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general purpose game dev book

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I am focusing on 2d game development. I need to know of some good general purpose books that teach things such as collision detection velocity how to make a character's "jump" realistic Those are some of the things I am looking for but amazon has so books to choose from and not knowing the actual contents I figured some people here may know of some good books.

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First you will need to decide on a language, I'm fairly sure there's an FAQ for it here somewhere, once you have a language, then people will be able to give you a better answer to your question that is more relevant to what you want to do.

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I don't really feel the language is important as the topics will apply well to any language you use.

I am well versed in a few languages but have not made games before I have made quite a few applications though.

I just feel the things I asked about are "generic"

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You'll want to look for math books then. Most books dedicated to game development elect to write their examples in a specific language, to ensure consistency.

Collision detection and the vector math behind how things like velocities are represented are well-covered by math and physics books: The Geometry Toolbox, Real-Time Collisions Detection, Essential Math for Games and Interactive Applications, et cetera.

Things like realistic "jumps" are not -- there are hundreds of ways to accomplish this and most are extremely context sensitive. Some of the Game Gems books discuss smaller-scope issues like this, but often they're not suitable for beginners in general. Mostly these are worked out by feel in your own implementations.

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