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Java Game Forum?

Thomas Whalen
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Joined: Aug 26, 2001
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Mainly the reason I am learning Java is that I want to write games using Java. There aren't many good books on Java game programming, and there don't seem to be a lot of good resources on this topic. Would you guys consider adding such a forum? I think that Java would be an "excellent" language to write games in, in terms of AI and modularity. Any opinions on this, or am I the only around here who would love such a thing?

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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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I think it'd be fun to have a a games forum, but, thinking hard about it, I can't think of any game-specific questions that would be asked there. Most, if not all, of the questions would currently belong in the Java in General forums, or sometimes in Other Java APIs. If you've got game-related questions, post them there, as appropriate. If we suddenly get a large influx of specifically game-related questions, then we would certainly entertain the idea of a game forum.

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Gregg Bolinger
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I agree with Ernest. hosts a Java Gaming community that you might enjoy.
As far as books go, find a good game programming book. It can be language agnostic or even be directed at another language. It wouldn't matter. The concepts hold true in almost any language. Especially OO languages. Also, depending on the technologies you want to use, there are a few pretty good 3D Game books that deal with Opengl and really don't care about what language everything else is written in.

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Mohan Panigrahi
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Joined: Sep 28, 2001
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I would think it to be very apt for Javaranch to host a game programming forum.
I have been interested in game programming in Java, but never got any headway. Only a few days back, I got the book
Developing Games in Java
by David Brackeen (Author), Bret Barker, Laurence Vanhelswue
which has received rave reviews at May be you would like to check it out.
There are other forums exclusively for game programming in java. You may like to check out JOGL APIs and their forums.
Happy Game Programming!
Thomas Paul
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As far as Java game programming books go, the best book I found was "Java Game Programming for Dummies". The book is out of print (it is so old it uses the original Java event model) but if you can find a copy it clearly explains how to do some basic and yet cool stuff.

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Lasse Koskela

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I was actually surprised some time ago when Amazon suggested a Java game programming book for me (don't know why so don't ask), made a little search, and came up with 10 or so game programming books I would've considered if I was to write gaming software in Java.
I repeated the search at a minute ago and here's what I found:
Developing Games in Java
Java 2 Game Programming
Practical Java Game Programming
Black Art of Java Game Programming
Advanced Java Game Programming
Micro Java Game Development
J2ME Game Programming
Maybe we should do a book promotion for one of the upcoming Java game programming books

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Amy Phillips
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I own the Black Art of game Programming and it is a very good book which starts right at the beginning with puzzle style games and then leads you through the building of an entire game.
Thomas Whalen
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There are lots of game-specific questions that could be asked Artificial Intelligence, tile management, game loops, patterns.
I agree. Here's the link:
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