jMonkeyEngine 3.0 : Beginner's Guide

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Learn
  • Create your own worlds and populate them with mobile characters, cities, physical objects, natural landscapes or beautiful under-water scenes.
  • Add cool sounds and awesome visual effects to draw the player into your interactive world.
  • Design textured materials and use light and shadow to bring out your game’s unique atmosphere.
  • Make players shoot, select items, walk or look round by registering and handling user input.
  • Keep track of the game state and determine how each character makes decisions and responds to attacks.
  • Make the most of the integrated physics engine and create fast-paced car races, bowling, sports, pool and billiards games.
  • Understand client-server messaging and create multi-player online games that communicate over a network.
About

jMonkeyEngine 3.0 is a powerful set of free Java libraries that allows you to unlock your imagination, create 3D games and stunning graphics. Using jMonkeyEngine’s library of time-tested methods, this book will allow you to unlock its potential and make the creation of beautiful interactive 3D environments a breeze.

"jMonkeyEngine 3.0 Beginner’s Guide" teaches aspiring game developers how to build modern 3D games with Java. This primer on 3D programming is packed with best practices, tips and tricks and loads of example code. Progressing from elementary concepts to advanced effects, budding game developers will have their first game up and running by the end of this book.

From basic concepts and project creation to building a complex 3D Game, you will learn to layout 3D scenes, make them interactive and add various multi-media effects.

You will find answers to common questions including best practices and approaches, how game characters can act and interact, how to simulate solid walls and physical forces, how to take it online to play over a network and much more.

From Zero to Hero, start your journey to make your game idea a reality.

Features
  • Create 3D games that run on Android devices, Windows, Mac OS, Linux desktop PCs and in web browsers – for commercial, hobbyists, or educational purposes.
  • Follow end-to-end examples that teach essential concepts and processes of game development, from the basic layout of a scene to interactive game characters.
  • Make your artwork come alive and publish your game to multiple platforms, all from one unified development environment.
Page Count 352
Course Length 10 hours 33 minutes
ISBN 9781849516464
Date Of Publication 24 Jun 2013

Authors

Ruth Kusterer

Ruth Kusterer became intrigued by Java and open source software while completing her degree in computational linguistics. In 2005, she joined Sun Microsystems, Inc. as a technical writer for netbeans.org where she wrote 100 NetBeans IDE Tips & Tricks. Since 2010, she has been working for CA Technologies, Inc. where she's a senior technical writer for security software. In her spare time, she hangs out on jMonkeyEngine.org and strives eternally to write the ultimate Java game.