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Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus!!!

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Has you read of this book called "Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus" by Andre Lamothe? I haven''t brought the book yet, and would like to ask u a question regarding the content on the CD-ROM, if u''ve it. My question is : Are there free 3D modelers and paint programs on the CD-ROM? Thanks!!!!! :-D Since it''''s cool to have our own signatures in every posts in GameDev.net, allow me to join in the fun. More is merrier, right? Now let''''s see....what shall my signature be? Ah-ha! Got it!!!!! "Now pal...I wouldn''''t do dat'''' if I were you, or this young lady might get hurt!" Heh-heh-heh! Cool eh? Now, dat''''s Cowboy''''s speech! Hee-haw!!!!! :-D
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The 3D modelers and paint programs you speak of are demos. Truespace 3 is the only full version of software on the disc. The book also comes with some cool games and the DX6 SDK.

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Hey Shotokan pal! :-D What''s TrueSpace 3? I mean, what kinda program is it? Thanks!!!!!!!

Also.....I''ve 1.5 years of C++ and MFC programing, and have some basic knowledge of COM and ATL. Do u think I''ll be able to understand the book? Thanks!!!!! :-D

Since it''''s cool to have our own signatures in every posts in GameDev.net, allow me to join in the fun. More is merrier, right? Now let''''s see....what shall my signature be? Ah-ha! Got it!!!!!
"Now pal...I wouldn''''t do dat'''' if I were you, or this young lady might get hurt!"

Heh-heh-heh! Cool eh? Now, dat''''s Cowboy''''s speech! Hee-haw!!!!! :-D
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Wait a minute, the demos are Paint Shop Pro 5 and some other stuff...I dont think any 3D modelers are included, I broke my disc. What I was thinking of in my first post was this magazine i got that came with Maya, Truespace, and like 5 other 3D programs. Sorry bout that.
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Aha! Its Truespace, Winzip, Cool Edit, Acrobat, and MS Wordview, oh yeah, and the aforementioned Paint Shop Pro. In addition to this stuff, there is source code, sounds, artwork, hell, a whole bunch of free stuff. Well, the book does cost 50 bucks...so I wouldnt say, free...
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Thanks a lot, Shotokan! That means to say that it''s "Truespace, Winzip, Cool Edit, Acrobat, and MS Wordview, and Paint Shop Pro......" are all demos, except for the free stuff? How disappointing! :-(

Since it''''s cool to have our own signatures in every posts in GameDev.net, allow me to join in the fun. More is merrier, right? Now let''''s see....what shall my signature be? Ah-ha! Got it!!!!!
"Now pal...I wouldn''''t do dat'''' if I were you, or this young lady might get hurt!"

Heh-heh-heh! Cool eh? Now, dat''''s Cowboy''''s speech! Hee-haw!!!!! :-D
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I found Truespace quite interesting to use. I believe it was Truespace 4 not 3... but maybe I''m wrong. The CD does contain free textures, sounds, a slew of articles and even more documentation that just wouldn''t fit in a book. For the content in that book, I would recommend it.

Xeon_Boy: You should have no trouble understanding the programming in this book with the background you suggest.
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Thanks!!!!!! :-D So, IS TrueSpace 4 FREE on the CD? Or is it just another demo? Thanks again!!!!!

And as for my background......heh heh heh! I''ve confidence that I can understand COM stuff and maybe how to use DirectX functions, but the part that scares me most is the trigonometrical calculations and graphic math part. I''ve to work hard on that, I guess. :-D

Since it''''s cool to have our own signatures in every posts in GameDev.net, allow me to join in the fun. More is merrier, right? Now let''''s see....what shall my signature be? Ah-ha! Got it!!!!!
"Now pal...I wouldn''''t do dat'''' if I were you, or this young lady might get hurt!"

Heh-heh-heh! Cool eh? Now, dat''''s Cowboy''''s speech! Hee-haw!!!!! :-D
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As far as I recall TrueSpace 4 is a demo too

BTW: I also got a CD with the introductory version of MS Visual C++
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That''s ok, pal. I decided to get the Blender manual and learn it even if it takes me 1 year.(that''s impossible, though) :-D

And one thing I realised is that the folks here are more friendlier than those in other forums, like Codeguru.com, pal! I wonder if u share the same feeling too! Maybe it''s cos'' they''re all game programmers, I guess. :-D

Since it''''s cool to have our own signatures in every posts in GameDev.net, allow me to join in the fun. More is merrier, right? Now let''''s see....what shall my signature be? Ah-ha! Got it!!!!!
"Now pal...I wouldn''''t do dat'''' if I were you, or this young lady might get hurt!"

Heh-heh-heh! Cool eh? Now, dat''''s Cowboy''''s speech! Hee-haw!!!!! :-D
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Just about every program on the CD are demos. Paint Shop Pro will only work for 30 days, and I don''t think the Truespace demo will even let you save. However, I think you can download older full versions of Truespace for free now. PSP as I said is a demo, and you should buy the full version if you want to use it. The one on the CD is an older version, and you can get PSP 7 for about $50. Either way, you need to buy some sort of graphics editor, or otherwise you''ll have to use MS Paint and everyone will laugh at your 4-bit graphics.

But, the CD does have some additional stuff that is very useful. It includes free artwork (by LaMothe himself), along with royalty-free sounds and music. All the source code for the demos are on the CD as well. And, there is also tons of bonus articles by other people on the CD that aren''t included in the book (for instance, there is an article about Neural Nets on the CD, but you won''t learn too much about them in the book). Also, there is a bonus chapter by LaMothe on the CD about text-based games (which also includes a sample game called Shadowland).
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Thanks, MidNight Coder!!!!! Say, what does "royalty-free" means? Does it mean that I can use the graphics and sounds for free in my commercial games? Thanks!!!!!! :-D

"The feeling of mastering and understanding hard stuff in Game Programming is just like the feeling u get when u perform an Air-Walk in the basketball court, soaring.....and everyone''s watching in awe......."
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