,

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